Most of you, my fabulous readers, know that I have a weak spot for romance novels. I know they’re not written amazingly nor do they have the most creative plot lines, but damn – they hook me in. I love those roguish rakes and loose ladies. I can’t help it. I’m addicted. With that being said I ventured into the “western” branch of Harlequin romances and came out with The Last Cahill Cowboy by Jenna Kernan.
Traveling back to his hometown to help find the person who brutally murdered his parents, Chance Cahill is a much different person than when he originally left. Now a bounty hunter, Chance feels that he has nothing to lose, and lives life on the edge. Thinking that his hunting skills are his only asset to the town, he is taken aback when he meets his sister’s best friend Ellie Jenkins. Her beauty astounds him, and he is ashamed to admit to himself that she is quite above his standards. Ellie, however, feels a strong attraction to Chance that she just can’t seem to shake. His sudden return to town makes her realize that she has loved him her entire life. The only problem is Ellie’s mother: a dominant woman who Ellie is pseudo-controlled by. Will Ellie be able to move past her mother’s commandeering nature and tell Chance how she really feels about him? Will Chance be able to see past his depression and take the woman who so ardently loves him?
First thing that struck me about this book? The amount of action in this book. No, not *that* kind of action – I’m talking the action with guns and duels and pistols! Knowing that romance novels are written and geared towards a female audience, I was surprised that there was so much “manly” violence. I actually found myself getting into all the fight sequences: cheering on Chance and jeering at the bad guys. I was temped to let my husband read the book when I was finished, knowing he has an affinity for westerns, but figured he’d die when he found out he was reading a Harlequin romance novel.
Anyway….moving on! Chance was a pretty interesting character. He’s got a grudge against the world and doesn’t look upon himself too kindly. This is unfortunate for multiple reasons: he’s given his sister every dime he’s got to support her and her business, he puts his life at risk to save Ellie, and he’s a bounty hunter! (I say that in this case being a bounty hunter is good because it involves going after bad guys! Who doesn’t love a man who goes after the bad guy!?!) Ellie is a woman who evolves a lot over the book. I was really happy with her development, it seemed realistic and made sense for her storyline. As for the supporting characters, their descriptions were all written like you knew them already. I found out after reading the book that this was the 4th and final book in the “Cahill Cowboys” quartet. If you haven’t read the first three though it’s 100% OK. The plot for this book can stand alone.
As for taking on my first western romance novel I have to say I left feeling impressed. The writing isn’t the best I’ve read, but it did the job it was supposed to. If you’re looking for a quick, fast-paced read I would definitely add this one to your list. (Warning: besides all the action there are the more mature romance scenes not meant for the faint of heart.)
3 out of 5 Stars
This is my fifth completed review for the Around The Stack In How Many Ways Challenge
The Last Cahill Cowboy by Jenna Kernan
Paperback 288 pages