Reviewed by Scherry Jenkins for Readers' Favorite
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.