The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.
Mission accomplished, but no
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Ridge Lockhard left the home he grew up with the high expectations to find his own way in life and to prove that he was better than what his father thought of him. He built up his reputation, his wealth and fame and kept his distance most especially from his father, the one man he could never meet up with for expectations and only failures. But when his best friend gets engaged, he comes for the wedding even knowing what it w
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Million Dollar Cowboy was a book that really really surprised me. Lori Wilde is a author I never know what to expect and this book swept me away compltely. I just wanted to immerse myself all day in this story and just didn’t want to put it down at all!! And yeah this was one sexy cowboy romance that I couldn’t help but smile all the way through. It starts off pretty sad actually, where we see our hero, as a little boy being abandoned by his mother on the doorstep of his fathers house, and no one at his fathers home is welcoming, and he is only seven years old, it just about broke my heart, so yeah it does pull the reader in, because you just want this little boy to find his own happy ending. Well this boy grows up into Ridge Lockhart. Who left home as soon as he could and made a name for himself including more wealth that his father ever accumulated. He returns home for a wedding, to face his father, and also rekindles some flames with a sexy and sassy country Texan vet student who used to follow him around like a puppy dog and he in turn would tug at her pigtails. Yeah these two have some history, she is also his best friends baby sister.
‘You think I am stubborn?”
“Lockhart, a pack mule in the Grand Canyon threatened with a three hundred pound tourist wanting a ride to the top in August heat isn’t as stubborn as you.”
But there is some powerful chemistry between these two. What I do love and admire about this author, is the way she builds up tension between a couple in the most real and vivid way. And she doesn’t disappoint in Million Dollar Cowboy and i think what I really enjoyed about this book was seeing these two reconnect. But not only that, was seeing these two trying to make every moment count in the little time they have together. We see some personal growth in our hero especially. He of course, has some serious inner demons he needs to face. But then we have some “magical” tune to the story which I did NOT see coming but loved it anyway. There is a legend in Kaia’s family, that when you kiss your future “mate” you will hear humming. And our heroine hears the humming anytime she is near Ridge which just complicates matters. Kaia is a heroine I just admired from the very beginning. She is confident and knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go after it. I loved her passion for life. She doesn’t let anything get her down and enjoys every little moment of joy in her life. The romance is sexy and endearing and captivating and I just didn’t want their story to end!! Definitely read this if you love contemporary romance or some fun cowboy fun.
He wanted to belong to her. Wanted her to belong to him. Not in a grasping, controlling, possessive way, but in the perfect way two puzzle pieces fit together. Meant to be.
Meant for each other and no one else.
I really love this cover, and I like how well it portrays the setting of western hot texas.
Million Dollar Cowboy is a emotional packed small town western romance that has a hint of magic, plenty of sexy chemistry and a couple that are perfectly matched….SENSATIONAL!!
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Million Dollar Cowboy is a romance story with a journey of self-discovery. Both hero and heroine do a little soul searching while finding their way to love. Ridge Lockhart has returned to Cupid, Texas 10 years after leaving abruptly, in order to attend his best friend’s wedding. He set out to be more successful than his father and has achieved it tenfold. Being the illegitimate oldest son of Duke Lockhart, a tough, stern, unyielding man, wasn’t easy as he was growing up, but he did have the Alza
During those ten years Kaia Alzate has grown into a beautiful woman and Ridge notices. She’s got a new view on life since her auto accident and appreciates life a little bit more and takes nothing for granted. Afraid of what she feels when she’s with Ridge puts her on edge and won’t allow herself to fall for him if he is only here temporarily. What really puts her on edge is the fact that he doesn’t realize how his work has totally taken over and leaves no room for the better things in life which truly are more important. No amount of love is going to save him unless he saves himself.
The whole story is rich with description of the setting of the story, but also with the inner dialogue of both main characters. You read about their inner struggles to find a good balance of work, family and love. Ridge is a complex character because he doesn’t know what it is to have love in his life and doesn’t recognize it. I loved his journey and how it wasn’t easy to let go of the past and move forward. This was a well written story and I’m going to reread it again to savor the written words all over. This is part of the Cupid, TX series but can definitely be read as a standalone. If you’ve haven’t read a Lori Wilde novel you can jump right in with Million Dollar Cowboy and enjoy her style of romance.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
it was amazing
I’m so glad to have jumped in to read this book, mostly for one thing: Ridge Lockhart. He was utterly wonderful, even as I could feel every bit of resistance and angry, hurt little boy lashing out at those who would ignore him. He left town as the illegitimate son of the Big Man in town, a wealthy rancher who, although giving him a place to live, always made him feel second best, with his mother gone and new ‘step mother’ who loathed him. Loathed him so much, she left her own son behind in her r
But, his best friend is getting married, and the ties that bind him there, bring him back to town, to a wedding in a chapel on the ranch’s property. Now all grown up with money and a history of his own – he’s counting the hours until he can put the Silver Feather Ranch, and all of the baggage that it stirs up, in his rearview. But, then he comes face to face with Kaia, daughter of the foreman and someone he grew up with, the interest on his part is instant.
Kaia is home for her brother’s wedding, she’s still determined to become a veterinarian, but with some side trips along the way, she’s not quite there yet. Oh she remembered Ridge, she had a crush on him for years, she just didn’t realize that they were still there. And OH was it fun seeing her reaction when she discovers THAT little tidbit. I loved her: she was so down to earth and matter of fact about things: always finding time to take a moment and absorb it, a lesson that everyone in this story will come to learn, eventually.
When Ridge’s father, Duke, comes to face his own mortality, the story really heats up as his now wife, and Ridge’s ex, as well as Kaia make it clear that NOW is the time for Ridge and Duke to come out of their respective corners and meet in the middle, because the ranch, and family are something that they both need. A wonderfully layered story that worked in nuanced and ‘bash you over the head with a pitchfork’ sort of ways to get Ridge’s issues mostly resolved, and allow him the opportunity to grab life and love by the horns – he’s only got to reach.
A favorite this year for sure, mostly for the layers of healing and hope that come to Ridge, and the wonderful potential for true belonging with Kaia.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Review first appeared at I am, Indeed