Title: Rising Assets
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Maverick Montana #3
Main Characters: Melanie and Colton
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.
Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.
Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?
Yes, this is number 3, but this is the first book I've read in this series and I really liked it. It definitely works as a stand alone. I didn't feel like I missed out on anything by not having read the other two first. And it's a friends to lovers trope which hands-down is my favorite. This book is a great example why I love this trope so much.
Melanie always had two best friends all the way from elementary school...Hawk and Colton...and they are both finally coming back home. And that just happens to coincide when Melanie needs help, whether she truly realizes it or not. She needs her friends. For both Hawk and Melanie, they really don't have family, so they've been pretty much adopted by Colton's huge family. I loved that aspect of this story. And although the book really focuses on Colton and Melanie, I LOVED the glimpses of Hawk in it. I'm really hoping his book is next in the series because I will be reading it.
But back to Colton and Melanie. Melanie is pretty much alone in this world. She doesn't have any family left and she's struggling to run the family ranch by herself. (btw, I loved the bits in the story that featured the snippets of ranching in Montana.) Colton is appalled when he comes home to realize that not only is Melanie running her ranch alone, but she's working herself ragged by working TWO other jobs. Since Colton is rich, it's really not acceptable to him that she hasn't come to him for help if she needed money.
I like how suddenly it hits Colton that Melanie is a really attractive woman. Suddenly it occurs to him that she's going to fall in love with someone and get married and that does not make him happy at all. While the entire town has seen what's been brewing between him and Melanie for ages, he never saw it before.
There are so many scenes in this book that I loved, but definitely some of my favorites are between Colton and Hawk. The hospital escape scene definitely had me giggling. I also really love the bet that the whole town is in on. It's just a great book. I giggled and laughed through a lot of the time reading it. It was definitely a book that left me with a smile on my face and made me happy that I read it. Entertaining reading at its best. Now I'm ready for Hawk's story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.