The Copper Mountain Rodeo has returned to Marietta and cowboy reputations aren’t the only thing at stake…
Marietta Kindergarten teacher, Kate Canaday, is doing perfectly well without the ex-love of her life mucking up her intention to stay gloriously uncommitted. So what if she’s become—according to her sisters—a serial dater? If pro-bullrider Finn Scott‘s untimely defection six years ago taught her anything, it was that men come with an expiration date. And she’s more than happy to oblige them.
Trouble is, the sexier-than-ever Finn, now a devoted single father, has just moved to Marietta with his adorable five-year-old twins. He’s in an unexpected custody battle with his ex and too proud to ask Kate for help in making his crazy life look stable. But Kate sees helping him as a way of sealing off the hurt from her past once and for all. If they can just keep their hands off each other. After all…expiration date, right?
Not if Finn has anything to say about it…
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
The Montana Born Rodeo series bows out for another year with a highly enjoyable second chance romance featuring a good guy who often gets taken advantage of, a feisty woman with impulsive self-destruct tendencies and some super-cute twins.
I thought I wasn’t going to like Finn when I read how he came to father those twins, and yet, somehow he was the one I felt most sorry for. He’s a decent guy who made one mistake and who stood up to take the fall. He’s not foolish or malicious and everything he’s done for the last six years has been for his kids. He gave up his dreams and the woman he loved for them, but he’s not bitter about any of it. He loves his kids and wants what’s best for them – how could I not warm to him?
It also helped that Kate has a habit of wrecking anything good that comes her way. Whenever it seems like Finn is getting too close, she drives him away – which is how the twin accident happened. To be honest I found Kate quite frustrating and I never did understood where her self-destruct button came from. I sort of understood how she came to be so independent and secretive when it came to her family – something to do with the death of her mother and not wanting to upset anyone – but it’s all pretty vague, making Kate seem foolish and perhaps a bit of an emotional coward.
Which is a shame, because irritations with some of her actions and motives aside, I really enjoyed this one. It’s always nice to be back in Marietta, especially at rodeo time, and I really liked Kate’s family. Those twins are adorable too and I loved any scenes between them and Kate and them and Finn. It’s easy to see why Kate would want to help, regardless of the hurt between her and Finn, even if their method is a little suspect.
Overall this is a fine way to farewell the rodeo for another year. There’s a sweet romance, some lovely family moments and a couple of characters that I couldn’t help liking – even if I found them occasionally baffling. If you’re looking for a relaxing cowboy read, then you can’t go far wrong with this, especially if you enjoy second chance romances.
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