Book Review: Cowboy for Hire by Victoria James

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I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish this book, and I was not disappointed! I became so invested in the characters early on, and the emotions that the story brought on were so real, I felt like I knew these people personally. It's a special author that can do that. This romance was a slow burn, a lot of angst with a dash of the forbidden, but Victoria James did an excellent job of pulling the reader in and not allowing them to leave until they found out the ending. So if you start this book, make sure it's at the beginning of a day where you can power through it, otherwise there will be no sleep for you. Sarah Turner grew up sheltered from the world, hidden away after the tragic death of her brother. Her parents' relationship was in shambles, and Sarah went silent in her grief. Years later, her parents have died, and she is now the sole owner of their family ranch. The only problem is, she has no idea what to do with it now that she has it. She needs a cowboy who can teach her the ropes, and Cade Walker answers the call...or rather, her ad. Cade grew up feeling unwanted and unloved, without a true family to call his own. He knows what it's like to be alone, but their circumstances couldn't be more different. Sarah has a ranch of her own, and wealth along with it, while Cade is poor in comparison, not good enough for her. Plus she's his boss, making her off limits, no matter how many sparks fly between them. So much push and pull with this couples, I was feeling a little dizzy at times. Sarah was very naive in the ways of the world, due to her lack of socialization growing up. She had no friends except her housekeeper, and she'd never really dated outside of the men her parents hand-picked for her. Cade was exactly what she needed, and the attraction was mutual. The main issue was that Cade didn't feel good enough for her. Cade had never dated either - his life had been full of one-night stands. He didn't know how to have a proper relationship, and he knew that's what Sarah needed and deserved. I loved how sweet he was towards Sarah, helping her learn the ropes around the ranch and in life, but I definitely was aggravated when he continued to push her away. Of course, he had good reason, since she was his boss and he figured it would never last. And when it ended, he would be out of a job. WE know as readers that wasn't going to happen - this is a romance, after all. But he didn't know that, so it was a bittersweet romance for a while. The perfect couple that just needed to have faith in each other. I can't wait to continue reading this series! Hope and Dean need their story told pronto. It's going to be great! **I received a free copy from NetGalley and this is my honest review.**