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Contemporary
Portrait of a Cowboy
By Chrissy Dionne
Apr 1, 2005 - 2:16:00 AM

Kim Westbook is a sports photographer specializing in rodeos and horse shows. She had sworn off cowboys when her ex-husband left her after she'd suffered an injury when her barrel horse fell and smashed her leg ending her days of competing in the rodeos. When she literally trips over the feet of a 'gorgeous hunk of a giant' man she decides to rethink her dating policy and maybe take a chance with the German cowboy.


Having been a Wild West fan in Germany, Wolf Voegler had made his way to America to become a real cowboy by riding in the rodeos. Wolf's not your typical cowboy with his German accent and gentle ways. Perhaps he could convince Kim to give him a chance.

 

When Kim trips over his feet, Wolf offers to help her carry her photography equipment before he goes to get ready for his bronc ride. Kim realizes that she's attracted to this foreign cowboy, but since she doesn't date cowboys simply goes about photographing the riders, being sure to get the perfect shots of each one. Wolf reappears at the end of the day with a fist full of flowers and asks Kim to dinner. Going out with this cowboy goes against her dating policies but she can't resist him. Having gone to dinner and spending the night with Wolf, Kim finds herself at the next day's rodeo taking pictures of her special cowboy so that she'd have something to remember him by when he leaves, not realizing his wish to stay.

 

PORTRAIT OF A COWBOY captures the imagination right from the start. I was able to visualize Wolf as a mountain of a man, yet gentle enough to reassure Kim's rottweiler that he meant her no harm. Kim, I was able to see as petite and delicate and yet strong enough to be supporting herself through her photography. I loved the way Wolf waited for Kim to make the moves, as if he was aware of her insecurities and wanted to make her more comfortable. Deirdre O'Dare pens a heart-touching and passionate tale of love on the rodeo circuit.



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