☆☆➹⁀☆4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
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 and reclusive 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 . . .
Book 2–No Angels for Christmas–coming April 2019
Book 3–The Angel and the SEAL–coming June 2019
Whether it is a romance or a mystery, I love small town stories, and Petie McCarty’s No Cowboys No Angels is both. This romantic suspense is filled with empathetic townsfolk, nefarious bad guys, and questionable land developers.
At the reading of the will, Kellen and Joey learn their late mother never sold their old farm. The siblings weren’t expecting to inherit given their meager beginnings, and they certain want nothing to do with the homestead that only holds bad memories. The clear-it-out-and-sell-it-to-the-land-developer plan isn’t as quick and easy as they initially thought. Naturally, the extra time in Riverside allows Kellen to work through some of her bad memories as well as capture the attention of a couple gentlemen in town.
Ms. McCarty provides her readers with an emotionally gripping story about two strong, stubborn characters. Their attraction to one another is as evident as their attempts to deny that attraction! The smattering of secondary characters is fantastic. They are stereotypical small town people—friendly, kind, and above all nosy. I loved David, the childhood friend who is now the school teacher. His devotion to creating a better academic experience for the local children is heartwarming.
The plot is well paced and the tension builds steadily through the story. Ms. McCarty nicely weaves together the romance, mystery, and dealing with childhood trauma aspects of her tale. Those plot points are perfectly blended and balanced, and the story flows organically. No Cowboy No Angel is a clean romance, and a delight to read.
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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 for Christmas.
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