If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

IF THE BOOT FITS

by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Series: Cowboys of California #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Publication Date: October 27th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I'm really enjoying my venture into Rebekah Weatherspoon's books. This is only my second read from her, but I'm a fan, and in the new year, I hope to read her backlist. I think it says a lot about an author's stories and writing style when they are able to get you to like a trope that you're not a fan of. In this case, Rebekah Weatherspoon has clearly worked her magic on the cowboy trope because after reading A Cowboy to Remember, I couldn't wait to read If The Boot Fits. I'm thrilled that this was equally a success for me.

Each of the books in this series is a modern inspiration of a fairytale. If the Book Fits is inspired by Cinderella, not necessarily my favorite, but it's executed with a fresh take that makes reading this book an enjoyable experience. The protagonist, and our Cinderella, here is Amanda, who works as a Hollywood assistant to a bratty celebrity who doubled as the evil step-sister. As a Black woman in the Hollywood industry, Amanda has had a hard time and has had to settle working as an assistant for this abusive diva of a young woman. Her talents went wholely underappreciated and she had to work like a dog in order to please her boss. She wasn't weak by any means though. It's clear that she had aspirations and just needed that perfect opportunity to fall into her lap. I also really appreciated how Amanda was a plus-sized woman whose life hadn't been interrupted in any way because of her body. Yes, she is 100% aware that she doesn't have the "typical" Hollywood look, but that hasn't dampened any of her goals. It's always refreshing to see a fat heroine who is comfortable in her own skin and knows how to make herself feel sexy. Her Cinderella moment emerges when she gets to spend a passionate night with Oscar winner, Sam at a Hollywood after-party. The two share a good time and the next morning, Amanda sneaks out, accidentally taking Sam's award with her. Obviously, Sam can't stop thinking about the woman who rocked his world.

Their paths cross again when Amanda attends her friend's wedding at Sam's family's ranch. Out from the public eye and the pressure from Amanda's boss, they are able to intimately get to know each other and connect on an emotional level. We met Sam, the youngest Pleasant brother, in the first book and I liked him a lot there. That luckily didn't change here. Sam was charming, insightful, and very passionate. He's going through his own challenges in this book, particularly when it came to the future of his career and his worries about being typecast into similar roles, now that he has won his first Academy Award. He doesn't quite know how to resolve his issues. Amanda provides that push for him that he needs and it's wonderful to watch them grow with encouragement from each other. Sam is a sweetheart and is written just how I like my romance novel heroes.

Amanda and Sam's romance in If the Boot Fits is also all-around lovely. The two share a great rapport with each other and their chemistry comes through from the very first scene they shared. I enjoyed all their conversations and happily shipped the two as a couple. I also appreciated that the romance itself was low on the drama-front. Rebekah Weatherspoon took her time developing their burgeoning relationship in a way that was subtle, but realistic. Sam's family's ranch provides the perfect backdrop to allow their relationship to flourish. Not to mention, the Pleasants themselves are such a pleasant addition to this series - pun totally intended. I loved their interactions, the familiarity between them, and the way they welcomed Amanda with open arms. I was obsessed with Jesse, the grumpy eldest Pleasant brother in the first book, and folks, my infatuation with the man has only grown 10-folds after reading If the Boot Fits. Lucky for me, his book is next! 

The Cowboys of California series is a terrific contemporary romance series that's been a wonderful introduction to Rebekah Weatherspoon's writing for me. If the Boot Fits was a great addition and I eagerly look forward to reading my husband, Jesse's book.

CW: work-place emotional and verbal abuse

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