I thought the premise sounded good and once in a while I am in the mood for something short and to the point. And that is exactly what I got with this first in a series about three billionaire brothers who make the big bucks in their chosen professions with this being about the oldest Blackwell who is a successful rancher.
Ryder Blackwell can have anything he wants these days and is a far cry from his family’s humble beginnings, but other than his ranch, the one thing he wants isn’t all that easy in acquiring. Veterinarian Lara Montgomery has bewitched him and turned him inside out since the first day he met her when she ripped him a new one about a calf that got caught in the fence. Since then, he has asked her out several times and shown his interest, but she shoots him down or ignores him. But that is about to change because now he has something she wants.
Lara isn’t oblivious to the attractive rancher who can and has had every woman he wants according to the local gossip, but she refuses to be one of the many notches on his bedpost. She is starting over and trying to repair her family’s reputation and she won’t let it get tarnished by being seen with a player like Ryder Blackwell. Unfortunately, he outbid her at the auction for the pedigreed thoroughbred mare she has been saving for that will be the first step toward her dream of a reputable stable like her granddad had. He makes an unusual offer that she can’t refuse as she is determined that she will not let him get to her while she fulfills her side of the bargain to acquire the mare.
As I said, this was shorter one with not a lot of development, but just an unapologetic passionate weekend encounter that manages to break down the barriers toward a nice resolve. It provided an engaging plot with two people who had an ongoing attraction from before the beginning of the story. The hero’s ploy brought them close together so they could act on their mutual attraction though also learn that was a lot more to a person than their public reputations. I enjoyed all, but Lara’s quick to judge attitude and catty jealousy that made her seem mean until she paid attention to what she was seeing from Ryder himself. Ryder saw her as a breath of fresh air because she wasn’t interested in his money which is very true and he had no long lasting plans at first so she was right to sense that about him. In the end, they both got more than they bargained for as they scorched things up around the ranch.
This takes place around Christmas time and is put out there as a holiday read, but I didn’t see more than a nod toward a Christmas theme. I would suggest this would appeal to those who are looking for a fast, sassy and hot contemporary cowboy romance.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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