Country Strong by Caitlin Ricci ~ Book Review by Queue

CountryStrongLGTitle: Country Strong

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Christy Caughie

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/04/2014

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Western

Blurb:

With only three months left on a lease-to-own agreement on a quarter horse Wyatt’s worked hard to own, a thunderstorm spooks General and he throws Wyatt, changing both their lives forever. Luckily, Kellen, a friend of the stable owner, calls for emergency medical attention, and Wyatt comes out of the hospital with a broken wrist and a concussion.

When Wyatt returns to the stable, he finds the owner has sold General to Kellen for retraining. But Wyatt’s woes have just begun, and now he must drive an hour to see his horse. The perks help balance the hardships, however, and Wyatt finds himself falling for Kellen. His fortitude is soon tested again by the ultimate betrayal when he learns Kellen doesn’t intend to return General after he’s trained.

My View:

Country Strong was a well-written story with likable characters, but I never got truly invested. It all felt a little flat to me and I never connected to the main characters.
Wyatt doesn’t have much in his life except for General, the horse he leases, who he loses after the horse throws him and Wyatt is injured. A cowboy named Kellen comes to Wyatt’s rescue when the accident occurs and afterward when the horse owner decides to sell General and Kellen buys him.
difference between them. I enjoyed how Wyatt was ready to hop into bed the minute Kellen kissed him, but Kellen, showing maturity, insists on them waiting. They don’t wait for too long, but do at least have a dinner date first.
There was some chemistry between Wyatt and Kellen, but I don’t believe it was fully explored. Their connection was only shown via hot sex. Connections can be formed in that way, but authors have to do more to show the bond than just write super-hot sex scenes.
There was drama, but it wasn’t based around their ages, in fact the age difference was barely mentioned. I didn’t necessarily need major conflict with the issue, but it could’ve been addressed more realistically.
The story ends with an HFN that was attempting to be an HEA. They confess their love without their relationship being explored more than superficially.
Still it was a good and pleasant story that I would recommend for a light read.
3.25 stars

Links

Country Strong on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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