There is NO WAY you will ever get our nose out of this book!
Allie Cooper's family moves to Black Falls, Texas after an accident that killed her best friend. She's angry, disconnected from her family (except her twin brother Dax) and absolutely hates having to move to this hick town. Then she meets Wyatt Holcomb, a very hot cowboy, with his own share of heartache. She tries to resist how she feels for him, but he's slowly changing her, bringing her back to who she used to be. She's reconnecting with her parents, slowly letting go of her pain and grief, and Black Falls isn't turning out so bad with Wyatt around all the time.
As Allie works through her pain she realizes just how much she hurt her family with her self-absorption and hateful words, and comes to realize just how lucky she is once she learns about Wyatt's family. And when she is finally able to open her heart to those around her, she is given a love she never thought possible.
I abso-freaking-lutely loved COWBOYS & KISSES! I don't really know what to say, I loved this story so much. I think I'll just leave it at this:
COWBOYS & KISSES was an intense story that kept my riveted. The relationships between the characters were realistic and you could relate to them on a personal level. And I want my own cowboy after reading this book. I am just so excited and eagerly awaiting the next book in the Black Falls, Texas series!
The Guy: Wyatt Holcomb is a truly good and nice guy. He's genuine. His family suffered a tragedy that tore them apart, and now Wyatt is basically on his own. He works hard to support himself, while still going to school and participating in the rodeo. And he's really good as a rodeo cowboy, he even has college scouts interested in him. He plans on becoming a large animal veterinarian. But something was missing from his life. While he has great friends and a promising future, he didn't feel like he had a real home until he met Allie.
Oh my goodness, Wyatt is just an all-around amazing guy. I don't know how anyone could not fall hard and fast for him. Not only is he a gorgeous guy on the outside, but he's a beautiful person on the inside too.
The Girl: Allie Cooper hides her pain, grief, and guilt over her best friends death behind a mask of anger. She blames herself for her friends death and can't move on without feeling like she's betraying her. Moving to Black Falls just makes her even more angry and she uses that anger to lash out at the people around her. The only person who is able to see behind her angry mask is Wyatt and that unnerves her. With things changing Allie realizes that she need to find what she really wants for her future.
Allie makes a dramatic change in COWBOYS & KISSES. She comes into Black Falls as an angry and bitter person, but quickly starts realizing how she's been acting and treating people, and that it's not right. Wyatt has a positive influence on her and once she opens her heart again, she's a very different person.
The romance in COWBOYS & KISSES was slow building and intense. From the very first time Allie and Wyatt met there was a palpable atmosphere between them.
Of course, in the beginning Allie is still this bitter and mean person, and she pushes Wyatt and her growing feelings for him away. But it's not so easy when he's at her house every day helping to fixing things and walking around with his shirt off. And then when she sees how genuine and sincere he is, her walls slowly start crumbling and she begins letting her guard down around him.
Then there's Wyatt with his lonely family (or maybe I should say non-family) life. He's always working and trying to make a better life for himself. But he also understands the pain that Allie is going through and he wants to be there for her. And then there is his father ordering him to stay away from her.
And in between all of this life drama is the intense stares, gentle comforts, and love-filled kisses. It's a build up of passion and love so powerful it could set the dry Texas land on fire. I seriously thought I'd need a fan. This is one of the most passionate young adult romances I think I've ever read.
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“I don’t feel right leaving you here alone.” His voice had an edge to it.
I paused, trying to think of the right words. “I’m not your problem.”
He smiled, his brows going up. “You’re nobody’s problem.”
“My parents would argue with that, but that’s not what I meant and you know—”
He stood up suddenly. “You’re not my problem.” He crossed to me. “But…Allie, I want you to be.”
I really like the sound of that. Which hurt. I’m the last thing you need.
As hard as it was to breathe, I managed to argue. “No, you really don’t.” I sidestepped him, needing distance to keep fighting. “I’m one of those damaged goods on the quick-sale table at the grocery store. Pretty packaging makes you curious, interested, but then you get it home and open it up and realize you wasted your time and money on trash.” I walked out of the kitchen as I spoke. More distance.
His hand caught my arm. “Jesus, Allie, that’s harsh.”
I very carefully pulled my arm out of his hold. “Sometimes the truth is. My best friend taught me that.”