How To Rope A Rough Cowboy (Silver Springs Ranch) Paperback – April 20, 2021
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- ASIN : B0931X1M7Z
- Publisher : Independently published (April 20, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8730342712
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.63 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mav had a crappy childhood, the product of a marriage due to a pregnancy, which parents who didn't love each other nor seemed to care about him. When he was old enough, he left home, traveled around, worked multiple ranches, and then settled down in Colorado working at Silver Spring Ranch. He's happy here, loves working with the horses, and has even purchased a small piece of heaven nearby that he plans to build his own place. There are plenty of locals and tourists to play with—and he has no intentions of getting serious with just one woman.
Bianca comes from royalty—as in British royalty, where archaic unions are still in place. Her parents have made a betrothal to her friend, Peter, since ages thirteen and sixteen. He is the son of a Duke, and her mother loves that prestige for her daughter. Cue upTina Turner—"What’s love got to do with it?”—and that isn’t what Bianca wants for herself or Peter.
The plot will have Bianca running away from London, flying to America, and heading west. She will drive from Denver to Winter Park, where she had booked five weeks at the Silver Springs Ranch. When trying to unpack her rental (Mercedes), she will be confronted by a cowboy who arrogantly calls her Princess. These two have a way of rubbing each other wrong, like vinegar and baking soda, and something will blow up. As Bianca tries to settle in, knowing her fate is a ticking time-bomb, she also feels lost and needs to find herself. Everything in her life that she found pleasure in, her mother decided it was frivolous and ruined for her—now, she will experience those things again, like riding a horse and painting.
When Mav and Bianca have several encounters, it never goes well, but that will change. What was supposed to be a night of no-strings-sex happens, everything changes. Each will do things that they usually wouldn’t do—and when these two get together, they can’t get enough of each other. Typically, Mav is a one-and-done man; it was real, it was fun, now I’m done—but not with Bianca—he can’t get her off his mind, and he can’t wait to see her again. Bianca feels so free, and she is willing to experiment. Mav told her he was a Dom, he is in control, and she allows him to teach her.
“We make quite the pair, don’t we? Families are so complicated.”
“But yours drove you to another country.”
“They did, for which I’m eternally grateful. I was suffocating. Being smothered daily by my mother’s well-intentioned plans for my life. I’d almost forgotten that it was mine to live. If I would have stayed, I think my soul would have died.”
The plot has plenty of angst, family issues, lies by omission, but it also has passion, sizzling hot sex, a journey into BDSM, and new experiences.
“He wanted the woman who drove him crazy and made him burn with illicit desire.”
“And deep in her heart, she knew he was it for her. She might have had to leave everything she knew behind and travel half a world away to find him. But it had been worth it.”
The story has the good, the bad, and the troublemaker. Two people, fate brings together, but both have issues, family issues, and it tries to put a wedge between them. What the feel for each other burns everything else away—but trouble is coming. When Mav learns what Bianca hasn’t shared, will this be the end? Will her mother win?
Overall, I loved the story, the chemistry, and the ending. Despite Mav's arrogance, when it came to schooling Bianca into BDSM, he was patient, caring, and she was his reward. I think that Mav and Bianca are great together; they heal each other and have a way of lifting each other. The story is an erotic, emotional roller-coaster ride. It is extremely heavy on sex scenes (way too many IMO) and does have some power exchange.
Maverick is a working cowboy, with a dominate streak a mile long and an arrogant demeanor that instantly rubs Bianca the wrong way. After running away from her soul crushing family, she planned to hole away in her cabin and finally figure out what she want’s to do with her life. Because she knows, if she goes home, her mother will bulldoze her all the way to the alter, with a man she doesn’t love.
She’s not looking for love and Maverick doesn’t do commitment. What starts off as a no-strings-attached fling between two polar opposites quickly implodes when real feelings and common ground open these two up to a new future, if they’re only brave enough to take it.
These two are like oil and water when they first meet. Going in, I knew there was going to be a love/hate trope going on but I didn’t see it coming in the form of Bianca and Maverick locking heads outside the bedroom, but also in it! But these two were on they’re own level when it came to foreplay *fans self* I’m just going to say, these two are beyond creative when they decide to come out and play!
Bianca and Maverick’s story is sizzling and their chemistry is so thick you can cut it with a knife. It was definitely lust at first sight but the transformation they both go through to get their HEA was really sweet. It wasn’t flawless or perfect, it does have it’s ups and downs and a huge elephant in the room they have to overcome, but overall it was a story that kept me engaged from start to finish.
This is my third book in the series and I love that no two couples are the same. Each story has fleshed out characters, an intriguing plot line and so much steamy kink that keeps piquing your interest for more, each time you’re introduced to a new character. I’m definitely curious to read the next about Noah and his live-in nanny but there is also Tanner, Linc and Amber! Cabin X also gets explored a bit more and although it’s definitely taboo and exciting, I’m also a bit nervous since it’s hinted at that some of these cowboys might be into voyeurism and/or sharing. Two kinks that are not for me ☹
Final thoughts, I liked both MCs. Maverick redeems himself and I’m a sucker for a Hero who falls irrevocably for his heroine, and for being such a commitment -phobe, I loved watching him fall for his princess. Bianca is a character I couldn’t help but want to root for. The end felt a bit out of sync for me, simply because I didn’t expect Bianca to so quickly cave when confronted with her mom. After all the emotional confidence she gains while on the ranch, her tucking tail and falling into step with her mom so easily, just felt off. Her character was so much strong than that!
She finally comes into her own and when she calls her mom out on her BS, I was pretty proud of her. Just wish it hadn’t taken her break up with Maverick and a transatlantic flight back to England for her to snap out of it and stand up for herself.
* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Top reviews from other countries
This is rancher Maverick and rich brit Bianca's story.
Running away from her loveless pending wedding, Bianca arrives at Silver Springs ranch. She discovers all the things about herself that she used to love as well as falling for the rancher, who sets her heart pounding and brings her secret fantasies to life!!
Great characters, fab storyline and loved the HEA.