There’s Something About a Cowboy
Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.
A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .
Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.
There’s Something About a Cowboy by Rich Amooi is a pretty standard rom-com. The story is well-written and the characters have some amount of depth. There are funny encounters that bring a lightness to the story, and the ending is as sweet as the pie that keeps being lauded throughout the story.
The most interesting thing about the story is the fact that the conflict comes from home. It’s not a stranger, or even another man, really, who causes the conflict in this story…and that was saddening and surprising. Amooi gave the characters an ability to forgive that I found a bit difficult to believe, but is in keeping with the feel-good romance story that you know is coming from the beginning.
Actually, the about-face that Amy does in the story is also asking me to stretch my suspension of disbelief. I believe I claimed to somebody that “if she were a real person, I’d either punch her in the face or not speak to her…ever.” I had a really hard time sticking with this story because for about 50% of the book, Amy is pretty deplorable. I am thinking that Amooi was going for jaded, but came up with snobbish and judgy. Though this seems to be a trait inherited from her father… It takes a long time for Amy to even consider that seeing is believing. Long after it seems incredulous that she hasn’t connected the dots. Nobody is that far up their own behind that they refuse to consider they’ve been wrong when every single bit of evidence points to that. Amy does a 180 that gives the reader whiplash at almost the exact middle of the book. Things get better, and you start to see the baggage that shapes Amy.
Amooi drags the emotions out of the reader, because you don’t want to feel for Amy, you kind of hate Luke (nobody is that perfect), and you really wonder a few things about the author’s views on women, but you keep reading because Amooi has the ability to really tell a story, even if you don’t like the way it’s going. Grab your copy from the links below.
Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.