August 24, 2021
What’s a country music star to do
when his world is falling apart around him?
Can he find his way back home?
According to his record label, Travis King’s drinking and partying has to stop. Or else… Image rebranding means joining AA and singing opposite one of the industry’s rising stars at an upcoming awards show. It wouldn’t be so bad if Loretta Gram wasn’t cold as ice. No matter how hard he turns on the charm, she won’t give him a break. It looks like this cowboy has finally met his match.
Loretta is still grieving the death of her original singing partner, and she doesn’t have it in her to deal with playboy Travis King. But her career is all she has, so if singing with the Three Kings is what she needs, she’ll do it. Loretta isn’t as cold as she lets on, but she’s had more than her share of heartache. When she finally shows Travis who she is, he knows he’ll do anything to be her forever cowboy.
It’s been awhile since I read a music romance, mostly because when I’ve read one in the past few years, they haven’t been the best of experiences. That said, Country Music Cowboy by Sasha Summers is right on target and makes me want to read the first two books in the series.
Loretta Gram has lost her best friend and singing partner to an untimely death, and she’s not in the right frame of mind to be dealing with Travis King, the son of the famous country star Hank King and a member of the Three Kings. As far as she can tell, he’s an out-of-control player who has been spoiled rotten and has no responsibilities or cares for anyone else. But Loretta doesn’t really know Travis. She just goes by what the tabloids and rumor-mill tell her.
Fresh out of rehab, Travis is trying to start over. He’s a year sober and looking forward to starting his new path. He’s surprised and then mad when Loretta Gram presumes that he’s pretending to be sober. But there’s something between them. When Loretta discovers the truth, it opens up a door to a new level for them, if only they can navigate certain self-interested family members and learn to trust. Travis is funny and sweet and Loretta is strong and self-sufficient. They are a very readable match.
Country Music Cowboy is just such a solid read with interesting, likeable characters, great pacing, and a plot in which the hard topics are sometimes dealt with in a sympathetic manner. While I sometimes go “ugh” when I read the “lyrics” that authors give their characters to write, even here, the writing was good with a sense of rhythm and rhyme that would be perfect for a song.
Because I liked the novel’s synopsis, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this is the third novel in the Kings of Country series. I needn’t have worried. While there were a lot of characters (the romances that had already preceded Travis and Loretta’s), they never felt extra. They had a place in the story because the Kings are a close-knit family, with the exception of the mother, Cici, who is divorcing Hank. Likewise, there weren’t any holes in the plot that weren’t filled in this story’s telling. So, all-in-all, a satisfying experience.
While Sasha Summers has written quite a number of novels, this is the first I’ve read but most definitely won’t be the last. First, I’m going to read about the other Kings of Country.
A solid, satisfying read about a likeable couple.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 butterflies