Author: Harper Slaon
Publication Date: 18 July 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Coming Home, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 4.5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?
Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.
The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….
I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I adored the first in the series, Lost Rider. It was the book that brought me out of a huge contemporary romance book funk, heck I wasn't even in a contemporary romance genre funk truth be told it was all books. I had lost my love for reading them and Lost Rider gave me back that joy, so you can well imagine how anxious I had been for Kiss My Boots and I can say I was not disappointed. Did Kiss My Boots make me lose my mind like Lost Rider did, not quite and I will tell you why in a little bit, but it is still going to end up being one of my favorite reads this year.
What happens to the girl who has hardened her heart after years of having it broken when the first boy to break it returns to town? Quinn Davis is a powerful heroine and yet she is also one of the most broken and fragile heroines I have seen in a while. She has spent years trying to just get through each day with a heart that no longer knows how to function. Her mother abandoned her family, her father was a terrible man, a beloved brother runs from home to save himself, and the one boy who could give her hope up and leaves her with out an explanation or a glance back. So how does the girl who is now a bad ass, spirited, quirky, sessy, (sexy and sassy together, no...yea, didn't work for me either, ha) and broken woman survive the return of her one true love?
Tate Montgomery left everything good, left his heart in Pine Oak, Texas. He left not because he wanted to but because he had no choice. It was either his heart or her 'safety' and as always Quinn Davis won. She may never understand why he did what he did, she may never be able to forgive him for it either but with the threat gone he no longer has reason left to stay away.
I knew going in that this would be an explosive relationship, how could it not be with a woman as independent and set in her ways as Quinn. It's easy to see why Tate Montgomery so easily fell in love with her and why years later he can't stay away, why he knows he has to come and try to win her heart back. Tate and Quinn are going to have you falling head over heels in love with them both as a couple and individually. I loved that this is ultimately a story about fighting for those you love. Did Tate go about that in the best way, nah...but what's a boy to do when he is placed in the awful position Tate found himself in. No, I'm not going to spoil it and tell you what that position is because I don't want to spoil the story, but it was harsh. The anger that Quinn felt, the betrayal was absolutely believable and I loved that she didn't give in to Tate right away. That she fought him, knowing if she opened up her heart to him again he could completely destroy her. She gave him hell and he deserved every lick of it and thankfully he took it respectfully and gracefully. When these two finally decide to try again, swoon, it is everything. Harper Sloan knows how to open up our hearts to her characters, she knows how to give us every ounce of passion, rage, lust, sadness, anger...she will give you all the feels.
Now, why didn't I give it a full on 5 stars after talking about how much I loved it? Well for me it was because the story felt very similar in its basics as the Lost Rider. It is a story about a boy who left a broken girl behind for unknown reasons and then returns years later trying/needing to make amends and win her back. Does that make me unsatisfied with either Lost Rider or Kiss My Boots, heck no. I still would tell everyone that wants an amazing romance and heartfelt story to pick these books up. I just wanted a little something different, ultimately it didn't take anything away from the beauty or feeling behind Kiss My Boots so take that little bit of 'frustration' on my part with a grain of salt.
If you are looking for a heart melting romance and a reason to go out and grab yourself a pair of Wranglers, Ropers and a fabulous Stetson then look no further. This series will go out as one of my all-time favorites and I think that you will fall as deeply in love with these characters as I did. Clay's story is on its way and it is going to be one heck of a doozy I think, so let's Cowboy Up readers, we are in for quite the ride!
~ HAPPY READING ~
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.