No Cowboys No Angels
by Petie McCarty
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
A cozy romantic mystery with suspense, Book 1 from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book . . . it’s up to the reader to figure out who.
In No Cowboys No Angels, Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper—one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel!
Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.
Unfortunately, Kellen can’t seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.
Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel . . .
Luke’s jaw muscles flexed hard, and his eyes narrowed. “Well, that settles it.”
“You’re not going to the mill ever again.”
“You heard me.”
She turned sideways in her seat to make sure he could see her glare. “You can’t tell me what to do.” She didn’t want to go anywhere near the mill, but she wasn’t going to let him boss her around.
“I can and I just did.” His jaw clenched again. “You’re not going to the mill, and that’s final.”
She crossed her arms over her chest in a huff. “I’ll go over there if I want to.”
But, I don’t want to.
“No,” he yelled.
“Yes,” she yelled right back.
He slammed on the brakes and turned to give her a glare of his own. She happily returned it. In a breath, he was across the narrow gap, his mouth closing over hers before she could mutter a reproach. Not that she wanted to. The kiss was long and deep, the pressure of his hand tight against her neck as though he would never let her go. She melted into his kiss and could feel the depth of his fear for her safety.
His hands cupped her cheeks as he broke the kiss, so she couldn’t get away. “Do not go to the mill,” he whispered huskily, “please.”
Dazed, she stared into his amazing chocolate-dark eyes. “Sure, whatever you say.”
She caught a quick breath. Her mind reeled in a jumble. Fearful he’d only kissed her to get his way, she needed to find out. She tugged him to her, wanting to kiss him again with an urgency she had never felt before. She could feel the fear in his last kiss. He had let her in behind his carefully constructed barricade.
Luke hesitated, his lips close enough to hers the connection was almost imagined. She could feel the heat of him against her cheeks and chin. His lips brushed hers once and then nuzzled her cheek. Her heart stuttered a beat.
Full disclosure, this is not my first book by Ms. McCarty. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Just saying…
This book, y’all. There is so much that I absolutely loved about it. Its got romance, mystery, suspense, action, small towns, two very wounded characters, the mob, guardian angels and a horse named Windsor. Yes, there is a horse. At times, I swooned, gasped, laughed and generally had a great time reading Luke and Kellen’s story. Please be advised this a sweet romance and I hate to use sweet because you can feel that if these two had the opportunity, they would jump each other but Ms. McCarty doesn’t write like that. There is a slow building romance between them, once they get past all the misunderstandings at the beginning of the book.
I didn’t know what to think of Luke from the start but in the end, he definitely won my heart. I can totally understand why he did in terms of the town and his dad. His secret is pretty big but once you understand why he did it, it makes sense and your heart will melt at the same time. His story is part of the mystery that will just melt your heart. The suspense part is the mob and I just loved how Ms. McCarty wrote this plot point. I laughed, cringed and in the end, it made me think about things. The henchmen were laughable but well thought out. And trust me, when all is revealed in regards to the mob, I was shocked. The web was much bigger than I thought.
Kellen has a right to feel like she does when she goes back home. Growing up with her brother and mother wasn’t easy. I’ve been to the Appalachian Mountains on a mission trip in high school and I totally got it. I saw firsthand the poverty and the lack of funds for most people. Yes, I used an outhouse because it was all they had. I learned to appreciate what I had back home; so I understood what she, Joey (her brother) and David went through growing up. The other characters like Sally, Vera, Rick, Hank, Corazon, Nuvida, and even Falcone were just awesome. Each one had their own part in the book and were very well written characters.
Lastly, there are guardian angels in the book. Duh!!!! Trust me, you will NEVER figure it out. And no, it is not Luke. Even though, he pulls Kellen out of enough jams throughout the book. Ms. McCarty has written a book that had me from the beginning and never let up. I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is about. Yes, I’m that invested in the series already. She had me at guardian angels and a cowboy on a horse named Windsor.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.
Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels at Christmas coming April 2019.
Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Petie McCarty will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC and three digital copies of Betting on Cinderella to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.