Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend

Title: Rocky Mountain Romance
Author: Vivian Arend
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Six Pack Ranch #7
Main Characters: Steve and Melody
Release Date: October 2014
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.

It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways, and now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.

A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.

But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another—wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve’s growing responsibilities.

He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.

Warning: Fifty percent less angst, twice as much filthy-talking, dirty-daring cowboy. Get ready for a whole lot of make-your-knees-weak wooing from a man intent on proving he’s got what it takes, and the woman ready to push him way past his limits.

My Review:
This may be #7 in the series, but it's the first book I've read from it. While that certainly works because the book is great as a stand-alone, I have to admit I think I've fallen in love with the Coleman clan and will probably go back and read some of the others because I enjoyed the characters and the glimpses into their stories were intriguing. 

But this book was about Melody and Steve. They broke up (i.e. Melody dumped him with a pitcher of beer over his head) ten months ago. Since then, Steve has come to the realization of what a jerk he was...not just with her, but in life. He's made a total life transformation in his life in the past 10 months and now that she's back he wants to show her that he deserves her this go around. 

Melody's aspect of the story was much less romance-centric. While she's a bit leery of Steve's plan and ability to go through with being a good guy, she's concentrating on her new life as a big animal vet. Something that some of the area ranchers are taking issue with. Normally I'm all about the romance aspect of the story line, but in this book, I was all about this side of her life and how it was all going to work out for her. She's a tough gal working in a male dominated world, but I loved her attitude about it all. It's frustrating at times, but she's so professional. The only people that truly see her lose her cool are Steve and her girlfriends...even though she's dealing with some truly horrid, bigoted jerks. She's awesome!

I did enjoy watching the romance develop too. And although it is very hot and heavy, I really liked the way that the author emphasized the other aspects of their relationship besides the sex that created intimacy between them. They are both dealing with a lot...a lot of work, a lost of stress, a lot of expectations...but at the end of the day they come together and support each other...sometimes with a meal, sometimes with a massage, and yes, sometimes with sex. But this book was about the WHOLE relationship, not just the smexy times and I loved that. THAT maturity is the difference between where Melody and Steve were a year ago vs. where they are in the book. It was fun to see the difference. 

Overall I enjoyed the book and definitely LOVED the veterinarian aspect as well as the romance. It was a good, entertaining, and smexy romance. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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