by Mia Hopkins
Series: Cowboy Cocktail #4
Published by Little Stone Press on October 18, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys, Erotic
Format: ARC, Ebook
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Who needs luck when you can get Lucky?
When Harmony Santos’s boyfriend dumps her on her birthday, she doesn’t get mad. She gets lucky…with a mysterious cowboy whose bedroom eyes and rough edges bring out her inner bad girl. But when their one-night rodeo turns into more than a rebound, Harmony worries her heart hasn’t healed enough to take on someone new—even if that someone is as sweet as he is sexy.
Tie-down roper Lucky Garcia can’t believe his good fortune. A shot at national finals and now this—his longtime crush, in his arms at last. The more time he spends with Harmony, the harder he falls for her. But financial demands and family responsibilities take him further and further away from her—as does his secret fear she hasn’t quite gotten over her dickhead ex.
Behind closed doors, Lucky and Harmony are filthy perfection. But when reality comes knocking, the star-crossed lovers must decide: walk away intact, or risk it all for a chance at happiness.
Get ready for rope tricks, spanking, self-pleasure, and a smoking-hot cowboy who puts the big D in Dominant.
Cowboy Karma is book #4 in the Cowboy Cocktail series by Mia Hopkins. Although characters from previous books appear, each book can easily be read as a standalone. I adored book #3, Cowboy Player, and Cowboy Karma just slid into place right next to it. I love these books so much.
Surgical nurse Harmony Santos has just had her heart broken. Her boyfriend of the past year, Frank (aka Dr. Dreamboat) just broke up with her–on her birthday, no less. The real kicker is that Harmony has spent the past year taming her inner wild child in hopes of becoming the future Mrs. Dr. Dreamboat. The problem is, along the way, Harmony lost sight of who she really is and what truly makes her happy.
Lucero “Lucky” Garcia went to high school with Harmony and always had a huge crush on her. That crush intensified when the two of them shared a steamy make-out session two years ago. Prior to leaving their hometown, Harmony promised to call Lucky–but never did. Soon after, she met Frank. Lucky became a distant memory.
Hurt and confused on her birthday, Harmony comes home to Oleander to spend time with her sister. At the local bar, Harmony loses herself in dancing and drinking. But before she can leave, she’s stopped by Lucky, who can’t resist spending time with the girl of his dreams. Even though Harmony knows she’s on the rebound and feels slightly guilty for using Lucky, the two of them have a smoking-hot one night stand. But it’s not long before they start spending more time with each other and realizing how good they are together, not just in bed but outside of it as well.
I was not prepared for the depth of emotion with each character’s back stories. After his father walked out on the family years ago, Lucky stepped up and in many ways, helped his mom run the house. The amount of affection and concern he has for his family is so endearing. Lucky competes in rodeos, specifically calf roping; when he’s not competing, he works odd jobs to help support his mom and put money away toward his sister’s college fund. This guy! Lucky is a major sweetheart. Likewise, Harmony has a strong relationship with her family. She and Melody are close, especially since losing their father when they were young and their mother just a few years prior. The Santos sisters clearly have each other’s back.
As with Cowboy Player, I have to rave about the diversity in this book. Both main characters are people of color: Lucky is Mexican and Harmony is Filipino. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s a breath of fresh air to read about characters who actually resemble me!
The chemistry between Harmony and Lucky is incredibly hot. Lucky’s pretty bossy in bed and Harmony is definitely up for the challenge. There’s a hint of kink, but everything feels natural in the context of their growing relationship.
And what’s so great about their relationship is the unconditional acceptance. When Harmony was with Frank, she had to change who she was so that she could fit into his neat, orderly life. But with Lucky, she doesn’t have to pretend. In return, Lucky is falling hard for Harmony–just as she is.
It’s impossible to choose my favorite moment from Cowboy Karma, but I loved this quote:
Life is short. There’s never a good time for anything. So don’t you ever be afraid to give. Don’t you ever be afraid to love.
Those words may have left me in tears. Okay, there’s no maybe about it: this book made me cry in a good way. When I read the final paragraphs, I had to go back and read them again. Then I cried some more.
Cowboy Karma is about two people who fall for each other as they are–not as others think they should be. It’s about being impulsive and a little bit crazy when you know that what you feel is right. And more than anything, it’s about making new memories–ones filled with happiness and love–the kind that will last.
I highly recommend Cowboy Karma and look forward to the next book in this awesome series.
Rating: 5 stars