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Cowboys Vow to Protect [Book Review]

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: eARC via NetGalley

Trigger warning for mention of rape, assault, brief glimpse into dark thoughts of the rapist, and slight description of rape.

I’m not sure where to begin with this book. I’m going to share a few lines from the book which made me roll my eyes:

“ Then as he went up and down the grocery store aisles he filled his basket with the kinds of foods he thought a woman would like to eat. “

And

“ he didn’t get women in general. He found them mysterious alien beings. They were complex and filled with emotions he didn’t always understand.”

Alright… women just eat food. It’s not gendered. Seriously.

Also, I’m tired of this line acting like women are so weird. Just treat them like people and you’ll be okay. I just wanted to scream at this book a lot. At least regarding how much of the gender stereotypes it contained.

Madison is trying to leave town because of something that happened. But Flint finds her and says she can stay in his cabin. She confesses she was raped and beaten. He wants her to go to the police, but she is scared to at first. Both of them don’t think they deserve to fall in love, but they are going to because it’s a romance. I don’t know what to really say regarding this book because it’s kind of a hot mess of things going on. There’s heavy topics, but I think they are treated with a light hand. There’s no like recovery Madison goes through, just oh the magic of love and raising this baby will make me all better. Instead of maybe like going through therapy and dealing with the fears she had, she thinks just falling in love with a guy will solve all of her trauma. Flint says hey you should go to therapy and you probably have PTSD, but that’s it. I guess just love will get rid of her issues and it will just be all good. Sure. I suppose so. Also, flint has chronic pain. But it’s barely talked about. It’s just like thrown in there for a storyline, but it’s never given the respect and mention the rep of chronic pain deserves. I suppose I’m just upset with this book overall. It started out well, but it just became a jumble of problems. I can’t recommend it because of the content and how it was all handled. I’m disappointed because I really wanted to enjoy this book. Maybe it’s just the content, but I would suggest skipping this book altogether. There was no real suspense or romance. Just a lot of problems.

Thank you to NetGalley and harlequin for the eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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