Note: This ARC was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blazing Hot Cowboy is the second novel in author Kim Redford's contemporary western romance series, Smokin' Hot Cowboys. Still set in the small town of Wildcat Bluff, Texas, book two is a second chance love story between thirty-one-year-old cowboy and volunteer firefighter Kent Duval and twenty-nine-year-old single mother and physical therapist Lauren Sheridan. They were very much in love when he was eighteen and she was sixteen, there teenage worlds revolving exclusively around each other. When Lauren moved to Stamford, Connecticut with her parents, they were forced to lead separate lives, each one finding someone new--Lauren a husband who she later had a daughter named Hannah with and Kent a fiancée. But Lauren's marriage was already over by the time her husband died in an airplane crash, and Kent's engagement was no more when it was clear his country life wasn't at par with his fiancée's city upbringing and lifestyle. When Lauren decides to head back to Wildcat Bluff to start over with Hannah, Kent welcomes her back with open arms, but are they prepared to re-open their battered hearts?
Unlike a lot of second chance romances, Kent and Lauren's story doesn't involve any of the usual betrayal or leaving without saying goodbye scenarios. They were young and in love but an employment opportunity for Lauren's father led her family to a different state, and both of them down paths they had never planned for themselves. Kent and Lauren as individuals were clearly good people who loved their respective families and their hometown of Wildcat Bluff County. As a couple, they definitely had their sweet and sexy moments, but their romantic reunion--them as a couple, not as friends--was rushed, almost as if they were making up for the thirteen years apart on double fast forward. Hannah's reaction towards Kent was endearing, but it was weird that he seemed at such a loss as to what to do with her yet he had women's ovaries everywhere clenching earlier with how he was with his cousin's young daughter. The end to the mystery regarding the fires around town was rather anti-climactic, but overall, Blazing Hot Cowboy was an okay read, just not at par with the series starter. 3.5 stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Smokin' Hot Cowboys series:
A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (book one) - four stars - My Review
Blazing Hot Cowboy (book two) - 3.5 stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 03 January 2017
Date Read: 01 January 2017
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