Friday Fun Review: Cowboys of California, Books 1 and 2

I’ve been reading these for an upcoming episode of Nerdy Romantics Podcast, and I’ve loved them so much, I had to do a couple .gif-happy Friday Fun Reviews.

While we’ll talk a little more in the “Black Love Rocks” episode about these, I wanted to share a little early about how great these are, just in case you don’t want to be spoiled when listening to the episode (you won’t be, but if you read first you get to join in our excitement about this series!) Enjoy!

A Cowboy to Remember (Cowboys of California #1)A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This modern New York/California Western re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty is full of food, family, and fun! Love how the Pleasant brothers interact with each other, and can’t get enough of Zach and Evie together, especially during her amnesia times.

Ms. Leona as family matriarch, mentor, and grandma smackdown on all things hanky-panky is a pure delight!

All around cute, heart-warming story.

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If the Boot Fits (Cowboys of California #2)If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sam and his brothers make me want to “save a horse” and “ride a cowboy.”

This modern Hollywood/Western version of Cinderella is a total treat! (Just like the desserts at the Big Rock Ranch). I love that the heroine is plus-sized and hella confident! Yes! Can’t wait to read Jesse’s story!

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My first high-school superlative!

In high school, I wasn’t voted most likely to … anything. I was one of those that flew under the radar, just doing my thing.

And that has continued until now. Two of my articles are in the top 30 most popular reviews/posts on!

My review of Jennifer Weiner’s That Summer:

And my 2021 top picks for romance novels by Black Authors:

Check out the other great content from 2021 below:

Book chat: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Episode twelve starts a new mini-series, “Who Gets an HEA”,  that showcases romances with marginalized heroes and heroines. Y. M. Nelson and Nerdy Romantics Marcie and Staci along with honorary Nerdy Romantic Pam talk about the book One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.

While this book was chosen as an example of why plus-sized women should get an HEA, we end up discussing character issues, reality shows, and personal experiences before giving the book a Goodreads rating.

What was done well (that we didn’t discuss):

  • The cape in the prologue (which was never really connected to anything else in the rest of the book, even when they went to Paris) helping to bring out Bea’s inner confidence gave the book that magical element that is consistent with the feeling reality show producers try to invoke on shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
  • The inclusion of the emails, text chains, slack threads, etc. were well done and added to the plot of the story. In fact, at times they were more entertaining.
    • We would love to see Reali-T get their own book or bonus content (I’m imagining “Men on Film” from In Living Color).
    • The podcast duo reviewing the show (which was always a side note from their real topic) was hilarious!
    • The Slack Channel fan/betting group was a whole other blossoming story! Wouldn’t you love to see a romance novel form with those characters? It reminded me of My Favorite Half-Night Stand, which I loved. See my review of that here.
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“Chats With the Author” is here!

In case you didn’t know, I have a Facebook Group for my Nerdy Romantics fans and newsletter subscribers. We used to have book discussions, but our best discussion we had was with Talia Hibbert on her book Get a Life Chloe Brown. Yes! Talia Hibbert chatted with us!

I wanted to bring that same great discussion back, so next month I will be revamping the book discussions in the group. It will now be called “Chats with the Author”  and instead of just us talking about a book, I’ll invite the author to come tell us what they think.

I asked for author suggestions, and one of our nerdy romantics in the group, @JessieMarie suggested having Camille Baker talk about her debut romance novel Have We Met? Well, Camille said yes!

Camille Baker talks about Have We Met? her debut novel

Chats with the Author (a book club with the author)
December 14, 2021
7:00 PM ET
FB Live (Nerdy Romantics FB Group)

The only way to see this interview and post your own questions is to join the FB Group. Remember, you must answer all the questions to gain entry

What else do we do there? FB Group members are the first to see new release covers, they help with my works in progress, and there’s #MCM or Man Candy Monday (No explanation needed … 😍😍😍) among other things. So join us!

Help an author in need

Kelly Hartog and I are members of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Associaation. She’s been a part of many virtual write-ins and her presence has helped me get over a hurdle or two in my writing.

I knew Kelly was awaiting a kidney, but when I saw the following post from another member, I had to reach out to ask your your help:

Kelly is awaiting a kidney transplant and has to, unfortunately, turn away work right now for medical reasons. And when I say it takes a lot for Kelly to not work, I mean, this is a woman who survived a suicide bomber in Kenya and managed to write the story even then. Please consider donating something to the GoFundMe her friend Kymberly Harris has set up to help with Kelly’s living expenses.

Friday Fun Review: “The Fastest Way to Fall” by Denise Williams

Today’s Friday Fun review was featured on This book is a definite must-buy for me, and if you like romantic comedies that are body-positive, it should be a must buy for you too! Check out my review by clicking below.

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