Not all Cowboys are Cruel

Christian - Romance - Historical
157 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2017
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Sometimes love is better the second time around, although Grace Isabella Lee doubts she wants another chance in the historical Christian romance, Not all Cowboys are Cruel by Angelica Hart. Grace believed her life couldn’t get any worse after being in an abusive relationship, but it did. She and her ailing father are destitute, and no one wants to hire her. When Grace is assaulted by hoodlums, a cowboy named Matthew rescues her. He gets her a job on the Baxter homestead, although malicious Clayton Baxter despises these two so much and demonstrates it. Grace and Matthew grow close, yet both are secretive about their pasts. Matthew also has insecurity issues, while Grace carries the scars of her abuser.

In Not all Cowboys are Cruel, a historical romance by Angelica Hart, Grace had my attention when I began reading, then my admiration and sympathy. She endured so much humiliation and hardship in her life, yet still considered taking a demeaning job for survival. The novella had a western setting with believable challenges of some characters, while others displayed narrow-minded attitudes. Sharp-tongued characters like Mrs. Baxter made me smile. The author’s writing was well-thought out, her description of the saloon and its patrons were great. Angelica Hart, by the way, is a pseudonym for this well-known author. Not all Cowboys are Cruel is a light-hearted Christian romance. It had a lovely cover illustration of a woman who matched Grace’s description. Found in Flight, an excerpt included from the next book in The Baxter Homestead Romances, was also interesting.

Scherry Jenkins

Not All Cowboys Are Cruel: A Baxter Homestead Romance by Angelica Hart is a story about a young woman who has endured the worst of hardships. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Grace is forced to do whatever is necessary to allow her father and her to survive, even if that means working for the woman at the saloon. When her offer of work is rejected, Grace doesn't think her life could possibly get any harder. But it does. As she walks back to the handcart where she left her father, she is attacked by three ruffians. That's when a lone stranger comes to her rescue. The story gets more intriguing as we discover more about the family Grace goes to work for, and as we discover who Matthew really is.

Angelica Hart tells an exciting story of hardships and heroes and how strong one young woman can be. The romance unfolded nicely, but I had a difficult time connecting with some of the characters. I couldn't quite grasp the personality of Matthew. He was frequently thinking about Grace, but was still so emotionally connected to his former wife that he actually shed tears, which made the romance with Grace slightly unbelievable. Then there was Clayton, one of those characters that you love to hate. He was just about as evil as a man could be and I could easily envision him. But I loved his mother! She was quite a character and what she had to say near the end of the story was terrific. Not All Cowboys Are Cruel had a nice ending. The story is very good and I truly enjoyed it.