Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction that suddenly flares between them.
Beatrix Leighton has loved Dane for years, while he’s always seen her as another sister. When she enlists his help to start her animal sanctuary, she thinks it will give him purpose. Instead, it brings all the desire she feels for him to the boiling point. Bea’s father taught her early on that love means loss. But could her forbidden crush turn into a love that will last a lifetime?
I fell for Beatrix the moment I met her. How can you not love a girl whose sole mission in life is to make animals better by giving them a safe place to live, food, and medical care? She’s also genuinely sweet and kind, giving because she wants to, not because she thinks it’s expected or because she wants to look better than others. She really endeared herself to me with how she treated Evan, a racoon she rescued and nursed back to health. However, there was a part near the end where I think she did a complete reversal and all the character growth she’d made up to that point had backtracked. Thankfully, both her friends and Dane were able to help put her back to rights. Bea is definitely the kind of friend you want to have on your side because she’d truly do whatever you needed and never think twice about what it cost her.
Dane, on the other hand, took some warming up to before I started to understand why Bea liked him so much. Yeah, he was definitely handsome, but he was also grouchy as heck for most of the story. I gave him some leeway knowing he’d been injured and cooped up at home for eight months, but something’s gotta give, Dane. Once he acknowledged his attraction to Bea, he did lighten up and started being happier, which is great because you truly begin to see more of his personality.
Unbroken Cowboy is about more than simply an injured bull rider. It’s about family, forgiveness, and moving on. Although the couple had their rough spots, they were able to eventually see eye to eye and find a way to make things work. Despite both of them being broken in one way or another, together they fit together as a whole. A very sweet – and steamy – story reminding you that even troubled people can find love and happiness.
*Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.