Book Review – The Cowboy Contract by BA Tortuga

Foster Ranch #1
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Pages: 293
Characters: Ryder/Kase
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Cowboy

Ryder Vittor has almost everything he could ever want. He was a successful bull rider, he runs a rodeo company and a ranch for his family, and he’s right where he wants to be. Until his grandmother issues him an ultimatum. Now he has to get married and have kids if he wants to keep the life he loves, but he can’t exactly produce a man and a baby out of thin air, can he? So he sets out to hire a husband in order to get what he needs.

Kase McDaniel is at the end of his rope. His bull riding career has ended in a bad crash, his family doesn’t want him back, and he has nowhere to go. When Ryder offers to let him come stay at Ryder’s New Mexico ranch, he’s grateful, but he’s stunned when he finds out Ryder intends to make a contract with a stranger to marry him and raise kids with him. Kase has been in love with Ryder for years, so why shouldn’t he put in for the job?

Neither one of them has any idea what they’re setting in motion when they tie the knot, and soon they’re overrun with foster kids, rodeo family, and more. Can Kase and Ryder find something real in all the chaos, or will they be parting ways when the contract ends?

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I loved this feel-good, focused on family, cowboy romance. All the characters felt very real, and I love how much the Grannies are a part of the story. I liked how Ryder and Kase’s rodeo injuries aren’t downplayed, and that they have so much love in their hearts for each other and their family.

Ryder’s attempts to buy a husband are fun, and I love that he’s so naïve in the wording of his adverts. Kase is good for him on so many levels, and vice versa. They fit so well, and I was very happy they got their second chance together. I knew Ryder’s determination to keep their relationship as a business transaction wouldn’t last long, but that was half the fun in reading the story. I was cheerleading for the evitable from the word go. I liked how they have years of friendship behind them, and how well Kase fits into life at the ranch.

The supporting cast, and family/found family add an extra joy to this story. I’m already a huge fan of this author’s cosy cowboy stories. They always leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling, and I love the opportunity to be a part of the characters’ life for a while. I enjoy reading about them going about their day-to-day life, and growing into a family at the same time.

The Grannies are wonderful, although sneaky. I wouldn’t want to get on their wrong side. Despite the way they force Ryder’s hand it’s obvious from the beginning it’s from a place of love. I love how quickly they include Kase and the children as family too. Nanette is family in every sense of the world.

The dogs/puppies play their part, and I especially loved how they connect with the children.

The ending is a wonderful HEA for their whole family. Loved it.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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