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Zakia and the Cowboy (Thunder Creek Ranch #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  28 reviews
With a stalker following her every move Zakia has no choice but to flee the city. With her options limited she runs to the only place she's ever felt safe...the Thunder Creek Ranch and her ex-husband, Lucas.

Will he protect Zakia from the stalker? And if he does will either of them be able to ignore the feelings that have simmered for so long, ready to explode... before dan
Published October 5th 2011 by Evernight Publishing (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Jun 26, 2012 Madison rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 18 and over
Recommended to Madison by: a dear friend
Zakia and The cowboy is a heartwarming story about young love gone wrong and second chances.

Young bride Zakia ran away from life on a sprawling ranch and her hot cowboy husband because she felt like she didn't fit in. Only to find herself pregnant and alone.

She wants desperately for him to come after her, but he doesn't. She wants to call him, but she doesn't. Pride gets in the way of their love for each it often does for us.

Years later, Zakia realizes the only one she can run to in
Tara Chevrestt
"He gave her a leg up, their bodies brushing against each other, causing a heated friction that certainly wasn't due to the heat of the sun."

Wow! I think that's my favorite line and just had to throw that out there. This is a romantic/western suspense. Zakia is a single mother with two twin boys who has a nasty stalker. She escapes to the only place she feels safe: her ex husband's ranch.

Luke is a hot cowboy who gets a shock of his life when he discovers he has two twin sons. Once her and Zakia
I loved this book. Something the author didn't give away in any blurb or excerpt I read was Zakia was pregnant when she left Luke 5 years earlier, which made the book so much better. And to make things better, they were twin boys (awwww). I could picture them so well in my head and they were just adorable. The first part of the book was mostly dedicated to Zakia and Luke learning to trust each other again and rekindling their love. Oh and don't forget, Luke has two little boys he's dying to know ...more
Michelle Fayard
Zakia and her five-year-old twins are forced to return to the ranch of her former husband when someone starts maliciously stalking her. Zakia has never stopped loving Luke, but how will she regain his trust after having left without an explanation—and without telling him she was pregnant with their sons? Now time is running out, both for their love and Zakia’s life.

Set in the Canadian Rockies, ZAKIA AND THE COWBOY is an intense read from debut author Lorraine Nelson. The first of the Thunder Cre
Samie Kauchis
I liked it, but the dialogue got a little to... Golly gee for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, the story was good and well plotted out it just seemed... Dare I say, a touch to Happy? It reminded me of a 'Pleasantville' type atmosphere... All...

"Gee Mary Sue, maybe you ought to not chase that guy right now it's pretty dark."
"You know Billy Joe, I do think you're right! I should wait until morning."
"That's a grand idea Mary Sue. Why don't you come settle in over here for a bit?"

...Okay, not literall
Julie Burns
Had this on my currently to read for a while now. Better start it :-)
Listed as the first book in the Thunder Creek Ranch series. Zakia has a stalker and finds herself and her children back at her ex-husband's ranch. She left 5 years before and never got the opportunity to tell her ex, Luke, that she was having his babies.

While the story wasn't too bad I had to deduct points for the totally unfeasibility of some of the plot elements. I found myself shaking my head a lot in confusion and wonder. I don't think I could recommend it but still it seems to have some goo
Julie Ramsey
Zakia and the Cowboy

Zakia as a young women, married Luke the love of her life. Both were young but the chemistry is strong. Luke, a cowboy through and through. Owning and running a ranch, kept him busy. If not out working on the farm, he was working with his animals. Except for at night. At night, was for Zakia. Zakia although, in love with Luke was very lonely. All ways by herself and never included in the ranch, started to regret getting married so young. So when she leaves Luke, he really doe
Voirey Linger
This book was a big ball of WTFery for me. Many places the dialogue and characterizations just didn't make sense. The RCMP involvement in the stalker situation had me wondering if Canadian and US police resources were really so different. Are Canadians not allowed to have security cameras? Because a couple of those would have done wonders for nipping this one in the bud.

The language used in the book had me scratching my head on several occasions, audible shrieks and rein/reign stood out to me. T
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The beginning was hard to continue, it was telling and the story just starts. There’s the characters, there’s the scene with no gentle ease into the book. That said, KEEP READING! It gets so much better. The growing relationship between Lucas and his twins was beautiful. Then add the flames between him and Zakia, it makes for a dynamic read. I’m not a mother and usually kids in romance novels never end well but Ms. Nelson did a fantasti
A really cute contemporary romance. Zakia and Lucas married young but couldn’t seem to express themselves outside of the bedroom. When Zakia finally walked away both of them had too much pride to go after the other so even though they were still in love, they were torn apart. Years later Zakia is facing a stalker and knows the only safe place she can find will be on Lucas’s ranch but she’s bringing a surprise, twin boys she never told Lucas about. As they try to recover from their feelings of hu ...more
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Well developed story and characters. Stalker plot added a good bit of suspense to the story but the ending when the culprit is found was wrapped up too tidily so it felt a bit flat for me. Chemistry between h/h is good as well but this is more sensual than erotic. Many of fade-to-black love scenes and not overly explicit or graphic. Set up is perfect for next book with best friends Samantha and Blake which I look forward to reading.
I loved this story! I can see this type of situation happen in real life. The twins were a hoot and the family dynamics were realistic as well. Life on a ranch is hard work and yet Luke seemed to make it happen with his new family. I think the characters were well developed and the storyline was good. My only regret was the story ended too quickly.
Heather in FL
As indicated by the rating, this book was OK. I didn't hate it, but I was kinda bored much of the time, and the dialogue just seemed so unnatural. It was a sweet story of rekindled love, and it definitely picked up near the end, but this wouldn't make me want to seek out the author's other work.
Breanna Eichhorn
I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.I fell in love with this story. I read this book in one sitting. I look forward to reading more books by Lorraine Nelson. A very gifted story teller. I will be recommending this book to family and friends.
If you like a good mystery and romance too this is the book for you. This is a great read with suspense around each turn. It has some funny moments as well. The story is well done and it keeps you hooked until you finish it.
Terra Oenning
gonna work on review tonight.. I Do have to say this was a really really Good Book. I couldnt put it down.Loved it.
An awesome second chance romance story. I loved this book. The secondary characters rocked as well!
London Saint James
Great job, Lorraine. Loved the book.
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Zakia has a nasty stalker and he’s escalating things. Fearing for her and her twins’ lives she and her best friend Sam plan her escape. Telling no one where she’s heading she goes back to the ranch of her ex-husband, Luke. Unsure of her welcome she hopes he’ll at least protect their boys, but Luke has never stopped loving her and, despite their past, he can’t turn her or his sons away. Will they be safe or will the stalker catch up to them? And
Helen Peter
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Feb 14, 2015 Dar rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I love my cowboys, and Luke is exactly what you'd expect, all rough, kinda not smart with the feelings, and set in his ways. How these two ever ended up together, I'll never know, but their attraction is undeniable

The great mystery here seems pretty week, I mean, Luke figured it out pretty quickly. The whole reason they stayed apart, also pretty weak. These both seem like pretty weak willed and emotionally stunted, so perfect for each other

There wasn't anything really wrong with the story and th
Melissa Kendall
May 23, 2012 Melissa Kendall marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-own
Okay i went to start reading this today and i have to say the publisher dropped the ball on the formatting of the ebook i downloaded for my kindle.

after quickly clicking through the chapters. The first twelve chapters are almost entirely italics with the odd sentence/paragraph here or there that aren't. The from chapter thirteen the italics disappear.

I honestly don't think i can read it like it is which is a bummer because i was looking forward to reading it.

Jan 15, 2015 Dorit rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one!
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Ok story ok plot but the writing style was a bit juvenile.
Apr 03, 2012 AH marked it as to-read Earth Day free download for 4/3/12.
Ok but I skimmed alot of it same oh same oh
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Lorraine Nelson lives in rural New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada. Always a bookworm, she’s read many novels of romance and mystery over the years, finally deciding to put her pen to work at writing one. “To write romantic suspense is my dream job, although my mom says I was born with an avid imagination and pencil in hand, crafting stories from an early age.”

I am mother to three wonderful
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