Sunday, April 17, 2016

ARC Review: A Wild Ride (Thompson & Sons #4)

He’s the golden boy with a secret past
When Nicole Adams abruptly cancels their secret fling, Troy Thompson is stunned. The sex between them is sizzling, but she’s ready to move on—find a reliable guy, settle down, pop out a few babies. The thought of Nic in another man’s arms is maddening. And while her agenda freaks him out, Troy knows there’s no one in town nearly good enough for her. No one, that is, except him.
She’s his redemption and his future
Nicole doesn’t regret her sexual romp with Troy, but when he insists on taking the next step with her—marriage and parenthood—she figures he’s out of his mind. Troy? Husband and daddy material? Oh, he’s sexy beyond belief, with the ability to melt her panties with a single command, but the man’s not known for being responsible. Trying for forever with Mr. Frivolous? Everyone thinks it’s a fool’s game.
Everyone except Troy, who’s determined to make Nicole see the real him under the shiny exterior.

Themes: erotica, contemporary
Rating: 4.5 stars
Heat Rating: 
The side story of the Thompson family has come to an end, and the ending though bittersweet was a wonderful read.  This series is actually a spin-off of the Six Pack Ranch/Rocky Mountain House series and focuses on the Thompson family that runs the local garage.  Each of the four brothers and their little sister have all found love now, some in the most unlikely of places, and have started their own families.  Troy is the last Thompson to fall and when he does it happens in a big way.  Troy and Nicole have been fooling around in secret for months now, without even their families knowing what’s going on, but when Nicole is ready for the next step in her life she immediately dismisses Troy as a part of that future.  But no one dismisses a Thompson male and Troy is determined to prove to her that he is the perfect man for her.  Nicole is the type of heroine that makes you wonder; she seems shallow at first, unwilling to look deeper into the one man she actually has chemistry with, just because he doesn’t seem to be the perfect type of man and allows her fears of what others might think to keep her away.  Once she gives Troy a chance and actually takes the time to really observe how he interacts with family and friends, she sees the deeply loving and sacrificing man he is and comes to know that she could make a life with him.  That knowledge gives her the backbone to stand up to anyone, including her own judgmental family because she knows the truth of her man and that’s all that matters.  Troy was the subtle hero, the man that everyone counts on without realizing they do.  He gives everyone he loves what they crave to be happy, changing his personality to meet the needs of those people and has been doing so since he was a kid.  Getting to see the true Troy as he falls in love with Nic was fascinating as even she didn’t know that side of him until he decided to stop hiding his light behind the lights of his family.  This story was packed with passion, chemistry, sweetness, laughter, and love.  Even in moments when the world is crumbling around these two and their fears are at their highest, they find a way to laugh and smile for each other, and that to me is the ultimate expression of love.  I was sad to see this story end, but alas there are only so many brothers in this family, unlike the extended Coleman family.  I am looking forward to seeing glimpses of the family in future Rocky Mountain House stories as they blend and interact with the Colemans, and maybe down the road Vivian will revisit the Thompsons for a small update on the family.  Another hit Ms. Arend, but no surprise there. 

*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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