A Cowboy's Sweetheart

Crista McHugh
A Cowboy's Sweetheart
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Crista McHugh
Release Date
July 2018
Book 1 of Rodeo Academy
Contemporary Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Western Romance, Young Adult Romance

Pampered New York Socialite and dressage rider, Kensington Pope, has been exiled by her jet-setting parents to her aunt's Rodeo Academy in Wyoming. She wants nothing to do with the rough and tumble students there, especially one particularly handsome cowboy, Javier. But she won't be there for long. She has a plan in place to break out after her next international competition.

Javier Cruz takes one look at the spoiled city girl and instantly dismisses her. The school of tough knocks has already educated him on what the important things in life are, and he has bigger things on his plate. He's counting down the days until his eighteenth birthday when he can pull his younger siblings from the foster care program and reunite his family. But as he gets to know Kensi, he sees a kindred spirit and discovers there's more to her than meets the eye.

Kensi begins to question her desire to flee the ranch as her relationship to Javier deepens and she learns the importance of family. But when he discovers her escape plan, will he be able to trust her again? And when tragedy comes to the ranch, will Kensi be able to step up and take her place in the family?

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Jul 09, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
64 people found the following review helpful
A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART (Rodeo Academy Book 1) by Crista McHugh is a YA contemporary romance. To be honest, I requested this book by mistake because I am not interested in YA books, but this author pulled me in with her writing, setting and characters. I finished the whole story and I enjoyed it.

Kensington "Kensi" Pope is a spoiled, NYC society rich girl. Her jet-setting parents provide her with all the money and things she wants until a party gets out of hand. She is exiled to her aunt and uncle's Rodeo Academy in Wyoming. The one activity Kensi does truly love is being a champion dressage rider, but can she be ready for her next international competition on a ranch set up for training rodeo competitors?

Javier Cruz is working hard on the ranch to prove himself, but it is an uphill battle. When he turns eighteen, he wants to gain guardianship over his younger brothers who are in foster care after a horrific crime occurred with his parents. He takes one look at the spoiled rich girl and knows she is trouble, but as he gets to know her, he realizes there is more to Kensi than meets the eye.

Kensi and Javier begin to open up to each other, but trust is not easy. Kensi has a plan to return to NY after her competition and not the ranch, but she is finding she actually feels loved and a part of a family on the ranch. When tragedy strikes her cousin, will Kensi just go back to her old life, or will she make a place for herself with her Wyoming family?

This is an entertaining romance for any young adult who loves a sweet, clean, love story, horses and ranch life. It is also good for those who like a clean read. This book, though not an actual cliffhanger, does leave some questions unanswered for readers to follow the series both in Kensi and Javier's relationship and all the other family members. I also enjoyed the ranch setting and that it may bring in other styles of horse competitions in the future. This is a well written start to a new series.
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