BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: Cowboy Valentine by Mia Hopkins


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Forget chocolate and flowers. This homegrown honey is all the sweetness he craves.

Small-town life is nothing but a waiting room for eighteen-year-old honor student Corazón Gomez. Work and school leave little time for love, but with a full-ride Ivy League scholarship and a one-way ticket out of the boondocks, who needs it?

The answer appears on Valentine’s Day when her old cowboy crush ambles into the ice cream parlor where she works, inviting her to go on a late-night ride in his truck. For the first time she wavers between staying on the straight and narrow, and going off-road with the handsome heartbreaker.

After four years working on ranches all over the country, Caleb MacKinnon is back on the family farm helping out his mom and brothers while his father fights cancer. The one bright spot: smart, funny, and wickedly sexy Cora.

From the start, they both know this blazing-hot love affair can’t last. But when autumn comes and Cora has to leave for the East Coast, Caleb must find a solution to keep himself—and his heart—from falling apart.

Warning: Contains hard, cherry-poppin’ sex in a pickup truck and a cowboy charmer who talks dirty in two languages.

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Melanie’s 3 Star Review:

I took a chance on this, needing something new and hoping to find a new found love for cowboys and boondocks. Mia Hopkins Cowboy Valentine caught my eye with it’s Nicholas Sparks-esque cover and an alluring blurb. I can’t say that I’ve suddenly fallen in love with Cowboys but I will say that Caleb definitely had my heart galloping in many parts of this book. The rugged edge added that touch of extra hotness for me and the way in which he woos Cora tipped me over the edge.

This is a fast paced book and that took me on a weird tailspin. I thought that the transition between one month to the next could have been done in a more seamless manner to allow readers to adjust to the more mature stage of their relationship. I feel like they had just met and knocked boots for a one night stand, to a full blown love affair on the next page. I had to turn back to see if there was any mention of the time lapse. It throws off my mojo when transitions are lacking in a book.

The “hottie tottie” scenes between Caleb and Corazon were quite steamy and just when I found myself beginning to climb, a medical terminology to describe a body part would suddenly pop out of the page– labia.. perineum… Hrm… Yeah.. Those words??? Yep, they’re like ice cold water. As you can imagine, this bothered the daylights out of me. LOL. If you’re promised a dirty talking cowboy, then yee-haw you bet I’m going to expect a hell of a ride but instead I was caught in some sexual purgatory.

What I enjoyed most about this book was how Caleb wins Cora over. He was just so sweet; for someone who is quite confident with himself, he was always so hesitant and dare I say… Shy around Cora. I think her brains definitely intimidated him and he thought he couldn’t be the man that she needed in her life. But alas, love trumps his insecurities and he puts his heart out there in a way that had me smiling and sighing.

Cowboy Valentine was a nice, fast read. An insta-lust-love between two attractive people who pour themselves unto one another. This book is perfect over a glass or two of red wine on a Saturday night with hopes of a dreamland ending with a cowboy and his Stetson hat.

PS. I absolutely love her shout out to the “good girls” on her dedication page. *fist bump*


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About the Author:

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Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.

When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good “teacher voice” and “teacher stare.”

She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.

For more stories, freebies and fun stuff, please visit her website at


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