Title: Cowboy Resurrection
Author: Mia Hopkins
Series: Cowboy Cocktail #2
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Available: March 15th
Ball-busting businesswoman meets no-holds-barred cowboy. He’s gonna need a longer rope.
Marketing hotshot Monica Kaur has put her big-city life on hold to help bail out her brother’s failing business. Now she’s got three months to plan and promote a rodeo, the first her tiny hometown has ever seen.
To ensure the rodeo’s success, Monica enlists a local hero, a rancher’s son who’s made a name for himself on the bull-riding circuit. Problem? She can’t stop daydreaming about the cocky bastard—and all the things she longs to do to him out behind the chutes.
Professional bullfighter Dean MacKinnon is home helping his family while his father fights cancer. Haunted by bad memories, jaded by love, Dean finds escape in a no-strings-attached go-round with brainy, sexy Monica, whose close-knit Sikh-American family would sooner run him out of town than see her with a notorious rodeo romeo.
In private, Monica and Dean play as hard as they work. But as the rodeo draws near, that clean break they promised each other is getting more and more hung up in the rigging.
Warning: Contains rope play, motel nooners, a blue-eyed charmer with a taste for kink, and a brown-eyed princess with a taste for cowboys.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
I really enjoyed the beginning and end of this quick, hot read. The problem was, there is no middle. There’s a lot of nice groundwork laid between Monica and Dean, with their instant attraction scorching the pages as they get to know each other and start working together. Dean gradually manages to coax Monica into letting down her guard and things between them get very heated. Then it’s three weeks later and the story starts winding up for the end.
It was a bit of a jolt, and even though most of what is missing in those three weeks appears to be sex, I still would have liked to have read at least some of it. Mostly because of how things clearly change and deepen between them. These are two very different people – Monica is a business brainy girl with a family who interfere constantly in her life, while Dean is a brave, confident rodeo star with a sick father and romantic scars. The start of the book makes an excellent job of showing them just starting to get to know each other, then the next thing we know its ropes and toys and their time is coming to an end.
Actually, the kink felt pretty superfluous to me. From the description I was expecting a lot more, but really, the rope adds nothing. Because we don’t see their relationship progress to that point, it comes out of nowhere, adds very little to the scene and felt more like an attempt to make this a little hotter. It didn’t need it. These two are already scorching together.
So, as you can tell, I found this book a little frustrating. What we get is really good. I loved these two together, both in the bedroom and out. I loved the hint of Sikhism and the clash of cultures between Monica’s family and Dean. I loved Dean, the things he’s dealing with and how he faces his problems. I like Monica too and the things she was willing to do for her (sometimes overbearing) family. It ticks so many of the right boxes for me, that the missing middle feels worse than it normally would.
Overall this is an enjoyable hot romance that’s about more than just sex. It has interesting characters and some compelling chemistry. Just be prepared to fill in some of the gaps for yourself. However, as sad as that missing middle makes me, I still think this is a good read and would gladly read more from this author.
Cowboy Resurrection is out March 15th!
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