This is a cute, small town pretend-relationship love story involving a crazy cat lady and a bull riding rodeo cowboy. Yup, that’s what’s happening here.
Jules is the classic small town girl, and she’s completely unashamed of the fact. She runs a cat café and looks kindly on old ladies. Bless her. One night at a bonfire, she hears that her ex, Grant, is back to take a position at his father’s law firm. He’s a total douche, and when he left for college, he dumped our Jules and told her she was too boring to stay around for. What a piece of work.
Jules naturally pretends she’s got a boyfriend so Grant won’t push her to go out with him again. To make it believable, she approaches Adam, a known bad boy, and asks him to play along as her fake boyfriend so she can both dissuade and punish her ex. Grant doesn’t buy it – Jules would never be so wild as to date someone like Adam – so she and Adam kiss and unexpected sparks fly.
Adam is intrigued by this girl and agrees to create a bit of scandal with her as she’s enjoying the attention. Problem is – oh I love it – the faking turns to making, and Jules and Adam start to like one another. But Adam’s only back in town as his mother’s got cancer, and he’s not about to stay. He’s had a bad case of the rodeo-riding wanderlust ever since his friend was killed after high school. How can it work between them? Jules isn’t going to leave her cat café and hit the road with him.
As her snarky friend Aubry puts it: “A guy like that doesn’t have roots, and your roots are deeper than deep. You’re not leaving this place and he’s not staying.”
There’s a lot of passion in this book and the sex scenes are steamy, though not explicit. I liked both the main characters and I liked the journey Adam had to go on to be at peace with himself and his life. There wasn’t all that much rodeo bull-riding, but I did learn that riders aim to stay on the bull’s back for eight seconds and sometimes get trampled. Who knew?
And try as I might, I can’t work out how the title connects to the story, though it doesn’t matter all that much as I enjoyed it all the same. There’s the set up for the next in the series (her shut-in friend Aubry, his joker friend Quinn) and I’ll probably go on to read it.
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Katee Robert
Release Date: June 6, 2016