Coulda Been a Cowboy is not much of a Western, but it is quite a lot of romance! I remember reading M&B books into the night as a teen, and it was a great way to settle into sweet dreams into the night. Brenda Novak has written a touching story. The plot may not be very original, but the characterization is strong and you will get pulled in. That’s the magic of the written word!
Tyson Garnier is an injured football player. And he just found out he has an infant son. After a nasty battle with his son’s mother, he is hiding out in small town Idaho, trying to recuperate and survive a squealing, crying child. Gabe Holbrook, his long time friend and mentor recommends a local girl as a nanny. Gabe is happy she doesn’t seem the attractive type.
Dakota Brown has lived a hard life. Her mother deserted her long ago. Her father is a violent alcoholic. She has no time for herself, and hardly any money to spend. Tyson’s high paying job is an answer to her prayers. She is adept at looking after the baby, and also develops a friendship with Tyson.
Tyson is worried he is not recovering fast enough. His girlfriend is raising a stink to get more money out of her child. And he is getting a bit too familiar with Dakota! Dakota is enjoying herself. She cooks in a fancy kitchen and his classy exercise equipment to work out on. Tyson gives her tips on fitness, and she is bent on losing those few pounds. They slowly get attracted to each other, and find the other indispensable.
Coulda Been a Cowboy sounded like a Western romance set on a ranch, but other than a reference to a ranch that Tyson might have inherited, and some memory of a wise grandpa, there is not much Western flavor here. So if you are thinking of horses and wranglers, you will be disappointed. The story picks up gradually, there is some conflict, and as expected, a sweet ending.
Coulda Been a Cowboy is perfect for times when you want a small dose of romance and optimism in life!