Stripped Down, Lonesome Cowboys Book 1, Anne Marsh
Rose, I felt for her, she’d had a harsh upbringing with a chaotic mother who seemed to regard her as an encumbrance most of the time. She’d grown up with a revolving door of men in her mothers life, living in a tiny trailer in a run down park. When they end up at the Mendoza ranch – Mendoza Senior being her mother’s latest boyfriend, she’s 16. The relationship doesn’t last long, but in that time Rose really rebels, plays constant tricks in order to get Angel Mendoza’s attention. Finally she left, and now eight years later she’s back. She’s been left a house and she’s got plans for it.
What she doesn’t know is she’s inherited it equally with Angel, and he’s got plans too, some that are very different from hers. He’s got plans for Rose also, he told her six months before when he caught her skinny dipping on a visit to Lonesome that if she came back she’d be his. Now she’s here and he can’t let her go.
Its a fun romance, but though there were some sensual and erotic moments it never quite got real for me, I didn’t really see them sharing much except lust, and that’s not enough to sustain a relationship. Angel needs control, and Rose has issues with that, but he’s not a meathead, he recognises her problems and is willing to adapt. That was good to see, as so often its just Hot Alpha Male that says My way or else. Given what Rose had been through she’d have taken the Or Else option and Angel was astute enough, respected her views enough, to see that he needed to tone it down a bit. I liked that part of him thinking about what she needed, and not just what he wanted and needed. I just didn’t get a sense of a romance building though, or of problems that could derail it even though they wanted totally opposite things for the house, and that could have posed a real block on them.
Still, its a brief, hot and sexy read, and a fun one, and I’m sure many readers will love it. I just needed a bit more depth to the relationship.
Stars: Three, a hot and sexy read but a little light.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers for honest review