Rocking the Cowboy (Jia’s review)


Title: Rocking the Cowboy (Dreamspun Desires #64)
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 21st 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 228
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.38 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Opposites who go together like country and rock ’n’ roll.

Long before he was a superstar, Remy Sean had a secret crush on Jed Riley. But Jed sees Remy as a spoiled pop rocker and an extension of his father’s control. Still, Jed is willing to let Remy hide from the press on his ranch—but only as a way to get his father out of his life and business for good.

Used to being admired and fawned over, Remy keenly feels the sting of Jed’s dismissal. Can he make Jed see him as more than a pain in the ass? Or is Jed too tangled up in his ranch to see past his old hurt?

Jed doesn’t believe someone desired by so many fans could want him, a simple cowboy. But Remy is determined to change Jed’s mind and steal his heart….


Remy suffered a traumatic incident and his anxiety’s making it difficult for him to perform and Remy’s worried he’s lost his ability to write music. His manager strikes a deal to let Remy return to the ranch he once visited in order to recover. Jed is somewhat of a loner out on his ranch with trust issues that have kept most people at arm’s length. Having Remy there for a period of time is a necessary evil to get his father off his back. Jed doesn’t treat him differently because of his fame and Remy is determined to get past Jed’s defenses after the less than warm welcome he recieves. Remy and Jed becomes closer and closer until the time comes when Remy and Jed have to make a decision wether they truly have something worth fighting for. The fact that they live such different lives and the father that left Jed and his family to become Remy’s manager in Hollywood have left premanent scars doesn’t make it easier. Being with Remy would mean having to deal with a father he loathes.

The story’s beginning left quite an impression on me and I really liked how the author conveyed the feelings of Remy. There were several things that were fun to read but also a few things that I liked a bit less. All in all this is a sweet story about two hurt men finding solace in each other, which I enjoyed reading.

I like Remy and Jed, they both have issues they have to overcome and I like how their personalities are layered. They turn out to become really good for each other although Jed does tend to ruminate over how they don’t fit together because of their different lives and how there’s no future for them that it gets a little repetitive after awhile.
There was only one thing that I found somewhat irritating though, how would Jed know what Remy wants unless he tells him? How does he know how Remy feels unless he tells him? There’s such a thing called communication.

It’s written mostly very well although the sex scenes didn’t appeal to me, personally, so much. Although I’m not sure why. Some of the dialogues also felt as if they were a little simplistic.

I really enjoyed the way the characters’ emotions were described and it’s definitely a happy ever after ending. It’s a relatively easy read with some angst and hurt/comfort, it doesn’t drag out even though Remy seemed to forget that Jed isn’t telepathic.

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Galley copy of Rocking the Cowboy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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