The Cowboy and His Baby by Jessica Clare

The Cowboy and His Baby

Jessica Clare

Annie intends for her romance with Dustin to be a fling, but by the time filming wraps up, she’s unexpectedly pregnant. While Annie is prepared to walk away and raise her baby by herself, Dustin isn’t so ready to say good-bye.

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From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare comes a contemporary Western romance about a cowboy who is in for the ride of his life…. 

Dustin is a ranch hand with a reputation around town as a ladies’ man. He loves flirting and the thrill of the chase. When he tilts his cowboy hat just so, no one can resist his charms. It’s all fun and games for Dustin until he meets a woman who sparks real feelings in him, and he’s blindsided by love.  

Annie is an animal trainer working on set for a film. Other than her furry, canine coworkers, she hasn’t connected with the rest of the movie’s crew. It’s only when a certain cowboy catches her eye that Wyoming becomes interesting. She intends for their romance to be a fling, but by the time filming wraps up, she’s unexpectedly pregnant.     

While Annie is prepared to walk away and raise her baby by herself, Dustin isn’t so ready to say good-bye. He has to prove to Annie that she has a future in Wyoming and capture her heart before it’s too late....


Advance Galley Reviews

This was a fairly quick read for me -- nothing groundbreaking but it was cute and sweet and I enjoyed reading it. I'd recommend it to others who are looking for something light and sweet.

Expired before I could read it.

The Cowboy and His Baby was a fun read and would be an especially nice snuggle with a cup of tea. Both Annie and Dustin were the warm typical people you would have expected with this this title and Jessica Clare did it well. Nothing like a twist to add some drama and self awareness to a great group of people. Thank you first to read for this ARC.

A fun cowboy romance with the accidental baby twist...the short fling that winds up binding them with a baby. Enjoyed the romance and the writing. I would definitely recommend as a fun summer romance.

This is a typical romance book, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's enjoyable and a good read when you need a simple book to get through.

Dustin works on the ranch and has a ladies' man reputation. Then he meets a woman who he can't get out of his head. Annie is an animal trainer and trains dogs for movies. She meets Dustin and the romance starts. By the time she ends up leaving Wyoming to go back home she is pregnant but doesn't know it. She doesn't tell Dustin until a few months later. She wants him to be with her because he loves her not because of the baby. Also his plan don't include a woman and a child. I really liked these 2 characters but the communication was horrible between them. I wanted to give this 5 stars but the woman from Dustin's past that caused a lot of the trouble should have been put in her place by Dustin.

Annie comes from a family that has worked in the Hollywood scene so she kind of fell into that roll as well but in a different way. Annie is a dog trainer in the movie industry. She ends up in Wyoming for a long movie. There she meets Dustin a Ranch hand when out with other people from the movie set. Dustin is a ladies man and even talks about his not wanting to settle down and purposely doesn't give many woman any chance to think that there is something more than there is. Annie asks Dustin to help her out and then the sparks fly. Annie ends up pregnant and due to several misunderstandings on both parts she ends up back in California. Dustin does not find out about the baby until Annie has to come back for a edit of the movie. Dustin and Annie have to decide what to do about their future together and for the baby. I enjoyed reading this book. Since I enjoyed the book it made for a quick and easy read. I liked the main characters. Plus it helps the book had some sweet dogs in it. I received this book for free to review from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinion in this review is 100% my own.

The Cowboy and His Baby is a contemporary western romance by Jessica Clare. Jessica Clare is a pen name for romance author Jill Myles. I’ve not previously read any of the author’s books under either name, but I found this novel to be very enjoyable. Annie is a dog trainer working on a movie set when she meets local cowboy, Dustin. The two begin a lighthearted romance that turns complicated when Annie finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Dustin and Annie have some heavy thinking to do, but the overall feel of the story is still light. The Cowboy and His Baby is a quick, fun read. The main characters, Dustin and Annie are both well-developed and relatable. The dialogue is fresh and funny. The romance is sweet. Nothing to dislike. This is a 5 out of 5 star read. I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I’m a giant sucker for dogs, handsome men, and babies, so this book checked all the right boxes! Annie really needs to learn to communicate, but that’s my only complaint.

An easy, sweet read. Dustin, the cowboy hunk falls in love with Annie. Annie is on location with a movie production company as a dog trainer. After she became pregnant she left Dustin. Dustin tracked her down at her mom's house in LA. Annie was somewhat unfocused and easily swayed about her feelings for Dustin. Dustin was always there for her. In the end it's happily everafter.

I got through 80 percent of this, but the main character Annie was kind of annoying to me. I really liked Dustin; he seemed like a good guy and was willing to do the right thing. I loved all the dogs in this story too. They were adorable :)

A book with dogs, romance, and drama. What isn’t there to love about this book. It was just the thing that I needed when I was in a reading slump.

This was a very cute read about a dog lover & trainer named Annie who is on location and a restless cowboy named Dustin that meet by chance when he tries to set her up with another ranch hand at the local bar and ends up interested himself. Great characters and interesting story line. I loved Annie's mom Kitty, her friends and everyone at the ranch ( I hope the author develops the characters more in future books). I just had issues with Annie's immaturity and taking off due to unfounded concerns not only once but twice and Dustin being so besotted that he tolerated it all.

Since I had read the Billionaire Boys Club series of Jessica Clare, I was curious to see how she would fare with cowboys. What I liked about the Billionaire Boys was that they all had a very clear character. With Annie... not so much. She is the proverbial 'grey mouse' who doesn't want to stand out. She is a dog trainer on movie sets. Since her whole family is working in the film industry, she ended up there. Her mother, Kitty, is an absolute hilarious Hollywood wannabe, who takes on all kinds of small roles just to be in the movie. When they are shooting a film in Wyoming, Annie ends up at a bar where a gorgeous looking cowboy is buying her a drink. However, turns out, the cowboy isn't actually interested in her, but he is checking her out for his friend. Since Annie never knew her father, she doesn't trust guys. And this cowboy has just shown her how deceitful guys can be. But when Annie is in need of help with a stray dog, she has nowhere to turn than to Dustin, the cowboy. Turns out, there is so much more than meets the eye with the playboy cowboy. The story is cute and sweet, but I did get a bit annoyed with Annie's lack of trust. The miscommunication and doubts went on and on. Off course I want them to have a happy ending, but, come on: confront the guy if you have second guesses. So, in all, three out of five stars from me and a special thank you to FirstToRead for providing the arc.

Annie is a dog trainer on location for a movie. Dustin is a local ranch hand with itchy feet who is known as a ladies man and player around town. Dustin agrees to approach Annie in a local bar one night to help a younger fellow ranch hand. After meeting her, Dustin is intrigued which is new for him. Annie does not immediately succumb to Dustin’s charms. They end up bonding over dogs and begin a friendship that slowly grows into a romance. When the movie wraps, after some misunderstandings, Annie leaves to head back home to LA thinking there would be no relationship with Dustin. Later she finds out she is pregnant but decides to raise the baby on her own until she has to return on location for re-shoots and she decides to see Dustin and tell him about the baby. What I liked about the story: Dustin’s personal growth and being able to learn what he really wanted in life, which was Annie and the baby. What I didn’t like: Annie not believing in what Dustin was telling her about his feelings. I thought the story was okay but feel like a little more communication between the two of them would have saved them both months of heartache.

This was my first time reading something from this author. And I found myself liking it very much. This book was a quick read but I had a little a hard time focusing on the story at the beginning. Maybe that was just me. Either way, this story focused on Dustin and Annie and their cute love story. He originally goes up to her, to buy her a drink on his friend but she's not having any of it. And that piques his interest. He spends time with her and they slowly start to fall each other. There were parts where our leading lady drove me crazy! When she didn't voice her reason for walking away from Dustin.! I wanted to throw my kindle. Overall a cute love story. I received an ARC from First to Read.

First of all, this book caught me since it's one of my genre kryptonites: a secret baby romance. This was super-cute and I especially loved Dustin (a fully realized hero, but also not a jerk). Annie was a great heroine as well (lovely lady who does her own thing). *Also*, Kitty was a wonderful side character that gave me all the laughs and giggles. Definitely pick this one up!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Cowboy and His Baby. I really enjoyed this story of Dustin and Annie who meet in a little town in Wyoming while Annie is there as an animal trainer filming a movie. Even though she was determined not to fall for anyone Annie falls for Dustin and before she leaves they sleep together and the condom broke. The next morning she goes to the pharmacy to get a morning after pill and has a run in with a woman who calls herself Dustin's girlfriend. Upset with how she never should have trusted Dustin and why some of the things that he wouldn't do with her she believes this is why he made the decisions he did. Annie leaves town, gets a morning after pill only to find out a few weeks later it didn't work and she is pregnant. Dustin and Annie have many twists and turns along the way but can they figure everything out. This was a great quick read and I can't wait to read more from Jessica Clare.

Dustin and Annie! Animal trainer Annie Grissom was frustrated with the director of the movie she was doing in Painted Barrel, Wyoming because he was trying to change the stunts that her dog, Spidey had been trained for. Annie went to the local bar with some of her co-workers from the movie when she met local cowboy Dustin Worthington but they didn’t hit it off right away. Annie needed to find the next dog to train for her next movie and she asked Dustin to give her ride and when the dog she rescued connected with Dustin. So Dustin adopted the dog and Annie said she would help train it at the ranch where he worked. When they spent the night together, the condom broke and after Annie tried gong to the drugstore for the morning after pill, she left for Los Angeles because she thought that Dustin was already in a relationship. Little did she know that she was pregnant but until she had to return for reshoots for the movie she didn’t intend to tell Dustin, she finally had to tell Dustin when she returned to Painted Barrel. Annie was surprised how well he took the news. Reading The Cowboy and His Baby was very interesting for me because I grew up in areas very similar and people many times don’t understand how different things are from a higher population area. Thanks to First to Read for giving me an advanced reader copy.

4 out of 5 stars. This story kept me engrossed until the end and I finished it in less than two days. So of course I liked it. I liked Dustin’s eagerness and Annie’s dog obsession. However, there were a few things that frustrated me or didn’t make sense. First of all, Dustin was way too forgiving of the life-altering decisions Annie would make without consulting him. I felt like he should have pushed back a bit more, or she should have been more contrite, at least. That would have felt more realistic to me. The other thing that was off was the timing. There was a “6 weeks later” and “7 months later” and if you did the math, that should have put Annie at 38 weeks pregnant, not 30. Basically, she would have been having the baby right then. Also, when Annie was less than two months away from giving birth, she was considering a job in Vancouver that would last for two months. No heavily pregnant woman would ever consider that. Unless a) she doesn’t mind leaving the job early and unfinished, b) she doesn’t mind her child not being a US citizen, c) she doesn’t care about who would be delivering her baby, which every pregnant woman does, and d) if those things do matter to her, she wouldn’t mind driving from Vancouver to LA to deliver when she goes into labor because airlines generally don’t allow you to fly in the last month. Overall, just some logistical issues that weren’t considered in the writing.

I really enjoyed Annie and Dustin’s story. As a dog lover, I loved all Annie’s interactions with the dogs. Annie’s interactions with humans left me scratching my head sometimes, though. This was a quick, happy read. I recommend it for dog lovers and lovers of a sweet story. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read and review!

I found this to be a fast read. The characters were well developed and make you feel like you're in that small town with them. I would recommend this book. Thanks, First To Read, for my advance copy.

Annie Grissom prefers to spend her time with dogs rather than people. She trains dogs for movies, and she’s perfectly happy to keep on doing just that. But, then, a charming cowboy worked his way into her life. She’s not sure how he captured her heart, because it was supposed to be just for fun and end when the movie wrapped up. Now she’s pregnant with his baby, in love, and uncertain he wants her in his life. Dustin Worthington has always been a drifter. He drifts from one cattle farm to another when he gets tired of the same old scene. He craves adventure, but a sweet dog-trainer is in town working on a movie not far from him. He finds he can’t resist her and starts to question his future plans. Could he settle down in one place for the rest of his life? The Cowboy and His Baby is a sweet and spicy romance that kept me up all night reading. I absolutely loved Annie Grissom and her love for dogs. Her character captures your heart right from the beginning. She’s anything but a typical heroine from her red hair to the freckles that cover her skin. And who can resist a charming cowboy with a sense of humor? Certainly not me. Dustin Worthington put a silly grin on my face right from the start. Peppered with interesting characters, this novel keeps you engaged throughout. It will be tough to set this novel aside, so you might want to grab a lazy Sunday afternoon and read from beginning to end. Lose yourself in this romance, you’ll be happy that you did.

 


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