COWBOY UP by Harper Sloan
Coming Home – Book 3
Release Day: 12/19/17
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.
As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.
Most of the time.
What he hadn’t counted on was the cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping a verbally abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis she can’t stop thinking about.
So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…. Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?
5 ‘Love you bad’ Stars!
ARC provided by the publisher via Ink Slinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Harper Sloan released this western romance series during 2017 and I am sad to say goodbye to all of these characters because their love stories brought me so many good feelings. The Davis siblings are all now in very happy relationships and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it because they totally deserve it! So as you can imagine by what I am saying, Cowboy Up is an amazing addition to the other love stories and the perfect way to end this fantastic series.
So, Cowboy Up is the third installment in Harper’s Coming Home series and it’s finally time for the oldest Davis sibling to fall in love. Clayton has always been the father figure for both his sibilings and he thinks the life that he has is already good as it is.Well, everything changes when he has an extremely hawt one-night stand with Caroline Michaels. These two have a very strong connection so it’s obvious they will meet again (they already knew each other, just not in the biblical sense..) and then their feelings cannot be stopped. Caroline and her dark cowboy start falling in love between lots of sexy times, emotional moments, hilarious situations with their families and Friends and even some drama and suspense. What a great mix!
“Want to what?”
“Be bad, sugar.”
“I think I do.”
If you, like me, have read the other books in the series, I am sure you were as excited to read Clayton’s love story. Who does not love the protective older brother? Well ladies, Clayton Davis is not only a fantastic brother, he is a God in the sack and he is more tan ready to steal all our hearts. Especially Caroline’s! This dark cowboy hasn’t had the best upbringing neither a good example of having a loving relationship so as you can imagine is not easy for him to want more than a one-night stand. He surely feels the chemistry with Caroline, though! And even though both don’t think they will meet again, when they actually do, the sparks and the tension are absolutely out-of-this-world and explosive between them!
“One night of being bad with you, Caroline, and I felt more with you in the darkness than I’ve ever felt with anyone else in the light.”
Their magical night turns into a beautiful relationship that will not leave you indifferent. When these two accept what they feel and act on it, they will leave you breathless. Clayton and Caroline have such a strong connection and both as individuals and as a couple are pretty strong characters. Caroline also comes from a difficult past (with an abusive relationship included) but when she is next to her dark cowboy nothing gets in her way! Not even if there are moments with lots of difficulties or pasts getting in the way or even the drama that happens towards the end. And she is a bookworm! Heck, yeah! That made me love her even more! Also, you know what I really really loved? How much we see of the other couples and how much the Davis siblings love each other. Clayton, Mav and Quinn always have each others backs and their moments together will melt your insides and make you cry like a baby! I loved seeing them so happy and I loved that Clayton and Caroline got their much deserved happy ending!
I never stood a chance at keeping my heart from him. Not when he makes me feel like nothing is impossible.
Therefore, I am rating Cowboy Up with 5 STARS because it was the perfect conclusion for the Davis siblings! After so many suffering, all of them have beautiful families and they will always have each other too. I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Clayton and Caroline (boy, things get SO hot!) and how that connection develops into such an emotional love story. I loved this western series and I can’t wait to see what is next from Harper Sloan. This woman never fails to check all my romance boxes and I know she will continue doing it! Highly recommend this book and the whole series!
I push my hands from his shoulders and palm his jaw as his stubble prickles against my fingers while my hands wander up to his hair. His hat falls to the ground with a thud and I know he’s just as lost in me as I am in him, because he doesn’t even make a move to pick it up. He lets out a deep grunt when I mold myself against his body, seeking some sort of friction. The next thing I know, my back is against the door and he’s gripping my bottom. His mouth hits my jaw with a bite of his teeth, making a squeak of pleasure shoot up my throat, and his deep rumble of laughter reaches my ears as he presses me harder into the door with his hips. The heavy bulge of his erection against that spot makes me so desperate for him that I whimper in relief when his mouth finally closes over mine in a wet tangle of tongues.
I’ve never been kissed so thoroughly.
This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow.
The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted. I’m going to be comparing every kiss I ever have to my dark cowboy’s, even though I know there’s a good chance no one will ever compare. The sounds coming from my mouth, the ones being swallowed by his, are nothing short of needy. My hips move in tandem with the thrusts of his, and even though we’re both fully clothed, I know it won’t take much more of this for me to go off like the town’s fireworks on the Fourth of July.
“Fuck, you taste just like apple pie,” he whispers against my lips, breaking away with a gasp.
“Goddamn, I love apple pie,” he says before his mouth is back on mine, this time with a whole new kind of hunger deepening his kisses.
I’m held captive, enraptured. Then his hands move from my bottom to glide up my torso. He lifts his hard chest off mine and suddenly those delicious fingers are at my breasts. Even if I had big boobs his hands would dwarf them, I’m sure, but as it is he covers both with a firm grasp before adjusting his hold with a deft twist of the wrists. His mouth continues to feast on mine while his huge hands learn my body with slow movements. I tear my mouth from his with a breathy moan when he pushes my shirt up and slips his fingers into the cups of my bra to tweak my nipples.
“Oh, God,” I moan when he does it again.
“I can’t get enough of you,” he rumbles.
“Please,” I beg, not with the slightest clue as to what I’m begging for.
His hips dig even harder into mine as he leans back, supporting me against the door with that connection alone as he pulls my shirt off. The darkness makes me feel more confident than I normally would be, almost half naked with a man—no, a stranger.
“Yours too,” I tell him as his fingers move to unclasp my bra. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” I breathe, taking over the task so he’ll hopefully give me what I want.
I fumble in my haste to feel more of this dangerous arousal he’s creating in my body, but the second my bra is free and dangling toward the floor, his naked chest collides against mine, pushing me into the door with a force that sends the air rushing out of my lungs.
His mouth hits my collarbone at the same time his hands grasp my bottom, sliding me up the door until I feel the wet heat of his breath against my breast.
Then he stops.
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.