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In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . . With a headline spot on a hit morning show and truly mouth-watering culinary skills, chef Evie Buchanan is perched on the edge of stardom. But at an industry party, a fall lands Evie in the hospitalwith no memory In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . . With a headline spot on a hit morning show and truly mouth-watering culinary skills, chef Evie Buchanan is perched on the edge of stardom. But at an industry party, a fall lands Evie in the hospital—with no memory of who she is. Scrambling to help, Evie’s assistant contacts the only “family” Evie has left, close friends who run the luxury dude ranch in California where Evie grew up. Evie has no recollection of them—until former rodeo champion Zach Pleasant walks into her hospital room, and she realizes his handsome face has been haunting her dreams . . . Zach hasn’t seen Evie in years—not since their families conducted a campaign to make sure their childhood friendship never turned into anything more. When the young cowboy refused to admit the feelings between them were real, Evie left California, making it clear she never wanted to see Zach again. Now he refuses to make the same mistake twice. Starting fresh is a risk when they have a history she can’t recall, but Zach can’t bear to let go of her now. Can he awaken the sleeping beauty inside her who might still love him?


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In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . . With a headline spot on a hit morning show and truly mouth-watering culinary skills, chef Evie Buchanan is perched on the edge of stardom. But at an industry party, a fall lands Evie in the hospitalwith no memory In this brand-new series from award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon, a charming cowboy and his sleeping beauty find their modern-day happily ever after . . . With a headline spot on a hit morning show and truly mouth-watering culinary skills, chef Evie Buchanan is perched on the edge of stardom. But at an industry party, a fall lands Evie in the hospital—with no memory of who she is. Scrambling to help, Evie’s assistant contacts the only “family” Evie has left, close friends who run the luxury dude ranch in California where Evie grew up. Evie has no recollection of them—until former rodeo champion Zach Pleasant walks into her hospital room, and she realizes his handsome face has been haunting her dreams . . . Zach hasn’t seen Evie in years—not since their families conducted a campaign to make sure their childhood friendship never turned into anything more. When the young cowboy refused to admit the feelings between them were real, Evie left California, making it clear she never wanted to see Zach again. Now he refuses to make the same mistake twice. Starting fresh is a risk when they have a history she can’t recall, but Zach can’t bear to let go of her now. Can he awaken the sleeping beauty inside her who might still love him?

30 review for A Cowboy to Remember

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melike

    This was my first cowboy romance book and also the first book I have read by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I thought it was a charming romance and I devoured it in one day. The main characters Evie and Zach are so cute and likable, so are the rest of the Pleasant gang. We all need a second family like them to swoop in and lift us up at times of hardship and trouble. Zachs grandma Leona, the matriarch of the family was another great character, it was so sweet how much she loved and genuinely cared for This was my first cowboy romance book and also the first book I have read by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I thought it was a charming romance and I devoured it in one day. The main characters Evie and Zach are so cute and likable, so are the rest of the Pleasant gang. We all need a second family like them to swoop in and lift us up at times of hardship and trouble. Zach’s grandma Leona, the matriarch of the family was another great character, it was so sweet how much she loved and genuinely cared for Evie. Very touching. Overall, this was a delightful second chances romance that kept me reading all day and I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out. Many thanks to Net Galley and Kensington books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    A Cowboy to Remember is a contemporary romance centered on the trope of amnesia, where Evie, a Black woman and famous chef is injured and loses her memory before reconnecting with her childhood crush (a handsome Black cowboy named Zach) who she hasn't spoken to in 10 years. Unfortunately, I found this book to be remarkably boring with uninteresting main characters and very little in terms of relationship development. This feels particularly glaring since I just read Rafe by the same author A Cowboy to Remember is a contemporary romance centered on the trope of amnesia, where Evie, a Black woman and famous chef is injured and loses her memory before reconnecting with her childhood crush (a handsome Black cowboy named Zach) who she hasn't spoken to in 10 years. Unfortunately, I found this book to be remarkably boring with uninteresting main characters and very little in terms of relationship development. This feels particularly glaring since I just read Rafe by the same author (which I highly recommend!) where the characterization and relationship development was SO good. In this case, most of the book is focused on Evie dealing with her memory loss and re-learning how to cook, and occasionally wanting to kiss Zach despite their relatively minimal interaction. I think it's trying to rely on the fact that they have a history together, but it really did not work for me. On the other hand, there are some very interesting side characters! There is a sassy grandmother who was a famous actress and broke ground for Black women in the industry. There is an older brother who doesn't talk much and is physically huge, but is a total softie inside. I would totally read books about them, but I couldn't figure out what Evie liked about Zach besides the fact that he's attractive and wears a cowboy hat. The pacing is weird as well. Much of the book is (like I said) about Evie having amnesia and regaining her cooking skills and that really dragged. Then near the very end she suddenly regains her memories, eye-rolling drama ensues, and we get a very quick ending. I was definitely disappointed with this, but the highlights were the entertaining side characters and the discussions of race and prejudice in the entertainment industry. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharonda Isadora

    All that just for the heroine Evie to get her memory back and leave. man listen. I loved the idea of this story, black cowboys in California OWNING their own ranchyes more of that please. BUT, this romance it was boring as the day is long. I read no chemistry between Zach and Evie. I mean for the most part, the sexual tension between them was cute and kind of hot but I just wasnt interested in whether they would end of together. I feel like the story took a turn to dull and monotonous as Evie was All that just for the heroine Evie to get her memory back and leave…. man listen. I loved the idea of this story, black cowboys in California OWNING their own ranch…yes more of that please. BUT, this romance… it was boring as the day is long. I read no chemistry between Zach and Evie. I mean for the most part, the sexual tension between them was cute and kind of hot but I just wasn’t interested in whether they would end of together. I feel like the story took a turn to dull and monotonous as Evie was on the ranch trying to gain her memory back. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the interactions between her and Zach’s family but for me, it bogged down the romantical parts of the story and wasn’t that what we were here for? Eh, I guess. This also leads me to a gripe I have with the story in general. Why the heck pretty much all of Zach’s family was in contact with Evie when Zach wasn’t. Like I get not wanting to deal with a man when he broke your heart… Oh, I understand that on the real, I do. But I just thought that was some weird family flexing going on when Zach found out AND then for his own family to be treating him like he purposefully did what he did towards Evie pissed me off. Like listen, if my family can’t support me in my screw ups, then I wants no part of them. To me, it just wasn’t realistic, and I didn’t like it. Also, at times during reading, I felt like the author wanted us to know these characters and the story surrounding them was a Black story. I get it but it felt at times a bit forced and not authentic. All and all, this read as a first in the series kind of read and that’s fine...and... we do get a HEA. I’ll invest in the other books as there is room for progression in Cowboys of California. *Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read/review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    Its been a while since I read a good cowboy romance, and I was starting to miss them. When I saw A Cowboy to Remember getting buzz on Twitter, it caught my fancy. Friends-to-lovers and second chance at love are my two favorite tropes, and this book has some of both going on in it along with the main amnesia plot. While I occasionally had trouble with the pacing, this novel turned out to be a delightful, lively read. Amnesia plots are difficult to pull off, but Weatherspoon does an excellent job It’s been a while since I read a good cowboy romance, and I was starting to miss them. When I saw A Cowboy to Remember getting buzz on Twitter, it caught my fancy. Friends-to-lovers and second chance at love are my two favorite tropes, and this book has some of both going on in it along with the main amnesia plot. While I occasionally had trouble with the pacing, this novel turned out to be a delightful, lively read. Amnesia plots are difficult to pull off, but Weatherspoon does an excellent job here. The book opens with a glimpse of Evie Buchanan prior to her memory loss. She’s on top of the world, a successful celebrity chef with her own show and a devoted following. While at an industry party, she takes a dramatic tumble down the stairs and awakens with no memory of her past. Her only known family, her parents and grandmother, are all dead and the man listed in her emergency contacts is someone from her childhood whom her assistant knows to contact only if things truly are dire. Evie’s agent, assistant and closest friend decide things really have reached that point, so they call. And Evie’s childhood friends, Jesse and Zach Pleasant, drop everything on Christmas and fly out to the rescue. Since Evie is both recognizable and lacking her memory, her friends realise her vulnerability at once. They want her to recover, but she needs to be away from New York in order to preserve her privacy and keep her amnesia from becoming known. So the Pleasant brothers fly Evie out to the family guest ranch in California. We learn over the course of the story that not only was Evie raised by her beloved grandmother, but that she grew up at the ranch alongside the Pleasant brothers and their family. In addition, Evie’s dreams and intuition tell her that she has some kind of history with Zach in particular. This part of the story works quite well. Not only has Evie lost her memory of events, but also her memory of skills, so we see her relearning how to cook and figuring out what to make of life. In the midst of all this, we also see her interacting with people with whom she has a shared history. That’s the part of the story that actually convinced me that the hero would be a decent guy. Evie has no memory, but Zach doesn’t take unfair advantage nor does he lie to Evie about her past. This is a partial review. You can find the complete text here: https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Xan West

    Review to come!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Storme Reads A Lot

    I requested this book because I really liked Xeni, which was the only other book I have read by this author. I was hoping for a really good cowboy romance, which is one of my favorite things. But this book was not it at all. I just cannot put my finger on what it was, but this book lacks the storyline and characters I expected from Rebekah Weatherspoon. I would suggest reading Xeni, and I have heard good things about Rafe. But this book just falls flat in a lot of places. This the story of famous I requested this book because I really liked Xeni, which was the only other book I have read by this author. I was hoping for a really good cowboy romance, which is one of my favorite things. But this book was not it at all. I just cannot put my finger on what it was, but this book lacks the storyline and characters I expected from Rebekah Weatherspoon. I would suggest reading Xeni, and I have heard good things about Rafe. But this book just falls flat in a lot of places. This the story of famous celebrity chef, Evie Buchanan. She is pushed down the stairs by a rival chef, and she loses all of her memories. There is nowhere she can go except the ranch she grew up on to recover. It is the only place where she can stay anonymous to avoid the media finding out she has lost all of her memories. I thought this was going to be a riveting book, but I did not really care about what was going on when i was reading it. There was nothing really interesting about the story or the way the romance was supposed to unfold. I was so shocked this because Xeni was so rich in comparison. This book is about Evie trying to get her memories back and learn how to be a chef once more. There is also her history with Zach and they want to be like close to each other even though they haven’t spoken for like ten years. I think you are just supposed to accept all of their history as enough for a romance, but like there was no chemistry or anything exciting about when they’re together. Okay, there is also so many side characters and sometimes you get their POV but I don’t know why. There was nothing really added to it, so I was wondering what was going on with that whole thing honestly. Her friends seemed cool, and I would like books about them. But the rest was just so meh. I was waiting for a reason to care about anyone, but there was no one who really stood out. They are just rich black people with a ranch (which is so awesome because i think there needs to be more stories like this), but no one is exciting or anything. There are just tall guys who wear cowboy hats and that is supposed to be enough to be a personality trait, I guess. Wearing a cowboy hat does make a dude hot, but its not enough to fall in love with in my opinion. Also, it was so odd that Evie had amnesia until like 87% way through the book and then she was like magically better. She has no idea what’s going on t he whole time and then she is magically cured, and she wants to go back o her own life. Also, the whole thing where she suddenly doesn’t want to be around Zach was lame. I was just like yeah ok especially with just around 10% of the book left, this makes for a rushed and terrible story. The only good thing was the grandma who was a pioneer for black women in the entertainment industry. I would read a story about her. Like her whole life. She was awesome. This was so disappointing, and i hope the next books are better but I am not sure i will be picking them up. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Living in New York City, Evie is a television cooking star on her way up in the world. But the evening of the shows Christmas party, Evie suffers a terrible accident and wakes with no memory. Desperate to help her, Evies friends reach out to her in case of death contact to see if he can assist in the recovery. Once close friends, Zach and Evie havent talked in ten years. But when his brother Jesse receives a call that Evie is injured and needs help, he and Jesse jump on the redeye from California Living in New York City, Evie is a television cooking star on her way up in the world. But the evening of the show’s Christmas party, Evie suffers a terrible accident and wakes with no memory. Desperate to help her, Evie’s friends reach out to her “in case of death” contact to see if he can assist in the recovery. Once close friends, Zach and Evie haven’t talked in ten years. But when his brother Jesse receives a call that Evie is injured and needs help, he and Jesse jump on the redeye from California to be by her side. Although she doesn’t remember the Pleasant brothers, she recognizes they care for her, and she goes to California to their ranch and resort for some R and R, where she reconnects with so many folks from her youth. A Cowboy to Remember is a slow-burn, second chance romance with the added twist of memory loss. While I’m not usually a fan of amnesia-romances, Ms. Weatherspoon successfully uses the trope to give Evie a fresh look on her crazy life. While recovering, Evie rediscovers her passion for cooking and realizes that she may not have enjoyed the life she was living in NYC. The secondary characters add a lot of value to the story. I love both the NY friends as well as the family and friends in California and hope we continue to see them in the upcoming titles. The pace of the story is lovely; like a meandering cowboy riding into the sunset. It’s perfect for Evie and Zach’s budding, and rekindling of sorts, romance. They are a “second chance” romance, but with her memory loss, it’s also a new romance. Evie and Zach experience dynamic chemistry and passion, which has the potential to combust depending on what happens once she regains her memories. I appreciate how up front Zach is about his past mistakes, even though Evie doesn’t remember the fight that drove them apart. I also love the Evie is on her own timeline - and if she wants to kiss Zach, she will. She won’t be told what to do. I love her drive to relearn to cook and get used to doing it in front of others. Overall, A Cowboy to Remember is a delightful slow-burn romance, kicking off what promises to be a wonderful new series from Ms. Weatherspoon. My Rating: B, Liked It Review copy provided by Netgalley Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kazen

    4.5 stars Oh, how I love this book. The characters are wonderful, the plot has a ton of moving parts that come together perfectly, and don't forget the romance! Listen to me swoon over A Cowboy to Remember in this full video review: https://youtu.be/Z2RrDWBwRJ8 Thanks to Kensington Books for providing a review copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adele Buck

    A great start to a new series. Amnesia plots can be super-tricky to pull off, I believe, but this one definitely fell in the "it works" column for me. Evie's character has so many friends (sometimes a little hard for me to keep track of at first, but that's a me problem and not a book problem) that we can easily see how her personality changes while her memories are gone, even though we only spend a very short period of time with her before her accident. It's easy to see why so many people care A great start to a new series. Amnesia plots can be super-tricky to pull off, I believe, but this one definitely fell in the "it works" column for me. Evie's character has so many friends (sometimes a little hard for me to keep track of at first, but that's a me problem and not a book problem) that we can easily see how her personality changes while her memories are gone, even though we only spend a very short period of time with her before her accident. It's easy to see why so many people care so deeply about her, to the point of whisking her to the other side of the country to rest and recuperate. And who wouldn't want to spend time on the Pleasant family ranch, head injury or no head injury? Gorgeous vistas, horses, dogs, and even more gorgeous men. Also strong familial bonds, loving female friends, and a veeery slow burn of a sort-of-second-chance romance between Evie and Zach. I'm looking forward to more from this series. I was given an Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    My review is here: http://www.loveinpanels.com/prose/a-c...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Rebekah Weatherspoon starts off a new series with a charming (see what I did there?) cast of characters. I want everyone to get their own books: Blaire, Jesse, Sam, Lilah, Miss Leona, EVERYONE. The highlight of this first book for me was the female friendships that Evie had and the unconditional support she received from her friends--Weatherspoon is so good at creating community in her books. However, there were a few things that didn't work for me here. - Instead of the usual dual POVs of the Rebekah Weatherspoon starts off a new series with a charming (see what I did there?) cast of characters. I want everyone to get their own books: Blaire, Jesse, Sam, Lilah, Miss Leona, EVERYONE. The highlight of this first book for me was the female friendships that Evie had and the unconditional support she received from her friends--Weatherspoon is so good at creating community in her books. However, there were a few things that didn't work for me here. - Instead of the usual dual POVs of the love interests, there are occasional POV shifts to Evie's first nurse (briefly) and to Evie's agent Nicole, which were distracting and not wholly necessary. - Zach and Evie are both super likeable characters, but Evie's memory loss makes it so that she doesn't really know who she is, which I think makes it hard to connect to her because she's so hesitant and unsure of herself even as she's trying to figure out who she is/will be. (view spoiler)[Once she recovers her memory and is her true self again, she totally comes to life and jumps off the page. (hide spoiler)] - The reveal of Zach's reasons for pushing Evie away when they were younger comes too late for the reader--there wasn't a strong enough parallel between his reasons then and his reasons for chasing after her now, and I think that could have used more emphasis from the hospital to the reveal. I am really looking forward to seeing more from this series--hoping for Jesse next! Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington/Dafina for the ARC.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I think what I liked most about this one was Evie finding herself again. After loosing her memory she was forced to go home and go to know people she hadn't really spoken to in a long time. It was different for them all this time around because things were familiar and not, at the same time. I liked how she and Zach dealt with their attraction and how Evie embraced the whole family, sort of like a shy deer. Things really changed after she got her memory back and she could look at her life before I think what I liked most about this one was Evie finding herself again. After loosing her memory she was forced to go home and go to know people she hadn't really spoken to in a long time. It was different for them all this time around because things were familiar and not, at the same time. I liked how she and Zach dealt with their attraction and how Evie embraced the whole family, sort of like a shy deer. Things really changed after she got her memory back and she could look at her life before the accident and after and try to work the two of them together. I think she made the right choice and I love Zach's reaction to it, it really let Evie know she was important to him.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. Content notes:(view spoiler)[ 🐴 alcohol consumption 🐴 reference to grief, death of grandmother, heart attack 🐴 amnesia, traumatic brain injury 🐴 pushed down stairs 🐴 fatmisia, challenged 🐴 hospital 🐴 idea that all teens are sex-obsessed hormonal beings 🐴 reference to anti-Black racism 🐴 mention of death of parents, car accident 🐴 racist I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. Content notes:(view spoiler)[ 🐴 alcohol consumption 🐴 reference to grief, death of grandmother, heart attack 🐴 amnesia, traumatic brain injury 🐴 pushed down stairs 🐴 fatmisia, challenged 🐴 hospital 🐴 idea that all teens are sex-obsessed hormonal beings 🐴 reference to anti-Black racism 🐴 mention of death of parents, car accident 🐴 racist microaggressions, challenged 🐴 panic attack 🐴 casual ableism (crazy) 🐴 mention of past broken arm 🐴 explicit on page sexual content (hide spoiler)] I loved this book~ Rebekah Weatherspoon writes some of the best romances, made better by the friendships and other love-bonds we see beyond the central romantic couple. Evie Buchanan is a Black celebrity chef who first won a competition show and is now on a talk show type series where she and her cohosts show viewers how to cook dishes. During a Christmas party, though, she gets pushed down a flight of stairs and ends up with amnesia, which results in her heading back to her childhood home if Charming, California and reconnecting with the Pleasant family, including her first love, Zach. This is a really good second chance romance and I loved the way we see Evie falling in love with Zach without her memory of why they had a falling out that resulted in ten years without contact, and then seeing her memory come back and them have new conversations. Their romance isn’t easy and there’s growth for both of them, but especially i feel for Zach. He recognizes that he was making plans for Evie without Evie’s involvement and that he needs to be there for her versus trying to solve everything for her. Blaire is absolutely one of my favorite secondary characters - she’s such an excellent, loving friend and I love her so much. I also really like Jesse, Zach’s older brother, and hope his will be the next book in this series. There’s a hint that he may be demisexual (he can’t do casual sex because he needs a connection first) and I am absolutely here for all the asexual-spectrum representation! Plus Jesse is just such a good guy, and a good brother, and he strikes me as an absolute marshmallow under his silent exterior. This really was such a good read and I cannot wait to see more in this series. Rebekah Weatherspoon is one of my absolute favorite romance authors, and this story doesn’t disappoint. If you want fairy tale-esque romance with great friendships and familial bonds, I wholeheartedly recommend A Cowboy to Remember!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)

    Ahhhhhhh, a good cowboy romance! I'm highly anticipating this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isabel ✰

    I requested this ARC because I've read almost all of Rebekah Weatherspoon's other books, and I think that for the most part, it's good stuff. A Cowboy to Remember, though, does not rank in the top tier of her works. The story follows Evie Buchanon, a celebrity chef who loses her memory after an incident, and returns to the ranch she grew up on to recover out of the limelight. The memory loss plotline really made the romance feel kind of icky to me. Evie reunites with high school crush Zach, but I requested this ARC because I've read almost all of Rebekah Weatherspoon's other books, and I think that for the most part, it's good stuff. A Cowboy to Remember, though, does not rank in the top tier of her works. The story follows Evie Buchanon, a celebrity chef who loses her memory after an incident, and returns to the ranch she grew up on to recover out of the limelight. The memory loss plotline really made the romance feel kind of icky to me. Evie reunites with high school crush Zach, but she can't remember why they haven't spoken in ten years. Although he and others do their best to explain the rift from their own perspectives, having Evie get involved with someone she'd already rejected but can't remember why just felt kind of uncomfortable. There were also, frankly, too many side characters. Evie had three friends in New York who popped up, and then there was the entire Pleasant family, as well as several other people working at the ranch, and honestly, it was really hard to keep up with who they all were. The last thing I didn't like about the book was the villain. We know from the beginning who the culprit form the amnesia-inducing incident was, and she's just a ridiculous cardboard cutout of a villain who confesses the first time she's confronted about it with a gleeful villain monologue. I know that wasn't really the main focus of the book, but I wish there'd been a little more effort put into that part of the story. For the good things: some of the side characters were really lovable, like Zach's grandmother and Evie's nurse. I enjoyed the parts of the story that involved Evie relearning her life and how to cook. Honestly, though, if you're looking for a good romance, turn to Weatherspoon's Loose Ends books instead. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin (roostercalls)

    Rebekah Weatherspoons latestabout a celebrity chef getting a second chance with her first love/the titular cowboy after a tumble down the stairs leads to amnesiais unapologetically trope-tastic. What kind of amnesia? Is this a thing that is scientifically plausible, & is that how youd treat it? Who cares! Sometimes you read a lot of intense books in a row and then just need a book with some kissing. I can see some of my dudes out there thinking this doesnt apply them but Gents, IT DOES. Free Rebekah Weatherspoon’s latest—about a celebrity chef getting a second chance with her first love/the titular cowboy after a tumble down the stairs leads to amnesia—is unapologetically trope-tastic. What kind of amnesia? Is this a thing that is scientifically plausible, & is that how you’d treat it? Who cares! Sometimes you read a lot of intense books in a row and then just need a book with some kissing. I can see some of my dudes out there thinking this doesn’t apply them but Gents, IT DOES. Free your minds. Kiss kiss. I won’t be shoving this one in people’s faces like I did Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny. But Weatherspoon knows what she’s about, and what she’s about is fiercely feminist joy-giving. I’m so glad someone is paying her to write books. Thanks to @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for giving me access to an early dARC of A Cowboy to Remember in exchange for my honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon Cowboys of California #1 Chef Yvonne Buchannan and Zachariah Pleasant are given a second chance to find their HEA in this book that begins a new series by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Evie is a well known chef on a television cooking show who suffers a traumatic brain injury that sees her agent calling the emergency contact she has listed. When Jesse and Zach Pleasant show up in New York to see her through the hospital stay then take her home to their ranch in A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon Cowboys of California #1 Chef Yvonne Buchannan and Zachariah Pleasant are given a second chance to find their HEA in this book that begins a new series by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Evie is a well known chef on a television cooking show who suffers a traumatic brain injury that sees her agent calling the emergency contact she has listed. When Jesse and Zach Pleasant show up in New York to see her through the hospital stay then take her home to their ranch in California it provides time for Evie to, hopefully, regain her memories and get to know people that meant a lot to her in the past. Whether or not Evie and Zach will find their HEA is up in the air for awhile but thankfully they to eventually work things out to achieve that happy ending. What I liked: * Evie: willing to do what it took to get her memory back and in that time tackle learning pretty much everything from scratch. * Zachariah: a good guy that only at the end really did the soul searching to determine what he truly wanted in life and then made the moves necessary to achieve it. * Jesse: a gentle giant that I hope gets his own book because he so deserves a partner that appreciates him. * Sam: youngest of the Pleasant brothers and an actor, someone that I believe will prove to be not only charming but deep and interesting when his story is told. * The cooking sessions/lessons * The supporting characters: Lilah, Nicole, Miss Leona, Blair, Raquelle...and the rest * The trigger that returned Evie’s memories * The Pleasant family and their dude ranch… * The animals * The idea that there are MORE Pleasant family members in the extended family that might be story-worth for the series What I did not like: * Melanie- what a horrible person she was! * Tilde – the first home health nurse – what a pill * Having to wait to find out who will have their story told next Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more books in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenica

    A Cowboy to Remember follows Evie, a television chef, who through a series of events (aka the most dramatic chapter one) winds up in a coma and wakes up with no real memory of who she is or who anyone else is. Her best friend, assistant, and agent band together to help her figure out what's next but determine they need to call in reinforcements, which is how Zach Pleasant winds up back in Evie's life. The way the story unfolds is utterly brilliant because we know there was an EVENT that caused A Cowboy to Remember follows Evie, a television chef, who through a series of events (aka the most dramatic chapter one) winds up in a coma and wakes up with no real memory of who she is or who anyone else is. Her best friend, assistant, and agent band together to help her figure out what's next but determine they need to call in reinforcements, which is how Zach Pleasant winds up back in Evie's life. The way the story unfolds is utterly brilliant because we know there was an EVENT that caused Zach and Evie to not speak for a decade and that it has something to do with Zach sort of rejecting Evie at a bad time because he was too dumb to recognize his feelings for what they were and to fight for them. But we only really see this from Zach's perspective and he apologizes to Evie, but it's easy for her to move past their past with no memory of it. This is not to say that their relationship, creating one again, is easy. It's not. But the layers of emotion poured into this story after (view spoiler)[ Evie's memory comes back just... It hurts. (hide spoiler)] It feels real. In truth, amnesia tropes are weird and I hate deception plots of any kind. What I loved about the way the trope was handled in this book is that there is no real deception. Evie knows (is told) who Zach is and she has dreamt of Zach before he even arrives in NY so she knows he's important to her and Zach admits that he's the one who messed up. So there's no deception, but there is the thing I love in all narrative arcs, which is a woman figuring out who she is and being loved through that process. Honestly, Rebekah Weatherspoon should give a masterclass in whatever magic she weaved into this story because I can't even articulate for you how good this book is. It's just... masterfully told. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington for the advanced copy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Evies living the dream; a successful celebrity chef, star of a popular TV show, she literally has the world at her feet. And then, in the blink of an eye, a shocking accident snatches away her very identity as she wakes up in hospital not even knowing her own name. Fortunately, she has an entire team of awesome and supportive friends around her who are determined to help her get her memory and her career back. Its hard to say whether I loved the romance at the core of this book or Evies Evie’s living the dream; a successful celebrity chef, star of a popular TV show, she literally has the world at her feet. And then, in the blink of an eye, a shocking accident snatches away her very identity as she wakes up in hospital not even knowing her own name. Fortunately, she has an entire team of awesome and supportive friends around her who are determined to help her get her memory and her career back. It’s hard to say whether I loved the romance at the core of this book or Evie’s relationship with her ‘girl gang’ of friends better; there was a huge and fabulous supporting cast of almost entirely Black women who gave me a serious case of Friend Envy. I also had Boyfriend Envy too, though, because cowboy Zach Pleasant was absolutely delicious. This is a second-chance romance; Zach and Evie grew up together but were never romantically involved because of family disapproval and… well I won’t spoil the rest, but Stuff happened that made Evie walk away without looking back, and Zach’s desperate to make the most of his second chance. The only thing I didn’t really buy into here was the villain, who was a bit of a cardboard cut-out, right down to literally gloating about her villainous deeds in public. Honestly she seemed a bit unnecessary. There were also maybe a few too many supporting characters - having a nasty nurse replaced by a nice one was another slightly pointless plot point as nothing ever came of the nasty nurse storyline. It was a Chekov’s Gun which failed to go off. All in all I really enjoyed this, but I do think the cast could have been pruned back a bit. I’m very much looking forward to the next in the series about this sexy trio of brothers! Five stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Dvorak

    This my third book from this author, and I love the versatility she's shown in both plot and characterization. A COWBOY TO REMEMBER starts off with the heroine, celebrity chef Evie Buchanan, being pushed down a flight of stairs at an industry event. She wakes up with total amnesia, and with no family remaining, one call to Evie's emergency contact brings old friends (and an old flame) back into her life. In order to keep Evie away from the public eye while her memory returns, she returns to a This my third book from this author, and I love the versatility she's shown in both plot and characterization. A COWBOY TO REMEMBER starts off with the heroine, celebrity chef Evie Buchanan, being pushed down a flight of stairs at an industry event. She wakes up with total amnesia, and with no family remaining, one call to Evie's emergency contact brings old friends (and an old flame) back into her life. In order to keep Evie away from the public eye while her memory returns, she returns to a resort/ranch owned by the Pleasant brothers: Jesse and Sam, childhood friends, and Zach, her childhood love. Amnesia plots are tricky to execute, but it was an effective strategy to have readers learn about Evie's past life just as she's re-learning about it herself. While Zach was an appealing lead, I'm hoping the future installments in this series focus on his much more interesting brothers. I also wished that Evie's eventual memory return happened sooner, as the last 10% of the novel felt a bit rushed. This is a solid addition from Weatherspoon, and I'd recommend this novel to get familiar with these lovely characters in anticipation of the next installments.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Smart Women Read Romance

    ARC copy provided by NetGalley I remember reading the blurb when this was first announced - culinary goddess Evie Buchanan has lost her memory and Zach Pleasant, hot cowboy and former childhood crush, sees his chance to make his past wrongs right. I was like, "Oh, she wrote this one for me!" because sexy chefs and hunky cowboys are my jam, and this did not disappoint. The way that the story unfolds between Evie and Zach is so damn beautiful. Not only does she have the support of the man who ARC copy provided by NetGalley I remember reading the blurb when this was first announced - culinary goddess Evie Buchanan has lost her memory and Zach Pleasant, hot cowboy and former childhood crush, sees his chance to make his past wrongs right. I was like, "Oh, she wrote this one for me!" because sexy chefs and hunky cowboys are my jam, and this did not disappoint. The way that the story unfolds between Evie and Zach is so damn beautiful. Not only does she have the support of the man who makes a recurring appearance in her dreams, but his entire family! Miss Leona is my favorite. She's no-nonsense but incredibly loving and so damn wise. There is a side-plot of Evie not remembering what (who) caused her to fall down the stairs. I love that this didn't overshadow the romance. Evie's escape to Charming for her recovery was the perfect way to focus on her and Zach. Melanie.... she's at the top of my "worst humans" list. Garbage human. (view spoiler)[ She got off way too easy for me. I'm not gonna lie, I was a little bloodthirsty on Evie's behalf and wanted to see some justice bite Melanie in the ass. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan - Sweet Red Reader

    So things did not go according to plan because instead of reading 100 pages and moving on to another book, I couldn't put this one down! Between everything going on with Evie (the loss, the assault, the amnesia, oh my), Zach taking the utmost advantage (in the best way possible) of his second chance, and getting to know the Pleasant family - I was utterly engrossed and captivated. Plus, the scandal of Evie's accident, getting to know this family that is rife with Hollywood AND cowboy royalty, So things did not go according to plan because instead of reading 100 pages and moving on to another book, I couldn't put this one down! Between everything going on with Evie (the loss, the assault, the amnesia, oh my), Zach taking the utmost advantage (in the best way possible) of his second chance, and getting to know the Pleasant family - I was utterly engrossed and captivated. Plus, the scandal of Evie's accident, getting to know this family that is rife with Hollywood AND cowboy royalty, following the life of a chef, and all the fun, witty, and real banter between all of the characters, AND Leona... I can not wait to read the rest of this series! I need HEAs for EVERYONE: big brother Jesse, little brother Sam, cousin Lilah (I so need more tea about what went down with her parents), goddaughter Corie, and even nurse Vega - I need Rebekah Weatherspoon to give me all the stories! This was a delicious slow burn with the perfect amount of tension and emotion to keep me gripped. 4 out of 5 wine glasses.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can all tell by now that I love, love, love Rebekah Weatherspoon! I was so very excited to receive this ARC of her latest book. As usual with RW, I finished this in a day. I instantly adored Evie. She's a sassy, smart, driven, yet fun protagonist. Plus, she's a chef, and got her fame from a reality TV cooking show. This is everything I could want for a leading lady. Zach is a sexy, Californian cowboy. I didn't know I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can all tell by now that I love, love, love Rebekah Weatherspoon! I was so very excited to receive this ARC of her latest book. As usual with RW, I finished this in a day. I instantly adored Evie. She's a sassy, smart, driven, yet fun protagonist. Plus, she's a chef, and got her fame from a reality TV cooking show. This is everything I could want for a leading lady. Zach is a sexy, Californian cowboy. I didn't know that was a character I needed in my life until this book. Now I want a full series on the ranch, please and thank you. So, this book has a whole amnesia trope. But I feel like it wasn't cheesy or sketchy. it was really well done. Zach wasn't hiding his past wrongs, and he didn't take advantage. This book was so different than RW's normal style. First off, there were chapters from a third character, Evie's agent, because there needed to be a way to fill in some plot holes while Evie was still struggling. I thought this worked pretty well. They weren't long or drawn out, so I didn't feel like they were distracting. Also, this book is not nearly as sexual/ smutty as her norm. While a bit surprising, I feel like it worked well given the plot and the characters. It was all much more traditional romance. There are so many wonderful secondary characters here. Jesse, Lilah, Blaire, Ms. Leona. I want them all to have their own books ASAP. Looking forward to the next installment of the Cowboys of California series!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    The CurvyJones

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So. I loved SO MUCH about this novel. Tall dark handsome manly men in STETSONS, for Pete's sake. YASS. A beautiful California ranch... mmmmmmm. Mama Leona, a glamorous movie star. Nurse Vega, a kind and caring individual who treated her patient like a human. ZACH, Yall. ZACH. And, Okay Evie, the chef suffering from profound memory loss. The core and bones of this book is so good as is the writing. Weatherspoon is a fave. I just.....the romance in this novel was not my fave. It felt... I know the So. I loved SO MUCH about this novel. Tall dark handsome manly men in STETSONS, for Pete's sake. YASS. A beautiful California ranch... mmmmmmm. Mama Leona, a glamorous movie star. Nurse Vega, a kind and caring individual who treated her patient like a human. ZACH, Yall. ZACH. And, Okay Evie, the chef suffering from profound memory loss. The core and bones of this book is so good as is the writing. Weatherspoon is a fave. I just.....the romance in this novel was not my fave. It felt... I know the circumstances and that she went into it with somewhat open eyes. It just felt...ehhh. I feel like Zach should have held off, knowing that she couldn't remember their past. It felt more like taking advantage of her circumstance. It wasn't terrible but I wasn't a fan. Thankfully the issue is resolved and the end is satisfying. And it doesn't stop me from asking for more Black cowboys from Rebekah with big huge heart eyes... PLEASE???

  25. 5 out of 5

    Romance Schmomance (Malia)

    First time read from Rebekah and I couldn't wait to start  A Cowboy to Remember . I honestly couldn't tell you if I've read a romance where one of the characters suffers from amnesia, so I jumped right in to see if it's a trope I'd like or not. I have to say that only after reading a couple chapters, Rebekah truly sucks you in with her writing. I simply couldn't stop reading, but I did learn that I'm not really a fan of the amnesia aspect of Evie and Zach's story. CHECK OUT THE REST OF MY REVIEW First time read from Rebekah and I couldn't wait to start  A Cowboy to Remember . I honestly couldn't tell you if I've read a romance where one of the characters suffers from amnesia, so I jumped right in to see if it's a trope I'd like or not. I have to say that only after reading a couple chapters, Rebekah truly sucks you in with her writing. I simply couldn't stop reading, but I did learn that I'm not really a fan of the amnesia aspect of Evie and Zach's story. CHECK OUT THE REST OF MY REVIEW | HERE BLOG | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON | BOOKBUB | TWITTER

  26. 5 out of 5

    The_Book_Queen

    For some reason, I simply didn't connect with the characters or care about the story at all. There wasn't anything WRONG with it. This is a case of "It's not the book, it's me". I've loved Rebekah's books before and will do so again. But this one was a bit of a slog and I was just happy to finish and move on to something else. That cover though? A+

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)

    This one-chapter preview is a glimpse into this upcoming novel. I have not read the author before but I can see from this preview why her books are extremely popular. The characters and setting are intriguing. I am looking forward to reading the complete novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bin Blogs Books

    Just an excerpt, but what I read made me want more. Looking forward to reading more this author's work.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I just couldnt get into this book. I love this author, but amnesia is not my trope. I thought Id give it a chance in her hands, but it just didnt connect for me. I loved the female friendships and Miss Leona. But the romance was much lower heat than Im used to for this author. if you like amnesia, it is well done here. Its just not for me. I just couldn’t get into this book. I love this author, but amnesia is not my trope. I thought I’d give it a chance in her hands, but it just didn’t connect for me. I loved the female friendships and Miss Leona. But the romance was much lower heat than I’m used to for this author. if you like amnesia, it is well done here. It’s just not for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sonny

    **SPOILERS**SPOILERS** I read this book prior to Mia Sosa's THE WORST BEST MAN, so, yeah...it made giving **Sosa'**s book 5-stars a little bit more refreshing as this one disappointed me on so many levels. Also, it shows the dichotomy of how books can make or break you. This one properly broke me in the worst way possible. I have read Weatherspoon's RAFE [her popularly rec'd Male nanny book], but man, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as my anticipation fed my wanting to like it - I haven't **SPOILERS**SPOILERS** I read this book prior to Mia Sosa's THE WORST BEST MAN, so, yeah...it made giving **Sosa'**s book 5-stars a little bit more refreshing as this one disappointed me on so many levels. Also, it shows the dichotomy of how books can make or break you. This one properly broke me in the worst way possible. I have read Weatherspoon's RAFE [her popularly rec'd Male nanny book], but man, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as my anticipation fed my wanting to like it - I haven't retained anything I read from it so it may have simply been another cookie-cutter trope fulfillment that never once WOW-ed me as it seems to have done others. Maybe a low 4-star, possibly 3/5. This book rests at a solid 3, no wiggling at all. My reason is fairly opinionated. It has something largely to deal with the trope involved; it is a tough one to tackle and if it's not done right or flawlessly enough where you never hit problematic issues...yeah, it could go well. This is understandable, not excusable, but I "get" it. I have my pleasurable tropes as well. But here...in this romantic setting with this type of brightly-lit cover with a handsome dark-skinned, bare-chested good-looking cowboy...uh, oh, nope, the over-all aftertaste of this trope-filled book really doesn't sit comfortably within me. But nearly 40% into this story and I literally was not invested in the main couple of interest. This was sad and depressive to me. I liked the female MC, Yvonne [Evie] out-the-gate, but then we lose her spunk as she loses her memory. We meet Zachary [Zach], our African-American Cowboy, working the family's ranch with his brother, Jesse. I found myself clicking more with Jesse than Zach and felt a little deflated when I learned Zach was the male MC...eesh, not a good sign when I can't fully get-behind one of the MCs and support them into their pursuit of happiness/a HEA. Evie is a celebrity chef; she won a competition on a reality cooking show and she's the butter that sells the bread of this 4-chef talk show - like The Chew. We open the book on her during her cooking show on TV, behind-the-scenes, as she contemplates the future of her professional life. We're given every aspect of who she is, who she was and why she's struggling at the on-set to possibly leave a hit TV Show because she is the draw, even though there are veteran chefs working with her. Also, we learn she's still brokenhearted while romance and friends dating flounce around her. We see flashes of her past as she coping with possibly never finding love and just relying on her career to keep her happy. Zach is a person from her past. Their families hung around each other, so Evie was often living on or working on Jesse & Zach's family ranch. So, truthfully, they grew up together. A strong bond to a near-intimate relationship was built, except Zach broke her heart...or HAD TO break her heart in the sense that he knew to stay at the ranch with him would grow stale, she'd hit a rut and never go anywhere. As a chef, she was accepted to a school in Paris; she emphatically promised him that going to France didn't mean they were done. She'd go to school but come back for him. Except, Zach cut her off, completely. He had too much responsibility to the family and the ranch business that he let go of Evie and any feelings/emotions held close to his chest. Evie poured her whole heart out to Zach, at the time, and got stomped on. Told to GO AWAY and shoved toward her career as a popular chef. She is who she is because of what happened with Zach. I understand this reasoning of Zach's. Or I generally do with male MC's who think they are making the right decision for the female MC -all those years ago, but then struggle with regrets and mistakes. This is why I give them the benefit of doubt. But, it's been 10yrs, with no contact between Evie and Zach, yet readers learn...for 10yrs, Evie has been in constant contact with Jesse and a sisterly-cousin of theirs she befriended years ago. Zach had literally wiped Evie off the face of the Earth for him, never once requesting info about Evie from any of his family, curious if any of them were still talking to her. This is really a sign to me as a reader that Zach is truly DONE with Evie. There's not even a "restart" button available. Now, there is a Christmas event/party being had in early chapters. There is, literally, an OW [Other Woman] Chef who hates Evie with a passion, so much so, they have a weird meeting on a staircase...eh, this is how Evie loses her memory. This other female chef was her rival in the reality cooking competition she won, like, EONS ago and in true rival fashion...we aren't shown this, but signs were cluing readers in that...Evie and Female Rival Chef had a fight, it got heated -there was a mysterious PUSH!...and then Evie was found bruised, bloodied and battered at the base of the staircase?!? Yeah, so, Nicole...Evie's professional manager/agent & best friend was the one to find Evie on the ground, on her own with no one around, but the situation looked damn suspicious to her. This is why Nicole reacts to Evie's aftermath the way she does. In the hospital, Evie is in a short coma, with a massive scar on her head or forehead/brow, but when she awakens she doesn't know all the women around her or who SHE is. This is understandable, but here is where things start to go spiraling. ONE of the few pluses of this book are the women -her group of friends- who work for her/are around her, starting with Nicole. It's very likely that the reason we get POV chapters from Nicole is she will eventually get her own book in this series, too. I think all of Evie's female friends will get books. There is a female roommate and then another female who works with Evie in some capacity, but all of them rally around her to support and protect her. Except, this is also supposed to be a light-hearted romantic cowboy story, so we have a few of her friends that will take several side-glances of Jesse and Zach and just...they salivate off the page and appear to push Evie-with-no-memory toward Zach, which, I felt, was not only problematic but a little bit heavy-handed & unfair. Evie-with-a-memory basically told us about how much anger she still had over how Zach broke her heart. And like I have said before, being an empathetic reader, I highly supported Evie in her self-righteous anger to the man who broke her heart and I held her hand in her anger-ball when she struggled to find a safe space to settle down and get hold of her journey again. This is why the amnesia trope hits so hard...not only does Evie lose her memory, as a reader, we lose the fire and pizzazz that was feisty Evie...and now we have this cold-fish, near-cyborg sitting in the "Evie" role for 70-75% of the book. This is possibly why a majority of this chemistry or passion between Zach & Evie rekindled falls so flat for me, too. As the sole person who controls Evie's life, Nicole makes a snap decision to place the one call she knows Evie probably didn't want her to make. She left stern instructions that Nicole was only to call Jesse "...in case of death" and she assumed this was near-enough to Death as they all had lost the real Evie to amnesia. When Jesse gets the call, he's immediately on his way to go see her, but unfortunately, Zach is with him and learns of Evie's predicament and now he wants to come, too. Jesse fights with him in a few arguments but ultimately doesn't give a shit what Zach does, tags along or stays at the ranch; he wants to go check on his best friend, Evie, make sure she's still alive. Okay, this is where the amnesia trope begins to downward spiral because Evie-with-a-memory HATED Zach and was angry with him, and now Evie-with-no-memory is getting a surprise guest with the one man her true self sworn to never forgive. Evie's autonomy and ability to make an informed choice is swiped away by Nicole stepping in to make a simple phone call that starts a chain-reaction into Evie always being thrown into scenarios, like furniture situated in a room, and never once asked if she felt comfortable or asked if she wanted to go here or there. No, people made uninformed choices and shoved Evie toward Zach's personal space. This keeps happening, over and over again. When Evie is in Zach's vicinity, we are told they connect, they vibe with each other but as a reader, I never felt that happening one bit. While there is an awesome and great sisterhood surrounding Evie, they don't always give her good advice. I think her roommate is the one who makes some side-comment about trying to sleep with Zach because Evie hasn't been with anyone sexually in so long. But, still, I think it's terrible for anyone, friend or family, to suggest to anyone who has been severely traumatized and injured, with no memory of SELF [past-to-present], to just randomly sleep with an old family friend simply because he looks gorgeous and sexy as a "Cowboy". Not only is it just in poor taste, it is never helpful to tell someone who hasn't been cleared by a medical professional to spontaneously enjoy themselves in strenuous physical activity that could not just hurt them in, because of the concussion, but Evie was prone to PTSD moments of getting minor to major memory flashbacks from eating and sometimes, smelling familiar things. Often she was sent into panic attack modes where her head would hurt or something would "trigger" her, so, yeah, I'm not saying wrap Evie in cotton bumper-pads 24/7 but treat her with a delicacy as if she was still in that hospital bed. In all honesty, she can gain her memory back at any point in time, so be cautious and gentle. Some reviewers on Goodreads said she gained her memory back at about 80-85% into the book and yup, and it as too damn late for me to feel like it could've redeemed itself. Again, this is a woman who is basically acting like a "cyborg" of her former self and everyone who claims to love her and care for her simply lets her be in forced proximity of some charming, flirty good-looking cowboy dude. I never cared for how tight his jeans were or how chin-droppingly handsome he was. He was still a creep because he kept wanting to be around or near Evie, no matter how much he knew he fucked up and let her go. It was as if he thought, or had some fathomable idea, he could start over with a clean slate...a NEW Evie who had no recollection of how he broke her years ago. This unsettles me to no end. Evie had a strong point to make when she told Zach, outright..."IN 10YRS, YOU SAT ON YOUR ASS AND DID NOTHING TO FIND OUT ABOUT ME!! THE MINUTE I LOST MY MEMORY, YOU'RE ON ME LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED BEFORE!!" It's deplorable how much it felt like Zach assumed an Evie-with-no-memory was an easier fresh start, instead of, ya know, being a true gentleman and keeping his distance, just letting them connect organically. Or, maybe, being a genuine human and being honest about what happened to them years ago. It could have been what triggered her, but instead, it seemed more important to wipe away the past and just move forward to get her in bed. Once she got her memory back, she was right back to hating him as much as she had months ago before her accident. And I really didn't want to hear Zach's BS when Evie said she had to leave and go back to her old life to settle some things face-to-face. He got on some high-horse and tried to call her a coward who was running away from him -???- Really, dude?! You want to talk about "cowards"?? He lost this power years ago; he doesn't gain brownie pints this time around for finally willing to "play" with Evie when she luckily had no memory of him. Like a lazy-ass DO-OVER you never earned, Bro! Just. STAWP! Plus, even in sex scenes this couple never generates full-on passion or coming-off-the-page chemistry. They oftentimes left me exhausted and cold- in their scenes alone, I had such heightened tension because of her amnesia, I hated every second Zach touched her as if he had known her for years. Especially when he's not an appealing romantic partner. The little bit of Jesse readers got to see unfold had me wanting HIM over Zach any day...and apparently Jesse is just-as handsome as Zach, where Zach is more of a "pretty boy". Jesse also had a better sense about him and about who Evie truly was, a common-sense where he often was the sole person taking Zach aside and reading him the "keep yer distance, buddy!"-act because Zach was coming on too strong in trying to flirt with or make-a-move on Evie once she arrived at the ranch. What was also sad, as well, was in order to re-spark Evie's memory, the family decides she will do these cooking lessons with an old family friend - a popular cooking personality, too. They thought to do something she loved so much would jog her memory but all it did was cause her to find out how rote cooking was for her soul and mind, as her hands knew exactly what to do even when her mind could barely recall anything from the past. You'd assume a story about a Chef with cooking scenes would be awesome and probably bump this book up a notch or two, but you'd be very wrong. I skimmed through them because they weren't worthwhile and normally I like Chef books with cooking scenes or lessons on how to make things in the kitchen. There was really nothing there to be bowled over by. They talked during the cooking lessons but it was about triggering memories, so it was all about Evie's old life and her parents and family and it really bored me to death. They ate the food but there were never any descriptive moments where readers were allowed to enjoy the consumption or the way it brought family and people together. It was very odd. About the only thing I enjoyed immensely was seeing my Mom's full name every once and a while and seeing Evie spelled it the same exact way. Other than that...this, to me, felt like a cookie-cutter version of an old amnesia trope from Harlequin days when they made it more problematic by making the female MC the fiancee/girlfriend/wife...or worse EX-wife of the male lead. Then they would have him LIE-LIE-LIE through his teeth to get a 2nd chance. That's why I say you mess with full autonomy of the amnesia patient and you don't allow full recovery or the fact he or she will have constant panic attacks with possible flashbacks to old memories because too many things are triggers. Frankly, I would've been pissed at my caregivers and my family/friends...because you gave me over to the ONE person I never wanted to be around and gave him the freedom to think he had any rights and privilege to me, my thoughts, my soul, my body. Dude...no...nope. no. Just. NO. FYI: This book also suffers greatly from First-Book-in-Series-itis. The Author is attempting not just to world build but to explain extra bits of every minor character around Evie and Zach as their two worlds collide. Unfortunately, this steals away time for us to get to know or warm up to the main couple.

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