In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?
Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.
The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….
This is my second title by Harper Sloan, and I am officially placing her on my authors I one-click. The characters are so well developed, you know what they are going to say next, you know how they will react, and you know what they are going to think. This makes this book, and the one before it, feel like you are hanging out with an old friend.
There is a lot of time at the beginning of the book that is spent in the "before" both 9 years ago in their relationship and also before Tate moves back...well, sort of moves back. He spent summers in Pine Oak, TX and formed a relationship with Quinn. And, then this relationship ended, and Quinn was hurt, years later running from the idea of having to talk to Tate, or to be in the same town with him. Which is tough when you live in a small town and he is the newest doctor.
I loved that, through the entire thing, you never doubt Tate. He tells Quinn, from the beginning (and others before he gets the chance to tell her) that he is in town to get her back. He tells her, immediately and without and attempt to make himself look better, the reason he had for leaving, the reason he cut her off, and the reason he is back. You absolutely fall completely in love with Tate...unfortunately, you are also completely positive that he is taken.
Quinn is charming. She loves the people in her life, and she is connected to them. You feel this connection, and the draw she has to the people in her life lets you understand just how deeply Tate hurt her when he disappeared, and how much it throws her that he is back.
The pacing is perfect, at first you think it is a little slow at the beginning, but by the end you realize you needed to know Quinn and Tate as well as you did in order to really understand where they were at the end. So, now that I have read it, I think the slower start was the intentional writing of the author to allow the build up of the emotion between the characters.
And, it was perfect.
I recommend this title.
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.