Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home #3
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Hang on to your Stetsons, because you’re in for another wild ride! COWBOY UP by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan is 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 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 an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night 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?
COWBOY UP is the third go-round in this Texas-set series which has everything readers could want in truly authentic Western romance novels filled with sizzle, heart…and plenty of horses and cowboy boots!
This is a book that has a pretty high rating on Goodreads (4.4 stars), so I know there is a readership for this book and people who will love it. I’m just not part of that group.
I read the first two in the series and I wanted to finish the series out. I was hopeful as the heroine in this one is a bookshop owner. I love reading books where books themselves play a role in them; but this one just missed a lot of the marks for me.
The hero, Clayton, has made it clear in his life that he doesn’t ever want to get married nor have children. This is partly to do with the fact that he did not have a great relationship with either of his parents. I can understand how he is hesitant, even put off by the idea of getting married and having kids since his parents did not represent a good marriage nor were they supportive parents.
What I don’t understand, and what is extremely difficult to believe, is that just one night with the heroine, Caroline, and Clayton is all about having and building a permanent future with her (full of marriage and babies). I don’t think that is realistic – especially for someone who has said all his life he didn’t want that. Romance novels are notorious for being touted as giving women unrealistic expectations, and while I think that is unfair on some accounts, honestly, this book falls into that category. I think it gives women the idea that they can someone change a man, but I don’t think anyone can change someone else. People can only change themselves, not others.
Caroline was all over the place. She’s described by others as shy and quiet but I didn’t ever really see that side. She had one encounter with Clayton and now she’s all confidence and speaking her mind. While I think the fact she gained confidence is realistic, it happened awfully quick in my opinion.
Something I noticed while reading this series, is that all the men are extremely similar with their actions and words in the bedroom. I felt like there wasn’t much originality in these scenes. In all honesty, they were just too much for my preference. Too much description, too long, too much everything. The whole “being bad” thing (which was coined during the first chapter when Caroline decides to “be bad” with Clayton, aka have a one night stand with him) was quite frankly stupid to me and it got old really fast.
The drama that occurred was predictable. Jealous exes who are also crazy. Not much else to say about that.
I was trying to describe this book to a friend, and I said that if someone who doesn’t read romance novels wrote down everything they believed them to be, this book would be the result. It was tropey, unrealistic, had over the top drama, bad dialogue, long waxing poetic monologues, excessive descriptions of bedroom scenes, and a very cliche HEA. That’s probably really harsh, but I said I’d give my honest opinion and that is my honest opinion.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MEET THE AUTHOR: HARPER SLOAN
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.