Ava Buchanan dreams of a career on the rodeo circuit. Winning a spot on a one-of-a-kind team would be her ticket to the life she’s always wanted. Ava won’t let anyone stand in her way—not even a stubborn cowboy whose slow-molasses smile and red-hot swagger set her senses aflame . . . and whose talents as a trainer could make her a star. Rodeo might be a man’s game, but Ava knows the right woman’s touch can tame the wildest heart.
Trace Carter believes his mayor’s plan to raise the town’s profile has disaster written all over it, and he won’t allow the Hell’s Outlaws Training Center to be dragged into the fiasco. Yet watching Ava’s delectable body on horseback proves too much of a temptation, and his fantasies stray to her riding skills outside the arena. Soon Trace is fighting like hell to rein in his unbridled desire for the petite brunette before it becomes a passion hotter than the Texas sun.
This is a bit different to the more traditional romantic fiction in so much as that instead of a weak female, we have a former navy Seal who is an Alpha male, chauvinistic and weak willed were women are concerned and a feisty woman, wanting to do a traditionally man’s job. Instead of being a strong cowboy we get a melodramatic, whiney goat herder. The poor female protagonist did not know which way was up. In short these characters were focused on what they wanted and they were each as stubborn as the proverbial mule and I just wanted to knock some sense into them.
I really wanted to like the characters but they did not interest me in the least; the story was rather too flat for my tastes and whatever hotness was there was a huge let down.
There were so many minor characters that it was easy to lose track of who was who and what their intentions were. I think even the author lost track of what she was making her characters do or say as in a few places the novel was contradictory for example when Trace says that buck sliced him with a broken bottle and wold limp for a week and then later Trace tells Buck if he finds out who did it he would go after them.
There are just too many things happening which is a great foil to be explored in later books in the series. However, this reader found the whole thing very clichéd, disappointingly predictable and the verbal discourse between the characters was worth of a very poor soap opera. I found the couple’s sexual encounters a huge let down too. This was my first book by this author and sadly it will be my last.
Although this book wasn’t for me; if you like a light read for taking to the beach or to while away rainy or snowy days then this may be one for you.
Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.
I gave this a 2 star Netgalley rating, and an ‘I did not like it’ rating on Amazon.co.uk (2 stars) and Goodreads.com (1 star).