Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: Reforming the Cowboy by Marisa Cleveland

Title: Reforming the Cowboy (A South Beach Book)
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.Lacey Durant can't believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he's dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe's image and she can't afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.Billy's charms and Lacey's sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters.  I've never been one to crush on a famous person and Lacey dwells on the fact that Billy was her big crush in college a little too much.  I really didn't see a whole lot of development in her as a character.  I don't expect life changing events to completely change a personality, she just seemed a bit stagnant.  Now, Lacey's idea for her new cafe - I absolutely love.  If there were one of these in my town, I'd be there every chance I had.  Billy was better.  I liked that he seemed to genuinely regret his fast life and playboy habits that he had the last time he was a star - I just never quite figured out why he wanted to be a star again?  Billy was the one that changed the most, and it was mostly just a realization of what was truly important to him, he needed to realize what his dreams really were.

I did love the added drama that Billy's ex brought.  She was a welcome bit of very comic relief and a reminder that pretty packages aren't always very great on the inside.  Billy and Lacey's romance was sweet but I didn't get the fireworks moment that I was hoping for.

Barnes & Noble: Reforming the Cowboy

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