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One Good Cowboy

(Diamonds in The Rough #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From Ex to Eternity?

To inherit his family's empire, Texas cowboy-turned-CEO Stone McNair must prove he has a heart beneath his ruthlessly suave exterior. His trial? Finding homes for his grandmother's rescue dogs. His judge? Johanna Fletcher, the woman whose heart he broke.

Sure, Johanna can handle a week traveling the country with her ex-fiancé to fulfilll his dying gran
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stone McNair’s grandmother (who raised him) is dying from an inoperable brain tumor. Since she doesn't have much time left, she lets Stone know that she is giving him a test he must complete before she determines what his inheritance will be. Stone’s test involves the placement of his grandmother’s four dogs in good homes, but it is stipulated that he must do this with help from Johanna Fletcher, the ranch vet tech who also happens to be his ex-fiancée.

When I first started this book, neither the
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

One Good Cowboy features a family, Stone and his two cousins who get to hear the heartbreaking news their grandma is sick and she has tests for them to see who can take over as CEO of their company. His test is finding new homes for her dogs and he has to do that with Johanna, his ex and the company vet. To be honest I expected the focus to be more on the dogs and visiting multipel families to find the right fit, but the focus is mostly on the ro
Paula Brandon
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mariah McNair shocks her grandson Stone with the news she has an inoperable brain tumor and tasks him with rehoming her four precious dogs before she passes away. Final approval must come from ranch vet Johanna Fletcher, who just happens to be Stone's ex-fiance! It's a test to see if Stone should inherit the family empire, but obviously he's going to learn a few more truths along the way!

Golly, this one actually brought a tear to my eye! Or maybe that was my conjunctivitis. Either way, this was
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very emotional book. It starts out as Stone and his cousins find out that their grandmother is dying. She hasn't made any decisions on who will run the family empire when she's gone, and has decided to test them to find out who is the best fit. She has assigned Stone to find homes for her four dogs, to show that he has a heart beneath his stony exterior. The catch? He has to take the vet, Johanna, along to supervise. She is also his ex-fiancée. They also suspect that Gran is attempting some matc ...more
ARC from Netgalley.

I've read Catherine Mann's books before and I really like the author. This was a good book but I had a few issues with the main characters. First, what made Stone one good cowboy? I really didn't see anything about him that made him a good cowboy. Yes, he had a difficult childhood and was a crack baby. I can understand why he didn't want to have any children. But he wasn't nice to Johanna, he wanted to have a relationship with her, even get married, but he did not want childre
Received review copy from NetGalley.

One Good Cowboy begins when Stone finds out some bad news about the only woman who's ever raised him his grandmother. So she sets out a test for Stone to complete to see if he will be able to run her company for her. The thing is Stone has to go with his ex fiance in order to get all this done. And Joanna and him seem to have a whole lot of unsettled business like the chemistry, and the fact that they still love each other. But there are a whole lot of other p
Andrea Garcia
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
ARC provided by Harlequin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

One Good Cowboy is a quick and entertaining read. The plot is similar to the McGregor series by Nora Roberts. Matriarch of the family plays matchmaker by putting her grandchildren through "tests" along with their potential soul mates.
I'm not quite sure how the story correlates to the title of the book. Stone is more rich businessman than cowboy so the name of the book seems a bit misleading to me.
Another issue I have is the
Hsiau Wei
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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It is all about second chance in love to make the wrong to right for Stone and Johanna. They were engaged to each other but due to reason which I won’t put it here, it was broken. When his grandmother, Mariah who raised him told him that she is dying and she want him to fulfil her wish to find her much loved dogs new homes because she want a home for them, he agreed to her request even though his grandma assigned his ex fiancée to oversee him on the task. It is seems harder for both of them to f ...more
Diah Didi
I felt like riding a roller coaster.
Happy to catch a glimpse of Troy from An Inconvenient Affair even for a very short time.
I really really couldn't wait to find out what test the other two will get from their grandmother. And somehow I really really couldn't wait for Alex' story.

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Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of One Good Cowboy by Catherine Mann in exchange for an honest review, which was pretty exciting for me since this was my first time being a given a book to review. The blurb really grabbed my attention when it mentioned finding homes for rescue dogs. As someone involved in animal rescue, I decided it was a book I definitely wanted to read.

Overall, I enjoyed One Good Cowboy. I’m giving it three stars out of five, which means I liked it. There were a few things I didn’t lov
Elizabeth Robertson
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One Good Cowboy is the first in the new series by the super talented Catherine Mann. When Stone and his ex fiance, Johanna, are forced on a mission by his dying grandmother to find homes for her dogs they can’t deny the sparks flying between them, or the heartache that their break-up caused. The chemistry between Stone and Johanna was intense. Not just the instant physical attraction but the history between them, you obviously have a lot of chemistry with someone you were supposed to marry.

All o
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Stone McNair has just found out his beloved grandmother is seriously ill, but she wants no tears. The McNair family matriarch wants her CEO grandson to perform a task which may decide if he is a good choice to run the family businesses. Who gets to oversee Stone on the task Gran sets for him? Why his ex-fiancee Johanna of course. Stone's task is to find Gran's much loved dogs new homes because she knows while she is in treatment for her illness, she won't have time to shower them with the very m
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At the beginning of One Good Cowboy, we come to find out that his grandmother is dying and she has decided to task each of her grandchildren to see if they are up to the task of taking over. Stone is the first to face his trial. Now he has to find homes for his grandmother's beloved dogs. Easy peasy. Wrong! Oh no, his grandmother has lined up potential clients, but he has to meet them and drag his ex-fianceé, Johanna, with him. Basically, this is a matchmaking scheme hi
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was about more than just Stone and Johanna. You also got to meet the matriarch of the McNair family - Stone's grandmother, Mariah McNair. She is definitely the glue that holds the family together. The other blood relatives include Amethyst and Alexandrite or Amie and Alex, Stone's twin cousins. Johanna is like a granddaughter to Mariah though, being practically raised on the ranch where her father worked and herself now living and working there.

Stone and Johanna are sent out on this
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-supplied
One Good Cowboy by Catherine Mann

I love a good romance and Catherine Mann never fails to deliver with heart-felt emotions and gorgeous phrases that make that characters and surroundings come alive.
"She smiled with a siren's gleam in her eyes."
"Concern nipped like a feisty foal".
"Moonlight cast a dappled path through the pine trees".
"The sun sank on the horizon like a melting orange Dreamsicle."
Breathless passion and emotions that ride the soul can always be found in Mann's hero and heroine
Rosemary K
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stone McNair has always felt different. His painful childhood memories keep reminding him that he is not like others. When Gran tells him she is dying, he is stunned. She raised him when his crack addicted mother wasn't able. She cared when no one else did. Now she has a final test for him. He has to find homes for her four dogs. She wants to know they'll be cared for after her death. The problem. He needs to work with his ex-fiancée, Johanna Fletcher, their ranch vet. Their break-up was painful ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Mann has a hit with her new trilogy Diamonds in the Rough. One Good Cowboy starts off the trilogy about a family whose matriarch, Mariah, has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Mariah leads the family’s holdings that include Diamonds in the Rough and the Hidden Gem Ranch. She announces to her three grandchildren that she is going to put each of them through a test to determine who can take charge of her holdings when something happens to her. One Good Cowboy introduces us ...more
Ems. (afternoonbookery)
The Good

The Romance was sizzling
The characters were so likeable

The Bad

The lack of been on a ranch
Not really a cowboy romance

This book was a real mix of both good and bad for me, i read it on a train journey the other day and i had high copes for a bit of down and dirty on the ranch. We meet Stone and his cousins out on the trail with their grandma, all sounds promising, Mariah then delivers them all some bad news, shes dying, and has a test for them all to see who should undertake what role
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book both left me happy and sad at the end. I enjoyed watching Johanna and Stone fall back in love, but I was sad because at the end of this trilogy, Stone’s grandmother will probably die and I’m already completely in love with her so I know it’s going to make me cry.

Stone is like stone to everyone but it’s obvious it’s a protective layer and watching him pull it down and show his real self, well that made this story very fascinating. I also loved that it was very obvious that he loved Joh
Clare O'Beara
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: america-romance, dogs
This is a simple situation made more complex by a few twists.
A ranch is up for grabs as the lady owner is dying, and she has not yet made her will. She tells one relative that as a test, he must arrange good homes for her four dogs. He can't take them himself and the ranch veterinarian will judge the task. He's not delighted, because this lady vet is his former fiancée. The pair have a company jet at their disposal as the ranch family's business includes mining gems and selling jewellery. They
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a series. The story starts of by introducing you to the family of Stone McNair. Stone is thrown for a loop in the beginning of the book, finding out his grandmother (who raised him) is dying. She sets a task for him to prove he is worthy of inheriting the company... placing her beloved dogs in new homes. Well as grandmothers are known to do she has a secondary agenda... she wants Stone to grow up and learn who he really is. So she throws in that he has to do this with h ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catherine-mann
This is the story of Stone and Johanna. His grandmother is ill and has issued him a job to find homes for her dogs. His helper? His ex-fiance, Johanna. They both need to work to overcome past obstacles and recognize the love and chemistry they share together. Ms. Mann has once again written a story with a lot of feeling and emotion and passion. The story of the reunion of Stone and Johanna is also filled with dogs! (For dog lovers, that's a big plus!) I would highly recommend "One Good Cowboy" a ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this story. I've not read any books by this author before. I loved her writing and the storyline was great. I read this in one sitting.

Stone and his cousins find out that their grandmother is dying. Each of the three books in this series is about the challenges their grandmother gives them.
This book is about Stones challenge. He must do this challenge with his ex fiancée. On this journey they find out more about each other.

I really enjoyed this story and will definetly be looking out fo
Wendy Keel
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

A great read

If you love Catherine Mann's writing as I do,then you will love this one. It's quick easy and engaging. Fans of the desire line know these books are always fast reads, and One Good Cowboy is perfect for this line. Any romance fan will love this one.
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-romance
Really a 3.5. First of a trilogy--may read
the others. Liked the matriarch testing her heirs. H/h likable vs. compel'g. He discovered himself through the test by a realizing he was more cowboy than a CEO. That was surprising. Harlqn Desire
May 2014
Meagan Catherine
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what it was about this book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was a decent read, there just didn't seem to really be anything that pulled me in. The characters were okay, but nothing really made me fall in love with any of them. ...more
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Miniseries: Diamonds in the Rough
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Stereotypical harlequin romance that made me wish I had a man to be all sappy with! Nothing struck out in my mind beyond it was just a romance novel.
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USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university inst ...more

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