Book Review: Thomas: Cowboy Homecoming

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming is the sixth and final book in the Harts of the Rodeo series, however it can be read as a standalone novel.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. At long last we get introduced to Tomas who has been mentioned in all the previous books in this series but had not yet made his appearance. All the other characters that have been in the previous novels were also there to help complement Tomas’ return home and made it really feel like the family oriented book/series that it is.

Though many of the characters have been seen previously they were all very well developed. Tomas is a really solid male lead character, he has his issues, most of which are related to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from having served in the military and it added a extra layer to him that made him more appealing to like. He has flaws but they don’t bog down the story like some flawed characters do. If anything it was those flaws that really kept things moving as he tried to find a way to free himself from the nightmares and protect those he loves. Cheyenne was a perfect match for Tomas as well. They were both broken in different ways but it was this that made them a good match. They each wanted to protect the other from themselves while trying to help the other.

The flow of this story was also really good. Though the book spanned a year timeline wise it didn’t feel rushed at all. Some books that try to push that much time into a single story lose the focus on the actual storyline and instead focus on moving time forward, but that was not the case with this book. The flow of time flet real, as things progressed int he rodeo, at the ranch and with the relationship. And it was this flow that allowed such an ease of reading that I was able to read this book in very little time.

The progression of Tomas and Cheyenne’s relationship and their struggles with their own issues and that of each other added an extra feel to the book. You could see how one affected by PTSD would be guarded and not want to get close to someone for fear of hurting them and yet at the same time so desperately need others in their lives who could not only understand but help them as well.

Though I have read most of the Harts of the Rodeo series I have to say that this book was definitely one of my favorites. While others were slow or didn’t have as appealing writing, Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming was everything I could have asked for a more. I would highly recommend this book, and the series as well, to anyone who enjoys romances, especially those with that western feel to them.

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