Her plan was for them to fall in bed, not in love.
When veterinarian Jacy Weston changes her location on her western dating website profile, she thinks it’s no big deal. Opal Creek…Myrtle Creek…what’s the difference? As little white lies go, this one barely qualifies. Besides, since her brothers have chased off every guy within a hundred miles, the expiration date on her virginity is way past due.
Ray Mitchell is not inclined to waste his time on something as unnecessary as dating, but it’s much easier to take a woman to coffee than to explain to his mother why he’s in no hurry to get married again. Despite NotMy1stRodeo.com’s promises, he doubts he’ll find any woman willing to find herself stuck on a remote ranch raising rodeo stock.
But Jacy is different. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Or to get down and dirty. Ray’s thinking he’s found the one, until the truth comes out…and he realizes the divorcee from the next county he’s been dating doesn’t exist.
Warning: Contains a virginal heroine looking for the nearest exit for the horizontal highway to heaven, and a cowboy willing to go the distance for the right woman.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
This series is so much fun. And this time around it’s a cowboy, a veterinarian and some awkward dating protocol – what’s not to enjoy? Don’t worry about this being part of a series either, the NotMy1stRodeo.com books are only loosely linked, so you don’t have to read them in any particular order. In fact the only things they all have in common are the dating website itself and the fact that each of the guys have been signed up by a family member to get them dating again.
In this story it’s Ray’s mother who pushes him, wanting him to get back dating after his disastrous marriage. To say he’s less than enthused would be an understatement. He’s not interested in dating or marriage or anything to do with relationships, but he promised his mother he’d date at least once a month for a year. Which is how he ends up meeting Jacy for coffee.
Jacy’s not looking for marriage either. All she wants is to get laid before she turns thirty – easy enough, unless you have overprotective brothers and a name that means everything in her small town. Though once she meets Ray most of that is forgotten. She’s a hardworking vet and he’s a hardworking rancher, they understand each other’s worlds and what drives them. The hot chemistry doesn’t hurt either.
Their relationship is pretty sweet, with lots of texting and selfies. Jacy’s a bit awkward in social situations, but her flirting with Ray is fun, sometimes a bit direct, but it works. He’s just as cute in return and it’s only natural that things get heated between them. Of course, all of this is too sweet and simple to last. There are all those little lies, after all, and Ray’s not brilliant at forgiving untruths. Everything happens pretty quickly towards the end, but I didn’t feel it was too badly rushed. It certainly left me smiling, which is always a good thing.
In all this is a quick, cute, easy read with a nice bit of heat, some cute horses, a bit of family drama and interesting outings for the vet. I enjoyed it and thought it fit in brilliantly with the rest of the series. I hope there will be more about Jacy’s brothers too at some point.