by Terry McLaughlin

September 2006
ISBN: 0-373-71372-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Fitz Kelleran is a movie star tired of Malibu and the glitz so easily found there. When his live-in lover publicly dumps him on nation TV, Fitz is left to deal with the fall-out. Avoiding the paparazzi, he heads out to Montana to start filming his next movie, a western. His agent is kicking, because Westerns havenít done so well in the Hollywood box office, but Fitz is determined to make this work.

Ellie Harrison is the owner of the ranch and a single mom to a teenage daughter, Jodi. She also lives with her mother-in-law, Jenna. The ranch is struggling and to try to save it, she rents it out to Hollywood film makers. She doesnít expect Fitz to be even more handsome in person than he is on the screen, but he is. She certainly doesnít expect to feel sparks.

When a series of disasters causes Ellie to put the ranch up for sale, Fitz wants to be her hero and rescue her, so he buys the ranch. But his buying it means that heís taking everything she worked so hard to keep. Will they find a chance at real love?

Make-Believe Cowboy is an interesting look at the movie industry and the ranch life. Fitz is realistically developed, as is Ellie. I also liked the secondary characters, especially Ellieís mother-in-law, Jenna.

The book is well-written and held my interest. I enjoyed the setting and the scrapes that the characters got themselves into. I also liked that there is a secondary romance happening in the story. I recommend Make-Believe Cowboy to those who like movie stars and westerns. A preview to the next book in the Bright Light, Big Sky series is included at the end of this book.

Reviewed in November 2006 by Laura.

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