Friday, December 22, 2017

Pat's Review: Cowboy Up

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan
Publisher: Pocket Books (December 19, 2017)
Series: Coming Home, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance


New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with the third in her sultry, Western-set Coming Home series, in which the eldest Davis sibling Clay may have finally met his match—but will he be able to give up the solitary, quiet life he’s built in the name of love?

As the eldest of the Davis clan, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. Along with taking his job as head of the family business seriously, he is also determined to keep his brother and sister in line. Clay is known for being serious, silent, and stoic—completely in control of his life. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to the last relationship he was in, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

What he hadn’t counted on was Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—the town next door, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping from an abusive relationship, she’s finally living for herself and no one else. The last thing the quirky, shy bookstore owner expected was a steamy one-night stand with Clay Davis.

When Caroline and Clay meet, the connection is instant, both falling into one heated night of passion before parting ways—both driven by their own reasons to deny what they clearly wish didn’t have to end. It isn’t until Caroline falls on hard times and Clay comes back into the picture that they realize just how impossible it will be to stay away from each other.

Will Clay be able to give up his rootless existence in favor of finally settling down? And, more important, will Caroline want him to?



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Pat's Review:



This third book in the Coming Home Series is a mix of romance (SEXY romance) and the importance of family and friends, with a spark of suspense.



Caroline Michaels describes herself as an “introvert book nerd who can handle fictional people a lot better than I can deal with real ones.” I immediately knew I was going to like this character. Caroline is recovering from an abusive marriage. She headed back to her hometown and opened, a bookstore called The Sequel, a dream come true for her. Suddenly after almost five years, she is getting mysterious calls from her ex, and it's keeping her on edge. Her best friends Luke and Lucy Hazel (twins) own a bar, where Caroline meets a tall, dark and gorgeous cowboy. She’s never had a one night stand, and this one is going into the record books.



Clayton Davis is that tall, dark cowboy. He owns a ranch, and most of the time he can push away his loneliness. Both his brothers have found love and happiness, which compounds his feelings of being alone. He was betrayed in the worst way in his last relationship, and decided he just wasn’t cut out for love. Until he meets the mysterious beauty from a night he can’t forget. Then, in a truly romantic fashion, he rode in on his trusty steed and whisked Caroline away from a nasty confrontation. Maybe it was time to give this “relationship” a chance. But there’s trouble. Clayton’s ex starts appearing, claiming they’re back together, and Caroline’s dream of a book store goes up in flames, suspected to be arson.



This can be read as a standalone, but the first two books are so enjoyable I wouldn’t skip them. I'm hoping there are more Coming Home books in the future.



5 STARS! 


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 

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