Book Review: Wyatt Return of the Cowboy

Title: Wyatt Return of the Cowboy

Author: Cathy McDavid

Series: Harts of the Rodeo 0.5

Page Count: 58

Publish Date: June 1, 2012

Publisher: HQN

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Not much had changed in the twelve years since Wyatt Malone left Roundup, Montana. Except for Paige St. John, his once-loyal childhood friend. As teenagers, they had planned to leave their small town behind together. But a falling-out with his father drove him from Roundup and Paige – and she has not forgiven Wyatt for striking out on his own.

Now Wyatt is back, hoping to reconcile with his family – and with Paige. She’s turned into the kind of woman he’s always wanted. But she’s been burned by handsome cowboys before, including the one that left her to raise her son alone. Can Wyatt convince Paige, and the rest of Roundup, that he’s a man she can count on?

Cover of Wyatt Return of the Cowboy.

Wyatt Return of the Cowboy

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My Review:

The issue with novellas or short stories is that they attempt to cram far too much into a few pages and because of this the story often feels rushed. Not only that but there is also a sense that some things are missing in the story, be it that they were skipped in order to keep the story short or the author just didn’t feel like adding them, which usually results in unanswered questions and unhappy readers.

This book was no exception to that. I had such a hard time connecting with the main characters, Wyatt more so than Paige. This did not feel like a good introduction story for the series. Yes, it introduced some of the characters that would be prominent throughout the series but other than that it held little appeal.

By far the worst part was the ending. It came so abruptly that it left me wondering if I chunk of the book was left out during publication. Honestly, it felt like there should have been at least another chapter to really bring the story to a close. It felt as though things were just starting to move in the story and all of a sudden it was over. The story was slow and somewhat dull, the romance a bit lackluster and I think if I hadn’t read one of the other books in the series first I wouldn’t consider picking up the other books, for fear they would be as bad as this one. Though the prequel to the Harts of The Rodeo series it is in no way a necessary one to read before starting into the actual series. In fact, I’d suggest just skipping it, really not worth the time to read it.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Wyatt Return of the Cowboy. Have you read this novella?

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