Title: Sweet Home Cowboy (Love at the Chocolate Shop #9)
Author: Marin Thomas
Format: Digital ARC
Verdict: Read it!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
From Tule: When Marietta newcomer Elena Puente is coerced into attending a speed-dating event at the popular Copper Mountain Chocolate shop, she’s blindsided by a serious attraction to local cowboy, Wesley Banks.
Still recovering from a broken engagement, the first-grade teacher from Las Vegas isn’t looking for romance. She’s in Montana to get to know the great-grandfather she never knew existed until she found some hidden family letters. Judge Kingsley is a grouchy recluse and he’s far from welcoming, but Elena is determined to stay in town long enough to give his neglected estate on Bramble Lane a facelift.
Elena’s resolve to avoid romance is tested when she discovers Wesley is the caretaker of her grandfather’s rural property. Soon, she and the cowboy are attending more speed-dating events at the chocolate shop and she’s seeking his advice on how to deal with his ornery boss. Local gossips wager the old Judge will run Elena out of town before anything serious develops between her and Wesley. But Wesley’s a determined man, too, and he’s betting Elena belongs in Marietta forever…with him.
My Review: This was my first book from the Love at the Chocolate Shop series and I thought it was a cute story. This was a pretty big variation in my reading choice. I normally don’t read romance-y books and definitely not western’s but this was light on the western romance. I thought it was entertaining and quick to read – perfect for summertime sitting poolside or at the beach.
I really liked Elena, the tenacious great-granddaughter of stubborn old Judge. Her persistence in forging a relationship with the man she only recently learned about was admirable. And then there’s Wes, the good looking cowboy who with the help of Judge turned himself around and helps the local kids fly right. Elena and Wes meet at the Copper Mountain Chocolate shop speed dating event. The attraction between them is immediate and fierce but Elena isn’t in town for romance and they both want different things from a relationship. Elena is a Grade 1 teacher and after caring for kids all day long doesn’t believe she would have anything left to give a child of her own. Wes, on the other hand, wants children.
Small town life in Marietta, Montana is quite different from the bustle of Las Vegas and Elena isn’t accustomed to everyone knowing her business. The story is flanked by plenty of local color from Sandra, the boutique owner and neighbour of the Judge’s, who has a crush on him, to Rosie at the chocolate shop and finally the DJ at the local radio station who tells all of Marietta that Elena is in town.
I enjoyed Sweet Home Cowboy. It was a refreshing change of pace and an uplifting story. I was rooting for Elena and Wes to live happily ever after from the start. Did I get my wish? You will have to read the book for yourself! I look forward to reading more from Love at the Chocolate Shop series.
Thank you to Netgalley and Tule Publishing for giving me a free ARC in exchange for my own unbiased review.