About the Book:
Title: The Matchmaker and the Cowboy
Author: Robin Bielman
Page Length: 400
Publication Date: Oct. 25, 2022
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Synopsis: Callie Carmichael has a gift for making bridesmaid dresses—some even call them magical. Somehow, every person who’s worn one of her dresses has found love. Real love. And as long as that happily-ever-after is for someone else, Callie is happy. Because she’s fully over getting her heart broken…which is why her new roommate is definitely going to be a problem.
After being overseas for six months, Callie’s only choice is to stay with her best friend’s ridiculously hot brother, Hunter Owens. Cowboy, troublemaker, and right now, the town’s most coveted bachelor. Only, Hunter isn’t quite the player she thought. And if it weren’t for her whole “no more love” thing, their setup could get confusing really fast.
Now, Hunter wants Callie to make him a best man suit—a “lucky for love” kind of suit. But what happens if she makes the suit and he finds true love…and it isn’t her?
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The Matchmaker and the Cowboy is a charming friends-to-lovers contemporary romance with a wonderful setting, great characters, and a swoon-worthy romance. As soon as I saw Hunter’s middle name, I knew this was the book for me. (Hint: It’s a name from Star Wars) The story follows Callie Carmichael, a talented dressmaker with a growing reputation for making magical maid of honor dresses that help the wearer find a spouse. Recently returned to Windsong, Callie is shocked to find her home unlivable and her family gone. Luckily, her best friend’s family needs help and offers her a place to say.
Hunter Owens, the town’s most eligible bachelor is recuperating from a spider bite and needs care. He’s shocked when he wakes up and sees his long-time crush has been charged with the task. They are both such fantastic characters, and I love how their relationship develops. Though they’re not on the same page when it comes to commitment and feelings about love, Callie and Hunter have a lot in common. They’re both trying to prove something to themselves and others, they are both kind and generous and caring, and they both love their charming small town. I love that they connect on such a deep level after being in the perimeter of each other’s lives for so long. I think Callie really gets to see a different side of Hunter than she’s ever seen before, and it definitely changes her feelings toward him.
I also like that they both help each other in such profound ways. Hunter helps Callie with her fear of horses which she’s had since falling off a horse and breaking her back as a teen. He also supports her designing dreams, and they maintain a healthy competition when they run for the same position in town. Callie also helps care for Hunter while he’s recuperating from a black widow spider bite. They see each other at their most vulnerable, and I think this strengthens the connection between them.
The romance between Callie and hunter is positively swoon-worthy. Hunter pines for Callie, and I loved every second of it. He’s the most eligible bachelor in town, but he only has eyes for Callie, and he is charmingly awkward and tongue-tied around her. It’s so sweet! Of course, Callie doesn’t notice, and that just adds to the angst. They have amazing chemistry, which only grows as the story progresses, and their sexy scenes are pretty hot! Plus, their wonderfully tender and romantic scenes balance out their love story well.
The secondary characters are as dynamic as Callie and Hunter, and I love learning what’s going on at the ranch and with the characters from the previous books in the series. There’s a lot of excitement in the lives of this amazing family, including weddings, babies, and new business ventures. And Hunter’s niece Jenna is so adorable! Callie’s family contrasts Hunter’s well. Where hers is selfish and absent and often forgets about Callie or prioritizes their own interests over her, Hunter’s family is close-knit and devoted to each other. Luckily, Callie has a wonderful found family, which includes a feisty octogenarian (love her!), Hunter’s sister, and the rest of Hunter’s family to compensate for what she’s lacking in her own family.
We also meet several new characters, and I’m eager to see what roles they’ll have in future books. I’m really curious about Hunter’s sister and her mystery man. It’s hinted about in this book, and I have a feeling (or maybe I’m just hoping) that we’ll learn more about that soon!
I’m enjoying this series. It has great characters, a wonderful family, tons of small-town charm, and swoon-worthy, steamy romances. You really can’t go wrong with a Robin Bielman contemporary romance! Thanks to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The romance.
- The small town charm.
- The characters.
Life is hard, and sometimes you have to give yourself permission to fail.