Crazy About a Cowboy
Series: Tying the Knot in Texas, #3
Author: Dylann Crush
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Local cowboy Jasper Taylor has to decide if it’s more important to help his hometown of Ido, Texas win a contest or for him to win the heart of the woman he loves.
The little town of Ido, Texas, is up against some big competition. With the state tourism department on a search for the most romantic town in Texas, Ido is pulling out all the stops to win the title. Leading the effort is the newly appointed hospitality host Jasper Taylor. If he can secure the honor for Ido, he’ll be able to hang onto his family’s land.
But when the reigning Miss Lovin’ Texas and celebrity judge, Delilah Stone, rolls into town, she isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. Delilah’s ready to put her beauty queen days behind her, and the only thing standing in her way is spending the next thirty days in Ido. It should be an easy gig, but someone in town is tired of all of the recent publicity. Somehow everything that ought to go right is suddenly going wrong.
Now it’s up to Jasper to convince Delilah to give Ido another chance by showing her just how romantic the small town can be…without losing his own heart in the process.
Crazy About a Cowboy is the first book I have read by Dylann Crush. I was a little worried going in about it being written in third person since that’s not my favorite, but it didn’t bother me at all. Dylann Crush is a talented writer whose words flow well and story captures you.
I truly enjoyed Crazy About a Cowboy. If I am going to read about a debutant, Delilah Stone is the kind I want. She wasn’t a snobby person. Underneath all her poise was a nice woman who wanted to do good. I loved how she was starting to deal with her momager. Pecan farmer Jasper Taylor being thrown in as her town hospitality host was was so fun and perfect. He was such a great person and family member. They had so much fun together and the way their relationship progressed felt natural. I simply loved them together.
One of the fun things about this book were the side characters. And I do mean characters. Jasper’s aunt was a favorite as was the burger joint owner. I also really liked the characters I’ve learned are from the first two books in this series. Reading about them made me want to go back and read those first two books.
There were a couple of things that sat at the back of my mind while reading this book and kept me from giving it five stars. One was that some times I felt confused after finishing a chapter and starting a new one. A chapter would end with me being curious what would happen next, but then there would be a tiny time jump and I wouldn’t find out what happened after the last scene. There was a particularly memorable one surrounding Delilah almost getting caught in Jasper’s house that I desperately wanted to know about. The second thing that bugged me a bit was that there was the lack of drama regarding who won the contest and how it related to the couple. It wasn’t a huge deal, just surprised me because I thought things were headed a certain way.
Overall, Crazy About a Cowboy was a great read and introduction to Dylann Crush’s books. It was an entertaining story that made me laugh, smile, and fall in love with the characters and town of Ido.