A Touch of Flame (The Cowboys of Colorado, #2) by Jo Goodman

A Touch of Flame (The Cowboys of Colorado, #2)

USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman returns to the gunslinging outlands of A Touch of Frost with a sizzling new romance where the new town doctor learns there's nothing she likes better than a run-in with the law.Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse is like no physician Ben Madison has ever met—she's a woman. As the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado, Ben is tasked with welcoming Ridley to the community. But while Ben might be tempted by the...

Details A Touch of Flame (The Cowboys of Colorado, #2)

TitleA Touch of Flame (The Cowboys of Colorado, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreWesterns, Historical, Romance, Historical Romance, Western Romance, Adult

Reviews A Touch of Flame (The Cowboys of Colorado, #2)

  • ♥Rachel♥
    The fact that E. Ridley Woodhouse, the young doctor that’s come to replace old Dr. Dunlop, is a woman stirs up some gossip, and the town is a little slow accepting a female can be a proper doctor. Fortunately, Dr. Dunlop enlisted the town’s sheriff, Ben Madison to help Ridley in the transition. He’s well respected, and knows everyone in town, even if he’s completely frustrating at times. Like relentlessly trying to find out what exactly t...
  • Mei
    I don't know how historically accurate this story is, but I loved it all the same! The love story was unexpectedly simple: there's no courting, no angst! What I found less believable was the fact that they had sex before actually haing fallen in love! It was a reaction to a powerful attraction! Very modern IMHO!Still the story is lovely and I loved their banter! They say the most surprising things to each other! Worth reading!
  • Mandi Schreiner
    I loved this book. It's not the fastest paced, or the sexiest but it completely worked for me. Our hero is Ben Madison, who is the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado. Taking place in 1898, Ben is the most easy-going, never-to-get-riled hero I've read. That doesn't mean he is stupid or doesn't care, he just likes to observe and play along real nice with the folks, to keep everyone peaceful and happy. He puts the bad guys in jail and tr...
  • Blackjack
    Despite a charming hero in Ben the Sheriff and a quirky town full of intriguing health issues with a skilled doctor ready to address them all, I found this book pretty slow and uninspiring. The romance, especially the early stages of it, lacked spark, and until Ridley and Ben suddenly decide to kiss half way through the book, I would have been hard pressed to label this book a romance at all. I think in this book Goodman's predilection for dialog...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    3.5 starsBen and Ridley’s relationship seemed doomed from the start. Both testing waters and pushing buttons made the chemistry spark from the moment she stepped off the train. Both being guarded about personal history they become quickly push differences aside to help a friend. Ben and Ridley relationship never started on the path that so many did in historical romances; they became lovers before they ever really courted. Ben and Ridley always...
  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    4/5; 4 stars; A-I really enjoy Jo Goodman's wry humour for her characters as well as the way she depicts life in a small town in the wild west. Ben was a character who showed up in the first book in the series and it was interesting to get to know him better. The doctor was a surprise to him and the town but she wormed her way into the fabric of their lives made a place for herself. The pacing of the book is like her other ones, no heart pounding...
  • Mel
    I was bored out of my mind! I had forgotten everything from the first book where Ben's mom Ellie was the villain, but when Phoebe and Remington showed up it all came back to me. And I thought this set of characters was a little incredulous. The book was just awful, I found the villain to be so cliche, it seems there is always a drunken wife beater in westerns and the end of that plot line was predictable and has been done a thousand times. I didn...
  • Keri
    Loved Ben and E. as a couple and there were a lot of funny moments, but a true reflection of how a women's right to speak out against a husband's abuse. Although this can be read as a stand alone, I would read Remington's story just so you can get the background of Ellie (Ben's mom).
  • Jaclyn
    Anyone that reads a particular genre is likely aware how similar novels can become; that familiarity is a big draw in genre fiction because the reader knows what to expect. I read A LOT of historical romances - they're fun, character-driven, and I love the historical setting. What I like about Jo Goodman's western historicals is that they often come across as something unique in a genre that is characterized by specific tropes. Those same tropes ...
  • Michele
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comA Touch of Flame had all of the rapid fire dialogue, lovable characters, and rich details that I’ve come to expect out of Jo Goodman’s wonderful writing. Set in the small community of Frost Falls, Colorado, I adored the unlikely romance between their new female physician and the town’s mischievous sheriff.Over the past few years, Jo Goodman has become one of my go-to authors for Western historical r...
  • Jae
    Not as good as JG's other books. Just meh.
  • Cassandra
    It’s been a very long time since I read a Western romance and Jo Goodman was a new author for me, but I’d heard good things and so...I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ben’s sly humor and Ridley’s slow realization of it really made this book. It’s right there from the very first scene and never lets up. The banter never feels forced or overdone but is perfectly appropriate to their characters and oh so dry.The competence displayed by both ...
  • Barb Lie
    A Touch of Flame by Jo Goodman is the 2nd book in her Cowboys of Colorado series. This is a western historical romance that I really enjoyed, especially with the couple being so likableDr. Ridley Woodhouse, our heroine, arrives in Frost Falls, Colorado to take over as the new doctor in town. When Ben Madison, our hero and the town Sheriff, meets Ridley at the train station, he is surprised that the new doctor is a woman. Ben is also very aware th...
  • Elizabeth
    Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews!4.5 StarsThe title of this book is the perfect description of Ridley and Ben’s romance. It isn’t a fast-paced, heat scorching tale, but rather one that shows how the strongest bonds of friendship can evolve in to a beautiful, heart-felt love.Like I said, this book is by no means fast-paced, but it draws you in from the get go and keeps you hooked until the very end. Ben, the town’s very ea...
  • Taco Tuesday
    **I received a free copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.**I read a lot of historical romance novels, but they are usually simple little stories (e.g., the cowboy and the mail-order bride he didn’t actually order are forced into marriage, and then end up falling in love in the last 100 pages. You know the type...). This book was not like that. It’s a much heftier, slow-moving story (clocking in at around 500 p...
  • Terri
    I'm not at all sure that I can put my finger on exactly what I found so appealing about this book, but it had to do with the senses of humor of the main characters. Ben, the sheriff, had a dry wit that really appealed to me. I'm sure that most people in his town wouldn't have caught on to half of what he was saying (or the manner in which he went about saying it?). The main female character, Ridley, was one of the exceptions. She is a doctor in a...
  • Aila
    3.5 stars rounded up because this is just too feels-goodOverview: I thought this Western historical romance was very sweet and heartwarming. It's a pretty long romantic progression for two pretty unique souls at a small town in the West. The story itself has a very slow pace, but it's overall very satisfying to read and fulfilling - especially as you meet many other beloved side characters. This is my first book by Goodman, but certainly not my l...
  • Lovey Dovey Books
    A Touch of Flame returns readers to Frost Falls, Colorado where newly elected sheriff Ben Madison is tasked with introducing the new doctor, E. Ridley Woodhouse. When the people of Frost Falls realize their familiar Doc recommended a woman for the job getting them to actually trust her becomes a challenge she hadn't anticipated.The story is kind of slow in the beginning as it focuses on Ridley trying to establish herself in town despite prejudice...
  • Linda Rea
    When Ben the newly elected sheriff was assigned to greeting the new doctor at the train station he was extremely surprised to be meeting a woman and what a peculiar woman she was. Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse was a very proper woman who assumed the man who helped her was just that. Ridley knew then that in this little town she was gonna have to prove herself as this was the 1800 and very few women were doctors. Ben didn’t have a problem with that it...
  • DC
    Received ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI have to admit, I was not expecting much going into the book. This is not my usual genre, and the blurb felt lacking, in terms of arousing interest. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how the characters drew me in, and kept me reading till the end. The witty banter between the two lead characters, and the recurrent joke about what the "E" in Dr. E. Ridley Woodhou...
  • Deb Diem
    A Touch Of Flame by Jo Goodman is a fantastic historical western romance. Ms. Goodman has delivered a well-written book and loaded it with phenomenal characters. I love the characters in this book, they give you a true small-town feel. Ridley moves to Frost Falls to take over her Godfather's medical practice. Ben is the town sheriff and Ridley's neighbor. Ben and Ridley's story is packed with drama, humor, spice and suspense. I especially enjoyed...
  • Pj Wright
    I never miss buying Jo Goldman's booksSomehow, I found this later than the publish date. I intend to buy No Goodman 's books when they are not off the press. I had put 3 of hers that were reprints of earlier work on my kindle. I just don't know how I missed it, unless I confused A Touch of Frost, thinking I had a!ready read it. Still I got my new book and I am satisfied a little later than normal. I love this author! She is my go to author for We...
  • Laurel
    This was a solid historical romance, in small town USA right before the turn of the 20th century. A lot of issues are addressed in this book, that would have been real. Some of it was creative license for the time period. However, I would recommend this read for anyone who enjoys strong female role models who are very much women, during a time period that women were property of their husbands & other social issues of the time.I did receive a free...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Jo Goodman writes dialog that has such a great flow. I loved how E. Ridley Woodhouse and Ben Madison play off of each other in dialog that brings a smile. Both are really interesting characters. E. Ridley is female and a doctor while Ben is the Sheriff. They keep interacting and building the tension in the story. I loved how the E. in Ridley's name is made such a fun part in the story. When the name is finally revealed it brings on more of that g...
  • Yackie
    I was hesitant to read this book and even thought about not reading it at all. Although I like Ms. Goodman's books and she's the first I think about when I'm in the mood for a historical western, I wasn't a fan of the first book in the series. I thought I'd waste my time with another book that was okay but not worth reading. Luckily I was completely wrong.I really enjoyed reading this book. Ben and Ridley were fun to read. I laughed (sometimes ou...
  • Kelly
    Jo Goodman’s A Touch of Flame is the second in a series, and tells the story of Ben, the sheriff in Frost Falls, and Ridley, the new doctor in town from the East Coast. This is definitely a romance, but also does a good job of creating a story about the community of Frost Falls that makes it a more complete and compelling read. The characters are likeable and believable, although it took me awhile longer to enjoy Ridley. The book does read a bi...
  • Yvonne
    I did like the book. I liked most of the good characters. I did wonder about the use of a female dr (Dr. Woodhouse) but I liked it. I was a little curious about the relations they had before marriage because it was set in the day and age where people were really concerned about their reputations. But it was a good story. I also really liked that it was a longer book. It gave me more time to read about the town and the people. I got this book to r...
  • Madeline
    I honestly thought this book was going to be ridiculous. And it was. The two-line summary basically tells you what's going to happen and that is exactly what happens. But something amazing happened--the story somehow drew me in and I stopped caring how over the top the plot was and just kind of enjoyed the read. Even though I knew the ending miles before it ended, I did not know what the E stood for and while that alone isn't enough to keep readi...
  • wRb
    Just at the start of reading this book, you'll already realize that this is a funny, adventurous, romantic, "women are strong & independent" story even for this genre. The "banter" between the characters even with the minor ones are just so funny you can't help but laugh out loud even when you're alone. LOVE IT!!! I'm just so happy I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway and that Penguin Random House picked my name through the random draw.
  • Neen
    Goodman is a favorite of mine, and this book didn’t disappoint. I love the banter between the characters. I liked both Ben and Ridley. The running joke about what the E stood for was great. I liked that the story had drama, but there was very little between Ben and Ridley. This is a series, and I recommend reading A Touch of Frost first.