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A Cowboy to Remember

(Cowboys of California #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  945 ratings  ·  293 reviews
An Oprah Magazine Best Romance Novel of 2020

In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . .

With a headline spot on a hit morning show and truly mouth-watering culinary skills, chef Evie Buchanan is perched on the edge of stardom. But at an industry party, a fa
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Dafina Books
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This was a really cute romance, but I did feel like I was missing something from the history of the romance. This is a second chance amnesia romance, and Evie and Zach haven't spoken in 10 years. Evie is pushed down the stairs and completely forgets her life, so she returns to the ranch she grew up on and reconnects with old friends and an old flame. I just didn't understand how Evie would know she and Zach had a bad past, but she didn't know why. Yet she didn't ask specifics and they got back t ...more
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This will be a hallmark movie someday, i feel it in my bones
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
A Cowboy to Remember is a contemporary romance centered on the trope of amnesia, where Evie, a Black woman and famous chef is injured and loses her memory before reconnecting with her childhood crush (a handsome Black cowboy named Zach) who she hasn't spoken to in 10 years.

Unfortunately, I found this book to be remarkably boring with uninteresting main characters and very little in terms of relationship development. This feels particularly glaring since I just read Rafe by the same author (whic
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
This was my first cowboy romance book and also the first book I have read by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I thought it was a charming romance and I devoured it in one day. The main characters Evie and Zach are so cute and likable, so are the rest of the Pleasant gang. We all need a second family like them to swoop in and lift us up at times of hardship and trouble. Zach’s grandma Leona, the matriarch of the family was another great character, it was so sweet how much she loved and genuinely cared for E ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feelin’ a lot of yeehaw in my heart rn. Rebekah can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. I loved the story more than the actual romance, though I loved that too. Found family fucks me up Every. Single. Time. I love how everyone banned together to take care of Evie, even after she got her memory back. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-releases
2.5 stars

i only started to get invested towards the very end
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
✧ rebekah weatherspoon blessing us this year with not one but TWO COWBOY ROMANCES INSPIRED BY FAIRYTALES ✧

A Cowboy to Remember captured me instantly. Rebekah's writing is superb as always and it gave a story that has so much passion and love. Not only between the couple but also family and friends. Reconnecting after ten years... sometimes between family, it feels like time didn't pass and you get back to the dynamic pretty quickly. It also shows you that even though you aren't /there/ for someo
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: physical assault, near death experience, hospital, amnesia, mention of loss of loved ones and grief, on page sex.


I really liked this one, especially the audiobook. The narrator, Lynette L. Freeman, is so good and conveys emotions so effortlessly that I found myself choking up at some parts that got really emotional. This book was good all around, I liked the career aspect of it, the found family aspect, the second chance as well as reconnecting bits, as well as ho
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I requested this book because I really liked Xeni, which was the only other book I have read by this author. I was hoping for a really good cowboy romance, which is one of my favorite things. But this book was not it at all. I just cannot put my finger on what it was, but this book lacks the storyline and characters I expected from Rebekah Weatherspoon. I would suggest reading Xeni, and I have heard good things about Rafe. But this book just falls flat in a lot of places.

This the story of famous
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Initially, I was apprehensive that a story surrounding a character having temporary amnesia/memory loss would come across as cliché. However, I actually really liked how it was incorporated in this story and thought that it was done well.

As much as this novel is a romance, it was more of a journey of discovery for the two main characters individually. Throughout the story, both of the characters found out what they were missing and what they wanted out of life.

There were a couple of steamy sce
Korrie’s Korner
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars!

I really liked everything about this book, especially the fact that it was a black family ranch and cowboys. I have found that I am not a huge fan of the amnesia trope though. It just doesn’t do it for me. Rebekah Is a stellar writer though and I love her!
Lynn Spencer
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since I read a good cowboy romance, and I was starting to miss them. When I saw A Cowboy to Remember getting buzz on Twitter, it caught my fancy. Friends-to-lovers and second chance at love are my two favorite tropes, and this book has some of both going on in it along with the main amnesia plot. While I occasionally had trouble with the pacing, this novel turned out to be a delightful, lively read.

Amnesia plots are difficult to pull off, but Weatherspoon does an excellent job
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I first got a teaser of this book before I got the full story. The teaser had me dying to read this story to see exactly where it was headed. I was pleasantly surprised with all the twists and turns it took and the outcome of all the drama.

So much happened during the course of this second-chance love story that had me smiling. It was extremely interesting watching Zach earn Evie’s trust along with every other member of his family. Everyone in the family, except Evie, knows what happened 10 years
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Living in New York City, Evie is a television cooking star on her way up in the world. But the evening of the show’s Christmas party, Evie suffers a terrible accident and wakes with no memory. Desperate to help her, Evie’s friends reach out to her “in case of death” contact to see if he can assist in the recovery.

Once close friends, Zach and Evie haven’t talked in ten years. But when his brother Jesse receives a call that Evie is injured and needs help, he and Jesse jump on the redeye from Calif
Morgan- Nothing Better Than a Book
Evie is a well known chef, and has her own cooking show. She gets pushed down the stairs, and loses her memory. She has no family left, so her friends call her emergency contact. He comes and takes her back to their ranch where she grew up so that she can recover out of the public eye.

Zach and Evie almost had a thing back in the day, but he messed up after her grandmother passes away. Now that she has no memory, she is still very drawn to him and wants to give him another chance. So they do, bu
Steph's Romance Book Talk
4 Stars / 4 Steam Fans

A Cowboy to Remember is an introduction to a large black family that owns a ranch in a small California town. It also provides the reader with a look into a medical trauma that feels like it happens all the time; however, Rebekah Weatherspoon has taken the amnesia trope and changed it into something new. I enjoyed the journey of these characters, even though there is a lot of information to follow. I am looking forward to more stories and books about the secondary characte
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has been sitting on my bedside table for two months. It was supposed to be my cruise book but when the cruise got canceled, I was too sad to pick it up. However, I finally did and I’m so mad at myself for waiting this long!! I loved Evie, who is beautiful and kind and a brilliant chef. When she loses her memory and goes back home, she connects with her old flame Zach. There were times I was a little frustrated with his density (boys!) but he was sweet and so in love. This book was amaz ...more
4.5 stars

Oh, how I love this book. The characters are wonderful, the plot has a ton of moving parts that come together perfectly, and don't forget the romance! Listen to me swoon over A Cowboy to Remember in this full video review:

Thanks to Kensington Books for providing a review copy.

This cowboy-meets-Sleeping-Beauty romance is slow to start—like really slow to start—but once it finally gets going, it's wonderful. It's just too bad the point where the plot comes into its own is already two-thirds into the text. As a practical matter, having to slog through the majority of a novel to reach any sort of payoff is...not a great time.

Things begin when aspiring restauranteur and famous TV chef Evie, gets pushed down a flight of st
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, romance
The writing in A Cowboy to Remember swept me away but I just didn't feel invested in the romance between Evie and Zach. One element of this may be due to the amnesia trope since Evie felt distant from the reader for a decent chunk of the story. This makes complete sense because Evie herself doesn't remember who she is and what matters to her as a result of her amnesia. The setting was great and there were a lot of secondary characters that I'd love to see more of so I may end up trying at least ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

What a delight this book was! I don't usually read books about cowboys, but Jenica at Fire Whiskey Reader convinced me to check A Cowboy to Remember out from the library with all her praise and I'm so glad I listened to her. While the romance was charming, it was the family dynamics, the characters, and the friendships that made this book a memorable experience for me.

For those of you who may not be aware, this series is a fresh take on fairytales. A Cowboy to Remember is pitched as a take on Th
Adele Buck
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great start to a new series. Amnesia plots can be super-tricky to pull off, I believe, but this one definitely fell in the "it works" column for me. Evie's character has so many friends (sometimes a little hard for me to keep track of at first, but that's a me problem and not a book problem) that we can easily see how her personality changes while her memories are gone, even though we only spend a very short period of time with her before her accident. It's easy to see why so many people care ...more
Rebekah Weatherspoon starts off a new series with a charming (see what I did there?) cast of characters. I want everyone to get their own books: Blaire, Jesse, Sam, Lilah, Miss Leona, EVERYONE. The highlight of this first book for me was the female friendships that Evie had and the unconditional support she received from her friends--Weatherspoon is so good at creating community in her books.

However, there were a few things that didn't work for me here.
- Instead of the usual dual POVs of the lo
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The cover is great and it has amnesia as a plot point and is a loose Sleeping Beauty retelling.

Evie is a chef on a TV show that sounded similar to The Chew or an extended hour of Good Morning America. It was descriptive enough for me to imagine Evie on the TV. Evie was a great character. She is injured at a party and wakes up and can’t remember anything. Her assistant calls her emergency contact and Zach and Jesse Pleasant drop everything to go to New York and help Evie. They decide to take Evi
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon was a fun read but definitely had some room for improvement. While the storyline itself was a fun set up (a famous female black chef loses her memories and falls in love with a hot cowboy), there wasn't quite enough detail in the characters to be honest. I enjoyed the building of the environment they were in. It was fun to see how this family is successful both in the movie/tv industry and in the vacation industry, but I do wish that Weatherspoon had ...more
Kate Olson
(free review copy) Okay, let's just state for the record that the cover model does NOT have a big enough mustache to do Zach's justice as described in the book. Besides that, this was a super cute romance with some really unique twists. I'm bumping up from a 3 due to the strong potential for a great series with all of the characters who I LOVED here, and a super strong sense of place.

Why originally a 3? Basically because of something another reviewer here stated too - because of E's memory loss,
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
A couple days ago, I was picking up my ereader in the evening and my husband said “what was that book you’re reading? Something to do with cowboys? The title made me laugh.”
I told him, and he did laugh and say “that’s awesome.”
Now, my husband doesn’t read romance, but he is a nerd who understands nerd business. To him, “I’m reading a romance and this one has cowboys in it” is equivalent to “I’m reading an epic fantasy and this one has a lot of orcs.”
Today, I said “you remember the cowboy book?
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, rw, 2020, romance
I think what I liked most about this one was Evie finding herself again. After loosing her memory she was forced to go home and go to know people she hadn't really spoken to in a long time. It was different for them all this time around because things were familiar and not, at the same time. I liked how she and Zach dealt with their attraction and how Evie embraced the whole family, sort of like a shy deer.

Things really changed after she got her memory back and she could look at her life before
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After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. Raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California where she will remain forever because she hates moving.

Her BDSM romance At Her Feet won the Golden Crown Literary Award for erotic lesbian fiction. Her novella FIT (#1 in the FIT Trilogy) won the R

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