Brash by Laura Wright #Review

Posted March 2, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 11 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Brash by Laura Wright #Review

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Series: #3 Cavanaugh Brothers
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Western Romance
Published by Signet
Released on March 3, 2015
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Things have been set in motion and the Cavanaugh Brothers are that much closer to discovering the identity of their little sister’s killer. Is the truth locked up in former Sheriff Hunter’s deteriorating memories or the memories of the violent man who attacked Sheridan and sits in prison? Cole doesn’t know the answer to this, but he’s beginning to have second thoughts. They have waited for so long and he fears that knowing the truth will do nothing for the swirl of guilt, disgust and feelings that churn inside him and fuel the anger that helps him win his fights in the cage. His older brothers have let love weaken them and that’s something he’ll never do and then there is the wild card half-brother that Cole isn’t sure how he feels about. If that wasn’t enough, a sudden call from Grace Hunter, the fiery woman who got a restraining order against him because he took strong action to get answers out of her father calls offering to help him get the answers he needs. Does he trust her motives? Nope, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play her game.

Grace’s conviction is shattered when her father, in one of his semi-lucid moments, talks of hidden knowledge about Cassie Cavanaugh’s death. She loves her dad and wants to protect him. She doesn’t want him spending his final years in prison especially because he’s innocent- or at least she wants to believe this. But she also understands the pain and need for the truth that drives the Cavanaughs. She can help them discover the truth up to the point where it might lead to her dad and then she’ll have a big decision to make. That means she needs to partner with the disconcerting Cole Cavanaugh. He makes her bristle and not just with anger. The man and his arrogant, confident ways gets under her skin. He’s honest about his avoidance of relationships and limited time in River Black so it would be foolhardy to fall for such a man. She wants someone steady and rooted not a bad boy. The simmering Cole, his intensity and his bigger than life personality make every other option seem dull by comparison. So Grace gets the shock of her life to discover that she, a small town vet with average looks, is the one to capture the fiery MMA fighter’s attention and force him to really wish he had it in him to be in a relationship.

I find myself more locked in and in love with this series the further I progress. James’ book was great, but the smoldering and bold Cole is sizzling. This book went fast for me and yet it engaged me and left me satisfied. I loved the sultry heat that Cole brings to a scene and Grace’s sweet, but sassy flavor really got under Cole’s skin. He was so cute with that basset hound that just adored him even though he tried to pretend that he didn’t want her. The long-standing mystery of Cassie’s death advances so that startling answers are revealed by the end of this one. There were also frequent scenes that involved the whole family including the elusive Blue Perez. The end set things up nicely to flow into Blue’s book. I can’t wait.

All in all, I’m riding high on this series and love this family of brothers and their romances. Lovers of sizzling contemporary western romance with a strong dose of suspense should really take a good look at these.

My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carmel @ Rabid Reads
7 years ago

I’m not yet familiar with the Cavanaugh Brothers, but after drooling over that cover, and reading your review, I do believe that I already have a favourite. Hehe! Then again, I’m open to letting the first two books sway me. 😀

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Haha! Yes, each cover is droolworthy. I was meh on the first book, but got on board with the story when I hit the second book.

Mary Kirkland
7 years ago

I haven’t read any of the books in this series but this was a great review.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks, Mary! I think their a nice blend of contemporary western/small town/suspense—so a fun read.

Braine TS
7 years ago

Sultry and sassy! That dude is yummilicious! Too bad I don’t read Western, can’t get into those darn things!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

These are on the lighter end of the Western spectrum with the focus on the family drama of dad’s shameful secrets and solving little sister’s murder, but they are set in ranch country. Definitely gorgeous covers!

Lover Of Romance
7 years ago

Great review. I have been meaning to try this series out…I love the family connections and you know me and those sexy cowboys!! Just can’t resist.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Haha! These guys are on the irresistible side, Renee! I had a little trouble getting into the first story, but after that it was easy. I was absorbed.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I’ve totally fallen for the series too and it really is addictive! It’s going to hurt having to wait for Blue’s book. lol

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Yes, hurt is a good word to describe it after getting that last scene. Ugh! No patience here…

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I read this one some time ago, and loved it, too! I didn’t read the previous books, but it’s always been my plan to go back and read them, too. I read Blue’s book, after this one, but I wasn’t real thrilled with Blue. Hope you like it better than I did. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂