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Rocky Mountain Desire #3 by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Desire #3 by Vivian Arend
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Nothing comes easy. You’ve gotta work for it.

Six Pack Ranch, Book 3

Matt Coleman always figured at this point in his life, he’d be settled down with a family. Since his ex split for the big city, though, no way will he give anyone else the chance to drop-kick his heart. Physical pleasure? Hell, yeah, he’ll take—and give—with gusto, but nothing more.

Hope Meridan is working long hours to hold on to her new quilt shop, going it alone since her sister/business partner ran off. Sex? Right, like she’s got the time. Not that she doesn’t have the occasional dirty fantasy about Matt. Fat chance he’d dream of knocking boots with her—the younger sister of the woman who dumped him. Nope, she’ll just have to settle for the F-word.

Friends would be far easier if there wasn’t something combustible going on between them. And when casual interest starts to grow into something more, their tenuous bond strengthens in the heat of desire. But it may not survive the hurricane-force arrival of the last person either of them ever wanted to see again…

Warning: Small-town rivals, men in pursuit and family meddling—in good and bad ways. Look for a cowboy who knows how to rope, ride and rein in a hell of a lot more than eight seconds of sheer bliss.

Matt Coleman was devastated when his ex-girlfriend cheated on him and then took off to the city without him.  He loves his family and life on the family farm; he has no desire to move to the city.  He wants to get married and raise a family; he just always thought it would be with Helen, not Hope.

Hope moved back home after college and planned on starting a quilting business with her sister.  She never expected her to flake out on her and leaving Hope solely responsible for all the debt associated with their shop.  She has worked hard to make it a profitable business and she’s not going to let her sister waltz back in and take over again.

Matt is one of the sexy Coleman boys and is 100% male.  He is heartbroken over Helen leaving and isn’t looking for love anytime soon.  He is shocked and ashamed at his response when he runs into Hope at Dan’s bachelor party.  He thinks it’s wrong to be attracted to her but he can’t stop thinking about her.  It takes a very bold move by Hope and a talk with his brother to get him heading toward happiness.

I loved Hope’s character; she is fierce and independent.  She has managed to make her business prosper even though Helen left her high and dry.  She has added quilting classes and a lounge area for her patron’s to sit and visit.  She wants Matt but thinks that he sees Helen when he looks at her.  When she suggested that they become friends she never expected it to turn into more.

Watching these two dancing around each other was so much fun, even though at times I just wanted to say get over yourselves already!!!  They are a great pair that is well matched and complements each other.  There were so many favorite moments in this book that would spoil the story if I shared them.  Let’s just say I see sledding and mudding in a whole new way.  My absolute favorite moment was the ending; it was so perfect in every way.  I was crying and laughing at the same time, especially at momma Coleman’s comment.

Vivian Arend has done it again.  The book contains the perfect mix of everything that makes a great story.  There is laughter, love, a stubborn Alpha male and a female that knows what she wants.  Mix in an amazing family that will be there to give you a kick in the butt when needed, along with their support and you can’t go wrong.  There is also a nice mixture of primary and secondary characters in this book too.

Overall I loved this book.  Each book in this series gets better and better.  I am really looking forward to the next book.  I give Rocky Mountain Desire 4½ Flaming Hearts.  


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