Book Club Thursday: Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves

I am so happy that you've joined us for our first Thursday Book Club. Please take the time to visit the other two blogs and see what they wrote about Cowboy Take Me Away, and join us in talking about the book. Because this is a book club review there will be spoilers as we talk about the books. We will try not to give to much away.  

First love burns hotter…

Rainbow Valley, Texas, has always been a refuge for animals, and Shannon North, director of the local shelter, intends to keep it that way. But with donations drying up and more pets in need of a loving home than ever before, Shannon’s beginning to fear she’s not the savior the shelter needs. When a tall, dark, and handsome cowboy from her past comes to the rescue, she knows that accepting his help may come with a high price: her heart.

… the second time around

Bad boy Luke Dawson shook the dust from this little town off his boots years ago. He walked away from everything . . . except the memory of the one night of passion he shared with Shannon. Now, a few wins away from becoming the world bull-riding champion, Luke’s headed for fame and fortune. But then a crisis calls him back to Rainbow Valley, and Luke is reunited with the good girl who stole–and broke–his heart. As their rekindled relationship deepens into desire, old secrets resurface, and Luke must choose between the future he’s always dreamed of and the only woman he’s ever loved.

Cowboy Take Me Away is the first book in the Rainbow Valley Texas series. I'm very much into small town series so I was looking forward to reading this story. I can tell you that I nether loved it, or hated the story, and found it to be so-so. It lacked some of the things that I love in the contemporary books I read. It doesn't have that many likable characters, and there is no humor at all in the book. I found it boring at times. Now I did like Luke, and found him to be a character that was full of depth. He really gets a raw deal in his home town and it's sad that no adult in the town noticed, or cared about what happened to him as a child. I think the worse part about the book is that I didn't care for Shannon at all. I just couldn't see her as a likable person, no matter what I did. Even though I didn't care for one of the main characters didn't mean at times I didn't get into the story, because I did. I liked how hard Luke worked to find the animals a home.  I wish the author spent a little more time working on the relationship between Shannon and Luke, maybe that way I would feel like they cared about one another.
 For me this book is 2.5 stars, not great but readable. 
I would really love to hear what you thought about Cowboy Take Me away if you've read it. Here are the links to the other two blogs. Happy reading!     


  1. It's funny how all of our reviews were quite similar, especially the things we didn't gave for(Shannon) and the fact we thought the town didn't do right by Luke.

  2. I was really mad about Luke. I think about him as a young child alone and abused and can't believe no on noticed.

  3. That part got to me. They knew something was going on and they ignored his dirty clothes and bruises when he was the son of the town drunk. I wish Shannon would have grown a pair sooner, too.

    1. I never felt like she really did. But maybe it was only me.


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