June 2, 2016

Cowboy Resurrection by Mia Hopkins

Ball-busting businesswoman meets no-holds-barred cowboy. He’s gonna need a longer rope.

Marketing hotshot Monica Kaur has put her big-city life on hold to help bail out her brother’s failing business. Now she’s got three months to plan and promote a rodeo, the first her tiny hometown has ever seen.

To ensure the rodeo’s success, Monica enlists a local hero, a rancher’s son who’s made a name for himself on the bull-riding circuit. Problem? She can’t stop daydreaming about the cocky bastard—and all the things she longs to do to him out behind the chutes.

Professional bullfighter Dean MacKinnon is home helping his family while his father fights cancer. Haunted by bad memories, jaded by love, Dean finds escape in a no-strings-attached go-round with brainy, sexy Monica, whose close-knit Sikh-American family would sooner run him out of town than see her with a notorious rodeo romeo.

In private, Monica and Dean play as hard as they work. But as the rodeo draws near, that clean break they promised each other is getting more and more hung up in the rigging.

Warning: Contains rope play, motel nooners, a blue-eyed charmer with a taste for kink, and a brown-eyed princess with a taste for cowboys.

I got suckered in by the promise of hot tale of angsty cowboy. There was definitely one of those but Monica and Dean didn't do too much for me. Maybe because there was very little backstory and connection between the two. They seemed to meet when Monica comes home to plan a rodeo in her hometown, and then jump into bed together (too) soon after they meet. It follows a similar pattern to the first book in Hopkins' Cowboy Cocktail series. So there's a lot of sex, all different sorts and all the places you can think of but the romantic intensity is a  bit lacking for me since there's little rapport to be built with either character. The issue of interracial relations is a big theme of the book but I found that it was identified and then solved without much conflict. It gave the book a bit of depth but I think it could have been woven in a bit better.

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