Cowboys At Coconuts

Romance - Contemporary
327 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Cowboys At Coconuts is a work of contemporary heartwarming romance penned by author Beth Carter. The fourth installment in the Coconuts romance series, this particular storyline follows a series of characters from different walks of life who arrive for a cocktail at Coconuts in this series-connected stand-alone read. Four central female characters carry the action: socialite Cheri, bank marketer Alex, struggling daughter Hope and the heavily pregnant Suzy. Each has their own problems, be they family relationships, work issues or unlucky love lives, and their time at Coconuts will either help or hinder their dramas as the ladies learn important and uplifting life lessons.

For romance, drama, laughs, twists and turns, author Beth Carter has her readers covered from beginning to end. It was easy to pick up the vibe of the series without having read the other novels, and the narration flows smoothly between the different characters, winding their stories together in a plot that delivers plenty of information and relationship interplay, but without overloading the scenes with any unnecessary background. One of the things that impressed me most was Carter’s talent with dialogue, which helps to distinguish such an ensemble cast as each one enters the scene, and the emotional investment she puts into each of the women to make them resonant and distinct in their hopes, goals, and struggles throughout life. As such, there’s always someone to connect with, and overall Cowboys at Coconuts is a highly recommended romantic and dramatic read for fans of clean contemporary reads.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Cowboys At Coconuts by Beth Carter is book four in the Coconuts series. The story revolves around four women from different walks of life who are united by their friendship and their favorite hangout, Coconuts. Cheri Van Buren is the super-rich New York socialite engaged to a man whom she barely speaks to, let alone feels any affection for. But her fiance belongs in her world and is the person everyone, including her family, expects her to end up with. However, a visit to Crystal City facilitates a meeting with a country-bred cowboy, Cole Cash, when the paparazzi ambush her at an airport. Can she give up her highflying life for a country guy who enjoys the simple things in life?

Beth Carter's Coconuts series is a well-rounded women's slash chick-lit slash comedy. I loved that these four women are so different and each of them has a rich story to tell. The book mainly focuses on Cheri but does a good job of showing the lives of the other three. Alex is torn between two men and struggling with an evil intern. Suzy has twins on the way while facing the problems that come with having a blended family. Hope has found the hippie parents that she thought were dead after a tragic train accident. There is not a boring moment in their stories. And I already love Coconuts where these women's lives seem to revolve. It's a safe place for them to unwind and just have a good old time. I can't wait for more stories in this series.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Cowboys at Coconuts by Beth Carter continues the lives of four friends. Hope, Alex, and Suzy have been friends since high school. They included Cheri Van Buren in their group when she needed a taste of true friendship and a simpler way of life. The fourth book in the Coconuts series finds Hope attempting to reunite her parents while dealing with her dad's memory loss. Hopefully seeing his wife will jar his memory before he makes a terrible mistake. Alex is stressed over the wild antics of her intern, but can't say anything because she is the daughter of the bank president. Alex and Tony have also seen happier times and she is wondering if it is time to call it quits. Suzy is adjusting to married life when a pregnancy with twins becomes the new normal. While dealing with all-day sickness and her wedding planner business, Suzy is now feeling overwhelmed with the shift in her son's family life. Lastly, there is Cheri who loves her friends and catering business but wishes she could find someone to love. Being engaged to a wealthy man whom she only hears from a couple of times a year just isn't cutting it, especially now that she has met a cowboy.

Beth Carter seamlessly rotates between each of the different women and their dramatic lives. Each chapter in Cowboys at Coconuts ends in a cliffhanger as the crisis in their lives comes to a head. The author gives each woman a different personality and challenge in her life, but they always come back to their favorite bar, Coconuts, to encourage and support each other. Their friendship has seen them through years of sadness, joy, and changes; yet this bond is their anchor in reality. My personal favorite is Alex. Her bold personality coupled with more than a touch of OCD is comical. This whole series would be good for a book club of women as they could probably relate to one or more of the personalities or events.