26 May '14

A Nix Review – How to Rope a Real Man by Melissa Cutler (4 Stars)

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How to Rope a Real Man by Melissa Cutler
Series: Catcher Creek #3
Published by Kensington Books on 2014-04-29
Genres: Cowboys
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
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Against all odds, the Sorentino sisters saved their family's rundown New Mexico ranch, but the youngest has a dream that just may ruin their hard-earned peace―unless a certain sexy cowboy lawyer changes her mind . . .

Jenna Sorentino is as independent as they come. Despite her wild past, she's grown up enough to keep quiet about the identity of her baby's daddy, go to night college―and hide her plan to escape tiny Catcher Creek. She's also stopped dreaming of happily ever after―except in the case of gorgeous, rugged, Santa Fe native Matt Roenick. Too bad the oil rights attorney acts like he barely knows she's alive . . .

Matt knows only too well that Jenna's alive―in fact, she's driving him crazy with desire. But Matt's got his reasons for resisting her. and when her son's father shows up, those reasons multiply. Trouble is, Jenna's secrets are more complicated than he imagined, and forgetting her isn't as easy as he'd hoped. Matt knows life can be messy as hell. for Jenna, maybe it's time he got dirty . . .

FTC : I requested this book as I have loved all the instalments in this series. This final instalment did not disappoint. 

First off, let me apologise for the overuse of the word secret. I tried to limit it’s use but even the thesaurus couldn’t help me with this review.

This is a story of a secret baby, a woman with quite a few secrets and a man with one big medical secret … yes, this was the story of long-held secrets coming back to bite people in the ass. I enjoyed it immensely, especially Jenna’s character, but I struggled with Matt’s decisions due to his afore-mentioned secret. I am just SO glad that Melissa Cutler didn’t go for the easy fix with that one..  the drawn out angst that resulted from that particular plot made this one of the strongest tales in the series.

Jenna is my favourite part of this book. She is strong, independent but has a wonderfully big heart. She has brought up her son alone, keeping his Father’s identity to herself in the process, whilst trying to better her education and keep the family ranch going… she is wonder woman!! The only thing that she struggles with is her reaction to the lovely Matt, a family friend who seemingly doesn’t know she exists.

Of course, Matt does know she exists. He struggles with keeping her at a distance but that is what he feels that he must do. This is because he has a secret which makes him think that he must keep all women at arm’s length because, if he gets involved with any of them, he will be setting himself up for heartache and pain. I struggled with his secrecy regarding his condition. I understood that he had been burned in the past when he had come clean, but I felt that it wasn’t something he should keep secret. It had me very torn. It kinda influenced my opinion of him; I wanted so badly to like him but, even when he being all lovely and wonderful, I was pretty much mentally screaming at him to tell her.

Of course, a situation arises where they are thrown together and then the relationship that follows is more than either of them can predict. The problem is that the secrets are still between them and these secrets are a massive threat to their future together…. especially when a returning face in town threatens to bring them all to the surface.

This book is ANGSTY and full to the brim with twists and turns. I’m struggling writing this review because there are so many spoilers that I could reveal and I really don’t want to. The amount of secrets surrounding these two makes this book as compelling as it is. With each secret reveal, I was drawn deeper into their story, willing them to work it out but not sure if they could. Neither of their secrets were meant to hurt the other and, separately, they wouldn’t have, but the combination made for a situation neither of them could predict or wiggle out of. Jenna’s secrets should have had no impact on Matt but his secret meant that they did. It was very well interlinked…

There was more from the other sisters in this one but the more fascinating characters were that of Matt’s sister and Jenna’s future brother-in-law. I hope that this isn’t the last we see of either of them.

Overall, this is a fitting end to the series and, hopefully, the start of a spin-off. This is an angsty romance between two people who have been ravaged by love and life; I was hooked in from the start but their tale dragged me further and further in with each flip of the pages. I highly recommend it but I do think you need to start the series from the start.

four-stars

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