Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemproary Romance
Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?
Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach.Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero, Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
Falling for a Cowboy is the second book in Karen Rock’s Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. This book follows Jared, he’s a bit the charmer of the family and everything comes easy to him. And Amberley, a barrel racer who takes a big set back when she becomes legally blind. It’s a story about falling in love and finding your way.
Just like the first book this book was a great read. It’s romantic, heartwarming and while it’s definitely a great romance book, it’s so much more than that. It deals with expectations, promises, physical disability and also how hard we can be on ourselves. It’s about winning, following your dreams and fighting for what you want.
I liked how this was a friend to lovers romance. Jared and Amberley have been best friends for a long time and now that they’re suddenly feeling more, they’re struggling with how to proceed and whether to risk their friendship for more. I liked how well these two knew each other and their romance was great. They always had each others back. Although I did got annoyed a bit about something Jared did and said toward the end of the book. Amberley handles it great and I only respected her more for it.
Both Jared and Amberley were great characters. Jared is a bit of a charmer to whom everything comes easy, except now he has to win Amberley’s heart and he actually has to fight for something. It was interesting to him struggle with that and have to come to terms with his feelings and realize that there are things fighting worth fighting for. I did get annoyed at Jared a few times, but overall it was clear he wanted the best for Amberley and his family and that he really cared about Amberley. I didn’t really care for their competitive spirit tough and felt sad how they let the words of their dead parents influence so much of their life. Although it did feel realistic, it also felt like they were a bit too hard on themselves at times.
And while I liked Jared, I think I liked Amberley even more. At the start of the book she becomes legally blind and at first she really struggles to come to terms with it and I really felt for her. I thought her reaction felt very real. It’s great once she starts to work with her disability and realize she doesn’t have to give up on your dreams. she slowly wins back her confidence and also finds something new that she loves doing. She does push herself a bit too hard at times and was so focused on being number one and winning, but once she lets go of that it’s beautiful to see her transform.
I also liked how the parts written from Amberley’s point of view illustrated her blindness and also how she handled it. Like how the sounds and smells got more prominent and she imaged how things would look. And also how she moved around and used other clues than her sight.
We also get to see the rest of the Cade family again and Sofia and Javi. I was lovely to see how the rest of the characters were doing and I enjoyed getting to see the slight romance story of the Cade brothers mother continue in this book. It’s fun to get to see the already familiar characters from a different point of view. There are also are some new characters and some awesome animals (I really liked Petey) we meet in this book.
To summarize: Falling for a Cowboy is a beautiful and heartwarming friends to lovers romance. The romance between Amberley and Jared was great to see, they’ve been best friends for so long and know each other so well and I liked seeing them slowly grow even closer. I liked both characters, but I did get annoyed at times at Jared. But then on the other hand there are some great scenes with these touching gestures and how he is there for Amberley and how her blindness doesn’t change how he feels about her. I did really like Amberley and seeing how she adapted to being blind. I didn’t really care for their competitiveness, but I did like seeing them both change over the course of the book and realize that winning wasn’t all that’s important. While it’s a romance, it’s also deals with a lot of other topics and plot lines and I liked how that enriched the plot. Overall this was another great book in this series and I am already looking forward to the next book!