Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review: Rocky Mountain Devil (Six Pack Ranch #10) by Vivian Arend

The sweetest part of temptation is giving in…

Raphael (Angel) Coleman and Laurel Sitko were thick as thieves throughout their school years. The unlikely friendship between the rancher’s son and the preacher’s daughter might have gone unnoticed by most, but their shared laughter and connection were the best parts of Rafe's life growing up. Now that she’s returned to Rocky, he’s eager to move from friend to something far more intimate.

After three years away, Laurel’s ready to start over with the gorgeous cowboy who’s always owned a piece of her heart. But when her college ex shows up in town, she’s got a lot more to deal with than expected, including one suddenly possessive cowboy determined to protect her even as he tutors her through every sexual lesson in the book.

Desire flares hotter and hotter through stolen moments and willing seduction. But when tragedy strikes, Rafe’s left on shaky ground, his biggest fear now a reality that could tear them apart and rip forever from their grasp.

Will the connection forged by time be strong enough to see them through to the other side?

Warning: Friends to lovers equals sweet kisses heating to earth-shaking passion, mixed with laughter and tears. Get ready for hellos, farewells and goodbyes…some forever. Because everyone knows the only real secrets in a small town are the ones you’re willing to take to the grave.

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What I thought About Rocky Mountain Devil

I love when a book can take me on "vacation" to a new place or time.  It's what I love about this series -- everytime I read one of the many books in this world, I feel like I'm transported to a a wonderful place in the Rockies.  Rocky Mountain Devil is no exception.

Rocky Mountain Devil is a friends-to-lover tale between rancher Rafe Coleman  and Laurel Sitko, preacher's daughter.  Their friendship started when they were kids and it isn't until Laurel is about to go away to school that they are honest about their feelings for each other. Rafe is a super stand-up guy, and he lets her go without any strings tying them together. There were a ton of reasons that I fell for Rafe in this story. He's just amazing.

I really liked Laurel too.  She does explore while she's away at college, and she ends up leaving school early. Not going to spoil why that happened for you, but she achieves a certain independence because of it. I found the religion aspect of this story interesting, mostly because it was not overdone.  Most of the drama in this story comes from Rafe's relationship with his parents. 

I really loved this story about these childhood friends. There's a maturity to these young characters that made it very engaging, and carefree at the same time, which is some very nice writing. It's not just about great characters and a good plot, I love this author's writing. It pulls me into the story from the start.  

Rocky Mountain Devil works very well as a standalone as do all the books in this series.  

ARC provided for review.

About the Author
With over 1.6 million books sold, Vivian Arend is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary and paranormal romance books, including the Six Pack Ranch and Granite Lake Wolves.

Her books are all standalone reads with no cliffhangers. They’re humorous yet emotional, with sexy-times and happily-ever-afters. Vivian pretty much thinks she’s got the best job in the world, and she’s looking forward to giving readers more HEAs. She lives in B.C. Canada with her husband of many years and a fluffy attack Shitzu named Luna who ignores everyone except when treats are deployed.

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