The Many Sides of Western Romances

When a reader picks up a western romance novel, they have certain expectations about the characters and plot lines within. Are they looking for the gun-toting hero to wear spurs and a white hat? Should the heroine be plucky and determined to save the family ranch she just inherited? The following types of westerns will help you rein in what your reader wants:

Traditional historical western romances.

There’s a well-defined line between good and evil: Good guys are reallygood, and bad guys are really bad. The cowboy hero, usually a man of few words, is strong and loyal, rides a horse, wears chaps, and carries a gun. The heroine is usually spunky and strong-willed, and may be, among other things, a mail-order bride, a prohibitionist, or a suffragist. Adventures abound in the historical western romance, whether it’s a wagon train journey, a bank robbery, a land war, a cattle drive, a saloon brawl, or a gunfight. There may or may not be Native American characters, but — sadly — they can still be very stereotypical.

Contemporary western romances.

These may feature heroes who are ranchers, rodeo riders, horse trainers, veterinarians — the list is as long as the author’s imagination. They are as likely to be driving a truck as riding a horse. Heroines may be reassigned because of work, be running away from the big city, or find themselves the owners of a ranch left to them by relatives. Settings vary, too — ranches, ranges, rodeos, even honky-tonks. Many times, there’s a small town nearby.

Faith-based western romances.

They might be Amish romances, such as Penelope Williamson’s superb novel, The Outsider. Some authors have re-written their western romances for the inspirational market. A great example is Lori Copeland’s hilarious Sisters of Mercy Flats.

Series romances set in the West.

These provide the continuity that some readers crave. They enjoy visiting and re-visiting the fictional towns where their favorite characters live. Leigh Greenwood’s charming Seven Brides books have delighted readers for years. Janet Dailey’s Calder Family novels continue to be favorites. And Linda Lael Miller leads the pack with both her popular series, Stone Creek and The McKettricks of Texas.

For reader’s advisory purposes, librarians will find that western readers can be won over to the historical western romance genre. Thanks to the wonders of technology, many of the classic historical western romances, long unavailable, have been reissued in electronic format, introducing a whole new generation of readers to this exciting genre.

13 New Cowboy Romances You Won’t Want to Miss

What’s not to love about a good Western romance? Whether sweet or sultry, set in a small town or sizzling with suspense, there’s something hot about a story with a strong cowboy in the lead — not to mention wild horses, wealthy ranchers, and beautiful Texan backdrops. Find your next cowboy romance below, complete with publishers’ descriptions.

Saddle Up by Victoria Vane

Wild horses couldn’t bring them together…

With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy “horse whisperer” Keith Russo once had the world at his feet — until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.

But maybe their passion can…

Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother’s Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love.

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you’d fall for a romance between two people united by a love of wild horses.

Crushing on the Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson

As The Heartbreak Kid, Mitch Jenner is known as a lady-killer, the biggest flirt of all the rodeo cowboys — but it’s just an act. In fact, Mitch is so afraid of coming out that he’s consciously stayed single — and a virgin. He’s fine with being alone if it means his secret is safe… until he meets the mysterious Paulo.

Sexy Paulo Bernardes is here to learn the American style of bull riding well enough to teach it back home in Brazil. A lover — a boyfriend — will distract him from his goal, but he’s instantly captivated by Mitch, who understands him even when they don’t speak the same language.

In private, Mitch yields to Paulo and the new sexual heat he comes to crave. But he still resists exposing their relationship, afraid of how it will change his reputation and his life. Yet as they grow closer, Paulo wonders how he’ll move on once their time is up — how he’ll pick up the pieces and learn to live without his American cowboy when it’s time to say goodbye.

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you’d love a forbidden romance between a Brazilian man and American cowboy from an award-winning author.

I Knew You Were Trouble by Soraya Lane

Faith Mendes needs to get her life in order and get a job — yesterday. Thankfully, the live-in house-keeper position at the King brothers’ ranch is up for grabs. Problem is, she’d be working with her old childhood crush, Nate King. He’s sexy, wealthy, and his Texas-sized charms are legendary… and, clearly, impossible to resist.

Nate never thought twice about his best friend’s little sister. Back then, Faith was off-limits. But now that she’s all grown up, Nate’s whole world has turned upside-down. Razor-sharp, down-to-earth, and hotter-than-heck, Faith is everything Nate has ever dreamed of in a woman… and maybe even in a wife. But Faith has loved and lost enough already to risk it all on another known bad boy. How can Nate convince her that he is the real deal — and that he’s ready to rein it in and never look back?

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you’re into stories of women falling for their brother’s best friend, like this one in Soraya Lane’s Texas Kings series.

Tough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates

Can the golden boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon, get a second chance at happy-ever-after?

Ranching heir Colton West knew his wedding would be the talk of the town. But he didn’t expect to get left at the altar — or to escape on the next flight to Vegas with Lydia Carpenter, the woman who gets under his skin like no one else. The only thing crazier than honeymooning with Lydia is waking up married to her. So why does he find himself entertaining his new wife’s desire to stay married — and fantasizing about a real wedding night?

As Copper Ridge’s prospective mayor, Lydia can’t risk a divorce scandal so close to election time. But pretending to be blissfully in love with her new husband is more confusing than she’d thought. For a man who’s always rubbed her the wrong way, Colton suddenly seems to know exactly what to do with his hands. And his lips. Now Lydia’s wildest mistake could turn out to be her luckiest move, if they’re both willing to take the ultimate gamble…

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you’d like nothing better than a fake relationship between a politician and ranching heir.

A Cowboy’s Home by RJ Scott

One burned and broken man finds his way home. Can he find peace in the arms of a man easy to love?

Justin made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, battling domestic terrorism, never the man he really was, using hate to avenge the death of his best friend. The friend he’d killed.

What he doesn’t count on is getting shot, and if he’s going to die he wants it to be on Crooked Tree soil. Home.

Sam is as much a part of Crooked Tree as any of the families, and the offer to buy into the ranch is a dream come true. But falling for a hidden, secretive, injured man isn’t the way to keep his head in the game.

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you enjoy emotional, romantic stories with military men in the lead.

Cowboy Untamed by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Potter Sapphire Ferguson had one rule: No more artists. There have been too many disappointments and too many heartbreaks. That is, until she sees wildlife metal artist Grady Magee welding a sculpture of wolves, and Sapphire’s self-control is completely incinerated. Whoa, Nellie. A cowboy with an artist’s soul… and a hard, sexy body. How can she resist?

Sapphire tells herself it’s just sex — incredibly and unbelievably intense sex — between two consenting adults. No love and no getting hurt. Except that Grady isn’t just an artist. He was raised at Thunder Mountain Ranch, and he’s all cowboy. He’s playing for keeps… and he’ll have to prove to Sapphire that he can have an artist’s soul and a cowboy’s heart.

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you want a super sexy story with a cowboy who is also a passionate artist.

Into Dust by B.J. Daniels

He’s meant to protect her, but what is this cowboy keeping from her about the danger she’s facing?

As the daughter of a presidential candidate, Cassidy Hamilton left the Montana family ranch to escape notoriety and live her own life. But when someone tries to abduct her off a Houston sidewalk, Cassidy finds protection in the tall, dark, and sexy form of cowboy Jack Durand. The gorgeous Texan doesn’t recognize her, wants nothing from her, and is determined to keep her safe.

Jack hates keeping secrets from the beautiful Cassidy, but he knows more about her kidnapping attempt than he’s admitting. Forced on the run, Jack and Cassidy begin piecing together a jagged family puzzle, exposing a plot years in the making — one that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together than ever.

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you’d dig a suspenseful romance like this one in B.J. Daniels’s The Montana Hamiltons series.

Reckless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that’s what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she’s got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family’s struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Rough and tumble, cocky and charming, Joe’s everything a superstar should be — and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s way out of Violet’s league.

Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he’s pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.

Release date: Out now

Read it if… you love rodeo romances and stories with single-mom heroines.

Always a Cowboy by Linda Lael Miller

He’s the middle of the three Carson brothers and is as stubborn as they come — and he won’t thank a beautiful stranger for getting in his way!

Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy. In charge of the family ranch, he knows the realities of this life, its pleasures and heartbreaks. Lately, managing the wild stallions on his property is wearing him down. When an interfering so-called expert arrives and starts offering her opinion, Drake is wary, but he can’t deny the longing — and the challenge — she stirs in him.

Luce Hale is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals — and with ranchers. The Carson matriarch invites her to stay with the family, which guarantees frequent encounters with Drake, her ruggedly handsome and decidedly unwelcoming son. Luce and Drake are at odds from the very beginning, especially when it comes to the rogue stallion who’s stealing the ranch mares. But when Drake believes Luce is in danger, that changes everything — for both of them.

Release date: August 30

Read it if… you swoon for the enemies-become-lovers trope.

Sunrise Crossing by Jodi Thomas

Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places…

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can’t stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?

The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life — she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…

Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at 17 after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he’ll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

Release date: August 30

Read it if… you want an emotional Western romance about a cowboy who’s trying to make peace with his past — and finding love in the process.

A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown

Opposites might attract…

The Brennans and the Gallaghers put aside their 100-year feud every Tuesday for their weekly poker game. This week, the stakes are sky high. Goaded to recklessness, Declan Brennan bets $1,000 that he can woo the next woman to walk into the saloon. A minute later, fiery-haired Betsy Gallagher pushes through the doors. If Declan can tame this wild Gallagher, he’ll have earned every penny.

If they don’t kill each other first…

Betsy can outshoot anybody in Burnt Boot and loves ranching more than anything — until she falls for Declan. He’s fallen for her too. But when she discovers what sparked their courtship, Declan will need a Christmas miracle to save his hide — and his heart.

Release date: September 6

Read it if… you’re ready for a fun holiday romance that sparks between a couple who come from feuding families.

The Rancher Returns by Brenda Jackson

Returning from active duty to find his ranch being dug up by a beautiful stranger isn’t the homecoming Navy SEAL Gavin Blake expected. Layla Harris is convinced there’s buried treasure on his land. But the only treasure this wealthy rancher wants to uncover is the professor’s secret desires! When Layla unearths family secrets — and mysterious threats — he vows to do whatever it takes to protect her. Even as her revelations change everything…

Release date: October 1

Read it if… you’re crazy about heroes who are Navy SEALs, like this rancher in the first book of Brenda Jackson’s Westmoreland Legacy series.

Hang Tough by Lorelei James

When Tobin Hale stepped in to stop Garnet Evans’s son from railroading her out of her own home, he knew moving in with his favorite Mud Lily could be seen as strange. But nothing prepared him for the arrival of Garnet’s fiery, beautiful granddaughter, Jade — or her assumption that he’s up to no good…

While Tobin might be the hottest man Jade Evans has ever seen, his physical attributes won’t distract her from protecting her grandma from his sweet-talking ways. But the stubborn cowboy digs in his boot heels and refuses to leave. Stuck in close quarters together, Jade learns Tobin is the real deal — a hardworking, fiercely loyal man and she’s the one in danger of losing her heart.

And just when he was prepared to leave Muddy Gap behind, Tobin may have found the kind of woman worth sticking around for…

Release date: November 1

Read it if… you love Lorelei James’s hot romances, like this one in her Blacktop Cowboys series.

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Diamond Bracelets

The bracelet: Choosing Material is the most crucial part

The bracelet is both considered a fashion accessory and a jewel in itself. Indeed, the bracelet is often a reflection of your personality and your tastes. It is for this reason that the choice of the material should not be taken lightly. In general, white gold always seems to be the best solution. However, the material of the bracelet can also be declined in many ways (platinum, yellow gold, red gold etc).

The diamond bracelets have become trendy lately, both for women and men. It must be said that the white gold bracelet is both elegant and authentic to be worn by anyone who wants it. The models proposed have also become numerous to meet the expectations of each of us. But how to choose it so that it is perfectly as you wish? Here are some ideas that will help you find your bracelet in White Gold and Diamond.

Choose a bracelet in White Gold and Diamond in relation to your style

As we already mentioned earlier, the bracelet should be in your image. It is therefore important to take into account the way you dress everyday so that the model is as versatile as possible. In the case where we are discreet and we like to adopt a classic look for example, the best is to opt for a bracelet in fine white gold with small diamonds.

The latter can even be worn with other bracelets of the same type if you like to be original. In case your look is authentic, the white gold and diamond bracelets of the creators are now very personalized. You can find all shapes with drawings or large stones that will be easily noticed.

The slighter your wrist is, the better it will be to opt for a wide bracelet. In case your purchase is for the purpose of making a gift, it is better to opt for a mesh bracelet. Indeed, the latter can be adjusted by a jeweler if necessary.

Think about the maintenance of your White Gold and Diamond bracelet

The bracelet in White Gold and Diamond must also be chosen according to your habits and maintenance that you can achieve. You should know that this kind of bracelet is perfectly suitable for sports people. However, it is important to know the specifics of the jewel before buying because the materials may differ and this can quickly damage your bracelet if you do not pay attention.

On the other hand, if it is a bracelet that you will wear during important occasions only, the choice will then be easier. In general, the white gold and diamond bracelets from large jewelers are the best. With a certificate of authenticity, jewelers assure you as to the quality of the materials used but also the making.

At the sight of the radiant beauty of a diamond bracelet, striking in its brilliance and grace, not a single woman can resist. And even more so none of them will be able to refuse the opportunity to become the owner of this miracle.

How to make the right choice among the variety reigning in jewelry stores?

A high-quality, well-chosen diamond bracelet will not cause discomfort when worn – it does not squeeze and does not rub the skin. There are several types of bracelets, and initially it is necessary to determine which type is most preferable, after which you should choose a specific model. The first type of jewelry is bracelets in the form of a thin, graceful and durable rim, which is loosely attached to the wrist. Many lovers of these models prefer to wear several of these rims at once, with the result that diamonds shimmering in the sun form a faint glow of the wrist of the happy owner of this jewelry.

Another type of wristband is a wide hoop. This decoration can be with a tear, facilitating putting on the hand, or continuous. Such products cannot be called cheap, they attract views, showing the financial position of the girl, as if raising her above the others. The disadvantage of such a bracelet is its massiveness, so it will look better on the hand of a plump young lady than of a thin one.

A rather popular type of jewelry is a chain bracelet. Among this type of bracelets, diversity also reigns – you can choose products with links of various diameters, bracelets that tightly cover the wrist or, on the contrary, freely hold on your arm.

When choosing this type of jewelry, special attention should be paid to the clasp. It should be easy to use and reliable enough. Usually, the ends of the bracelet are subjected to additional decorative processing, and are often decorated with precious stones having a cabochon cut. The disadvantage of this type of jewelry is stretching. No matter how high-quality the product is, after a certain time it will stretch and then tear due to the subtlety of the bracelet.

But in any case, it is better to try on bracelets of each type, in order to assess how comfortable it is to wear, whether it is pressing on the wrist. And only after that, choose the appropriate jewelry, not forgetting to pay attention to the diamond itself. If tried on bracelet looks great on the hand, the brilliance of diamonds gives a special charm to the skin , then the decoration is “yours”. If you feel any discomfort – you should not buy this particular model, while wearing such a gift, too, will not bring joy.

When choosing jewelry, first of all, you need to pay attention to the cut of a diamond. The most popular round cut, it is she who meets in 90% of the stones. There are other fantasy forms that will look original and interesting, but the standard cut gives the diamond more brilliance and sparkle, as it is fully thought out in terms of optical properties. Therefore, a round cut diamond is more expensive.

Pay attention to the color of the diamond. It is believed that these stones are transparent, but this is not entirely true. If a diamond with impurities, it may have a yellowish tint. This stone will be somewhat cheaper. If you choose a pink, blue or bright yellow stone, then you should know such diamonds are very rare and, accordingly, expensive.