Series: Copper Ridge #3
Published by HQN Books on 2015-08-01
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys
Can the bad boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon, make good—and win the rodeo girl of his dreams?
Kate Garrett keeps life simple—working hard, riding her beloved horses, playing cards with her brothers. Lately, though, she feels a bit restless, especially when family friend Jack Monaghan is around. Sexy and shameless, Jack is the kind of trouble you don't tangle with unless you want your heart broken. Still, Kate could always use his help in learning how to lasso someone a little less high-risk…
Jack can't pinpoint the moment the Garrett brothers' little sister suddenly stopped seeming so…little. Now here he is, giving flirting tips to the one woman who needs zero help turning him on. Love's a game he's never wanted to play. But he'll have to hurry up and learn how before the best thing that ever entered his life rides right back out again…
FTC : I got this book from NetGalley for a honest review. It feels ridiculous that I have to keep saying that.
So, I requested this simply because I have loved the rest of the series. Do you have to read the rest? Probably not, but you will know some massive spoilers for the other two books by the end of it. I have liked the others so do recommend them all (click on the series title in the info next to the cover and it should lead you to my reviews).
This is a best-friends little sister romance trope (I’ve read a lot of these recently … I think I must be trying to fill a gap from my teenage years as I never had a brother!) and I think it’s the best of the series. The development of the relationship was brilliantly shown on page and I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. One thing I love about Maisey Yate’s work is that the characters are at the forefront of the story, the story of their romantic entanglement being almost the entirety of the plot. You cannot but help love the characters in such stories and I certainly loved Kate and Jack.
I can pin-point the exact moment that I knew I was going to love this story. It was set up nicely for me anyway (Jack is a no-strings-sleep-with-the-female-population-of-the-Town kinda guy and Kate is the novice at Romance that wants to experience more from life) but there was a point where I actually fist-pumped when reading this book… it was around the time when Jack agreed to teach Kate how to flirt with the opposite sex in the a My Fair Lady kinda deal that was bound to end up in romance. I just KNEW that signaled the moment that he was ready to see her as more than just his best friends brothers little sister and I was totally right; the romance developed from there. Of course, it was a secret romance ‘cos of her brothers and it was never going to last because of her brothers…. (stupid brothers!)
Kate was a complicated woman who was so afraid to rock the status quo that she literally tried to make time stand still. It was why she had no experience with the opposite sex, why she refused to go pro as a barrel racer and why she reacted so badly to her brothers romances in the previous books. I don’t think her book could have been any earlier in the series; she had to be buttered up to change before she was willing to see Jack as anything other than her brothers best-friend. The transformation in Kate was dramatic over the course of the book and it was lovely to see because she was so ready (but not willing) for love; when I found out the true reasoning between her reticence towards said changes, my heart broke. She needed Jack as much as he needed her but sometimes fear can cause people to do the stupid thing instead of the thing they actually want to do…
Jack was amazing. Seriously, are all big Brothers best-friends like this? I know he was a playboy but I never ever saw mention of another woman after he started to have feelings for Kate. He was so not ready for love, just the same as Kate, but his reasoning was so different. His constant disparagement of himself (that he was “bad blood” and that he was the man who wasn’t there the morning after) made my heart ache for him because the evidence just was not there to support it. He never, ever was anything but kind, supportive and generous towards everyone in the book. I adored him.
Now, here is something that is worth its own mention in this review; the chemistry between these two characters was amazing. Every moment is written so well that you can feel the tension on the page. From lingering looks to stolen skin contact, it was like I was there with them, feeling the tension building. I will also state that I think this is the sexiest book of the series because the sex scenes are freakin’ amazing … seriously, I need a fan and a cold shower just thinking about them for this review. If you need anymore incentive to read this book after those sentiments, it’s a possibility you are on the wrong site 😀
Overall, this is a fabulous addition to the series and one I’ve already read twice. I wanted these two together so badly I could taste it and that certainly drove the desire to finish forward into the early hours of the morning. If you like romance at all, you have a good chance of liking this one. Recommended.