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Cowboy with a Cause (Cowboy Cafe #3)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,716 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
I'd apologize for kissing you, but I'm not all that sorry...

Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway's bright lights. Yet after her mother's funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance again. But has a killer set his
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Well, I liked the romance part of the book :) Photobucket
The suspense was horribly terrible Photobucket

Adam moves in with Melanie, a cranky young woman in a wheelchair who is mad at the world. He needs a place to stay, even though he doesn't know if it will work living with her, especially because he finds her incredibly attractive Photobucket

Melanie is a former dancer, now forced to a wheelchair, with a sick leg. She's always in a bad mood, and can't really come to terms with her life. Photobucket She likes Adam, but doesn't want to do
Kathie (katmom)
Dec 30, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was ok
I loved the cover of this book, Cowboy with a Cause. It really is lovely.

I just wish that I had been as satisfied with the story. The summary had drawn me in:

"I'd apologize for kissing you, but I'm not all that sorry."Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway's bright lights. Yet after her mother's funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance
Apr 22, 2013 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I love the idea but it was poorly executed. If you're going to try to write an empowering story of a woman in a wheelchair finding love, there shouldn't be the constant doubt and insecurity about what she can and can't do because she can't walk. Right up until the last scene, it's all about her not feeling like she can live how she wants to because she can't walk. At times, it was really offensive.

Adam interfered so much in her life too soon in my opinion. This wasn't suspenseful to me and who e
Why would a freebie be the 3rd instalment in a series? I find that slightly weird. Especially in a series when some "mystery" provides a common framework.
Anyway that was not the main reason for this rather poor rating. And despite the remaining suspense, I'm sure I won't read the remainder of the series.
I did not manage to like the characters. I should have grieved for the heroine, former Broadway dancer now stuck in a wheelchair. But I really could not when all she did for the past months, outs
This is the third book in the Cowboy Cafe series by Carla Cassidy. I am tempted to give this book 2 stars simply because I thought it was the last book in this series and I expected to get closure on the unresolved issues from the previous books in the series. But apparently it's not. There must be at least one more book in the series but I haven't seen anything about it. This book features Adam Benson, brother to Nick Benson from the previous book, The Cowboy's Claim, and Melanie Brooks. Adam m ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Musing rated it really liked it
Cowboy with a Cause by seasoned Romantic Suspense author Carla Cassidy , was a terrific, enthralling addition to her Cowboy Café series. Once again, you will salivate over a deep thinking, drop dead gorgeous Hero, and admire her strong, courageous heroine.

Beautiful, passionate and talented dancer Melanie Brooks, at eighteen, packed up her small town life in Oklahoma to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a successful dancer in New York. She had succeeded, but all her dreams died followin
Teena in Toronto
Dec 27, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
This is romance meets murder mystery.

The romance is between Melanie and Adam. In high school, Melanie made it clear that once she graduated she was heading to New York to be a dancer ... and that's exactly what she did. Years later she came home to care for her dying mother and ending up staying as she lost her dreams of being a dancer when an accident puts her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Needless to say, she's very bitter.

Adam has had some tragedy ... his sister has died and his
Dec 09, 2012 Alyssa rated it liked it
Melanie is a heroine I can really get behind, a woman of strength and vulnerability, and fully 3-dimensional. I also appreciate reading about a physically disabled heroine, as it’s a refreshing change from the majority of books. I was reminded somewhat of the character of Stephanie in the film ‘Rust & Bone’, as both women are quite suddenly disabled and have to adjust to their new circumstances.

The hero, Adam, was interesting as well, though I did not find his character quite as compelling.
Nov 14, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Being a woman in a wheelchair there were times I completely understood how Melanie felt regarding how she thought people saw her and even how she saw herself. Her views on the future with or without romance also struck a chord. But there were other times I really wanted to shake her and yell "snap out of it!". Adam tried his best to get her out of her funk and thankfully it did happen, it just happened to late for me. Add in the fact that the plot also involves two murders that have been dragged ...more
Katrina Epperson
Mar 14, 2014 Katrina Epperson rated it really liked it
Melanie Brooks has a dream to become a successful dancer and yes she has attained her dream with lots of hard work, but when her mother becomes ill she returns to Grady Gulch to take care of her. Melanie knows that with a diagnosis of cancer her time with her mother will be short and it was. After her mother's death she is trying to get the house in order so she can put it on the real estate market when she falls down into the basement. Her injuries are not severe, but unveil a disease that will ...more
Gwen Knight
Mar 08, 2014 Gwen Knight rated it really liked it
I went about this book a bit backwards -- my fault for not researching anything about it. I wasn't aware that it belonged to a series. I just happened to be on the Harlequin website, saw it as a release and decided to purchase it. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I didn't see anywhere on Amazon that suggested as much. Regardless, after this book I was hooked and went back to purchase the others.

As for Cowboy with a Cause, I was immediately hooked when I learned the main character was disabl
Feb 03, 2015 Steen rated it did not like it
On second thought I'm not even going to bother finishing this or try to finish this. Reading other's reviews it sounds like you don't get any closure at all AND there is a fourth book in the series.

meh. I don't think I can take listening to Melanie whining about how depressed and useless she is because she is in a wheel chair. Seriously! She has it lucky considering I believe she can feel her legs? She just can't use her one foot all that much? Why can't she use crutches sometimes? She can stand
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this was a harlequin. I was thinking it was a cowboy meets girl kind of modern romance. It could have been good...cowboy helps girl realize there is life in a wheelchair, girl wises up and they live HEA.

There were too many things unanswered. What's with the serial killer? That story just stopped. A lot revolved around the cafe owner but nothing came of it. I guess in the sequel. The whole falling in love scenario was possible, but in this story was unbelievable. It was really se
May 17, 2014 Delta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This would have been a DNF if I didn't need the setting (Oklahoma) for a reading challenge!

I could not connect with the characters, and aspects of the plot were not plausible. The heroine, Melanie, is in a wheelchair and is certain that the hero could not really love her, so she "protects" her heart by resisting him to a degree that is tiresome. Just skip this one.
Feb 20, 2014 Inky rated it it was ok
Not terrible, but fell flat.. no pun intended. It was cheesy and the storyline pathetic. It constantly reminded the reader of the main characters limitations.. unbelievably so. Being a person with a disability myself this irked me. There is on a side note persistent mention of people with mental illness, but clearly no research was done on such things - don't have knowledge in something just don't mention it or it comes off foolish. When the female lead finally moved to putting the male lead ahe ...more
Judy Smith
May 04, 2013 Judy Smith rated it it was amazing
This book is great! Small town dancer and good looking cowboy and romance and murder!! Love the main characters, Melanie & Adam. Melanie being a strong woman in a wheelchair, thinking she had nothing to give Adam, a cowboy with his own problems. Plus an obsessed murderer out to kill Melanie makes for a very good read!! Love Carla Cassidy's books!!
Adam is recovering from over indulgence of drinking and dealing with the fact that the brother who raised him tried to kill someone. So starts this book Adam coming to terms with his family crisis. He moves out of his family farm and leave behind his brother and wife and child to find something that is his. He comes across in town a place for rent in the home of one Melanie Brooks. unbeknown to the towns folks Melanie is still in town after burying her mom due to the fact she can no longer walk. ...more
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Jan 13, 2014 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Cowboy with a Cause is the third book in Carla Cassidy's Cowboy Cafe series and features Adam Benson and Melanie Brooks.

Coping from a tragic past and striving to stay sober, Adam Benson is on a lookout for a place to stay when he comes across the only house with a vacancy.

Melanie Brooks had come to the small town of Grady gulch from New York to nurse her ailing mother but after her mother's death and an accident she is now confined to a wheelchair with all her dreams of becoming a dancer shatter
Jenn C
I first picked up Cowboy with a Cause because the blurb and the cover caught my attention. Carla Cassidy was a new author to me (and I'm always on the lookout for new favourites!) and the Romantic Suspense line (like the old Silhouette Intrigue) is one of my go-to Harlequin series.

Unfortunately, Cowboy with a Cause didn't live up to expectations.

The characters were flat and Melanie's "poor little cripple" routine became old very quickly. (view spoiler)
Dianne Sidebottom
May 27, 2014 Dianne Sidebottom rated it really liked it
Challenges that turns your life. Hurts that fester n cause irrational thinking n border mental issues in a quiet manner. A small town unsolved murders puts pressure on the law enforcement. A sign "Room to Rent" for Melanie meant, she can pay taxes from her mother's death duties. Adam who needed a room while looking into a career change was that cowboy in transit. Wheelchair bound, independent Melanie meets Adam who is wanting to stay in the small town but didn't want to intrude with his brother' ...more
Two-haiku review:

She's in a wheelchair
Cowboy becomes her boarder
Strange things happening

Both of them damaged
Didn't really engage me
I'm not quite sure why
L.  (I've Stopped Counting)
Two people with a boatload of baggage come together.

Adam is dealing with both a drinking problem and an older brother with mental instability. Melanie has just as much if not more on her shoulders. Her mom just died, a sudden physical ailment has robbed her of her dancing career, and now some nutcase is gaslighting her. Melanie and Adam find solace in each other by going out to the Cowboy Café, apparently the town's only restaurant. Did I mention the Cowboy Café? Because this book talks about th
Connie N.
This is a very nice Harlequin romance, with a bit of suspense thrown in. Melanie is a former Broadway dancer who lives in her small hometown in Oklahoma after suffering a disease that will keep her in a wheelchair. She is bitter and secluded and has given up on having any sort of fulfilling life. Adam rents the upstairs from her and has had some trauma of his own. We learn about his sister's death and his brother's imprisonment, which were apparently the subjects of previous books in this series ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
Nov 17, 2013 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it did not like it

I was actually excited to read a romance with a female lead in a wheelchair, as I was expecting some banter and some education on how being in a wheelchair isn't really that big of a deal in terms of someone living their day to day life.

Yeah, that didn't happen. The story instead was, "even though I've been in a wheelchair for seven months and have gotten by on my own perfectly fine, I think I'm useless and not a full person because I can't walk, so of course no man will love me."

I literally
Contemporary handicapped professional dancer finds love when she goes home to small town Oklahoma and runs a boardinghouse until there is a mystery of someone trying to kill her.
Dancer Melanie Brooks is in a wheelchair and stuck in her mother's hometown house where she can only live on the ground floor so it makes sense to rent out the top to someone else, but she never would have thought that her new tenant was going to be rancher Adam Benson because he has a huge house and ranch just outside o
Apr 06, 2013 Claire rated it it was ok
I got this free from Amazon.

From the synopses I thought this book would be quite different. I ended up not being too bad. The heroine is just recently in a wheelchair. She is bitter and is mad at the world and everyone in it. She came back into her small home town to care for her mother who also recently died.
Adam, the hero, is a recovering drinker. He doesn't consider himself an alcoholic because he doesn't crave the stuff. Ok well you did drink yourself to oblivion for a year but whatever.
Apr 19, 2013 Dianne rated it did not like it
Cowboy With a Cause by Carla Cassidy
I would like to start this review by asking a question – was my book missing pages? We go through a lot in this book and when we finally get to what should be the ‘happily ever after’ we actually get nothing! Not even an epilogue to explain what may have happened to this couple. I understand that this is part of a series and there is a new book coming out this summer, but still…I really don’t like to be kept hanging.

While this story could have been an interest
Dec 15, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Cowboy with a Cause by Carpa Cassidy

Adam Benson is making some changes in his life. He wants to find what he wants and where to go. Adam is dealing with his brother in prison for attempted murder.
His other brother got married and now as a baby. So he is going to rent a room in town.
Olive Brooks has been hiding in her house since she came back after her Aunt's funeral.
She was going to sell it but after beeing in a wheel chair her careeer as a dancer was over.
She needs to rent the top flo
Oct 12, 2013 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 - 4....

OK, I’m going to rant a little bit here. I HATE it when an author/publisher or whoever the deciding power is puts a book that falls in the middle of a series available to readers FREE when the first books in the series are regular price. I suppose it's a nice treat for followers of the series, but I take advantage of Freebies more to introduce myself to an author's writing. It’s a small pet peeve, but I believe it’s legitimate. What makes it worse is that (at least on
May 29, 2013 Barbara rated it did not like it
Adam Benson arrives in Grady Gulch, Oklahoma, looking for a change. With his brother newly married and himself newly sober (2 months and counting), he needs a place of his own. What he finds is a room to rent from a lovely wheelchair bound former dancer named Melanie Brooks, who has given up the lights of Broadway due to her health. She’s also mourning the recent death of her mother. She feels judged by everyone in town because of her being wheelchair-bound, but the reader slowly comes to realiz ...more
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