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, and 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.
Themes: contemporary, erotica
Rating: 4.5 stars
The epic breakup of previous novels has come full circle with a story of love and second chance, one for the ages for sure. I loved seeing Steve finally grow up and try to be the man that he was always meant to be. Many of his cousins have already found the loves of their lives and seeing them coming together and beginning families of their own seems to have finally had a profound effect on the immature but rakish Coleman. A year before, when Melody walked out of his life, Steve knew he’d lost something special and knowing that gave him the boost he needed to change his life around completely. When Melody returns he has a plan to get her back…but she throws down a challenge that no red-blooded Coleman male can resist. Melody never imagined that Steve would be so changed when she returned, but giving him a chance to prove it opens her own heart up to the dangers of falling in love with a Coleman. I loved seeing these two people grow and learn from their mistakes, dealing with the flaws inherent in us all and finding a way to look past their differences to the love they so obviously have for one another. The heat between them burns up the pages from the first moment they come back together, but the sweetness and tenderness is always there. Steven and Melody made a perfect couple and getting to see their extended family and friends again, lovers who’ve come together in past books and Colemans who haven’t yet found their mates alike, was a wonderful return to Rocky Mountain House life. I am really looking forward to the next few stories in the series, though I know they mean the end of a long tradition and a group of people that have made me laugh, cry, and fall in love for several years now. Another masterpiece of romance, Vivian!
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review. No compensation was provided.