Series: Montana Born Rodeo
Author: Rachael Johns
Read copy: eBook
Published: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Selah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she's at first appalled...but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah's always been her parents' good daughter. Would it hurt for just one night to be a little bad?
Levi Monroe is ready to settle back in Marietta and start his own rodeo school teaching others the techniques that have made him a star. He doesn't want any distractions during his last rodeo where he aims to win All Around Cowboy, but when his high school sweetheart—the one woman he's never been able to forget - comes along and offers to rewrite their history, it might just be an offer too good to refuse.
***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I went with the middle ground (in terms of rating) with this one, because I'm firmly in the so-so range when it comes to this story.
I loved the small-town setting and atmosphere, because there's just something 'magical' about small towns. The connections between the population, the shared history and stories, where everybody knows everybody else's business, and where everybody knows your name. I enjoy books set in small town, and this one was no exception.
I loved the supporting cast (the three friends, the old mother figure, the store owner...) and I loved the hero, but I cannot say the same for the heroine. Sure, she provided moments of humor, but she was all over the place with her feelings and inner musings. First she wanted a one night stand, then she was insulted that the guy acted like a gentleman (sure, he had a petty-revenge agenda of his own, but he apologized), then she realized she was in over her head, because she didn't do one night stands, then she didn't know what she wanted...Argh, pick a lane and stay in it!
And don't get me started on the whole reversal back to high-school with the making-him-jealous ploy. Jesus, are we sure she was thirty? Do grown and supposedly mature women truly act like that?
All in all, forgetting the heroine's erratic behavior, it was a cute, quick story of high-school sweethearts finding each other again after many years, and realizing their feelings for each other were still alive and kicking. Ah, Romancelandia.