REVIEW: Heart of a Cowboy

Heart of a Cowboy by Kristen Vayden

By Kristin Vayden

A stubborn cowboy has sworn never to forgive or forget—but one special woman may find a way to change his mind . . .
Hospice nurse Laken Garlington helps people face the end with peace and dignity, surrounded by their loved ones. But the son of her new patient didn’t come home to reunite with his dad. So why is Cyler Myer back in horse country? It’s clear the sexy, six-three hunk with the steely eyes has a score to settle, and Laken doesn’t plan on being collateral damage . . . no matter how irresistible she finds the prodigal cowboy. 
Dying is too good for the father Cyler will never forgive—not in this lifetime. 
Showing up at his family’s Washington State ranch is the first step in his plan. But revenge takes a back seat to desire when Cyler meets a bossy beauty who arouses feelings he isn’t ready to face. As they work together to save an ailing mare, Cyler realizes he must decide where his true destiny lies. With darkness . . . or with the woman who offers the promise of redemption with every kiss.

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Laken Garlington is a hospice nurse. Ever since her grandmother passed away it’s all she’s ever wanted to do. She’s worked very hard at what she does, and she’s very good at it.


Cyler Myer hasn’t spoken with his father in years. He’s built his own life and his own business, and has little interest in mending any kind of relationship. He doesn’t even answer the phone when his father, Jack, calls to tell him he’s dying.

Cyler comes home to his families Washington State ranch when he gets word that his father is dying of cancer. When he gets there he finds a smart and sassy nurse that’s in charge of his father's care. The two quickly connect in this cowboy story of forbidden love.

Aracely’s Review

I want to start by saying what an amazing job Kristin Vayden did with writing this book. First off with Laken and the way she conveyed the strain it takes of being a hospice nurse  on not only the family but herself .Being a nurse I really connected with what she went through because it is all to real. Second the way she writes about life on the farm and the problems that could arise. I can say from personal experience that what Margaret went through is a big problem and sometimes they aren’t all that lucky. And lastly the theme of the book forgiveness and moving on from past mistakes. Sometimes it takes someone dying in order to truly see the beauty of living.

Kristen’s Review

*High Fives!!!*
We have a cowboy book up in here!!
I LOVE cowboys, and I'm pretty critical of them as well. So honestly I was a bit nervous to do my first cowboy review.

But it was well done! The story more focused on the father/son relationship of dying, cancer patient, Jack Myer, and bitter son, Cyler.

While there wasn't a lot of cowboy talk. There was a horse that everyone loved and we did get that ranch feel.

I really loved this, because the author is Rachel Van Dyken's sister. And she made sis proud!

Why we choose this book:

Kristen choose this story because she LOVES cowboy stories. We were also excited to read a book by Rachel Van Dyken’s sister.

Who should read this book:

This is a sweet love story about love and family and forgiveness. This is a great story for everyone.

Kristen Vayden

About the Author:

Kristin's inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He's given her.