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Series: Camden Ranch #1
Published by Realm Press on December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance
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Born and raised on the sunny shores of Gypsy Beach, Hope Camden is struggling to make sense of life on her husband’s family cattle ranch, which is often buried in three feet of snow. She willingly traded in her flip-flops for cowgirl boots, but life on the ranch isn’t quite how she imagined it. Truthfully, she doesn’t understand how anyone survives in a town where the cows vastly outnumber the people, the mailman reads the mail before delivering it, the doctor’s office is in an old mechanic’s shop, and the poodle-grooming beauty shop owner moonlights for the mortuary. Her husband is kind, sweet, and oh so sexy, but the Nebraskan winters may be more than she can withstand.
Born and bred to be a cowboy, Brock Camden is desperate to make Hope love Pleasant Glen as much as he does. There’s nothing better than having his wife in his arms or in his bed. He just has to show her that life on his family’s cattle ranch can be just as magical as their life on Gypsy Beach, if she’ll give it a chance. A shocking twist of fate has both of them clinging tightly to one another, and Brock has to prove that he’ll stand by her side through thick or thin. Will the fiery passion they have between the sheets be enough to keep them warm through the long, cold winter nights?
Also by this author: Gypsy Beach, Gypsy Heat, Gypsy Hope
The story of how best friends Brock Camden and Hope Hendrix made the leap from friends to lovers to married couple was beautifully told in Jillian Neal’s novel Gypsy Hope (Gypsy Beach #4) (see my review). Coincidental Cowgirl follows the newlyweds to Brock’s quirky hometown of Pleasant Glen, Nebraska. It’s refreshing to read a story of a couple struggling with making the adjustment to life together they’s supposedly achieved their happily-ever-after.
Fate continues to throw Brock and Hope curveballs as they face their first winter on Camden Ranch, where Brock is struggling to prove himself worthy of his ownership share. The long hours and exhausting work leave Brock little time to connect with Hope on an emotional level. Any time or energy he can spare is reserved for losing himself in the comfort and heat of his new wife’s arms. When things get tough a lot of couples stop having sex, for these two it’s the opposite – it seems like the only time either Hope or Brock feels complete and content is when they are being intimate. And they do it so well, who can blame them? Seriously, Jillian Neal writes some steamy and romantic love scenes.
Hope feels isolated and helpless amid the frozen tundra of the Nebraska cattle farm. Before moving, Hope spent her entire life in the small coastal Carolina community of Gypsy Beach. Now the only people she knows are her husband and his family – although everyone in town seems to know who she is. The eccentric cast of secondary characters who populate Pleasant Glen leave Hope feeling even more dazed and confused. Feeling guilty over her homesickness, and knowing how hard Brock is working on the ranch, Hope refuses to complain. Brock and Hope both know they have problems but can’t seem to keep their hands off one another long enough to resolve them.
Some of the elements that made Gypsy Hope so enjoyable are glossed over in this novel. Brock’s dyslexia and insecurities, and Hope’s inherent cautiousness are mentioned but could have been explored further allowing for a deeper emotional connection with the reader. Most of the conflict between Brock and Hope could have been handled with open and honest communication, a lesson most newly married couples must learn.
The Camden family (Brock’s cousins Luke, Grant, Natalie, Austin, and Holly) and the inhabitants of Pleasant Glen will no doubt be fodder for many more tender and sexy tales. Coincidental Cowgirl is a great introduction to the world of Camden ranch.
Excerpt from Coincidental Cowgirl
Much to Hope’s delight, Brock appeared just as she was dipping her plate in the soapy water she’d run in the sink. “Hey, you’re here.” Drying her hands quickly, she raced into his arms. Chuckling, he hugged her to his chest, but she couldn’t access much of him. The hardened planes of his chest and his muscular arms that always made her feel safe were bundled up against the elements. The freezing cold was trapped inside his coat and chaps. It transferred to her as soon as she embraced him, but she didn’t care. She’d endure the cold to be in his arms. There was nothing better.
He set his cowboy hat on the counter. The front hung off the edge, and Hope resisted the urge to scoot it back. Apparently, that damaged the rim and made cowboys unhappy. She’d deciphered that much in the last couple weeks. Maybe with a little more time, she’d figure out more about ranch life since Brock really didn’t have time to teach her. She’d always been a quick learner. She’d figure out ranch life soon; she was determined.
Tugging off his deerskin gloves, Brock brushed a kiss on her cheek. The cold bristle of his slight beard stung her jaw. She shivered until he drew her back in his arms and mated their mouths in an unexpectedly passionate kiss. “God, I miss you.” His hands squeezed her backside and just like every time before, she let her frustrations melt in the heat that emanated between them. “You okay, darlin’?” Concern darkened the golden rims of his eyes.
She angled her head, hungry for more, when he broke the kiss. Avoiding his question, she replied to the first comment, “I miss you, too.” Her tongue stroked hers, coaxing her, tasting her mouth. A shiver that had nothing to do with the weather quaked through her body.
About Author Jillian Neal
Bestselling author, Jillian Neal, was not only born 30 but also came accessorized with loads of books and adorable handbags in which to carry them, at least that’s what she tells people. After earning a degree in education, she discovered that her passion could never be housed inside a classroom. A vehement lover of love and having maintained a lifelong affair with the awe-inspiring power of words, she set to turn the romance industry on its head. Her overly-caffeinated, troupe-spinning muse is never happy with the standard formula story. She believes every book should be brimming with passion, loaded with hot sexy scenes, packed with a gut-punch of emotion, and have characters that leap off the page and right into your heart.
Her first series, The Gifted Realm, defines contemporary romance with a fantasy twist. Her Gypsy Beach series will leave you longing to visit the sultry shores of the tiny bohemian beach town, and her erotic romance series, Camden Ranch, will make you certain there is nothing better than a cowboy with some chaps and a plan. The sheer amount of coffee required to keep all of those characters dancing in her head would border on lethal, so she unleashes their engaging stories on page after page of spellbinding reads.
Jillian lives outside of Atlanta with her own sexy sweetheart, their teenage sons, and enough stiletto heels, cowgirl boots, and flip-flops to exist in any of the fictional worlds she brings to life.