Sweet on You, Sweet on a Cowboy series, book 3
By Dottie
Oct 16, 2014 - 11:14:35 AM

Growing up, Katya looked forward to her summers with her grandmother, who taught her the art of healing. Katya’s grandmother is a master in the art of the arcane. Although her grandmother believes that Katya has empathic powers, Katya figures she has just found other ways to listen other than with her ears. While serving as a medic with the Army, stationed in Khandahar, Katya and a friend were on a short shopping trip when they were involved in an explosion which injured Katya and killed her friend, Murphy. Suffering from PTSD and believing she has lost her healing legacy, Katya returns to her grandmother’s home. But when her grandmother dies, Katya tries to get back into healing by taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding tour, hoping the work and the constant travel will take her mind off her grief. There’s just one problem; Katya knows nothing about bulls or the men who ride them.

Rodeo champion Cam Cahill has had an illustrious career over the past fifteen years, but it has taken a toll on his body. Although Cam wants a chance at the world championship before he retires, he plans for this to be his last year. However, he has been unable to find anything else he wants to do. He thought by now he would have a wife and children and had hoped to settle on his ranch in Bandero. But he no longer has a wife and doesn’t relish living on the ranch alone.

Katya has just one goal, to heal enough to return to Khandahar, but as she gets to know Cam, she finds herself falling for him and dreaming of a future together. But a dream is all it is, because she feels she owes Murphy and returning to the army is the only way she can overcome her guilt for surviving the explosion. Meanwhile, Cam is waging his own war to convince Katya that she is really a cowgirl at heart and to give up the army for a life with him. Which will she choose; duty or love?

A sweet tale, SWEET ON YOU, the third book in author Laura Drake’s SWEET ON A COWBOY series, is an emotion-packed, sexy contemporary romance that will touch your heart and lift your spirits. Cam and Katya are wonderful together and I could not help rooting for them. The portrayals of Cam as an aging bull rider whose glory days are just about behind him and Katya’s daily struggles with PTSD are realistically drawn. The secondary characters provide additional charm as they contribute to the warmth and humor already present in this novel.

Beautifully written with humor, flawed characters, PTSD, survivor’s guilt, the Pro Bull Riding circuit, death, healing, forgiveness, tender romance and a forever love, this story is a keeper! Laura Drake is a new-to-me author and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her work. Although it is the first of her books I have read, it will not be the last. For a captivating, contemporary Western romance that will make you laugh and perhaps shed a tear or two, SWEET ON YOU is the book to reach for. It can be read as a standalone, but after reading this story, I am sure that readers will want to grab the first two books in this series, THE SWEET SPOT and NOTHING SWEETER.

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