From the publisher:
Cowboys of California, Book 2
A Smart & Sexy Cinderella Story
Set on a black-owned luxury dude ranch with a fairy tale twist, the second Cowboys of California romance by award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon absolutely sizzles! In this thoroughly modern take on the timeless tale of a struggling Cinderella who finds her prince charming at the eleventh hour, an Oscar-winning actor and an aspiring screenwriter attempt to make a relationship work away from the Hollywood spotlight.
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A Best Book of Fall 2020 by NPR’s Boston Affiliate
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“Heart-melting…a perfect fit for fans of contemporary romance authors Jasmine Guillory and Alexa Martin.” –Booklist
From award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon comes a thoroughly modern take on the timeless tale of a struggling Cinderella who finds her prince charming at the eleventh hour–and the adventure that ensues the morning after . . .
Working as the personal assistant to one of Hollywood’s cruelest divas has left Amanda Queen more determined than ever to sell her screenplay and gain her independence. In the meantime, she’ll settle for a temporary escape. When her employer is felled by the flu on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, Amanda gets her glam on, struts out the door, and parties with the glitterati. But she never expects to come face to face–and closer than close–with one of the hottest stars in the game . . .
Following up his first Oscar win with a steamy after-hours romp with an enigmatic woman seems like the perfect way for actor Sam Pleasant to celebrate–until she suddenly disappears. Worse, she’s vanished with the wrong swag bag: the one containing his Oscar statue, leaving Sam even more intrigued about the beauty’s identity–and wondering if a repeat performance of their amazing night is in the stars. And when a second chance encounter happens, only a trip to Sam’s family ranch–and revealing the whole, not-always-glamorous, truth about themselves–will give them a chance to turn one magical night into forever . . .
Let me start out by saying I loved this book! It’s set in an (unfortunately) alternate universe where a black Academy-Award-winning actor is the grandson of a woman who has two Oscars. I like this universe, it’s where we should be living.
Sam is the actor in question. On the night of his Academy Award best actor win, he ends up sleeping with Amanda. But she slips out in the morning, figuring it’s better that way. When she gets home, she realizes she grabbed the wrong swag bag; she has his Oscar.
Amanda is the personal assistant to a cruel, selfish bitch of a diva. She expects Amanda to be on call 24/7, even when she’s officially off duty. And she’s really mean to her. Amanda is, as she calls it, “thick;” she’s a size 20 woman living in La-La Land, home of the size 3 is a fat woman. But Sam thinks she’s gorgeous, and while she knows she is big, she also has the confidence and self-esteem to pull it off. But that doesn’t make her immune to the nasty remarks her boss makes.
When Amanda goes to her friend’s wedding, she is shocked to see Sam again. Turns out his family owns this beautiful ranch/hotel/wedding venue. He is thrilled to see her, but Amanda’s a nervous wreck. This wedding is being covered by People Magazine, and she dodges the photographer all night. If her boss finds out she’s there, she will have a fit since she wasn’t invited.
Sam’s so laidback, yet eager to get to know Amanda and she slowly allows him in. But the paparazzi are always on the fringe, and although they try and keep things secret, eventually it all comes out with what seems to be devastating results.
Amanda and Sam are in love, but can their relationship survive the Hollywood assault? Happily ever after is guaranteed, but getting there was so much fun. These characters come alive on the page, as do the secondary characters, and I loved the ranch setting as well. I’m going to hunt down the first book in the series, A Cowboy to Remember, and then wait patiently (ha!) for the next book in the series.
11/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
IF THE BOOT FITS by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Dafina (October 27, 2020). ISBN 978-1496725417. 288 pages.