Review: Texas Bossa Nova by Cynthia D’Alba

bossaTitle: Texas Bossa Nova by Cynthia D’Alba
Texas Montgomery Mavericks Series Book Five
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: Novel
Book Rating: B+

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Author


He plans to take the wander right out of her wanderlust.

Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 5

Magda Hobbs’s job as ranch housekeeper—and its daily dose of cowboys—wreaked havoc on her libido. Especially one certain cowboy she couldn’t resist. Scared of going down the same path as her mother, Magda jumped on her motorcycle and hit the road.

Five months later, her father’s mild heart attack has forced her back to Whispering Springs. While she’s grateful for the cleaning job at one of the Montgomery ranch houses, she’s not so thrilled one of the cowboys she’s looking after is the one she fell for last spring.

Reno Montgomery’s parents hiring a housekeeper for him and his brother is a nice surprise, but he’s shocked to discover it’s Magda, the woman who up and left just when things were getting serious between them.

When a freak snowstorm cuts off the outside world, the isolation rekindles their desire. But when the weather and the roads clear, Reno has to work hard and fast to keep the woman of his dreams from accelerating right out of his life again.

Product Warnings: Contains a woman born with a bad case of wanderlust, and a cowboy determined to show her that life’s a dance that doesn’t have to two-step her out of his life.


Texas Bossa Nova is the fifth installment in Cynthia D’Alba’s charming Texas Montgomery Mavericks series. My personal favorite of the series so far, it is a sweet but sexy romance that old and new fans are going to love.

Magda Hobbs and Reno Montgomery had a secret, short-lived and smoking hot affair five months earlier that ended when Magda abruptly left town. She has moved from town to town in the intervening months while Reno, along with his twin brother Darren, have been working hard to get their ranch up and running. When Magda’s father suffers a heart attack, she rushes back to Whispering Springs and after learning his recuperation is going to take longer than she expected, she reluctantly accepts a job offer to work for Reno and Darren. Magda insists they keep their relationship business only and while Reno agrees, he finds it darn near impossible to keep his hands off his ex-lover. When a snowstorm leaves them stranded together at the ranch, they end up back in one another’s arms but will Reno and Magda’s romance survive once life returns to normal?

Magda’s life has been full of heartache and she is very self-protective. In and out of foster homes after her mother’s death, Magda learned the hard way that she could not count on anyone but herself. She spent time living on the streets until her father, Zeb, found her and brought her to live with him in Whispering Springs. Against her better judgment, she gave in to her desire for Reno, but once she began to have feelings for the sexy cowboy, Magda fled before he could break her heart.

In the months since Magda left town, Reno and Darren have been focused on getting the D&R Ranch established. Reno has also been trying to forget the feisty woman that he was beginning to fall for all those months ago. He is a little dismayed but happy she is back in his life and surprisingly, they get along well once she begins working for him and his brother. Reno is still wildly attracted to her, but Magda sticks to her plan to keep their relationship strictly professional.

The relationship between Magda and Reno is such a delight to watch unfold. They both do an excellent job ignoring their attraction and despite their wariness of one another, they fall back into a easy friendship. Darren’s presence makes it easy for them to maintain a safe distance from each other. However, once unfortunate circumstances take Darren out of the picture briefly, Magda and Reno find themselves unable to resist giving in to their simmering passion. But will Magda’s trust issues come between them again?

Texas Bossa Nova is a blissfully angst free romance between two very appealing characters. Cynthia D’Alba puts a unique spin on what could otherwise be a predictable storyline and the resulting story is quite satisfying. The conflict between Magda and Reno is realistic and it is easy to understand Magda’s fears. Reno takes full advantage of an opportunity to end the stalemate between them and this leads to a long overdue discussion of their issues.

Texas Bossa Nova is an absolutely marvelous addition to the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment (which I am hoping with be Darren’s story).


Filed under Contemporary, Rated B+, Review, Romance, Samhain Publishing Limited, Texas Bossa Nova, Texas Montgomery Mavericks

2 Responses to Review: Texas Bossa Nova by Cynthia D’Alba

  1. Cindy DeGraaff

    Thanks for the review, Kathy!

  2. Timitra

    Thanks Kathy for the review