Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, she’s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. She’d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy she’d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.
Aiden Rivers can’t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janie’s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didn’t even know she had a sister—clearly they’d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.
Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide what’s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each other…which could mean splitting them apart
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]
I always look forward to a new Victoria James release, she writes such charming small town cowboy romances that I always enjoy.
“What the hell had happened to his life? Two weeks ago, he was just ate in the bartender. Now he was a dad. And it was falling for the one woman he shouldn’t.”
Wishing for a Cowboy is the story of Janie who has been raising her 15-year-old nephew Will since she was 18 and he was 4. They’ve hit on some hard times and have decided to turn to his birth father for help, even though they were told he wanted nothing to do with being a dad. Turns out he never knew he even had a son, and he automatically steps up to the plate. He has to work hard to earn their trust and make up for lost time and the last thing he plans to do is fall for the woman who’s raised his son. Their whole situation is complicated and when Janie’s sister shows back up will it destroy the delicate relationship they’ve been building.
“The way he said her name, as though it came from somewhere deep inside, made her feel like she was the most special woman in the world.”
As usual, I loved the characters Victoria James created. Janie was so strong and selfless, loving and protective of her nephew Will. Will himself was mature for a 15-year-old and protective of his aunt but given their circumstances it’s not surprising, but he still felt realistic with his attitude and typical grumpy teen behavior. Aiden is a dream book boyfriend, rough childhood, hardworking, caring, a bit gruff, but he automatically steps up to be Will’s dad and be the kind of father he wishes he had growing up. Both Janie and Aiden had not so pleasant childhood upbringings that broke them down and damaged their self-esteem, but they haven’t let that stop them from being strong adults.
“He couldn’t risk losing her. He couldn’t let her see who he really was. He couldn’t scare her. But God, he wanted her. He wanted her softness, her compassion, her heart- all of her.”
This is a low steam romance with a good amount of angst, and you could feel the connection between Janie and Aiden. They go from strangers to a friendship of sorts and even though they have romantic feelings for each other they always put Will’s well-being first and foremost.
Overall I really enjoyed Wishing for a Cowboy by Victoria James. It was sweet and full of love and I look forward to what we book Victoria James writes up next !
—-Written by Amanda—-