Rhinestone Cowgirl by Denise Belinda McDonald
Publisher: Siren BookStrand
Length: Full Length (223 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower
Poppy Dumphy is Beverly Hills born and bred, and she has everything money can buy—except a connection with her father. After his death, she learns why and leaves her posh life to expose a long-kept secret.
In Rowdy, Texas, small-town living suits Cale Hollander to a comfortable T. He runs his ranch, helps his neighbors, and is wary of strangers. The former rodeo bronc buster wants to return to his first love—riding. The last thing he needs is a distraction in the form of a petite blonde.
The pair butts heads at every encounter as intensifying attractions—and mounting suspicions—flourish. Neither is prepared for the other as they fail in their fight with temptation. If they give in, will they both lose all they cherish when the truth comes out? Or can they build a life together better than either ever dreamed of?
Rowdy, Texas is most definitely not ready for California girl Poppy Dumphy. But to be fair, Poppy isn't ready for this small Texas town either. What brings her there, you may ask? That's simple. The truth.
Poppy may come off as a little spoiled rich girl, but in all honesty, she isn't. Yes, her character had to grow on me, but it didn't take long. Poppy became accustomed to the small town fairly quickly. Though the folks in this town didn't welcome her with open arms, Poppy grew on them, too. Mistaken for a pampered brat, the members of Rowdy soon realize that Poppy isn't what she appears to be. She may have the hot looks, money, and the good life, but what Poppy lacks is emotionally deeper than all of that. And that's where I connected to her.
Cale Hollander, the hero, is as country as you can get. He has a love of the rodeo, he's content with the small town life, he's friendly and kind. What more can one ask for? He's a man that knows what he wants, and his attraction to Poppy is only going to distract him from his goals.
Rhinestone Cowgirl is a fun, charming small town romance. The author has put two characters together on a journey of self discovery and shows that despite their drastic differences in lifestyle, two opposites can come together and fall in love. Poppy doesn't reveal the real reason she's come to Rowdy, and the tension building during this deception kept me wondering what Cale's reaction will be. He's protective of his friends, and no matter what he may feel for Poppy, the fact that she's not telling him this could be a make or break deal.
Who can resist a hot cowboy? Add in a well crafted story filled with romance, emotion, and characters that are easy to like, and you get a book that's hard to put down. I can't find a single thing in this book that I didn't like. It's a wonderful novel. The sex is intimate but not too graphic, it fits perfectly for this tender romance.
If you enjoy contemporary romance with a western flair, then Rhinestone Cowgirl is a book you should consider.