Author: Victoria Vane
Book: Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy (How Cowboy Nights #3)
tl;dr recommendation: I’m an animal lover usually, but I’m a goner for devil dogs 😉
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT, COWBOY…
A Weary warrior… After eight years as a Marine sniper, war-scarred Reid Everett is back in his native Wyoming. He knows and loves this rugged land, so working for wildlife services to reduce the booming wolf population suits him to a T.
A Caring crusader… Wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is desperate to make a difference. Leaving the world of academia behind, she accepts a position as a wolf advocate to protect the animals she loves.
Raw attraction… Their jobs set them on a collision course, but chemistry sparks like wildfire between Reid and Haley. They’ll have to brave some rough territory if they hope to reconcile their polarizing views with a passion that won’t be denied.
Reid is my kind of cowboy. Sweet, loyal, affectionate and sexy as hell. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also a Marine. I’m a sucker for those devil dogs. Reid’s not looking for any type of a fling. He’s about to go on deployment, sure, but he’s not a one-and-done kind of Marine. Haley’s not a fling kind of girl herself, and she couldn’t be more opposite in her political views from Reid if she tried. She also has a bias against Marines, being as how her dad was one and he sort of left his mom when her mom was pregnant with her. That’s a hard act to follow, but Reid is up for the challenge.
There’s an instant connection from the moment they meet. Reid doesn’t want to deny it, but Haley is one stubborn woman. You wouldn’t know that she’s never ridden a real horse with how many times she sits up high on her figurative one. Even though they rarely see each other, circumstances keep throwing the two of them together. It’s the same – every time. The connection deepens, every time. But will their differences slam them together or split them apart?
I loved Reid so much that I was ready to kick Haley in the face whenever she did something stupid. I am the defender of Reid! Which is sort of dumb, since he can most definitely handle himself. But, whatever. Haley’s reticence was clearly a product of her circumstances and what she THOUGHT she wanted out of life. I really enjoyed the banter, the intensity and the drama that surrounded these two. The little emails and texts made me smile and Reid’s no-bullshit attitude was a breath of fresh air.
Victoria Vane knows how to craft a romance that engages, entices and makes you warm in all the right places. It’s a good one.
[I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]