Get ready for the ride of your life…
A cowgirl at heart, Skye Martinez has a rebellious streak she’s determined to shake. Especially since she’s poised to take the reins of her family’s business at Briscoe Ranch Resort. It’s time for her to settle down and get serious about her future…right after one last night of fun with a handsome stranger she meets in the resort’s stable. But when a midnight horseback ride turns into a red-hot weekend with one of country music’s biggest stars, Skye’s world is rocked beyond her wildest dreams…
Gentry Wells rode his bad boy image all the way to the top of the country music charts. But churning out hits has dried up his creativity, and he can’t remember the last time his life was his own. Skye is a sexy distraction he can’t resist, especially since she breathes new life into his music. They bring out the wild side in each other, which is great for Gentry’s career–but a major threat to Skye’s. Too bad he’s fallen in love with her. With their hearts and futures on the line, can Gentry convince Skye to turn their joyride into a real chance to ride off into the sunset together?
2.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
This is going to be another review that’s kind of choppy b/c it’s based on bulletpoint notes. But basically the jist is that this was just not a book for me. I have read one other novella set in this world, and I enjoyed that one, but this one did not have that same magic (and no, it is not required to read other books in the series, this one can stand alone). I did not like the characters, I did not like the plot, and really, this book felt like a mediocre Harlequin.
The characters did not feel consistent AT ALL. I mean, I didn’t like them that much either, but I really just didn’t believe their growth. They both felt superficial and shallow, lacking the depth that really sucks me in.
I really did not appreciate the Catholic guilt in this book. I get that they really feel that guilt and families are like that, but Skye’s mother was not even remotely redeeming. It made it hard to understand why family was so important to Skye when you didn’t see that… Well, a little. One good moment with Gloria, but for it to be so important to Skye, I expected to see it more. Her father was awesome too, but I just felt sorry for him. I REALLY needed the Mom to have more dimension so that I could understand why Skye felt so strongly about her family and the values she was raised with.
And the conflict Skye was under…I just didn’t quite get it. I knew where the author was going in broad strokes, but I don’t think it was effectively achieved. I guess I just didn’t feel her inner struggle, or understand how it all played out inside her head.
I didn’t get Gentry at all. Maybe if we got to know his past a bit more, I would have known what drove him to be who he was. It was like the author had these broad strokes ideas of who these characters were, but didn’t take the time to flesh them out and make them believable.
And I did NOT feel the spark between them past the first night in the stables (that night was hot). In fact, the sex scene really didn’t have much emotion, it felt like an erotica scene (which is fine, but not how this book is marketed). I want a connection between my lovers. *shrugs*
And finally, I know this was an ARC and not the final copy, but it was riddled with mistakes. Typos, wrong names, timeline inconsistencies…I sincerely hope that it had a major clean up before release. Usually ARCs only have a few typos left to clean up, this one felt like an earlier copy.
So yeah. It sounds really bad, but it was mostly just disappointing and meh for me. Like I didn’t hate anything, I just wanted MORE from like EVERYTHING.