Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 20, 2021
While this is a series, the third book is well-written and will read as a stand-alone. The story mainly focuses on two people, Maverick "Mav" Greyson and Bianca Peabody— they are complete opposites, yet when they come together, even when total strangers, the chemistry is off the charts.
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.