This book made me want to visit Wyoming. That’s saying something! Up until now I’ve always thought of Wyoming as one of those square-shaped states somewhere in the middle of the US. Also, can we all just sit and appreciate the cover art for a moment. Ah. Okay, thanks, moving on.
What’s it About?
Alexandra Orsini loved her life in Seattle. Owner of her own financial advisory firm, enjoying all of the spoils the city has to offer, the last place she expected to be was on a ranch in the middle of Wyoming. But when her mentor calls in a favor to ask her to help out his oldest friends save their ranch called Michaels Mob, she simply can’t say no. Alex was ready to help a failing business, was ready for the challenge of the mid-western countryside, but she was not ready for Clayton Michaels. An angry cowboy, and father of two, seems hellbent on saving his ranch on his own. He got his family into this mess, and he’s too proud to let anyone help him, let alone some big city accountant who knows nothing of life on a ranch. Urban passion meets country pride in this story of family, devotion, and love. Can the cowboy get out of his own way to let the city girl help him? Will the fire that ignites between these two burn bright enough to save the Michaels Mob, or will it burn it to the ground?
Alright, Clay is almost too talented. He used to be a well-known bull rider, he can sing, play the guitar, sculpt with metal, and is an amazing lover. He’s also a loving father, and a cowboy. However, he isn’t perfect! He might just be one of the moodiest male characters I’ve ever come across. He has a crazy temper, pouts like a 6-year-old, doesn’t share his feelings, and either wants to fight or have sex when he gets all riled up. That’s a recipe for some intense sex scenes right there, that’s what that is.
The absolute best part of this book was Clay’s kids, Colt and Cam. They are so freakin’ adorable I think my biological clock actually thought about ticking. Cam especially was a delight with his constant negotiating to get his way by employing the phrase, “Okay, but how about…”, you sing one more song, she stays just a bit longer, etc.
Clay’s kids may have been adorable, but his relationship with Alex was pretty frustrating. They really butted heads at first, and he’s so stubborn in not wanting to accept any of her help after he made such a stupid mistake to get the family’s ranch in trouble. Not only did his moods fluctuate, but so did Alex’s strength. At first she shied away from Clay’s temper, but then she decided to stand up to him; she’d have a panic attack over a corrupt businessman foiling her attempts to save the ranch in one scene, but then call the Feds on him in the next. Towards the end of the novel she even broke down and begged on her knees for Clay not to leave her. Come on woman! Channel your inner Amazonian, and be someone we can all look up to.
A Fizzling Intensity
The arrival of city-girl Alex on a Wyoming ranch was pretty interesting, and the end of the novel was quite dramatic to the point where I got fidgety wondering what was going to happen. The middle though was a bit boring at times. Probably had something to do with Alex and Clay having the exact same repetitive and rambling arguments over and over again. Let’s move on people! The end does get pretty intense as outside forces meddle with Alex and Clay’s attempts to save the ranch. Everything sort of builds up to a point where you wonder whether good or evil will prevail, and then things just kind of fizzle out into nothing. I was expecting some kind of big final climax or confrontation, but it never really comes.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Michaels’ Mob series, book 1. If book 2 follows Clay’s best friend Jace I will definitely give it a try. I have a feeling that man is a walking sex fiend.
Should you read it? It was definitely an interesting story, as you wonder how they’ll be able to save the ranch, and if Alex will give up her city life for Clay and his boys. It was frustrating at times though when Clay kept trying to push Alex away.
Smut Level: Their 1st sex scene was by far the best. They are in the middle of a heated argument, screaming at each other, when their passion ignites. After that they have some mild love scenes which aren’t described in too much detail.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Self-Published. 358 Pages.