Innocence and passion are an addictive mix…
The dark-haired stranger next door triggers every protective instinct Trevor Coleman never knew he had. From the moment Becky Hall literally falls into his arms, the last man standing of the Moonshine clan doesn’t even attempt to resist sweet temptation. Becky is beautiful, mysterious and heartbreakingly vulnerable…and he’s a goner.
To escape the hell she was trapped in, Becky left everything behind but her courage. And for once in her life, good people step up to make a difference. A helping hand, a new job…a very attentive and libido–stroking neighbour. Now a new future awaits, one that shockingly includes sexual pleasure instead of icy pain, and a sexy cowboy who’s more than eager to show her the ropes.
Becky’s sweet smiles and seductive innocence draw him in like nectar, and Trevor knows one taste will never be enough. But with secrets thicker than a bumper crop, changing a life will take more than a new ID and a cowboy’s good intentions.
It’s gonna take sacrifice to break these chains.
Warning: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl—all hell breaks loose. We’ve got a hero whose hands are tied in more ways than one. A heroine who wants to experience everything she’s ever missed, and a family that needs to discover if its roots go deep enough to weather any storm.
Delving into the world of Six Pack Ranch and the Coleman family is always a fun experience. Not only do I get to read about a sweet, sexy and fun new romance in the making, but I also get to catch up with what’s been going on with almost all of the Coleman clan, which there are a ton of them running around Rocky Mountain House (Thank you Ms. Arend for the family tree!) and Rocky Mountain Shelter delivered all of that and a little more.
Trevor was the Coleman that interested me the most after reading Rocky Retreat, so it’s no surprise that I was really happy that this book was about him and I fell in love with him. He’s laid back and easy going and yet is quite persistent when he wants something. But his persistence isn’t overly aggressive, it’s more charmingly determined, if that’s even a term. He just has a knack for making one see that his way is the easiest and therefore the best course of action. He’s a sweetheart and will give the shirt off his back to anyone in need, well actually his truck but you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
I didn’t know what to expect from Becky based on the blurb, but I found her to actually be quite fun and delightful. Her life up hasn’t been normal in anyway and as we slowly find out all that she went through I was amazed, and impressed, at how she picked herself up, took hold of her future and marched forward. She had such a positive and gracious attitude, as well as being honest without spilling all of her secrets, that it really was hard not to like her. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t have wounds from what has happened to her, but she’s not allowing it to keep her from living her life.
I really liked how Trevor and Becky’s relationship developed going from strangers to friends to lovers. It made sense considering Becky’s background and I loved how Trevor approached the entire situation. He was very persistent and made no bones about wanting to get to know Becky, but made sure that she knew that she had just as much power in the relationship as he did. It made for some really sweet moments as well sexy ones. And I have to say that that where we leave them at the end is perfect for them and that it stayed true to who they are and what they’d been through.
As I always state in my reviews of Ms. Arend’s books. I love her clean, no muss no fuss writing style and it’s no different here, though she did throw in a nice little Coleman family plot twist here and I’m really interested to see if/how it’ll play out in future books in the series because where it was left at the end of the book definitely raises questions. And of course we get a nice dose of the Coleman family at large. The Moonshine clan, and their significant others, are the most involved in this one and I loved every minute of it as they teased and supported both Trevor and Becky. We get to catch up with Hope and Matt and a smattering of the other family members along the way. And then there is Jesse. I feel bad for Ms. Arend because almost everyone who has read these books asks about him (I am one of them) but while there are still issues surrounding him, it was nice to see him acting more like the Jesse we met in the beginning.
The Bottom Line: This was another fun and sweet addition to the series and am looking forward to seeing what’s coming next for the Coleman family.
~ ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review ~
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.