Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kiss Me, Cowboy by Melissa McClone

Title:  Kiss Me, Cowboy
Series:  Montana Born Rodeo #3
Author:  Melissa McClone
Published:  September 7/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  134pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

She didn’t mean to kiss him…

When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he's still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart...but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.

He didn’t mean to kiss her back…

Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he's back in the States and doesn't want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he's attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she's looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he's not.

A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?

When Zack learns Charlie's thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?

My Review:

I am really loving the Montana Born Rodeo series. This story adds to the aura developed in the other novels, drawing you right into the heart of a rodeo weekend. McClone gives a sense of what rodeo and ranch life is like from the outside of the circuit, bringing a love of the outdoors to life. Her breathtaking descriptions allow you to ride through the pastures alongside the wranglers and to experience the thrill of watching a rodeo. She also tugs at your heart with the unforgettable romance between the main characters.

I found the characters that McClone presents to her readers to be quite endearing. The two main characters are attempting to muddle through broken hearts, neither admitting what they really want. The confusion and heartache that this causes them is actually comical at times. Combine this with the fact that they are attempting to hide everything from their friends and family and you have a pair that will knock your boots off.

As a whole this was a fast paced, quick read that gives you a healthy dose of romance with a pair of characters who couldn’t be more clueless. It was pricelessly endearing!

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