Loveland by Andrea Downing

When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society –and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life… Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control. Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?


  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Cactus Rose) (July 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612173233

My thoughts:

Lady Alex comes back after being gone for ten years.  She is trying to recover from a bad marriage and gain her independence back.  She is happy to see most of the old gang still at the job on the ranch.  Jessie wants to do what she loves best paint and be an artist.  Jesse has realized he is falling for the little girl that is all grown up.   He feels he is not good enough for Alex.  She comes form a high society family and he is just a ranch worker.

A lovely read to see two people from two different places come together and make things happen.  Alex was young when she left the ranch and comes back a nice looking young lady.  Watching Alex and Jessie is maddening at times and loving the next.

The author does a great job with the characters and descriptions though out the story.  Makes you want to fall in love with a real cowboy.  I would love to read more by this author.