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The Last Cowboy by Ava Armstrong
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Sep 10, 2015

really liked it
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Rooting for the Cowboy...

This is your basic love story about two teenagers who fell in love but life got in the way. Ten years later, Riley returns to town to comfort an old friend who has suffered a tragic loss. She has never really gotten over Linc. In the ten years since their breakup, Linc was married, subsequently divorced and now has sole custody of his three year old daughter. Riley is in her ninth year of marriage, although she realizes she doesn’t really know her husband at all. They are more like roommates than partners. The author does an excellent job of portraying just how powerful and lasting first love can be, even if it happens in high school.

I enjoyed this book and thought the author did a good job of telling the backstory in a slow and deliberate way. From the very beginning it is clear these two characters share a strong and unbreakable bond. Life has come between them but they are still determined to be there for each other. When Riley moves back to town, she and Linc are clearly drawn to each other. They begin to spend time together but try to accept it can only be as friends. As Linc’s world begins to crumble around him, Riley is there as only she can be. Then, when Riley begins to discover secrets she’d rather not know, Linc returns the favor. The author guides us through a story of love, trials, tragedy and cheating spouses that ends with a HEA that is realistic and believable.

Melanie P. Smith

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