I find myself in a bit of a conundrum with this book. I’m a huge fan of the Six Pack Ranch/Rocky Mountain Series/Thompson & Sons series so I was thrilled when Rocky Mountain Devil was announced and even more excited when I got the ARC in my hot little hands.. And though there parts that I really liked, there were others just left me feeling kind of meh, so it’s no surprise that it’s taken me a while to nail down an actual rating or that it has a half star (they really need half stars on all sites...just saying). But despite my waffling this was an enjoyable read and I loved being back in the crazy world of the Coleman clan.
I liked Rafe and Laurel. Rafe is easygoing, charming, has quite a bit of restraint ~ how, I don’t know ~ and does his best to not overreact. Instead he processes and will question instead of accuse, with one exception but we all have our weaknesses. Laurel is feisty, sweet and persistent and I swear is the ‘Devil’ in Rocky Mountain Devil, which is amusing considering she is the pastor’s daughter. But as likeable as they are, that’s all they were to me, likeable. And unfortunately that feeling bled into how I felt about their relationship.
I loved the little snapshots of them throughout their childhood and seeing how their friendship started and evolved. It was sweet and fun to see them grow with each other, which made it easy to see how they can be attracted to each other and how easy it could be for them to be a couple. I liked that they took things slow and yet there was still some smexy times going on. But as much I liked it, and enjoyed spending time with them, it didn’t get my pulse racing. And the pot holes in their road tended to frustrate me more than anything because of they handled or didn’t handle them, like Laurel’s ex and how she ‘dealt’ with him. But what was in their favor was that they communicated. Were they entirely upfront and unequivocally honest about everything? No, but they were honest about what mattered most between them and kept proving time and time again that they were meant for each other.
But while Rafe and Laurel didn’t get me above simmering, I did love catching up with and seeing the rest of the Coleman clan and beyond, which was part of the reason Rafe and Laurel relationship only simmered for me. There was a lot of time spent with the Colemans and even though I had to sometimes think really, really hard about what their stories had been, I loved the interactions and how invested in each other they were. There was also a nice little tease for the next book in the series and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
~ ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review~
The sweetest part of temptation is giving in…
Raphael (Angel) Coleman and Laurel Sitko were thick as thieves throughout their school years. The unlikely friendship between the rancher’s son and the preacher’s daughter might have gone unnoticed by most, but their shared laughter and connection were the best parts of Rafe's life growing up. Now that she’s returned to Rocky, he’s eager to move from friend to something far more intimate.
After three years away, Laurel’s ready to start over with the gorgeous cowboy who’s always owned a piece of her heart. But when her college ex shows up in town, she’s got a lot more to deal with than expected, including one suddenly possessive cowboy determined to protect her even as he tutors her through every sexual lesson in the book.
Desire flares hotter and hotter through stolen moments and willing seduction. But when tragedy strikes, Rafe’s left on shaky ground, his biggest fear now a reality that could tear them apart and rip forever from their grasp.
Will the connection forged by time be strong enough to see them through to the other side?
Warning: Friends to lovers equals sweet kisses heating to earth-shaking passion, mixed with laughter and tears. Get ready for hellos, farewells and goodbyes…some forever. Because everyone knows the only real secrets in a small town are the ones you’re willing to take to the grave.
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.