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on June 23, 2018
5 STARS to Aurora Hanson for Capturing a Cowboy 's Heart: A Historical Western Book 1, a superbly written tale of a ranch in the time of stagecoachs, saloons, cow drives, and ranches that had cooks that fed the hands. Yes, Earle the owner was considered one of the best horse trainers around and people paid to have their horses well trained by him, but it was essentially a cow ranch first and foremost, but his goal was that it would one day be a thriving horse ranch. Emmie had sold everything and headed west to a cousin who had left town before she arrived, Earle 's Aunt wanted to help her and introduced them, and before you know it she was in the way to Earle's ranch to cook for the crew. It was a delight reading about a city girl who was scared of horses and chickens who knew nothing at all about the outdoors or animals start to learn about milking goats because she had to have breakfast ready for the men. Furthermore, she had learned things that was good and handy to use from her working jobs in the city; and was fiercely protective of Earle since he had saved her and their souls touched a little even as strangers. Then a mystery to solve someone was rustling cows, set up traps that harmed horses & men and has come in to the ranch thinking it empty to run all the horses to be trained off, used a whip on a few and on Ennis these people meant trouble, but why? Then offers come in for the ranch but why? My emotions ran the gambit reading about the ranch, the gang, Earle and Emmie also the wonderful friends and neighbors they have. I almost felt like I was sitting in the cookhouse drinking my own cup of coffee listening when they sit around talking. I really enjoyed this ARC copy of this book and I decided to freely and in my own opinion give this review, gladly.
WARNING: 16 & Up SEXUAL CONTENT: Kissing Implied & Assumed but unmentioned.
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on June 20, 2018
I have to give credit where credit is due. Aurora shows us just why she is one of the best authors of her time. I think she can probably see a butterfly fluttering by and write a very impressive tale. Her talents seem endless and far reaching. Her characters flow smoothly and their personalities are well balanced and easy to relate to. A suspense filled and engaging storyline that hooks you from the start and reels you in for the duration. A strong plot plays out amazingly intense and captivating that keeps immersed so deeply the time flies and you find yourself at the end of this page turning bombshell. All the twists and turns along with unexpected surprises that will rock your world. I don't know what Aurora uses for inspiration but she can definitely draw you in and make a magnificently realistic read with vivid detail that adds a wonderful back drop. Aurora did an incredible job bringing this read together flawlessly. Great job Aurora, thanks for sharing this remarkable read with us.

I received an ARC for this story.
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on June 24, 2018
I RECEIVED THE ARC FOR FREE TO READ AND REVIEW.

HI I M EMMIE AND I CAME OUT WEST TO LOOK FOR MY ONLY LIVING RELATIVE I THINK I HAVE HER NAME IS MARY ROSE MAGUIRE
YOU SEE MY PARENTS ARE DEAD AND I THOUGHT I COME FIND HER AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER.. I RIDE THE COACH WITH SOME PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LOOK GOOD AND I HOPE MARY ROSE IS WERE SHE SUPPOSE TO MEET ME IF NOT I DO NOT KNOW WHIT I AM GOING TO DO.

YOU SEE I DON'T HAVE MUCH MONEY AFTER I SOLD EVERY THING AND PAYED OFF WHAT DAD HAD AND NOW I AM IN CARLTON JUNCTION AND I DO NOT ANY ONE OR WHAT TO DO YOU SEE MY COUSIN RODE OFF WITH COWBOY WHO TOLD HER THEY CAN GET LAND AND BUILD A PLACE I START CRYING AND NOW I DO NOT HAVE ANY PLACE TO STAY BUT A LADY WHO OWN THE HOTEL AND THE BAR TOLD ME THAT WE CAN WORK THING OUT.

WELL I WORK FOR HER TAKING DRINKS AND FOOD TO THE ONE WHO ORDER DINNER AND THEN SHE INTRODUCE ME TO HER NEPHEW AND WHO NEED A COOK AND HELP AROUND THE RANCH FOR ROOM AND BOARD, WELL EARLE TOOK ME OUT TO THE RANCH ON HIS HORSE THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I WAS ON ONE.

WELL THE STORY WILL TAKE YOU IN THE LIVES OF THE FARM HANDS AND THEN THE DANGER THEY FACE IN THE WEST
AND THEN HOW EMMIE TAKE THE HEART OF THE MEN AND THEY WILL PROTECT HER FORM ANY THING AND ANY ONE
WELL ONE OF THE HANDS WANTED TO GET MARRY AND THEN THE WEEDING IS TAKING PLACE AFTER THE FAIR YOU SEE WINDY ONE OF THE HANDS IS BRONC RIDER AND WON NOW 3 OR 4 YEAR IN ROW,

WELL NOW I AM NOT GOING TO BE THE ONLY WOMEN ON THE RANCH BECAUSE THEY BUILT A SMALL HOME ON THE PROBITY
AND THEN I HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO AND HELP WITH CHORES.

THEN I ASK EARLE IF I COULD PANT SOME FLOWER AND GARDEN FOR FRESH VEGGIE AND HE SAID YEA WERE DO YOU WANT IT AND I TOLD THEM ANY PLACE THE GROUND IS GOOD AND THEN HE PLOTED A PLACE FOR ME AND THEN I GOT TO WORK WITH HELP I HAVE FLOWER AND GARDEN SOON

WELL SOME ONE SHOWED UP AND IT WAS MY COUSIN AND SHE WAS BEAT UP AND SHE HAD TO GET RIDE BACK TO THE TOWN AND EARLE SAID SHE CAN COME AND STAY AT THE RANCH AND THEN WE CLEAN 2 ROOMS OUT AND MADE A PLACE FOR HER AND NOW WE GOT 3 WOMEN TO WORK THE RANCH

THE BOOK IS IN THE WESTERN ERA AND THEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPEN TO EMMIE AND EARLE AND THEN THE RANCH HANDS THEY PROVE THEY CAN DO WHAT IS NEED TO BE DONE COME HELL OR HIGH WATER'
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on June 25, 2018
First of all, I loved the story. It kept me reading as much as I could get away with. That was worth 5 stars.
BUT... I did not like the fact that they shared a bed. Throughout the book, it sounded like they kept it clean. I wondered how they managed that! It wasn’t until the extended epilogue that you found out that they hadn’t really kept it clean. I was really disappointed in that. It could have been extended a few more months to find out they were pregnant. I really would have enjoyed hearing more about the characters, anyway! I had to deduct a few stars because they were sharing a bed before marriage, notwithstanding that it doesn’t seem to be something that would have been accepted during that time frame,
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on June 22, 2018
A good romance and mystery with plenty of twists and turns! Ms Hanson has written a very detailed story about running a ranch, solving a complicated mystery, and keeping everyone safe on the ranch from someone trying to ruin it .The ranch and town is full of likable characters, and they were well described, as were their actions, thoughts, and emotions. Like I said, Ms Hanson is very talented at describing everything you need to know. The story was clean, with no sex scenes described.

There were some punctuation and other errors, but not enough to really annoy the reader. Some details were not true to life for that era, (spending nights together unmarried without it ruining her reputation), and some of the speech or slang seemed more modern. But the story and the mystery will keep you interested to the end. There is also an enjoyable extended epilogue available online to give you a look at the characters later after the book ended. It is a long book, and sometimes the great amount of detailed description was just too much. I would have given it a 5 star rating if some of the mundane and repeated descriptions were removed, making it a shorter book.
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on June 22, 2018
Emmie Star sells everything she has after her father's death and goes to her cousin's, when she gets there she is devastated that her cousin has left.

She meets Earle and he offers her a job cooking on his ranch. She agrees, they ride off to the ranch, happily ever after right?

Oh no, many problems come up. Who wants Earle to sell out? Who breaks down the fences? Who is causing all the problems?

How does Emmie help Earle when faced with death? You need to get this incredible book and read or listen to it yourself, then you can find out all the answers and more to these questions.

Don't forget to get the Extended Epilogue of this book, it is just as incredible!

One thing I'd like to say about all these Extended Epilogues from all authors is that they are wonderful for people who have no problems with their eyesight. For those of us who rely on Alexa Echo Dot to read to us it is quite difficult for us to read these Extended Epilogues.

Please take this into consideration when you write your books. Thank you.
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on June 24, 2018
I just finished this book and really enjoyed it. Aurora Hanson has written another winner. Emmie Star leaves the city to start a new life in cattle country and to be with her only living relative, Mary Rose, When she reaches the town where she believes she lives May Rose is, she finds out that she has moved on. Emmie meets Earle Barnet, a local horse trainer with a small ranch, and he hires her to cook for him and his ranch hands. They both have their own troubles , but, find that they get along well and she fits right in. "Capturing a Cowboy's Heart" is a western romance in the early west late 1800's and has romance, intrigue, mystery and humor mixed in with historical information. This book is fast paced and I had trouble putting it down. I recommend this book to anyone liking a clean romance with a mystery included. And, an extended epilogue adds just the added information needed to make it an enjoyable and satisfying read that ties up all of the loose ends..
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on June 24, 2018
What a delightful book! Ms. Hanson has a talent for developing characters and plots that immediately grab and hold you until the very end of the book. The romance between Emmie and Earle is filled with the usual ups and downs, but heightened by mystery, intrigue and angst. It's life on a ranch with the give and take between the people and the elements but overshadowed by someone trying to force it to fail. I was given an ARC of the book and have voluntarily chosen to write this review. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can heartily recommend it.
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on June 21, 2018
Was disappointed with the pre marital sex in this book, not sure I will be reading anymore from this author, to bad because it was a good story line
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on July 9, 2018
This was an excellent read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. There were many twists and turns. it ended up being a surprise as to who the culprit in this story is as far as who is threatening the ranch. You often here about complaining about men being protective of women. In this book is a perfect example of how a woman can be very protective of her man as well and is willing to go to the mat if necessary. I like all of the characters in this book. They are just as much a part of what makes this book great as the starring characters, Emmie Star and Earle Barnet. I said earlier that it is a surprise as to who the culprit is that is threatening the ranch; but there are a number of culprits. And, I like it how Carlos sends O'Brien packing after giving him a little of his own medicine as a result of O'Brien abusing Mary Rose. O'Brien is another culprit in this story.

I look forward to reading more from this author.
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