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Rebel Cowboy

(Big Sky Cowboys #1)

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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  88 reviews
First in a new series about a struggling Montana ranch, a woman determined to save her family, and the NHL-star-turned-cowboy who makes it all possible.

Mel Shaw is determined to keep her family ranch from going under, so she takes on a job helping some city slicker get his old ranch up and running. And if that means being in tight quarters with the hot NHL-star-turned-cowb
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Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
This was . . . okay. While I wasn't tempted to simply leave it, it wasn't terribly difficult to put down or take a break. I think that's mainly due to Mel. She's an emotional basket-case and seems determined to do everything in the hardest way possible. Worse, she does so out of a deep-seated fear of rejection and loss that undermines everything she does. So the whole time everybody is going on about how strong she is, she knows, as does the reader through her, that it's all a complete lie and q ...more
Anna's Herding Cats


Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Hero vs Llama. #PanicEnsues

Rebel Cowboy surprised me. It took me a little while to get into this one. I was starting to think that maybe this wasn't the read for me when it turned things around, grabbed me completely, and left me eagerly looking forward to more from the series and this very damaged family.

The quick of it is that after a couple rough losses Dan--who is a famous hockey player--is being accused of throwing games. Needing to get away fro
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Beth
Mel Shaw needed to get money fast. When offered a position as a ranch consultant to a big NHL player, she thought her prayers were answered…until she laid eyes on the sex on a stick city slicker who doesn’t know the first thing about running a ranch.

Hiding from bad press and a career destroying performance in a championship NHL game, Dan returns to his grandparent’s ranch. He wants to find a place where he belongs since hockey has been his life since his parent’s divorce when he was a teen. He n
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Sophia
Sep 29, 2015 marked it as dnf-set-aside-for-later
DNF at Chapter 3 Will return to this one later.

Montana, ranch life, a hockey player turned cowboy, and a strong woman. Sounded superb to me!

However, I did three chapters of two people sniping at each other for no reason other than they had some preconceived notions about what the other should be and a resistance to attraction.

Normally, I give a book some more time to show me it has more. And I will, but at the moment, I am in the mood to smack both protagonists and walk off in a huff. Sooo, I'l
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Jess
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
LLAMA FARMING IN ROMANCE. What a great hero.

Also, despite what I just said about hard families not being a thing I'm into right now, I liked how it manifested here. I liked the heroine's damage, the closed off emotional stuff felt very true to me. And I loved how the hero wouldn't let the heroine walk away from him, how they worked through shit together.

Broken people, becoming whole together. That's the best.
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mel Shaw loves her Montana ranch - she just doesn't love her current circumstances. The ranch needs a lot of work, and her brother and father are not helpful. Her brother drinks too much and has a host of other problems. Her father fell off his horse a few years ago, and is now paralyzed from the waist down. His spirit is broken and he rarely leaves his bedroom. With her mother leaving the family when Mel was quite young, it's up to her now to keep the ranch going. She is tired and overwhelmed. ...more
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Rosalie's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

3.5 stars

Dan Sharpe seems to have made, and continue to make a mess of his prestigious hockey career. Hockey is all he has ever had; but now, he’s having to retreat to avoid causing more damage. When his grandfather suggests taking over the “slightly” run down family ranch, Dan decides this would be perfect during his stint of reprieve.

Mel Shaw is a family girl and looks forward to running her father’s ranch. However, a sudden injury thrust
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Ami
2.75 stars rounded up

It is not that I disliked the book -- mainly I felt indifferent about it. It had a lot to do with the heroine, Mel Shaw.

At one point, Mel describes herself as "hot and cold, curt for no reason, unnecessarily bitcy" ... and I couldn't agree more. I realized that her Mom leaving has a significant role in Mel being standoffish. Mel doesn't let people close to her because it's heartbreaking when they leave; she refuses to let anyone in, including Dan. But this also makes her una
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Linda
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Forced to take a time-out from his hockey career, Dan never expected his time at the family homestead to evolve into something bigger.
Needing extra money to support the family ranch Mel signs up to help the wannabe-cowboy with advice. But what is she to do with all the chemistry between them?
Working together grows into something more, but can they have a future when Dan is to return to his hockey?
Contemporary Romance, smutty fluff and feelings in a great combo.
Disclaimer; I was given a free co
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Heather andrews
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dan is getting a ride awakening when it comes to living in the country, "he looked around the kitchen with a thoughtful look on his face. “You know, I hadn’t given it much thought. McDonald’s nearby? I haven’t had one of their hash browns in years.” She stared. And stared. And stared a little more. Dan grimaced. “No McDonald’s, huh?” Dan really is a sweet and caring man, “we can figure it out, honey. I’m not going anywhere .” Not any damn where until he knew she would be okay. Hell, maybe not ev ...more
Irene
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Rebel Cowboy.

The storyline was fun, sweet and very entertaining. I enjoyed watching Mel and Dan get together, they were perfect for each other :)

Rebel Cowboy was a great start to the Big Sky Cowboys series, looking forward to reading the next book.

Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for the advance copy.
Alyse
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
dnf.

got to 40%. Never went back...
Char (1RadReader59)
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mel Shaw learned at a very young age never to feel. Never feel secure, never feel love, never feel wanted, never feel happy, never feel content, never feel like you deserve to be held like a woman wants and needs.
When she was young her mother walked out on the family. At that point she took over where her mother left off as the woman of the house. Yet, looking like her mother never helped because it made affection from her father less likely to happen and more standoffish in the affection towa
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Diane
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad story that is a fun read. Ms. Helm does a great job with character development, as always. In Rebel Cowboy, Mel Shaw is a hard-working cowgirl trying to save her family's ranch any way she can. So she accepts a huge fee from a guy from the city who's coming to take over his grandfather's ranch if she will help him run it. The city slicker turns out to be a suspended NHL player, Dan Sharpe, who's been accused of throwing a game. Hockey is the only thing he ...more
Jen
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review.

Daniel Sharpe needs Mel Shaw to show him the ins and outs of managing a working ranch, but Mel doesn't really think a wealthy professional athlete like him will really put in the work, what more stick around for the long haul. This is the crux of the conflict that goes on in their non-relationship. Both Dan and Mel have parents who ended up divorced and, as
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Gwyn Plummer
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5stars From NHL star turned llama rancher, Dan Sharpe is an all-around guy. He’s laid-back, yet determined, and has a sense of humor that only adds more oomph to his hotness; which is why Mel Shaw couldn’t help but to fall for him, despite her attempts to keep their relationship business only.

Helm’s sexy and playful, yet cocky, dialogue was beyond entertaining. I enjoyed the banter, for the most part, and following Dan on his new venture was inspiring. I understood why Mel was as difficult as
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Diane Lynch
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Rebel Cowboy (Big Sky Cowboys #1) by Nicole Helm Nicole Helm’s Rebel Cowboy is a genuine story with real-life issues.  In order to get money to keep her ranch afloat, Mel Shaw takes on a job helping NHL Star Dan Sharpe getting his Montana ranch up and running.  This contemporary western/sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.
 
Rebel Cowboy was a realistic and heartfelt novel.  At times, I felt it dragged a bit, but I found it an enjoyable read.  The characters are likeable.  Mel is doing
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Diane Lynch
Nicole Helm’s Rebel Cowboy is a genuine story with real-life issues. In order to get money to keep her ranch afloat, Mel Shaw takes on a job helping NHL Star Dan Sharpe getting his Montana ranch up and running. This contemporary western/sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

Rebel Cowboy was a realistic and heartfelt novel. At times, I felt it dragged a bit, but I found it an enjoyable read. The characters are likeable. Mel is doing everything she can to keep her family's ranch running.
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Deni
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I desperately wanted to love this book. The storyline was great with the perfect mix of sexiness, drama, and laughter. The characters were great and believable with perfect chemistry. But the formatting of this book was so horrible to the point that it made it hard to read and follow along properly. Also the inner dialogue just got to be way too much. While I get the writer was wanting us to connect with the characters and understand what they were going through I honestly feel like a big chunk ...more
Claire
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I really liked the conceit of this (ex-NHLer turned llama farmer!) and it was competently written. Really liked both POV characters being grownups who talked to each other and grew as people, that was refreshing. It felt a little longer than it needed to be, though I must admit I did not see the big Thing near the end coming at all, and I thought that was handled sensitively/didn't take the too-easy route. (I did have to just roll with the whole "I was accused of throwing the SCF in Game 7" thin ...more
Beth
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is really sweet, and because of that, it's more than a by-the-numbers romance. And after this and the Nora Roberts, I want to read more books set in Montana.
Carma
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebel Cowboy is book 1 in the Big Sky Cowboys series and also book 1 for me for author Nicole Helm. I am currently in a cowboy phase, ha, so I saw this on Overdrive and scooped it right up to read over. A Harley Davidson parked in between dusty pick up trucks always gets right to my soul.

Rebel Cowboy features a NHL player down on his luck named Dan Sharpe. He goes home to his family’s ranch to get his head back in the game and relax. Hires a ranch consultant named Mel Shaw and hope he can help g
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Jessica Call
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love me some cowboys!

I really enjoyed this book. I love reading about cowboys. This is my first book by Author Nicole Helm and it was so much fun to read. I highly enjoyed the banter between Dan and Mel. It was hilarious how the two behaved with one another. But also how the sparks flew and when ignited they burn fast and hard. It was delicious. I love love love the references from the movie The Cutting Edge! (Dan is a hockey player) I laughed so hard when he said it because it was perfectly t
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Thegirlintheafternoon
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2019
This book was a lot more of an emotional rollercoaster than I was expecting! It could have done with a couple fewer iterations of "I'm too damaged/no, I'M too damaged," especially in the last third of the book, but on the whole, the writing was strong, the feels were good, and it got me interested in reading the later books in the series. 3/5 stars.
Claire
A lot more angst that I thought I was getting into! Still a pretty good read, and I was interested enough to grab the third volume from my library shelves as well. Just from scanning the first couple of pages, I think it fills in enough of what happens in book 2 that I may just skip that - it seems to have even more angst and drama than book 1!
Kathleen Booker
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hockey player turned llama rancher

Mel and Dan came into this relationship with troubled past and discover they are just what each other needs to heal. Made me laugh and cry look forward to reading more about this family
Susan
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
More of a 3.5, but not quite 4.
Nelle
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read, cowboy
Great story about an NHL star starting over as ranch hand with some reluctant help from the cowgirl next door! :)
Tracey McIntyre
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: december-2018
This is alright. The third book is actually good, and I have no interest in reading the second book, but I'm not upset I read it
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Nicole Helm is the bestselling author of down-to-earth contemporary romance and fast-paced romantic suspense. From farmers to cowboys, midwest to the west, she writes stories about people finding themselves and finding love in the process.

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