Monday, June 29, 2020

Review of A Cowgirl's Dream (Barrels & Hearts Book One) by Edith Mackenzie #CDPrism

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for A Cowgirl's Dream, the first book in a new series, Barrels & Hearts, by Edith Mackenzie! I had the opportunity to read this book and am sharing my thoughts below. You can follow the tour to catch more reviews, some excerpts, and more. I also have an interview with the author over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Best of luck entering the great giveaway!

A Cowgirl's Dream
(Barrels & Hearts, #1)
By Edith MacKenzie
Contemporary Romance, Western
Paperback & ebook, 154 Pages
June 24, 2020

An Aussie cowgirl far from home. A handsome Brazilian bull rider. Can they have a rodeo love story of their dreams?

Frankie dreams of being a champion barrel racer. When the opportunity of a lifetime knocks on her door, she moves halfway across the globe to chase it. After having her heart broken, she’s determined to focus on her ambitions. That means no time for cowboys, even if he is bloody cute.

Luciano is well on his way to getting everything he has ever dreamed of. That is, until an Aussie cowgirl crashes into his world, setting his soul on fire. He knows what it takes to get to the top and Frankie has it in spades. Now, all he has to do is convince her to see beyond the suave exterior and give him a chance.

Finally, Frankie has a shot at the championship buckle, but when photos appear of Luciano on the internet, she has to decide whether to stay or walk away. Is she kidding herself, can she have it all? Can Frankie find her courage to trust in love and still chase her Cowgirl’s dream?

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**My thoughts**
I don't know why I have been drawn to stories about ranchers and cowboys/cowgirls over the last couple of years. It never was a genre I'd entertained before. But now I'm completely enamored of them. This one started out a bit different because Frankie, our heroine, actually lives and competes in Australia. She makes it over to America after winning a tournament in Australia. When she comes to stay at the American ranch, she is focused on refining her skills with a new horse and making her mark. I admire her tenacity in being the best that she can be. And I love her relationship with her best friends.

Luciano is from Brazil and is a star. And he knows it. So he is very cocky. It's hard to warm up to him. But he does soften once he meets Frankie, who is the one who can finally tame him in the romance department.

The two of them are definitely devoted to each other. Frankie has a bit of a past that makes her nervous around trusting men, which is lightly touched upon and also causes her a couple of issues with Luciano. Somehow they work together, though I admit I felt like I kind of missed that moment and development happening.

I admit I had a hard time accepting that Frankie and all of her friends would so quickly pack up and move halfway around the world for this opportunity. Frankie, I get it, because she has the opportunity of a lifetime to further her career. I guess it was more the other girls coming over with her. It was a very spontaneous decision. But they do settle in, and we need to continue this series, right?

So despite the couple of hiccups I felt in the storyline, I did actually enjoy this book. I read the whole thing while sitting poolside on a mini-vacation. I still like to read about the competitions in addition to the romance. I have already grabbed the free prequel and am looking forward to the releases of the next in the series. I think it really has some potential.

Thank you to the publisher and Prism Book Tours for honoring my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Edith MacKenzie or Eddie Mac to her friends is an Australian author of sweet and wholesome contemporary cowboy romance. They say in literary circles to write what you know and Eddie has certainly taken that to heart. Before embarking on a writing career she trained horses professionally and brings that wealth of knowledge to her writing.

Now a mum to a boy and girl, as well as wife, she delights with her tales of strong cowgirls and their adventures in finding love. When not weaving the love stories of her characters, she enjoys hanging out with her family and animals, as well as reading, fishing and camping

Just remember once a cowgirl, always a cowgirl.

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