May 30, 2014

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Review: No Accounting For Cowboys by Leah Braemel (The Grady Legacy #2)

noaccountingforcowboys2 star

Contemporary Romance
May 19 2014
250 pages
Carina Press
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Jake Grady
Kick Ass Chick – Paige Reynolds

From Goodreads –
Jake Grady loves Bull’s Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn’t been easy—his father’s good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.

Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake’s guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she’s summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull’s Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she’s determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.

Good news about Jake’s potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull’s Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?


No Accounting For Cowboys is the second book in Leah Braemel’s The Grady Legacy series. I have to say that I had a lot of trouble clicking with this book. That probably mostly has to do with the fact that this is a book number two and that I did not read book number one before picking this one up.

Now, before you all scold me (which I know you are mentally doing right now ;)) I must defend my actions. I was told that this is a stand-alone book and that I would be fine not having read book one. But the more I read the more I think that isn’t quite true. I am a detail and character driven reader and where I don’t feel I missed much on the character development side of things, I do believe I missed a lot in the ‘why would such and such be doing such a thing’ side of things and the ‘why is he such a douche and why is there so much friction between these two’ side of things. Yes, things are explained-ish but I feel I needed more. I needed to witness the whole situation first hand and not just hear about it after the fact.

Jake is the hero of this book. He is a rancher and a budding country music musician. This really is Jake’s book. What I mean by that is yes, there is a romance and yes we do get to know Paige quite a bit, but I felt that the real focus of the book is Jake and where he is in his life, having to make some pretty serious decisions. I didn’t mind this. I felt this was a slightly different sort of contemporary romance.

Where with your ‘usual’ romance, you get to know the hero and the heroine equally with the focus truly being on both of them. But in this book, you get to know Paige but you follow Jake. Is that making any sense lol? I found this to be an interesting way to write a contemporary romance. Almost fresh. And Jake is a good guy. I just wish he was going through his own crap and not just recycling the crap his brothers and family went through in the first book.

From what I gather through this book, it seems that a lot of the major plot points from book one repeated themselves in this book just with different characters living through them. I found this a bit odd. I mean, there are tons of challenges that our poor hero could have gone through. He could have lost a toe in a tragic cow riding incident or found out he was really half Canadian. But instead betrayal was had, feelings were hurt, conclusions were jumped to and fighting ensued…and all revolving around pretty much the same issues as in book one. As I said, odd.

I liked Paige. I didn’t quite grasp the severity as I feel I was supposed to of her being from one family and Jake being from another (it was an attempt at a Romeo and Juliet sort of thing) but again, that may have been because I missed the first book. I liked her strength and her personality. I feel she meshed well with Jake even though I didn’t quite feel crazy chemistry between the two. But their rapport was good.

Overall, even though I felt that the plotlines were somewhat recycled from the first book and the characters weren’t as magnetic as I like in my contemporary romance books, No Accounting for Cowboys wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed the insight into Jake’s budding music career and found that quite interesting. If you like ranchers and burgeoning country music stars, you may like this one. Just be sure to read book one first.

2.5 stars

Books in The Grady Legacy series –
Slow Ride Home
No Accounting For Cowboys
Wrangling the Past (December 2014)

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