Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan

While I have enjoyed all three books in the Coming Home series because of the appealing couples and original plots, I must say that Clay and Caroline’s story is my favorite. I was immediately drawn into their lives when they first met, and every following scene featuring this dynamic couple only made me adore them even more. Both had unpleasant circumstances in their backgrounds, and these situations actually had them feeling closer because it led to a mutual understanding for problems dealing with family and relationships. Harper Sloan makes the road to finding lasting happiness exceedingly bumpy for Clay and Caroline, and I am just glad I was along for the enthralling ride. COWBOY UP is contemporary romance at its most entertaining.

The reason Caroline Michaels came to a bar one night was to hopefully lift her spirits by consuming some alcohol, never anticipating any of the men there would notice her. She grew up in the nearby Texas town of Pine Oak, and coming back to the area has her recalling some painful memories. Caroline wants to make some changes in her life by leaving the past behind, and there is no time like the present to start. When asked by a stranger to leave with him, there is no mistaking what will happen later, and the night is definitely memorable for both of them.

Clayton Davis has undertaken lots of responsibilities for years, and his biggest one was being in charge of running the family ranch. He also finds it hard not to continue watching over his two younger siblings, though they are now married. He never expects to have a permanent relationship, but he certainly enjoyed the one night spent with Caroline. When an event has the two reconnecting, Clay and the rather shy bookstore owner decide to explore more fully what they felt that fateful night.

Harper Sloan delved into the innermost hopes and fantasies of Clay and Caroline with believable reactions, where emotions are often expressed with an almost overwhelming intensity. I do not know when I have experienced the sentiments of a character with such a powerful force as those repeatedly conveyed in COWBOY UP. Whether individuals were particularly joyful or suffering great misery, I also endured every single feeling right along with them. Clay has been a protector for a long time, as he tried to make things better for his brother and sister. When he meets Caroline, his gut tells him that she could benefit from his help and he is certainly willing to oblige. With his backing, she just might become a stronger woman while also giving him something important in return. I laughed so many times when clever comebacks were spoken by this couple, and I absolutely felt the fiery heat when they had sex. COWBOY UP will long be remembered for its heatedly steamy encounters.

Though the main focus of the story is on Clay and Caroline, his brother and sister plus their spouses from the previous books make plenty of appearances along with her two best friends. Conversations range for delightfully humorous to very insightful, causing many smiles and a few misty eyes. There is even a little suspense to increase the heartrate. An outstanding conclusion to a compelling series.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Coming Home – Book 3

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  December 19, 2017


Genre:  Contemporary

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Rating:  5 Stars

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