Must Love Cowboys is the second book in the Cowboy Heaven series by Cheryl Brooks. I have not read the previous book, but did not feel like I was missing much along the way. Shy computer specialist and amateur chef Tina Hayes travels to Circle Bar K ranch to scatter her father’s ashes in the Tetons of Wyoming. Once there, her father’s old army buddy and his cast of cowboy ranch hands persuade her to stay on as the ranch’s cook for a while. It’s not a hard decision, especially when she meets Wyatt McCabe, a man who makes her heart gallop like no one else. But with so many cowboys to choose from, can Wyatt show Tina that he’s the only one for her?
Must Love Cowboys starts out with a thoughtful and terribly shy heroine that has to face a ranch full of cowboys. I was very interested and thought that I was going to be thrilled. Sadly, or horribly shy girl is soon making out with one cowboy, and then into bed with a different one. Now, for a girl that was jumping out of her skin just being in the same driveway with a couple cowboys to be in bed with that same cowboy so quickly just did not play right with me. I loved the cowboys, every single one of the guys, including her late grandfather's buddy, had me wanting them in my corner as friends or a support system. The characters were not flat, but no time was wasted in making them multidimensional. Tina started off feeling complex, but I quickly lost interest in her as she jumped into bed a little too easily, and full of ideas that many more experienced women would not be throwing out there quite so soon. the danger and background of mystery was interesting and reasonably well done, but like Tina- i found its conclusion and path to get there a little to easy but unexpectedly out there.
Must Love Cowboys is a fun and fast read. I liked the interaction and relationships between the cast of characters overall, but found myself not quite believing in some of Tina's choices and thoughts. However, it was still a good read to escape a rainy night in New England.