As we all know by now because I haven’t shut up about it for the last six week, October was a horrid reading month for me. As such, I have been hunting high and low for great books to fill my days now that my slump appears to be over, and I was super excited when Wildfire Marketing sent me a free eARC of Hitching the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox in exchange for a fair review! Contemporary Romances have always been my favorite “non-alcoholic” (aka, won’t leave me hungover) reads, and Kennedy Fox writes some freaking awesome ones. I am super excited to share my full review today, so keep on reading!
Wedding bells are the last thing on twenty-two year old Riley Bishop’s mind, but that’s exactly what he hears after waking up in Vegas next to a woman he just met—his new wife.
He never saw her coming, but she might be worth the risk.
Zoey Mitchell is high on life, free spirited, and adventurous. However, learning she married a rowdy cowboy after a night of partying is not what she expected—even for her.
She’s risking it all, gambling with her heart.
Deciding to give their instant marriage a chance, Zoey moves from her big city life to a small town Texas ranch. She has to know if their connection is based on more than just a wild one-night stand before announcing to her family that she got hitched.
One moment changes everything—for better or worse—and a secret could destroy them both.
This was such a fun read! I actually made a big mistake with this book, which was that I decided to start it before going to bed, thinking I would read a bit and then be able to go to sleep. Fast forward to 130am and I am turning the final page. It was just so unputdownable!
For starters, I am a sucker for any book with a cowboy. I grew up on a horse farm and definitely lived that country girl life, so you show me a sexy man in a cowboy hat and I’m all over it. Riley Bishop is no exception. He’s got the drawl and the charm and the abs and who wouldn’t want that? Zoey was a lot of fun too, although I sometimes found her to be a little bit of a pushover (not with Riley though, thankfully…with him she was able to be her more strong minded self) which is a little frustrating. I also loved the various side characters, which consist of Diesel (yes please), and the whole Bishop clan (most of whom have their own books written about them, something I didn’t know going into this one).
The plot was…okay. I mean, it was your typical romance novel plot: girl and guy get into some sort of shenanigans where they are now stuck together, and then they fall in love, but something threatens to tear them apart. The wheel certainly wasn’t reinvented here, but I did feel like it was written a little too…casually…? Like, I wanted some more meat on the bones to really make me fall in love with the characters, and to fall in love with the ranch, and all of that. It just fell a little flat in that regard.
HOWEVER, this was exactly the type of book I needed right now, and it was exactly what I expected, and there is something to be said for that! If you love awesome cheesy romance novels with a little dash of heat (there were plenty of steamy bits; don’t you worry about that) and peppered with plenty of smoking hot cowboys, this book is definitely for you! No excuse me while I go stare at the cover art a little more. 😉
Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!