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Review: Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn’t counted on was the cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping a verbally abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis she can’t stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…. Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

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My Review

“I have never been kissed so thoroughly. This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow. The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted.”

“We all have ugly in our past, sweetness. You just have to realize it was really life teachin’ you a lesson. When you find something that finally proves all that ugly was worth survivin’, it doesn’t look so bad when you see what kinda reward you get in the end.”

“You keep givin’ me the fire that burns inside that teacup, I”m gonna be fine waitin’ for you to be ready to give me more, darlin’.”

OMG! Talk about a sweet and oh so swoon worthy read! This book had me swooning from the moment I picked it up. I mean, there is just something about a mysterious and broody cowboy and a woman who is afraid to trust. Their instant connection had me hooked from page one and kept me begging for more.

Cowboy Up is the third book in Coming Home Series and follows the story of Clay and Caroline. Caroline is the sweet, shy woman next door. She has no clue just how amazing and beautiful she is. Caroline’s life has been anything but easy. But, she is finally ready for a fresh start and a chance to live the life she always wanted. The one thing that Caroline didn’t plan for was the mysterious stranger who was about to turn her life upside down….Clay has been dealt some pretty tough cards over the years. From the way he grew up to the woman who destroyed his heart….Clay is just a shell of a man. Broody. Serious. Way too hard working. That is until Caroline. Fate knew exactly what she was doing when she put Clay and Caroline together. They will be tested in many ways, but with the strong connection these two share, there is nothing they can’t overcome….

Cowboy Up was the sweetest and most swoon-worthy story. I just adored Clay and Caroline together. The insta-romance with these two worked so well. I felt their connection and their feelings for one another. It felt real and I just loved the pull that they had for one another. I loved the things they brought out in one another. Clay giving Caroline a reason to trust and take the leap towards love. And Caroline shining her sweetness and goodness on Clay. Showing him just how amazing he is and just how wonderful love can be when you find the right person. I thought these two balanced each other out very well and boy did these two ever burn up the sheets together. They were one hot couple and I just loved it!

Cowboy Up was a terrific read from beginning to end. I loved the characters and the story-line. I thought the characters were easy to relate to and I couldn’t help but want to know more about them. I loved the mystery and suspense that surrounded the story. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a cowboy and a hint of danger! We also get to see quite a bit of the characters from previous stories, which I don’t know about you, but I love seeing how all the stories come together and connect. That being said, I do believe that this story can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone–fair warning though, there will be spoilers for the previous books.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read for me. It was a great second chance romance that I just loved getting lost in. This book delivered all the goodness that I have come to love and enjoy from author Harper Sloan. I laughed. I swooned–boy did I ever swoon. I got caught up in the suspense. And I fell totally in love. In the end, I was left with one big, silly smile on my face.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

I push my hands from his shoulders and palm his jaw as his stubble prickles against my fingers while my hands wander up to his hair. His hat falls to the ground with a thud and I know he’s just as lost in me as I am in him, because he doesn’t even make a move to pick it up. He lets out a deep grunt when I mold myself against his body, seeking some sort of friction. The next thing I know, my back is against the door and he’s gripping my bottom. His mouth hits my jaw with a bite of his teeth, making a squeak of pleasure shoot up my throat, and his deep rumble of laughter reaches my ears as he presses me harder into the door with his hips. The heavy bulge of his erection against that spot makes me so desperate for him that I whimper in relief when his mouth finally closes over mine in a wet tangle of tongues.

I’ve never been kissed so thoroughly.

This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow.

The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted. I’m going to be comparing every kiss I ever have to my dark cowboy’s, even though I know there’s a good chance no one will ever compare. The sounds coming from my mouth, the ones being swallowed by his, are nothing short of needy. My hips move in tandem with the thrusts of his, and even though we’re both fully clothed, I know it won’t take much more of this for me to go off like the town’s fireworks on the Fourth of July.

“Fuck, you taste just like apple pie,” he whispers against my lips, breaking away with a gasp.

“Huh?”

“Goddamn, I love apple pie,” he says before his mouth is back on mine, this time with a whole new kind of hunger deepening his kisses.

I’m held captive, enraptured. Then his hands move from my bottom to glide up my torso. He lifts his hard chest off mine and suddenly those delicious fingers are at my breasts. Even if I had big boobs his hands would dwarf them, I’m sure, but as it is he covers both with a firm grasp before adjusting his hold with a deft twist of the wrists. His mouth continues to feast on mine while his huge hands learn my body with slow movements. I tear my mouth from his with a breathy moan when he pushes my shirt up and slips his fingers into the cups of my bra to tweak my nipples.

“Oh, God,” I moan when he does it again.

“I can’t get enough of you,” he rumbles.

“Please,” I beg, not with the slightest clue as to what I’m begging for.

His hips dig even harder into mine as he leans back, supporting me against the door with that connection alone as he pulls my shirt off. The darkness makes me feel more confident than I normally would be, almost half naked with a man—no, a stranger.

“Yours too,” I tell him as his fingers move to unclasp my bra. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” I breathe, taking over the task so he’ll hopefully give me what I want.

I fumble in my haste to feel more of this dangerous arousal he’s creating in my body, but the second my bra is free and dangling toward the floor, his naked chest collides against mine, pushing me into the door with a force that sends the air rushing out of my lungs.

His mouth hits my collarbone at the same time his hands grasp my bottom, sliding me up the door until I feel the wet heat of his breath against my breast.

Then he stops.

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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