Series: Montana Born Rodeo #3
Author: Melissa McClone
Published: September 7/14 by Tule Publishing
Genre: contemporary romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he's still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart...but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.
He didn’t mean to kiss her back…
Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he's back in the States and doesn't want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he's attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she's looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he's not.
A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?
When Zack learns Charlie's thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?
I found the characters that McClone presents to her readers to be quite endearing. The two main characters are attempting to muddle through broken hearts, neither admitting what they really want. The confusion and heartache that this causes them is actually comical at times. Combine this with the fact that they are attempting to hide everything from their friends and family and you have a pair that will knock your boots off.
As a whole this was a fast paced, quick read that gives you a healthy dose of romance with a pair of characters who couldn’t be more clueless. It was pricelessly endearing!