{Review} The Cowboy and the Angel by T.J. Kline (with Excerpt and Giveaway)

The Cowboy and the Angel by T.J. Kline

We’ve never read anything by T.J. Kline, but we were honored to be invited to participate in the tour for this second book in the Rodeo series.

***About the Book***

{Review} The Cowboy and the Angel by T.J. Kline (with Excerpt and Giveaway)The Cowboy and the Angel by TJ Kline
Series: Rodeo #2
Published by Avon Impulse on August 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Character(s): Cowboys
Pages: 432
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Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from the bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the opportunity to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn't include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her "Angel."

Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can't keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive, but Angela's secrets could threaten his family, and Derek needs to prove that he's not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.

When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?


She crossed her arms over the stall door and laid her chin on her wrists, watching the animal as it ignored her and continued eating, still wondering which decision was the right one. Angela smiled in awed delight as the horse lifted its head and sniffed at her arms, revealing a colt hidden behind it.

“I wasn’t sure you knew how to smile.”

The horse jerked its head up as Angela jumped back, moving away from the stall, yelping in surprise. “You scared me,” she accused as Derek leaned on his shoulder against the wall of the stall with his fingers tucked into the pockets of his jeans.

She’d been so lost in her thoughts that she hadn’t heard him come into the barn. His stance appeared casual but his eyes spoke of tension within, and she could feel distrust emanating from him.

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“Silvie sent me out to find you and let you know dinner will be ready in about fifteen minutes.”

“How did she know I was out here?”

A wry smile slipped to his lips. “She’s raised me and Scott. If we couldn’t sneak past her, there’s no way you’ll be able to.” He shrugged. “There isn’t much that goes on in this house she doesn’t know about.”

He was teasing, but his words hit too close to the truth. “I wasn’t sneaking anywhere. I was simply going for a walk.” She turned back to the animals in the stall, dismissing him.

“I see.”

Instead of leaving, he bumped her hip with his and mimicked her stance at the stall door, looking inside as well. She was puzzled by his playfulness but wondered if Mike hadn’t had a hand in his change of heart regarding her presence.

“See that little colt?” he jerked his chin at the baby trying to eat its mother’s grain from the bucket. “He’s our last foal out of Sydney’s stud horse.”

She wasn’t sure what he expected in response so she remained silent. He cocked his head sideways and looked at her, his chin still on his forearms. His baseball cap on backward made his jaw look even more chiseled, and she felt her heart trip in her chest as his eyes locked with hers. “He’s going to be part of the foundation of our breeding program.”

“Sydney, your sister-in-law?” She edged away from him, giving herself a few more inches of space between them, trying to catch her breath and calm the nervous skipping of her heart.

He turned and faced her, standing upright, so she did the same. He took a step toward her, closing what little distance she’d created between them, and she felt his breath fan against her cheeks. She looked up at him. He was close enough that, had he wanted to, he could kiss her. Her heart lodged in her throat and her breath came in shallow gasps. She felt surrounded by him as he blocked her view of anything else. The scent of him, like leather and horses with a touch of cinnamon, heated her senses. She forced herself to stand her ground when everything in her warned her to back up and move away. She’d never allowed a man to have the upper hand before, and she didn’t want to start now with this cowboy.

Several moments passed and he hadn’t moved or touched her. He stood inches from her with his hands loose at his sides, staring down at her, waiting. She met his gaze and held her breath as his eyes darkened, becoming almost black, and she wondered if he might kiss her. She found herself wavering between wanting to press herself against him, feeling his fingers buried in her hair with his lips against hers, and running back to her car, returning to her apartment, and forgetting she’d ever met him.

“Why are you really here?” His voice was husky but gentle, coaxing the truth from her.

“I don’t know what you mean.” She resisted, barely able to put words together, let alone think of a logical explanation. Her heart pounded heavily against her ribs.

“I can’t let you ruin our business. I won’t let you destroy what Mike and my parents built.” His words should have sounded like a threat, but his voice was seductive, belying the warning. “You have to know that.”

“I don’t want to destroy anything,” she whispered, unable to tear her eyes from his mouth. She dug her nails into her palms, trying to refocus her attention on the pain instead of the desire swirling within, igniting dormant emotions.

“Why can’t I seem to stay away from you?” he growled quietly. Derek took a step toward her, pressing her back against the wall of the barn, his hand slipped up to cup her jaw.

She barely heard his question as blood rushed through her veins, shooting flames of desire through her limbs, burning through her clothing. She curled her fingers against his chest, feeling the muscles tense under her fingers, and wondered why she didn’t push him away. She could feel every inch of his hard frame pressed against her, holding her upright against the wall. His thumb brushed over her cheekbone, lighting a fire that spread over her skin. She could see the day-old beard growth dusting his jaw and imagined how that rasp would feel against her skin. A shiver of anticipation coursed through her as she met his hooded gaze. He leaned down toward her and she closed her eyes, expecting the touch of his lips on hers.

“Damn it,” he cursed and she opened her eyes. Derek pushed himself away from her, and cold air filled the space between them. “I can’t do this.”

Disappointment flooded her, permeating the lonely places she tried to hide behind her work and caring for her father’s needs. She’d never wanted a relationship with anyone before, never needed a man for anything, so why this one? She obviously wasn’t his type any more than he was hers. They had nothing in common, especially considering she was likely to destroy everything he held dear. She covered up the dull ache of dejection with sarcasm, refusing to let him see how his rejection hurt.

“Just like a cowboy,” she scoffed, “eight seconds and you’re done.” She shot him a disdainful glance as she pushed herself from the wall. “I’ll remember to keep my interview with you short and sweet.”

Angela brushed past him and flipped her hair from her shoulder, refusing to acknowledge how her skin still tingled from his touch or how her heart continued to race the entire way back into the house.

***About T.J. Kline***

Author T.J. KlineT.J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as much time as possible, laughing hysterically, with her husband, teens and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

Find T.J. Here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

***Our Thoughts***

Kassiah: Angela decides to do some investigating on a ranch to have a breakout story to help raise the money to take care of her father. She meets Derek Chandler, who runs a rodeo, and the pair immediately have chemistry, despite the fact that he isn’t interested in a relationship and certainly not with a reporter. Will they give in and find love?

This is the only book I’ve ever read by T.J. Kline. I’m not really into cowboy stories, but this one took me by surprise. There was a lot of back and forth with them that kind of drove me crazy, but I liked this guy and the fact that these characters actually communicated with each other. I was surprised by the switch, where she’s kind of a bad girl and he’s a good guy. If you like cowboy stories, you’ll probably enjoy The Cowboy and the Angel by T.J. Kline.

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Overall: 2.5


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