Review: A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Unresolved feelings abound in Rebekah Weatherspoon’s A Cowboy to Remember, when Evie loses her memory and goes to the closest thing to a home she has to recover.

A Cowboy to Remember CoverWith 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 fall lands Evie in the hospital—with no memory of who she is. Scrambling to help, Evie’s assistant contacts the only “family” Evie has left, close friends who run the luxury dude ranch in California where Evie grew up. Evie has no recollection of them—until former rodeo champion Zach Pleasant walks into her hospital room, and she realizes his handsome face has been haunting her dreams . . .

Zach hasn’t seen Evie in years—not since their families conducted a campaign to make sure their childhood friendship never turned into anything more. When the young cowboy refused to admit the feelings between them were real, Evie left California, making it clear she never wanted to see Zach again. Now he refuses to make the same mistake twice. Starting fresh is a risk when they have a history she can’t recall, but Zach can’t bear to let go of her now. Can he awaken the sleeping beauty inside her who might still love him? Goodreads

I received an eARC of A Cowboy to Remember from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not usually a cowboy romance reader, though I’m not sure why. I liked that this didn’t go too hard into the day to day life of living as a cowboy. It showed just enough to keep me interested but not enough to feel like I was mired in the details. I think the next book will focus on Jesse, which will probably give us a little more detail into the day-to-day because it is basically his entire life.

A Cowboy to Remember needs trigger warnings for temporary memory loss, mentions of racism, racism on the page, physical assault leading to hospitalization and memory loss, discussion of parental death, discussion of grandparent death, and an extremely misogynistic parent to a minor character leading to leaving home.

I absolutely loved the Pleasant family. From the movie star grandmother to the brothers running the ranch to the girls living with Leona, the whole family felt really real and well developed. It reminded me of growing up in a big family that lived really close together – though not quite as close as they did to each other. It was really good to see. Family, and chosen family, is really difficult to get right, but Weatherspoon did it beautifully and worked a great romance into it.

One of the things I really liked about A Cowboy to Remember was that no matter what was going on around them, Evie, the Pleasant’s and Evie’s New York team worked really hard to communicate with each other about everything. Especially because it was something they hadn’t done so well at in the past, leading to most of the drama. Heartfelt apologies were made when they were needed and dealt with from there.  It’s part of why I loved this romance so much.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and will definitely be picking up more of Weatherspoon’s work in the future. You can pick up a copy from Amazon, Indiebound, The Ripped Bodice, Bookshop, or the Book Depository through our affiliate links.

ABOUT A COWBOY TO REMEMBER

Title: A Cowboy to Remember

Series: Cowboys of California #1

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Publisher: Dafina Books

Length: 368 Pages

Release Date: February 25, 2020

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: Black Woman main character, Black man love interest, demisexual secondary character

 

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