Harper McKinney finished culinary school with big dreams. Right now, she’s a bartender at Kinky Spurs. While she’s content with her life, her brother is determined that she make a name for herself, because he wants her far away from what he deems a trashy bar. But Harper refuses to go anywhere. She’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Chase Blackshaw, and that love is keeping her in River Rock.
After the death of Chase’s father, he’s the one responsible for running the construction of the Blackshaw Cattle Company’s guest ranch. Back in the day, he had dreams of opening a construction company, but lack of finances kept him working for the family’s cattle ranch. Now with the responsibility of his family’s guest ranch on his shoulders those dreams seem far away. Though he has bigger problems. His build is failing the inspections.
Now Chase has more trouble on his hands. Harper, the woman he’s forbidden to ever touch has decided to move to Las Vegas. She isn’t so little anymore, and Chase is finding her all too tempting. She’s also not shy about what she wants. Him. Naked. And giving her some sweet lovin’ in all the kinky ways he craves. But neither Chase nor Harper can anticipate the fate that awaits them if they dare give in to their desires, as Chase soon learns there is something far worse than not being able to live out his dreams. It’s being given the chance to live out his dreams but having to watch Harper lose hers.
Life, and the choices we make, move whether we want them to or not. The things we want, the things that seem important, change and evolve as the things we encounter change and evolve.
I loved that this title addressed this, and that it allowed life to change around the characters of Chase and Harper.
Chase and Harper have chemistry...and very different paths for their lives. Chase has built his dream in their small town, and Harper has life plans that take her out of Colorado to Las Vegas. Add in a promise not to take her dreams from her, and a short term week-long relationship before she leaves (that, of course, won't complicate anything) and you have an interesting and enjoyable story about 2 people who are taking a chance on something life handed them, that they think is going to be temporary.
And, then they have to deal with it when they find out that maybe it's not temporary. And, that maybe neither of them want it to be. In a lot of ways, dealing with the changing of their dreams, and the new things they want, is even harder than dealing with the idea that their time together is limited.
The emotions in this book, the pull of the things you think you want vs. the things that appear in life and change your perception, were interesting and I was engaged the entire time.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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