About the Book
Book: Fighting and Flirting with My Cowboy Enemy
Author: Julia Keanini
Genre: Clean and Wholesome Romance
Release date: July 26, 2022
Jackson Ashford seems to have it all. Gorgeous looks, fulfilling job, loving relationship with his family . . . and he looks amazing in a cowboy hat. He may be a bit of a grump at times, but that doesn’t deter the women of Blue Falls from vying for his attention. So when Ruby Ellison arrives at his doorstep and hates Jackson on sight, he’s confused, to say the least.
Ruby Ellison never intended to come to the tiny town of Blue Falls, Idaho, but when her best friend’s search for her birth father takes her there, Ruby follows. She comes because she’d never let Madi down, but she stays because she quickly comes to love the small town. It’s the best place she’s ever lived . . . with one exception. Jackson Ashford. But Ruby figures she’ll just avoid him. Blue Falls is a small town but surely it’s big enough for two people to keep their distance.
But when Jackson and Ruby are both asked to coach an eight-year-old girls’ basketball team, Ruby realizes there will be no avoiding the man. She’ll just have to hate him up close rather than from afar. But as Ruby gets to know him she realizes that maybe the man she thought she knew isn’t really who Jackson is at all.
Join Ruby and Jackson as they fight and flirt their way to a happily ever after.
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This title grabbed me, made me curious to open the pages, and delve right into this story. Why does Ruby hate Jackson so much, especially when a bunch of women will not take no for an answer from him. Jackson is also very curious. What did he do? Do they know each other from the past? He feels Ruby must have a reason for her animosity and he makes it his personal goal to find out.
Things also get more complicated as they both become coaches for a girls' basketball team. Ruby's plan of avoiding Jackson doesn't work and the more time she spends with him, the more her heart unravels around him. Can she keep a hold of her heart or is she destined to fall for him? If Jackson has anything to say about it, she will fall in love with him like he already is with her.
This was a cute small-town romance with a couple of characters who had to come to grips with trauma from the past before they could move on to their future. I liked that not only did the attraction grow, but so did the friendship between these two. Especially how they could barely be in each other's presence in the beginning. Their maturity and growth were a delight to watch. Along with the flirting.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Julia Keanini is just a city girl living in a country world (and secretly loving it). She loves the mountains and would adore the beach, if it weren’t for all the sand and salt (wait, that is the beach?). A good book, a great song, or a huge piece of chocolate can lift her mood, but her true happiness is found in her little fam. She writes about girls and women who deal with what life throws at them and always about love, because she LOVES love.
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I almost got run over by a cow when I was thirteen. I homeschooled during my middle school years and my parents decided I needed to do more with my free-time. So they sent me to work at a friend’s ranch. I was a typical very self-conscious teen and I had been near horses and cows probably at most five times in my life. You could see that this maybe wasn’t the best combination but my parents were sure and they promised me a juice at the end of every shift so I was game.
I started by brushing horses tails and braiding them. I was the oldest of five girls so this was totally in my wheelhouse. I also shoveled a whole bunch of manure. This wasn’t my favorite part of the job. But I quickly fell in love with horses. They were majestic if not a little stinky, but I loved them all the same.
Then came the big day. The cows needed to be branded and it was my job (who decided this I will never know) to get the cows into the chute where they would be branded. Granted I did this with four other grown men, the people who should have been doing the job, but I was out there as well. In the middle of this arena. Trying to not get killed. I managed for about five cows and then there was a mean one. I knew from the moment I saw her that she wanted me out of there. The moment she was let free she beelined it in my direction, letting me know that I didn’t stand a chance. Somewhere in the background I heard people yelling my name, telling me to move. But I froze. Did nothing. Thankfully one of those grown men saved me and I lived to tell the tale.
But even after all of that, I loved ranch life. I knew I would one day write a story about it. I saved it in my heart for a long time, this is book number forty-seven for me, but it finally came to fruition. A series about seven brothers (even though I grew up with four sisters) in the most beautiful land in Northern Idaho.
Welcome to Blue Falls Ranch.
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