My debut book Cowboy Valentine is about a high school honor student and the wild, sexy summer she spends with her cowboy crush before leaving for college. Here’s some of the music that inspired Caleb and Cora’s story.
1. Jason Aldean’s “Take a Little Ride”
Cowboy Valentine started with a single image—a midnight ride with a handsome cowboy. I can just imagine Caleb saying to Cora, “I wanna take a little ride with you.”
2. Deanna Carter’s “Strawberry Wine”
Cora has all the fears and optimism of a young woman falling in love for the first time. She has to leave in a few months, so just like this song says, “My biggest fear was September.”
3. Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues”
When Caleb drives his dad's old truck, Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues" plays on the busted radio. Merle Haggard was born the Central Valley, California’s rural heartland where Cowboy Valentine is set.
4. Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York”
When Caleb visits New York for the first time, I imagine a young guy in a cowboy hat wandering around Times Square, so in awe of the city that he doesn't realize everyone is staring at him.
5. Eric Church’s “Like a Wrecking Ball”
This is the sexiest country song I’ve ever heard! (Have you heard it yet? Click the link! So. Hot.) Cora and Caleb are sweet on each other, but they also have a seriously physical relationship. Get ready—just like the song says, “I wanna rock some sheet rock / Knock some pictures off the wall / Love you, baby, like a wrecking ball.”
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.
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.