It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways. Now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.
A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.
But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another—wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve's growing responsibilities.
He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.
I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
Getting my grubby little hands on this one had me squeeing with joy while doing a happy little booty shaking dance in my seat because I’ve really enjoyed this series, as well as the spin off series, Thompsons and Son. I love Vivian Arend’s no muss no fuss style of writing where she gives the reader a solid story about the main HEA couple while keeping you caught up on past couples, as well as the family at large, and feeding you just enough information about new storylines without making you feeling like it was added in as fluff and with this installment she does it again.
After Melody pours a pitcher of beer over Steve’s head and breaks up with him, he realizes that she is right about his lack of ambition, not only when it came to their relationship, but to how he looks at his life in general and starts to make a concerted effort to become the man that he wants to be and hopefully the man that Melody will give a second chance too.
I really don’t know how anyone couldn’t love Steve in this story. He’s sweet, sexy, fun, can play the guitar and makes the effort to win back the woman he lost. He takes the time to get to know her and mans up by asking for help from his family members, while accepting advice from them and acknowledging when he’s screwed up. And there’s Melody, I have nothing but respect for a woman who respects herself, but also one who realizes that it takes two to tango. As she spends more time with Steve she figures out that it wasn’t only Steve’s fault that things didn’t work out the first time around and starts to make changes herself.
Sweet, hot, Steve does kick it up a few notches, fun and funny. I laughed out loud more than once, especially at the udders comment which was something of a mix of a laugh and snort. I loved catching up with the rest of the Coleman clan, though I still want to reach through the pages and Gibbs smack Jesse, and can’t wait for the next book.