#Review: Slow Hand by Victoria Vane

Posted December 3, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 13 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.

#Review: Slow Hand by Victoria Vane
Slow Hand

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Series: #1 Hot Cowboy Nights
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 4, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A sultry contemporary western set against the backdrop of Montana ranching country between a cowboy turned lawyer and a woman too afraid to break out of her routine life. This was the author’s first venture into contemporary storytelling and I was very taken with the authentic feel of the characters and their circumstances particularly the setting.

The story opens with Nicole Powell traveling to Montana to bury the father she never really knew and would never get a chance now. She endures the traveler’s nightmare of missed flight and then lost wallet and ID, but a stranger- a cocky cowboy to be exact- comes to the rescue. Nikki has a habit of falling for a guy in a cowboy hat, tight jeans, sharp boots and a sexy grin, but no more. She’s learned her lesson. As grateful as she is for Wade’s help, she’s not falling for his act. Men are all the same. She wryly admits that her attempts at self-possession around the sexy man who is blatantly interested in her is such an act, but its all she’s got. The more for real she senses him to be; the more panicked she becomes about her feelings. Her business in Montana can’t conclude fast enough.

Wade Knowlton, lawyer and part-time rancher with his parents and bitter brother on the Flying K, can’t believe that his damsel in distress is one and the same with his new client. Nikki grabs his attention right away and for the first time ever being with a woman feels right. He’s made some mistakes in the past and he certainly doesn’t have time for a distraction, but he doesn’t want to let go of what he senses could be a really good thing. Too bad Nikki doesn’t seem to feel the same and is determined to lump him in with all the guys who hurt her in the past so that she constantly pushes him away and plans to run all the way back to Georgia as soon as she can.

Well, for the most part, I had a good time. I loved many things about the story particularly the ranching backdrop, the fun, flirty feel at times to Wade and Nikki’s romance, and even the dilemmas that both faced were good. I was very intrigued by the dynamics of Wade’s relationship with his brother and hope that gets pursued at some point in the series. I enjoyed so many little moments and scenes. These two were not shy in the bedroom or even the shower for that matter and I had to chuckle that they made it almost a competition about teasing each other into a high state of arousal.

My trouble was that the relationship was off to the races. It was just too much for me knowing that they are both dealing with some pretty stressful circumstances in the present and they’ve both been burned in the past. The speed of their relationship just didn’t feel right for me. I just wished the time frame could have been stretched out to make the deeper feelings more credible to me. I was all on board with them getting together and really wanted her to trust in Wade especially when she was lying to herself and fighting her own feelings as well as his, but yet I couldn’t get upset that she needed more than a week to make a serious commitment to a guy.

But, all that being said, I think this is a good start to a new cowboy romance series and I look forward to where it’s going next. Those who don’t mind a fast-brewing scorching hot romance set in ranch country should definitely pick this one up.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
Contact info:
Email: victoria.vane@hotmail.com Website: www.victoriavane.com
Blog: www.embracingromance.com Facebook: http://on.fb.me/YVeXrf
Twitter: @authorvictoriav Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1vONQZh
Amazon: http://amzn.to/10QMKT5 Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1sccsM4
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Praise for SLOW HAND
“Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Slow Hand by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page-turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life…”
—Unwrapping Romance

“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy…Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.”
—RT Book Reviews

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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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Red Iza
6 years ago

1 week ? Yes, that’s a bit quick to overcome one’s reluctance, I agree. Yet the rest looks good ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

It was a lovely delicious story and the heroine had her hang-ups, but yeah, couldn’t blame her when the time line for most of the story takes place in a week.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Oh and FYI guys! There is a little follow up Christmas chapter to this book that she put up at Smashwords and Nook for free. It’s called Slowly Unwrapped. Amazon still hasn’t dropped it to free yet.

Braine TS
6 years ago

I know what you mean re: speed. I get that maybe they’ve grown wiser and knwo what they want but if it’s too fast then it can feel desperate or even a rebound so you question their HEA. At least the ranch life entertained you

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

Yep, that was exactly it. I stayed with it, but I didn’t really believe the romance.

Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

I got to about the 35-40% on this one and couldn’t get into and decided to stop. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Lately, I have set aside a few books that I just couldn’t get into or they flat out irritated me for one reason or another. I’m learning to put them down and move on. Was it the romance that got to you, Jennifer?

Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It wasn’t the romance. I just didn’t care what happened. LOL

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Ah…yeah, being ‘meh’ about a book will do it.

6 years ago

This sounds good, I now have I want a lover with slow hand in my head now …LOL I do love cowboy romances

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

LOL! That song was running through my mind too, Kimba!

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

I loved your thoughts on this one. I love those sexy cowboys, and the sound of this book is something I think I would really like. And I have yet to read this author so now might be a good time to try her out.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

It goes fast and yeah, Wade is one sexy cowboy. 😉

I still haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’m leaning toward some of her historical being better to me. I loved what she did with the retelling of The Sheik and Breach of Promise was pretty good. Her Devil DeVeres are a good romp. But, her sweeping descriptions of the small Montana community and Wade were pretty good in this one. I’m actually more eager for his brother’s story in the next book.