by Diane Pershing

April 2002
ISBN: 0-373-19584-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1584
Mass Market Paperback

Cassie Nevins is going through financial hard times right now and she dreams about a knight in shining…blue jeans. Lately, her fantasies have revolved around a fictional character she’s created for her daughter’s bedtime stories, Cowboy Charlie. Cut from the same cloth as the men from the old Wild West, where things like honor and truth stood for something—and where men were sexy as all get out, Cassie has created the perfect man for her, her soul mate. However, when Cowboy Charlie presents himself, in the flesh, on Cassie’s doorstep stating that she wished for him to come and rescue her, she’s skeptical. Who is this man who claims to be her fictional character come to life? Dare she believe that he is, in fact, Cowboy Charlie come to help her in her time of need? And as these two fall in love, what will happen when Cowboy Charlie has to go back to his fictional dimension?

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Cassie’s Cowboy is a fun and breezy read filled with Cowboy Charlie’s “good ole boy” western charm and a magical pair of hideous looking glasses. I’ll admit to having some reservations about a love affair with a fictional character—though I can accept vampires, ghosts, time-travel and shape shifters—in Cassie’s Cowboy, Charlie really IS a fictional character and I had a difficult time accepting him. Compounding the “fictional” issue, I like my cowboys to be a bit rough or untamed and the author even points out that Charlie is the “sanitized” version of the Wild West cowboy—all good and full of morals and do-the-right-thing kind of guy.

I even find myself asking why I liked this book considering that I seem to have a problem accepting the hero. There are a few reasons, one being that I liked the heroine. Cassie is skeptical about Charlie for most of the story and while she may be having financial difficulties and in need of help, ultimately she knows that if the bank forecloses on the house, she and her daughter can move into an apartment. Having a strong, independent, logical and believable heroine always helps me connect with a story. Another aspect that I liked about the story was the ending. If the ending, which I’m not about to give away, had played out any other way I can emphatically state that I would have given Cassie’s Cowboy a lower rating. Kudos to Ms. Pershing for delivering a wonderful heroine and a fabulous ending that I very much enjoyed!

Reviewed in March 2002 by Thea.

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