Must Love Horses by Vicki Tharp Release Date: February 20, 2018 Publisher: Lyrical Caress Book #2 in the Lazy S Ranch series Number of Pages: 242 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/Western/Military M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 2/7/18 to 2/8/18
I really loved Cowgirl, Unexpectedly so I was super excited to get an ARC of this, the second book in the same series. Especially because I already fell in love with Boomer in the first story.
Sidney is the perfect choice for Boomer aka Bryan. (Note: in the blurb about the book her name is spelled Sydney, in the ARC I have it’s Sidney. Since I don’t know what it will be in the final publication I’m going to stick with Sidney.) She doesn’t pull her punches and calls him out on his crap. Although Boomer is a great guy, he definitely has a problem. His close friends, like Mac, either don’t see his issue or don’t want to see it. Although Sidney has a strong, almost visceral, attraction to Boomer, she’s not going to let his lapses slide.
While Sidney has her own hang-ups, we don’t really get to dive deep into those issues. Through the whole story I kept waiting for her to tell Boomer more about her upbringing and the reasons she feels so strongly about certain things, but she never does…not really. We also never really get the back story of what happened with Boomer’s ex-wife. If you read the first story you know that things weren’t all wine and roses in his marriage after he was discharged from the military. But in that book, as far as I remember, he was still married and trying to work things through. So I wanted to know what happened that he now was divorced and living on the Lazy S Ranch full-time. Although it’s something that obviously bothers him and is a huge part of his issues, his divorce isn’t really delved into much.
The connection between Boomer and Sidney is such that, although I’d like the deeper story on both of them, their pasts are incidental. No matter their intentions, they have an undeniable pull toward each other. It’s not just a sexual pull either. There is some sort of elemental understanding they have for each other.
I hate giving spoilers so I will try to give my feelings about the next part without giving too much away. Sidney and Boomer find themselves in quite a predicament at one point. While I found the situation to ring true on how they would be treated and the things that happened to them, I felt this part of the story went on a bit too long. Not necessarily in their time and how long the situation lasted for them. That was fine and probably how long it would have taken in real life…if anyone ever found themselves in such a crazy jam. But the reader didn’t need to know every minute. The good news, just when I was getting frustrated with the time it was taking things started wrapping up on that.
Just as with the first story, this isn’t an easy-peasy simple misunderstanding romance. This story will gut you and shove your guts back in the wrong way so you get gutted again before everything is put to right. This author is great at giving you real and raw feelings. I can’t wait for more!
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**