Author: Harper Sloan
Publication Date: 19 December, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: The Coming Home Series, book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.
As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life. Most of the time. What he hadn't counted on was the cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She's the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn't lived an easy life, but after escaping a verbally abusive ex, she's finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis she can’t stop thinking about. So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…. Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?
I am so happy that this book came about. I have to admit after falling hard for Lost Rider and then feeling a little disappointed in Kiss My Boots I was really worried about how Cowboy Up would go for me. I can't say it was the same for me as Lost Rider but Cowboy up was a total five star read for me and hear are just a few reasons why:
1. I read this entire book in an afternoon.
2. Clay, uhm...swoon
4. Caroline, such a sweet heart!
5. Luke and Lucy.
2. Clay, uhm...swoon
4. Caroline, such a sweet heart!
5. Luke and Lucy.
So yea, this was totally a couldn't put it down book for me. I sat down on a quiet day in teh late morning and had finished the book by mid-afternoon, I could not walk away from it. I loved the suspense aspect, I swooned over the relationship between the two main characters, and I adored the brother and sister bond between the Davis family. I'd say that Clay is every cowgirls dream but that would be a lie, Clay is EVERY girl's (and a few guys, I am sure) dream. He is dedicated to his family, he is compassionate, he is hard working, he is driven, he is passionate with a capital P...basically Clay Davis is smoking hot in all ways!
The romance is Cowboy Up is beyond swoon-worthy and I loved the mature aspect to it. Are there some anxiety inducing issues, sure, but in general it was wonderful having a couple old enough to be past playing games with each other, to put it all out there on the table. Clay Davis is a good guy, a really good guy, but he's got bad boy streak to him and it comes out in the best place of all...the bedroom. *fans face*
Caroline, man she is such a sweetheart and for a woman who has gone through what she did it is amazing but completely believable that she kept that sweetness around her. She is an amazingly strong character, coming back from a terrible situation and making the life she wanted for her self on her own. I loved her sweetness, he determination, her drive...she was truly the perfect compliment to Clay. I loved the the could tuck that sweetness away and be a 'dragon' when she needed to. She got 'run over' in life once and no one will do that to her again, if she doesn't make you proud while you read this book then we need an intervention!
Let's talk#5 Luke and Lucy....Harper Sloan, I need these two to have their own books. I need a spin off and these two need to be the Heroes! I want more of this world and I feel like you gave me a little taste of what more would be like so I am begging you to not let it end here. I think Luke and Lucy could take this little world and stand it on it's head and be just the most fun books to read. These two are secondary characters that really shine and deserve to be the main character in their own book. Okay Harper, I'll stop...harping (like you'e never heard that one before right *rolls eyes at myself*) on it and let you get to work, writing books for Luke and Lucy. *grins*
And finally #6....MAVERICK. Really do I need to say much more? It was so wonderful to see him again, to see how he has continued to evolve, to see how his relationships have grown, to see the man he has become that he was always meant to be. He will always be my first love in this book series so getting as much of him as we did in this book made my heart soar!
If you love contemporary romances that are truly heartfelt and full of beautiful relationships do not hesitate to pick up this series. Can you read this as a standalone, I'dsay Cowboy Up less so than Kiss My Boots, but technically yes you could. Some things will get a tad bit spoiled for you by reading out of order but we all know these are HEA's so you aren't going to ruin any huge surprise factor, just one of the little elements that might be nice to discover individually in each book. Regardless of how you read them you will want to read the entire series, trust me. I could seriously gush about these books for days but instead I am just going to leave you with a buy this book and...
~ HAPPY READING ~
I push my hands from his shoulders and palm his jaw as his stubble prickles against my fingers while my hands wander up to his hair. His hat falls to the ground with a thud and I know he’s just as lost in me as I am in him, because he doesn’t even make a move to pick it up. He lets out a deep grunt when I mold myself against his body, seeking some sort of friction. The next thing I know, my back is against the door and he’s gripping my bottom. His mouth hits my jaw with a bite of his teeth, making a squeak of pleasure shoot up my throat, and his deep rumble of laughter reaches my ears as he presses me harder into the door with his hips. The heavy bulge of his erection against that spot makes me so desperate for him that I whimper in relief when his mouth finally closes over mine in a wet tangle of tongues. I’ve never been kissed so thoroughly. This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow. The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted. I’m going to be comparing every kiss I ever have to my dark cowboy’s, even though I know there’s a good chance no one will ever compare. The sounds coming from my mouth, the ones being swallowed by his, are nothing short of needy. My hips move in tandem with the thrusts of his, and even though we’re both fully clothed, I know it won’t take much more of this for me to go off like the town’s fireworks on the Fourth of July. “Fuck, you taste just like apple pie,” he whispers against my lips, breaking away with a gasp. “Huh?” “Goddamn, I love apple pie,” he says before his mouth is back on mine, this time with a whole new kind of hunger deepening his kisses. I’m held captive, enraptured. Then his hands move from my bottom to glide up my torso. He lifts his hard chest off mine and suddenly those delicious fingers are at my breasts. Even if I had big boobs his hands would dwarf them, I’m sure, but as it is he covers both with a firm grasp before adjusting his hold with a deft twist of the wrists. His mouth continues to feast on mine while his huge hands learn my body with slow movements. I tear my mouth from his with a breathy moan when he pushes my shirt up and slips his fingers into the cups of my bra to tweak my nipples. “Oh, God,” I moan when he does it again. “I can’t get enough of you,” he rumbles. “Please,” I beg, not with the slightest clue as to what I’m begging for. His hips dig even harder into mine as he leans back, supporting me against the door with that connection alone as he pulls my shirt off. The darkness makes me feel more confident than I normally would be, almost half naked with a man—no, a stranger. “Yours too,” I tell him as his fingers move to unclasp my bra. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” I breathe, taking over the task so he’ll hopefully give me what I want. I fumble in my haste to feel more of this dangerous arousal he’s creating in my body, but the second my bra is free and dangling toward the floor, his naked chest collides against mine, pushing me into the door with a force that sends the air rushing out of my lungs. His mouth hits my collarbone at the same time his hands grasp my bottom, sliding me up the door until I feel the wet heat of his breath against my breast. Then he stops.
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.