Also by this author: Tough Luck Hero
Series: Silver Creek #2
Published by InterMix on January 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In the Silver Creek romance Unexpected, Cole Mitchell found love in the last place he ever thought to look. Now, in USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates’ newest novel, Cole’s little sister Lark is determined to have her turn…
Having never left the family ranch, Lark Mitchell needs a little adventure—or at least a romance that isn’t confined to the internet. Her older brothers Cole and Cade have always been too good at protecting her innocence, but even they can’t stop her from taking a second job—where her boss just so happens to be the kind of bad boy she craves. Too bad he’s also the one guy in Silver Creek she should never touch…
When Quinn Parker introduces himself, Lark tries to quit on the spot. Everyone knows Quinn was behind the accident that ended Cade’s rodeo career. But when he holds her to her contract, she can’t help wanting to get even closer. As she begins to see the man behind the gossip, she sees that not all of the things people say about him are true…even if there’s plenty about this bad boy she has yet to discover.
Sandi: I confess this one was a hard book for me to get into, at first. I tried a few times in the initial pages, but all I was was basically annoyed with the heroine.
Really? That is not a bad thing for this book. Because the heroine felt real enough to me to provoke annoyance. The hero irked me, too, in the Bad Boy kind of way, that I wasn’t sure I could buy here.
However, I fell for both of these people hard as soon as I got past the first chapter.
Lark Mitchell cracks me up. I’m not a gamer chick, nor am I twenty-two anymore, but I eventually got into her inner groove and was able to enjoy her approaches and avoidances in life. She’s honest with herself, even if she hides things from the protective brothers in her life, and she embraces her quirks, which I appreciated more as the story moved along.
Quinn Parker starts off as the bad guy and he acknowledges this role with open hands. It took a while to get past that front, let me tell you. But as with many Hard Edged Men with Broken Pasts, he did reveal his vulnerabilities more as the story went on.
And there was a story beyond the romance, too, which I appreciated. Suffice it to say that the Mitchells hate Quinn Parker and they have their reasons. Reasons that he categorically denies being responsible for. Lark confronts him about this boldly, and the woman does not mince words even if she plays with them on occasion.
Still, we have chemistry and tons of UST even if they know that anything between them is impossible.
Yates writes some funny stuff, too. 🙂
She should come with a list of side effects tattooed to her forehead. Lark Mitchell: Known to cause sweating, dizziness, erections lasting longer than four hours, and dry mouth.
Because innocent Lark Mitchell gets Mr. Experienced Rodeo player tied up into knots of the best kind. Which I kind of got a kick out of, I confess. Seeing him at a loss made me happy.
The dialogue in this story is fun. These two talk like real people, for the most part. She’s a little too quirky at times, but it worked for me because of how she spent her time. He tries a little too hard to be, well, hard, but that works because he’s got an agenda.
And it’s not a nice one. At least not at first.
For Lark, being with Quinn would mean setting her at odds with her brothers. She doesn’t want to risk that. But…she also wants to. Very much.
How involved can she get? How far in will Quinn allow her to go?
Such is the lovely romantic tension that keeps all of us reading romance novel after romance novel.
The only part where the dialogue failed for me was at the Big Declaration scene (we all know romances have them, right?) when Quinn is more eloquent than he normally would be, outside of his own head. The sudden effusion of feelings struck me as out of character. But then, they both started sounding like themselves again and that worked for me.
Overall, a fine romance, with some heat, some sexy times, and even a mystery into the bargain. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes their rodeo stars, bad boys, and uniquely spirited heroines.