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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Release Blitz with Giveaway - Cowboy Up

Title: Cowboy Up
Series: Dry Creek Ranch #1
Author: Stacy Finz
Publishers: Lyrical Shine/Kensington/
Penguin Random House
Genre: Contemporary Cowboy Romance
Release Date: July 23, 2019


Cash, Jace, and Sawyer: Three cousins sharing an inheritance of five hundred acres of prime California ranch land—and a whole lot of surprises . . .

Cash Dalton is no rancher. He’s an FBI agent—or at least he was, until he left a haunting case behind him and a load of guilt in front of him. Now it turns out he’s also a father—to a twelve-year-old girl he didn’t know he had. Clearly, it’s no time for a new romance, especially not with Aubrey McAlister, who’s renting the cottage on Dry Creek Ranch. She doesn’t even seem to like him. Still, there’s nothing wrong with looking . . .

After calling off her wedding, Aubrey is trying to focus on her interior design career and avoid the fact that she’s the center of small-town gossip. Clearly, it’s no time for a new romance, especially not with brooding Cash. Though she does find him sexy as hell. And he has softened since his daughter arrived—enough for Aubrey to help decorate her room—and even try to get Cash to open up about the chip on his shoulder. Once he does, both their hearts might just follow—but will their futures sync up as well? . . .

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Aubrey got the impression they were no longer talking about painting. “You must be a renegade, Cash Dalton.”
He held her gaze, his eyes so blue, they reminded her of Mill Lake in summertime. “Maybe, how ’bout you?” And then his eyes slid over her in a way that wasn’t altogether respectable.
“Me? Uh…I’m pretty conventional.”
“There’s nothing about you a man would call conventional.” He stepped in front of her and flicked a piece of tape off her shirt.
She lifted her face to his, hoping she wasn’t misreading what was going on here. “Should I take that as a compliment?” Are you making a move on me?
“Damn straight it’s a compliment.” His lips twitched and he tilted his head down close enough that she felt his warm breath on her cheeks. “You know, I nearly kissed you the other day? How weird would it be if I kissed you now?”
She chewed her bottom lip. “Probably pretty weird.” But she didn’t move away.
His lips hovered barely an inch from her mouth. “Should we try it? What’s the worst that can happen?” 
It was just a kiss, she argued with herself, trying to dismiss all the reasons it was insane, starting with the fact that she’d just broken her engagement to another man. Her head told her to back away, but her mouth said, “I don’t see how it could hurt.”
And then, just like that, he covered her mouth with his, tasting her lips until the kiss grew deeper…


Review by Barbara

Fabulous start to a series. I fell in love with the characters, the towns folk, and the hubbub going on in Dry Creek. The author has given us a funny, sexy, heartfelt storyline with characters that will reach in and grab your heart and soul. The characters are so well defined I felt like I knew the whole town. Plus there are several background stories going on that make the reader feel like they are right there in the heart of the town watching that’s happening. I just can’t wait for more from Dry Creek.

Cowboy Up is Cash’s story. He is a former FBI agent that’s life has been one bombshell after another. First his grandfather, who raised him and his cousins, died and left them all co-owners of Dry Creek Ranch (which sadly is in a poor neglected state). Second he finds out he as a 12 year old daughter he apparently fathered during a one night stand who he now has custody of and no idea how to raise or even get through to in her grieving state. Next is Aubrey, the sexy woman renting the cabin next to his on the ranch, who is being shunned by the town for breaking up with her fiancee (for reasons I can say without spoiling the story).  Aubrey is a bubbly person that is constantly in his business and driving him nuts. All Cash wants is some peace and quiet to figure out what he’s going to do with his life. But fate had other plans.

The story is humorous, delightful, heartwarming and heartbreaking all rolled up into one. I highly recommend starting the series with Cowboy Up. If this is a preview of what’s to come, I think readers are going to be in for a rip roaring entertaining time with the people of Dry Creek.

2 Thumbs Up and 5 stars for what this reader considers an outstanding start to the series.

Review by Kathy

Wonderfully written story revolving around three cousins, all of whom own the Dry Creek Ranch left to them by their grandparents. This story, this is Cash's story and it is about as complicated as it can get when living out on a ranch that is deep in debt and running down daily. He is a former FBI agent and trying to come to terms with not having a job and just finding out that a one-night-stand some 12 years ago produced the daughter he never knew existed until her dying mother contacted him and told him she wanted their daughter to live with and get to know her father. What could possibly happen next??? Aubrey. Yes, Aubrey happened and with all the gusto of a raging bull she charges over to his cottage demanding for him to stop his target practice and insisting that he evidently had a drinking problem and that he should seek help. Yea, his life just keeps getting better and better; but wait, now his cousin the Sheriff shows up. Yea, this is his new life! 

This story is amusing, entertaining, frustrating and full on enjoyable with enough heat to challenge their sizzling summer. Then there is the intrigue, mystery and the secret that has the entire town taking sides between Aubrey and her ex-fiance Mitch. Seems everyone is team Mitch and all the hate goes to Aubrey because she supposedly dumped Mitch for Cash's cousin Jace..the Sheriff. Yea folks, it's small town fun at it's finest until a real crime takes place. The mystery intensifies as Jace and Cash try to figure out how two hundred head of cattle just up and disappeared. Then there is poor little Ellie, Cash's daughter who is mourning her mother's death, living with a man she doesn't know, meeting family that she doesn't even know are really family and is so confused and miserable that she is secretly planning to run away, back to Boston. 

This book was very well written and even with the multiple mini stories within the main story, you never got lost or confused. It flowed freely and easily and drew you into the story the further you read. I loved every minute of this book and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens to the ranch, to the cousins, to Cash and Aubrey and Ellie. It all leaves me chomping at the bit. LOL. 

Author Bio

Stacy Finz is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns as a newspaper reporter, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series, the Garner Brothers series, and the upcoming Dry Creek Ranch series. She lives in Northern California with her husband.

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