Coulda Been a Cowboy by Brenda Novak

Coulda Been a Cowboy


Grandpa Garnier used to say, "Love is like a bucking bronco. It takes guts and determination to hang on, but it's worth the ride. "

If only Grandpa was around now to help Tyson Garnier out of this mess. The famous pro football player is suddenly saddled with a very public scandal-- and an illegitimate child. Tyson needs a good nanny "now" if he's going to salvage his career. And plain, no-nonsense Dakota Brown is the ideal candidate.

Dakota doesn't care for football-- or for a man who doesn't seem to want his own son. But she needs this job, and that precious little baby needs "her."

Dakota isn't Tyson's kind of woman. But the more he sees of her-- and the more he sees of his son-- the harder he wants to hang on.


Coulda Been A Cowboy is the first book by Brenda Novak I have read. It was an alright read, I enjoyed it for the most part.

Tyson is a pro football player who is hiding away in small town Idaho while he tries to get his life in order again. He has been out with an injury and needs to get back in playing shape. He also is now taking care of his 9 month old son when he finds out his son's mom has been neglecting him. He paid the mom a large settlement for full custody of his son. Since he knows nothing about kids he needs help.

Dakota was recommended to Tyson for the job of nanny. She needs the extra money to try and stay on top of her bills. Her home life is not very good. Her dad was injured many years ago and now Dakota feels responsible for him, even though he is a mean alcoholic at times. It is really not a good situation and Dakota doesn't really have a social life to speak of.

When they first meet there are not sparks or anything. Dakota needs this job, and loves Tyson's son. Tyson thinks how Dakota is kind of plain, but not ugly. Slowly he starts caring about her, but he also has a lot of drama with the ex to deal with. His son's mom is claiming that he raped her, to what end I am not sure. That makes me so very angry. I wish she would have gotten a lot worse than she did for that. I wish nothing but bad things on her when she is the one who threw herself at Tyson. I hated her so much.

So lots of drama and things to deal with all the while Tyson and Dakota are falling for each other. I wish Dakota could have learned to be comfortable in her own skin and not had to lose weight to feel like she looked good. Then the ending was super quick. It was way too quick for me and unfortunate since the rest of the book was pretty good. It was just like suddenly everything came together and they lived happily ever after. A good read, and I will be checking out more from this author. Really I would like to read Gabe's story now as I think that will be interesting.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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