I received this book for free from Pocket in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan
Also in this series: Lost Rider, Kiss My Boots
Series: Coming Home #3
Published by Pocket Books on December 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Small Town, American West
New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with the third in her sultry, Western-set Coming Home series, in which the eldest Davis sibling Clay may have finally met his match—but will he be able to give up the solitary, quiet life he’s built in the name of love?
As the eldest of the Davis clan, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. Along with taking his job as head of the family business seriously, he is also determined to keep his brother and sister in line. Clay is known for being serious, silent, and stoic—completely in control of his life. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to the last relationship he was in, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.
What he hadn’t counted on was Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—the town next door, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping from an abusive relationship, she’s finally living for herself and no one else. The last thing the quirky, shy bookstore owner expected was a steamy one-night stand with Clay Davis.
When Caroline and Clay meet, the connection is instant, both falling into one heated night of passion before parting ways—both driven by their own reasons to deny what they clearly wish didn’t have to end. It isn’t until Caroline falls on hard times and Clay comes back into the picture that they realize just how impossible it will be to stay away from each other.
Will Clay be able to give up his rootless existence in favor of finally settling down? And, more important, will Caroline want him to?
Coming Home gets it ending in a spectacular and emotionally driven that evokes a whirlwind of a tale to satisfy!!
Cowboy Up is a story I have been looking forward to so very much, and I was kinda sad that this was the conclusion but also very exciting to be able to read Clay’s story since I have been wanting his from the very beginning. I will say that Cowboy Up might just be my favorite of the trilogy, there was so much raw emotion that is introduced that I didn’t quite see as much in books one and two. And hardly any drama except for external circumstances, when it comes to their relationship, its so sweet and sexy and Harper Sloan takes us on a romantic ride you won’t forget and is a must for any romance reader.
Cowboy Up begins with our heroine going out dancing and wanted just a one night’s stand. She is just looking for a diversion from her crazy life and she doesn’t expect to find her forever. Her best friend Luke introduces her to a cowboy who just wants to be a little “bad” with her. They share a crazy night of sex and passion and for both Clayton and Caroline, its one of the best nights of their lives and they don’t even truly know each other. Two months have passed, and Caroline is currently homeless having had her bookstore being set on fire. While attending a baby shower for (our heroine from books one and two) she sees the man that she can’t stop thinking about and the one man she thought she would never see again….Clayton Davis. Both Clayton and Caroline haven’t had the best luck in the relationship department but the minute they find each other again, they want to take the risk that what they feel for each other is very real and worth taking a chance on.
Cowboy Up is a wild ride of emotion and passion and a story I honestly couldn’t get enough. I really just became so addicted to this book and didn’t want to put it down. This book is so wonderful in many ways. One is the actual romance that builds between Caroline and Clayton. At first, it starts out as just a casual fling. They both have some damage and mistrust done to them in the past so we see them just wanted one night to forget and enjoy the moment. Clayton hasn’t had a serious relationship for over four years. He was betrayed and hurt the most but also he doesn’t know if he could ever have children and most women couldn’t be with him because of that. Our heroine, Caroline, has suffered both emotional and physical abuse in her life. So she does have some trust issues and she does have to deal with certain internal issues, which is understandable when you see the abusive relationship she left and moved on from. Even from the beginning, Clayton is so great with Caroline and the effects of her past abuse. He doesn’t shy away from the serious problems that they face. I found their relationship to be refreshing because we see that once they see each other again, they want a relationship and to see where it takes them. There is some conflicts involved but its more outside of them, its not in the actual inner workings of their relationship and that was like a breath of fresh air. Being able to see a couple want to be together from the beginning and not let drama or a ton of crazy miscommunication get in the way of how they feel about each other.
For the first time in my life, I don’t care what anyone else thinks–I’m just happy this man makes me feel safe, shows me how to be bad, and breathes new life back into me with every small step of us exploring. If this is how strong we are after such a short time, I can hardly wait to see what comes next.
We also get some fun times with the siblings, and man it made me remember why I love this family so much. They just get each other so well and the humor is fantastic, I was laughing so hard in this one, seeing how much they tease and play with one another. Boy the pregnancy hormones moments were brilliant. I mean really, the way that these two sisters in laws just get their men so worried is very comical and very real. These big tough cowboys weakened by their wives being pregnant was so delightful at times.
The ending was done so very well and I was highly impressed in seeing how this author handled it. I didn’t want it to end but the ways that Harper Sloan wrote the ending was perfect and I couldn’t have imagined it better.
“You make me need everything’ I never wanted. “
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