Cheyenne Bartell is the youngest heir to the Bridleton dynasty. She’s a recovering alcoholic who struggles with a startling lack of self-confidence. Under normal circumstances she would never consider propositioning a man but it’s obvious that Trace isn’t going to act on their mutual attraction. It’s up to her to convince him that they should give the desire broiling between them a fair shot. He claims their age difference is the reason behind his refusal to date her, but Chey believes there’s more to it than that and she aims to prove it.
Before Chey gets the opportunity to really pursue Trace besides the initial request for a date and a soul searing kiss, he’s thrown from his horse and knocked unconscious. When he awakens he suffers from not only a nasty headache but complete amnesia as well. Chey takes it upon herself to see to his care while he’s recovering but she hadn’t anticipated his seductive nature or her own inability to resist him. She’s fearful that his attraction to her is nothing more than the ‘baby duck syndrome’ and he’s simply bonded with the first person he saw. Chey desperately wants a happily-ever-after with Trace but only if he genuinely loves her.
Becky Barker’s newest release CHEY’S COWBOY is a fast paced read that captures the imagination, engages the senses and even provides a little life lesson. Chey and Trace are wonderful characters who are dealing with their own personal demons and fears while trying to build a relationship. What I especially liked about this story is Chey’s struggle with alcohol addiction, her fear of relapse and the way Trace aids in her recovery. Their mutual understanding of the power of her addiction is endearing and gives the reader hope for their future together. This is one of those books that you sit down with thinking you’ll read for a bit and then go about your day or evening. Then you get caught up in the story and don’t make a move until you’ve read every last word.
While CHEY’S COWBOY is a sequel to BRIDLETON I don’t think it’s really necessary to read them in order. I do think reading them both would enhance your appreciation for some of the other characters and give you a better understanding of some of the situations mentioned in CHEY’S COWBOY.