A Cowboy to Remember

A Cowboy to Remember

In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . . With 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 hospitalwith no memory...

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Title:A Cowboy to Remember
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A Cowboy to Remember Reviews

  • Lynn Spencer

    Its been a while since I read a good cowboy romance, and I was starting to miss them. When I saw

    getting buzz on Twitter, it caught my fancy. Friends-to-lovers and second chance at love are my two favorite tropes, and this book has some of both going on in it along with the main amnesia plot. While I occasionally had trouble with the pacing, this novel turned out to be a delightful, lively read.

    Amnesia plots are difficult to pull off, but Weatherspoon does an excellent job

    It’s been a while since I read a good cowboy romance, and I was starting to miss them. When I saw

    getting buzz on Twitter, it caught my fancy. Friends-to-lovers and second chance at love are my two favorite tropes, and this book has some of both going on in it along with the main amnesia plot. While I occasionally had trouble with the pacing, this novel turned out to be a delightful, lively read.

    Amnesia plots are difficult to pull off, but Weatherspoon does an excellent job here. The book opens with a glimpse of Evie Buchanan prior to her memory loss. She’s on top of the world, a successful celebrity chef with her own show and a devoted following. While at an industry party, she takes a dramatic tumble down the stairs and awakens with no memory of her past. Her only known family, her parents and grandmother, are all dead and the man listed in her emergency contacts is someone from her childhood whom her assistant knows to contact only if things truly are dire.

    Evie’s agent, assistant and closest friend decide things really have reached that point, so they call. And Evie’s childhood friends, Jesse and Zach Pleasant, drop everything on Christmas and fly out to the rescue. Since Evie is both recognizable and lacking her memory, her friends realise her vulnerability at once. They want her to recover, but she needs to be away from New York in order to preserve her privacy and keep her amnesia from becoming known.

    So the Pleasant brothers fly Evie out to the family guest ranch in California. We learn over the course of the story that not only was Evie raised by her beloved grandmother, but that she grew up at the ranch alongside the Pleasant brothers and their family. In addition, Evie’s dreams and intuition tell her that she has some kind of history with Zach in particular.

    This part of the story works quite well. Not only has Evie lost her memory of events, but also her memory of skills, so we see her relearning how to cook and figuring out what to make of life. In the midst of all this, we also see her interacting with people with whom she has a shared history. That’s the part of the story that actually convinced me that the hero would be a decent guy. Evie has no memory, but Zach doesn’t take unfair advantage nor does he lie to Evie about her past.

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  • Melike

    This was my first cowboy romance book and also the first book I have read by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I thought it was a charming romance and I devoured it in one day. The main characters Evie and Zach are so cute and likable, so are the rest of the Pleasant gang. We all need a second family like them to swoop in and lift us up at times of hardship and trouble. Zachs grandma Leona, the matriarch of the family was another great character, it was so sweet how much she loved and genuinely cared for

    This was my first cowboy romance book and also the first book I have read by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I thought it was a charming romance and I devoured it in one day. The main characters Evie and Zach are so cute and likable, so are the rest of the Pleasant gang. We all need a second family like them to swoop in and lift us up at times of hardship and trouble. Zach’s grandma Leona, the matriarch of the family was another great character, it was so sweet how much she loved and genuinely cared for Evie. Very touching. Overall, this was a delightful second chances romance that kept me reading all day and I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out.

    Many thanks to Net Galley and Kensington books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Kazen

    4.5 stars

    Oh, how I love this book. The characters are wonderful, the plot has a ton of moving parts that come together perfectly, and don't forget the romance! Listen to me swoon over

    in this full video review:

  • Mel

    My review is here:

  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Living in New York City, Evie is a television cooking star on her way up in the world. But the evening of the shows Christmas party, Evie suffers a terrible accident and wakes with no memory. Desperate to help her, Evies friends reach out to her in case of death contact to see if he can assist in the recovery.

    Once close friends, Zach and Evie havent talked in ten years. But when his brother Jesse receives a call that Evie is injured and needs help, he and Jesse jump on the redeye from California

    Living in New York City, Evie is a television cooking star on her way up in the world. But the evening of the show’s Christmas party, Evie suffers a terrible accident and wakes with no memory. Desperate to help her, Evie’s friends reach out to her “in case of death” contact to see if he can assist in the recovery.

    Once close friends, Zach and Evie haven’t talked in ten years. But when his brother Jesse receives a call that Evie is injured and needs help, he and Jesse jump on the redeye from California to be by her side. Although she doesn’t remember the Pleasant brothers, she recognizes they care for her, and she goes to California to their ranch and resort for some R and R, where she reconnects with so many folks from her youth.

    A Cowboy to Remember is a slow-burn, second chance romance with the added twist of memory loss. While I’m not usually a fan of amnesia-romances, Ms. Weatherspoon successfully uses the trope to give Evie a fresh look on her crazy life. While recovering, Evie rediscovers her passion for cooking and realizes that she may not have enjoyed the life she was living in NYC. The secondary characters add a lot of value to the story. I love both the NY friends as well as the family and friends in California and hope we continue to see them in the upcoming titles.

    The pace of the story is lovely; like a meandering cowboy riding into the sunset. It’s perfect for Evie and Zach’s budding, and rekindling of sorts, romance. They are a “second chance” romance, but with her memory loss, it’s also a new romance. Evie and Zach experience dynamic chemistry and passion, which has the potential to combust depending on what happens once she regains her memories. I appreciate how up front Zach is about his past mistakes, even though Evie doesn’t remember the fight that drove them apart. I also love the Evie is on her own timeline - and if she wants to kiss Zach, she will. She won’t be told what to do. I love her drive to relearn to cook and get used to doing it in front of others.

    Overall, A Cowboy to Remember is a delightful slow-burn romance, kicking off what promises to be a wonderful new series from Ms. Weatherspoon.

    My Rating: B, Liked It

    Review copy provided by Netgalley

    Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

  • Adele Buck

    A great start to a new series. Amnesia plots can be super-tricky to pull off, I believe, but this one definitely fell in the "it works" column for me. Evie's character has so many friends (sometimes a little hard for me to keep track of at first, but that's a me problem and not a book problem) that we can easily see how her personality changes while her memories are gone, even though we only spend a very short period of time with her before her accident. It's easy to see why so many people care

    A great start to a new series. Amnesia plots can be super-tricky to pull off, I believe, but this one definitely fell in the "it works" column for me. Evie's character has so many friends (sometimes a little hard for me to keep track of at first, but that's a me problem and not a book problem) that we can easily see how her personality changes while her memories are gone, even though we only spend a very short period of time with her before her accident. It's easy to see why so many people care so deeply about her, to the point of whisking her to the other side of the country to rest and recuperate.

    And who wouldn't want to spend time on the Pleasant family ranch, head injury or no head injury? Gorgeous vistas, horses, dogs, and even more gorgeous men. Also strong familial bonds, loving female friends, and a veeery slow burn of a sort-of-second-chance romance between Evie and Zach.

    I'm looking forward to more from this series.

    I was given an Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sharonda Isadora

    All that just for the heroine Evie to get her memory back and leave. man listen.

    I loved the idea of this story, black cowboys in California OWNING their own ranchyes more of that please.

    BUT, this romance it was boring as the day is long. I read no chemistry between Zach and Evie. I mean for the most part, the sexual tension between them was cute and kind of hot but I just wasnt interested in whether they would end of together.

    I feel like the story took a turn to dull and monotonous as Evie was

    All that just for the heroine Evie to get her memory back and leave…. man listen.

    I loved the idea of this story, black cowboys in California OWNING their own ranch…yes more of that please.

    BUT, this romance… it was boring as the day is long. I read no chemistry between Zach and Evie. I mean for the most part, the sexual tension between them was cute and kind of hot but I just wasn’t interested in whether they would end of together.

    I feel like the story took a turn to dull and monotonous as Evie was on the ranch trying to gain her memory back. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the interactions between her and Zach’s family but for me, it bogged down the romantical parts of the story and wasn’t that what we were here for? Eh, I guess. This also leads me to a gripe I have with the story in general. Why the heck pretty much all of Zach’s family was in contact with Evie when Zach wasn’t. Like I get not wanting to deal with a man when he broke your heart… Oh, I understand that on the real, I do. But I just thought that was some weird family flexing going on when Zach found out AND then for his own family to be treating him like he purposefully did what he did towards Evie pissed me off. Like listen, if my family can’t support me in my screw ups, then I wants no part of them. To me, it just wasn’t realistic, and I didn’t like it.

    Also, at times during reading, I felt like the author wanted us to know these characters and the story surrounding them was a Black story. I get it but it felt at times a bit forced and not authentic.

    All and all, this read as a first in the series kind of read and that’s fine...and... we do get a HEA. I’ll invest in the other books as there is room for progression in Cowboys of California.

    *Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read/review.

  • Bethany

    A Cowboy to Remember is a contemporary romance centered on the trope of amnesia, where Evie, a Black woman and famous chef is injured and loses her memory before reconnecting with her childhood crush (a handsome Black cowboy named Zach) who she hasn't spoken to in 10 years.

    Unfortunately, I found this book to be remarkably boring with uninteresting main characters and very little in terms of relationship development. This feels particularly glaring since I just read Rafe by the same author

    A Cowboy to Remember is a contemporary romance centered on the trope of amnesia, where Evie, a Black woman and famous chef is injured and loses her memory before reconnecting with her childhood crush (a handsome Black cowboy named Zach) who she hasn't spoken to in 10 years.

    Unfortunately, I found this book to be remarkably boring with uninteresting main characters and very little in terms of relationship development. This feels particularly glaring since I just read Rafe by the same author (which I highly recommend!) where the characterization and relationship development was SO good. In this case, most of the book is focused on Evie dealing with her memory loss and re-learning how to cook, and occasionally wanting to kiss Zach despite their relatively minimal interaction. I think it's trying to rely on the fact that they have a history together, but it really did not work for me.

    On the other hand, there are some very interesting side characters! There is a sassy grandmother who was a famous actress and broke ground for Black women in the industry. There is an older brother who doesn't talk much and is physically huge, but is a total softie inside. I would totally read books about them, but I couldn't figure out what Evie liked about Zach besides the fact that he's attractive and wears a cowboy hat.

    The pacing is weird as well. Much of the book is (like I said) about Evie having amnesia and regaining her cooking skills and that really dragged. Then near the very end she suddenly regains her memories, eye-rolling drama ensues, and we get a very quick ending. I was definitely disappointed with this, but the highlights were the entertaining side characters and the discussions of race and prejudice in the entertainment industry. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  • Storme Reads A Lot

    I requested this book because I really liked Xeni, which was the only other book I have read by this author. I was hoping for a really good cowboy romance, which is one of my favorite things. But this book was not it at all. I just cannot put my finger on what it was, but this book lacks the storyline and characters I expected from Rebekah Weatherspoon. I would suggest reading Xeni, and I have heard good things about Rafe. But this book just falls flat in a lot of places.

    This the story of famous

    I requested this book because I really liked Xeni, which was the only other book I have read by this author. I was hoping for a really good cowboy romance, which is one of my favorite things. But this book was not it at all. I just cannot put my finger on what it was, but this book lacks the storyline and characters I expected from Rebekah Weatherspoon. I would suggest reading Xeni, and I have heard good things about Rafe. But this book just falls flat in a lot of places.

    This the story of famous celebrity chef, Evie Buchanan. She is pushed down the stairs by a rival chef, and she loses all of her memories. There is nowhere she can go except the ranch she grew up on to recover. It is the only place where she can stay anonymous to avoid the media finding out she has lost all of her memories.

    I thought this was going to be a riveting book, but I did not really care about what was going on when i was reading it. There was nothing really interesting about the story or the way the romance was supposed to unfold. I was so shocked this because Xeni was so rich in comparison. This book is about Evie trying to get her memories back and learn how to be a chef once more. There is also her history with Zach and they want to be like close to each other even though they haven’t spoken for like ten years. I think you are just supposed to accept all of their history as enough for a romance, but like there was no chemistry or anything exciting about when they’re together.

    Okay, there is also so many side characters and sometimes you get their POV but I don’t know why. There was nothing really added to it, so I was wondering what was going on with that whole thing honestly. Her friends seemed cool, and I would like books about them. But the rest was just so meh. I was waiting for a reason to care about anyone, but there was no one who really stood out. They are just rich black people with a ranch (which is so awesome because i think there needs to be more stories like this), but no one is exciting or anything. There are just tall guys who wear cowboy hats and that is supposed to be enough to be a personality trait, I guess. Wearing a cowboy hat does make a dude hot, but its not enough to fall in love with in my opinion.

    Also, it was so odd that Evie had amnesia until like 87% way through the book and then she was like magically better. She has no idea what’s going on t he whole time and then she is magically cured, and she wants to go back o her own life. Also, the whole thing where she suddenly doesn’t want to be around Zach was lame. I was just like yeah ok especially with just around 10% of the book left, this makes for a rushed and terrible story. The only good thing was the grandma who was a pioneer for black women in the entertainment industry. I would read a story about her. Like her whole life. She was awesome. This was so disappointing, and i hope the next books are better but I am not sure i will be picking them up.

    Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Xan West

    Review to come!

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