Review: ALL-AMERICAN COWBOY by Dylann Crush


Let’s face it.  Cowboys stampede the Romance Genre on a daily basis.  Makes a history buff like me wonder if the readers have any idea what a real cowboy’s life was like a hundred years ago.  Nevertheless, I get trampled on a regular basis too.  ‘Cause cowboys are wild and free and I love the Old West.

Dylann Crush puts a welcome spin on it, one I have tucked away in my books-in-progress too.  Her ‘cowboy’ is a citiboy and the Heroine is the no-nonsense Texan.

Beck had no reason to doubt his grumpy old rich dude father’s opinion of his good-for-nothing Texan grandfather while growing up in New York City.  He’s by no means an Alpha Male, thank goodness.  So sick of those.   Stick it out with Beck.  He grows as a character as he comes out from under his dad’s shadow.

Grandpa kicks the bucket (that means he died) and leaves his Texas spread to Beck, since his son can’t be bothered to even respond to his letters for decades.  But, there’s a catch.  Beck needs to live there and run the Rambling Rose for three months first.

If Beck fails, everything goes to Grandpa’s honorary granddaughter, Charlie, instead.

Charlie’s been running the Rambling Rose for years, a real workaholic in her own way and tough as nails.  Probably comes from being the youngest after a whole pile of big, I mean massive brothers.  She doesn’t want anything about the Rambling Rose or her little town to change, and neither does anyone else around them parts.  But, she loved Sully (that’s the grandpa) and decides to help the citiboy out for him.

Beck rolls into town, a real fish out of water, in a big rental, expensive loafers, and not a clue.  After he takes a dive into a ditch, Charlie pulls him out and leaves him to flail around.  He finds some ridiculous Old West touristy get-up and some cowboy boots that hurt his feet, checks out the Rambling Rose, gets to know the local color.

The boy’s a good sport with a sense of humor, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, Charlie takes care of business, despite the irritatingly handsome citiboy lurking around her famous saloon.  One of those details is Baby Back, the saloon’s mascot and winner of last year’s pig beauty contest.

As Beck gets to know his roots, he realizes Grandpa was a good ol’ boy, not that heartless jerk his dad made him out to be.  And, goshdarnit, the Texas Two-Step is fun, especially with Charlie.  She’s not too keen on hooking up with the citiboy after so much heartache, but her huge family has other ideas.  They sweep him up in a big ol’ hug and pretty soon their plopped down together at Sunday dinner, and making out in the saloon parking lot.

Beck’s gotta get back to Dad and the NYC, but he leaves his heart in Texas.  Probably because it really is in his blood.  Like any good-hearted adult child, he doesn’t really suspect Dad’s motives when he gets involved in the Texas inheritance thing.  Doesn’t matter how grown up a boy gets, he wants his dad’s love.

Later on, when Charlie visits NYC, taking her turn as a fish out of water, she sees the bitterness and manipulations.

But will Beck?

This is a longer Contemporary Romance, which I tend to prefer.  Because, for me, it’s just not believable to not involve family and friends and home towns and even pet pigs.  All that takes up extra page space.

Also, the Hero is not an Alpha Clone.  He’s a believable, breathing man who grows and changes and becomes who he was meant to be, just like a healthy man in real life does.

Quite often, either the Hero or the Heroine in any give Romance novel will come off as two-dimensional or a clone.  You get the full-meal deal with this book.


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