by Mia Hopkins
Series: Cowboy Cocktail #5
Published by Little Stone Press on November 22, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys, Erotic
Format: ARC, Ebook
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Feisty reporter vs. gruff cowboy—buckle up for a hard ride.
Journalist Georgia Meyers is writing an article about MacKinnon Ranch in a last-ditch effort to save her job at a failing newspaper. At first, the hot-as-hell rancher wants nothing to do with her. But butting heads leads to knocking boots, and soon she’s getting the real story—in bed and off the record.
Cattleman’s son and petroleum engineer Daniel MacKinnon turned down a lucrative oil career to take over the family farm. Frustrated about giving up his dreams and worried about money, Daniel buries himself in ranch work—that is, until gorgeous Georgia shows up and rocks him to the core.
A blazing one-night stand leads to something deeper. Despite their feelings for each other, he’s tied to the land and she’s a rolling stone. When the time comes to part ways, will the lovers choose duty over desire? Or will they face their fears and rise to the challenge of love?
Get ready for sassy banter, sizzling sex, orgasms galore, and a nerdy dirty-talkin’ cowboy who can go all night long.
It’s a fine balance, but if a book can somehow bring the feels as well as the sexy times, I’m pretty much a goner. Cowboy Rising by Mia Hopkins delivers.
At times, the story is told non-linearly, which keeps the plot awake and moving. In the chronology of the Cowboy Cocktail series, this is book #5, but the events take place before the previous few books. It can be read as a standalone.
Journalist and city girl Georgia Meyers is in Oleander, CA, to write a story about MacKinnon Ranch, which is on track to become certified organic. Georgia has worked in many cities for lots of newspapers, and her current employer is failing. But the MacKinnon ranch is a timely, unique news piece and one that Georgia hopes will keep her off the chopping block.
When Georgia arrives at the ranch, she expects to interview its owner, Dale MacKinnon. Instead, she meets Dale’s sons, including Daniel–a super hot cowboy who immediately attempts to gives the reporter the brush-off. Undeterred, Georgia convinces Daniel to let her spend time on the ranch. Georgia and Daniel clash immediately, but as Georgia observes Daniel’s work on the ranch, she sees firsthand how capable and indispensable he is. However, that camaraderie is short-lived when he once again attempts to send her on her way.
Georgia won’t let the grumpy cowboy rain on her parade, so she heads to the local bar to cut loose for the time being. While there, she runs into a very drunk Daniel–and ensures that he leaves the bar safely. Over the course of the night, Georgia and Daniel bond in an unlikely way. Daniel opens up with a candor that he’s unable to share with anyone else in his life. It turns out that he has a degree in petroleum engineering and geophysics, but rather than pursue a career as an engineer, he has taken over the ranch in his father’s stead. For the MacKinnons, family is everything. Daniel is committed to taking care of them; but at the same time, he feels somewhat trapped in this life that’s been carved out for him.
Georgia’s family background is the polar opposite of Daniel’s. Raised as an Air Force brat, she moved frequently and has been on her own since high school graduation. She has never set down roots, so when her father remarried for the fourth time and had a new family, Georgia kept her distance. But the lack of a real home and family is an acute ache that she feels more every day.
Georgia and Daniel’s heart-to-heart evolves into a hot one-night stand, something they both need for distinct reasons. Neither of them is prepared for something more. On the surface, they shouldn’t be compatible. But the things they share are those that matter the most.
Cowboy Rising delivers it all–the feels, the sexy times, and one unexpected moment in particular that left me teary-eyed. Suffice it to say that I never thought a loaf of bread and some peanut butter and jelly would make me want to weep.
This is some of Mia Hopkins’s best writing yet, with moments so lyrical that I had to go back and read them again, like this passage:
She looked up into his green eyes and wondered if his beautiful body held a soul that had lived many lives, one layered on top of the other, all blended together to make the person he was in this very moment. Intelligent. Strong. Lustful. And heartbroken in such an ornate way, she wondered if he’d ever find his way out of the maze.
Coupled with this gorgeous writing is a knack for comedic banter, mostly between Georgia and Daniel. There are also many lighthearted moments between Daniel and his family.
There’s a handful of authors I read whose work is consistently good. Mia Hopkins is one of those authors. Like the other books in her Cowboy Cocktail series, Cowboy Rising manages to be romantic and sexy, dirty and sweet. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5 stars