Item description for Destiny's Cowboy by Mei Chailyn Kendra...
When Ex-football player Gage Everette gets a letter and a phone call that he must return home for the reading of his father's will, the last thing he wants to do is go back to Montana and the Cold Blazes Ranch. It holds nothing but demons for him. But like a good son, he returns. Then, a knock at his door thrusts Jasmine Cole and her beautiful daughter, Kleo, into his arms--along with the Kleo's deadbeat father who is hell bent on teaching Gage and Jasmine a lesson they won't soon forget. Jasmine Cole is running from her abusive ex and falls headlong into Gage Everette. Now, while she's trying to learn to love and trust again, things go down hill with Kleo's kidnapping! Along with moving heaven and earth to find Kleo, Gage must face the hatred he has for his father, keep himself from falling in love and deal with his two meddling best friends.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 22, 2007
Publisher Amira Press
ISBN 1934475025 ISBN13 9781934475027
Reviews - What do customers think about Destiny's Cowboy?
Cowboy blues Apr 6, 2008
I feel as though the book dragged on a bit. I was sick of the story line where the white knight has to rescue the damsel in distress... The little girl was very cute in the story, but not enough to make me want to keep this book. Descent to read, not enough to purchase the book for good...
Destiny's Cowboy Jan 7, 2008
Rancher Gage Everette is a former player who was forced to come home when his abusive father died owing major debts on the ranch. Running away from her boyfriend to save her child from injury, Jasmine Cole and her daughter Kleo stumbled upon a stranger's house and banged on the door, seeking refuse. The home belonged to Gage Everette, who took them in.
Destiny's Cowboy is a touching story of three people learning to overcome the pain of the past and heal the scars through love. My heart went out to Gage, who understood how it felt to be dejected. He was determined to protect Kleo from that pain he knew so well. Jasmine's life was ruled by fear for her daughter. Being a young child, Kleo did not have all of the hang ups suffered by the adults, she not only received love, she gave love just a easily and it was Kleo who taught Gage and Jasmine to trust again. Kendra Mei Chailyn did an excellent job creating a heart-warming story. I enjoyed Destiny's Cowboy so much, I wanted more.
Rosemary Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
Does anyone read these before they go to print? Dec 17, 2007
Poorly written and edited! I don't think that ANYONE checks these books before print! There were so many errors and the story line didn't flow. It could have been good if someone had taken the time. Outrageously expensive for something that bad!
E. Cook Nov 15, 2007
I read this book and there is nothing about it that makes me believe it was an interracial book. It said something about the womans hair being blond..Did I miss something?
The pace was OFF!! Nov 10, 2007
Destiny's Cowboy is the freshman effort of author Kendra Mei Chailyn. In her defense I have to say it was an admirable attempt to tell a love story. The problem is with the pacing and the number of pages given to the telling of the story.
Gage Everette has returned home, a home he left as soon as he could to get away from his abusive, debauched father, his mother having passed away earlier. Gage retuns to Montana to settle his father's estate having left his life as a football player behind. Why he does this is never questioned, though he did not have to. Let's run with his sense of responsibility.
While he is home he hears someone at his door, he opens it to find a half-dead woman, Jasmin Cole on his steps. He takes her in and finds her a bed while drifting in and out of her fugue Jasmin tells him she has a daughter and she is out there somewhere. Gage goes out and find Kleo and offers mother and daughter a safe place to stay.
We find out the reason they were out in the dark was because Jasmin has found her spine and takes Kleo to run from her drunkard abusing husband.
That is the set up of the story.
Now we have all the pieces to make for a taut, tensely written story: the damsel in distress, the child to unfreeze the hero's heart and a menacing villian for the hero to banish before he can claim his prize.
And this could have been that story except the author wasn't able enough with her words; the editor never showed up and the publishing house ran out of funds!
As you read the story you realize that things that should have taken weeks, even months are happening in days: Jasmin is coming on to Gage gangbusters! I know they found each other attractive, but if I am worried that my hell spawn husband is just over the horizon I am not about to jump into anyone else's bed just yet.
Gage hates his father, we establish that quickly, but you are never sure why he is at the ranch then. He has no reason to take on his father's debt.
There are the secondary characters: Voodoo, Gage's friend from HS. and John her love interest from the same time (we won't talk about the nanny/cook/housekeeper as she is more like a tertiary character and truly you get the picture). These characters served no purpose, they didn't help the story move and sorting through Voodoo's accent was maddening. An accent that at one point we are told was thick when they first met, but lessened over time, only to be told again that it was still thick decades later. Those are the kinds of inconsistency an editor should have caught.
But again, the biggest drag for this novel was the pacing. It was not consistent. There were conversations, feelings and arguements that made no sense. Were pages in the book stuck together? Why did these happen so quickly? Maybe if one of the characters were facing imminent death it would make sense, as it did it ruined a good story.
I hope with time and more experience Ms. Chailyn will try again and find her voice and her audience.
I will be cheering her on all the way. In this instance I would suggest we all set up a trading ring for this book.