A Cowboy for Alyssa by Shirley Penick

Book 1 in the Burlap and Barbed Wire series

Looks can be deceiving, and a cowboy only gets one chance to make a good impression.

Alyssa Jefferson is ready to start her veterinary internship at the Rockin' K ranch, in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, where she will be assisting with the births of over three hundred pregnant cows. It’s a dream come true, and she’s so excited the joy is oozing from her. As icing on the cake, it appears the brothers that own the ranch are sexy as can be. A few months with some eye candy, is just what the doctor ordered.

Beau Kipling sees the sweet young thing coming for her riding lesson, and feels a kick to his gut. What is this hot young woman doing dating a man old enough to be her father? He’s so ticked off, he can’t stop himself from being an ass to her. He’s never, in his whole life, felt the instant attraction he feels for this female, and she’s some old guys arm candy.

When the truth is revealed, that Alyssa is his intern for the spring, and not the sheriff’s new girlfriend, Beau knows he’s blown it. And he can’t even explain why he was so mean. No woman wants to hear a guy thought she was a gold digger. Now they must work together all spring. Can he convince her to give him a second chance?

Awesome-what a great book! This was my first cowboy romance and author Shirley Penick hit it so far out of the ballpark that I cannot imagine how the following books in the series will best it. However-I really don't care that much because I'm still going to read them to find out! I loved the working relationship & romantic chemistry between Alyssa & Beau and their interactions with each other and his family. The fact that I have also lived in their home states added a deeper connection to the story for me. Great writing-especially with the love scenes. I needed to read a new author who didn't use the same predictable words & descriptions in her love scenes-what a breath of fresh air! ~ Marianne S.