Series: Billionaire's Club: Texas #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Contemporary Romance, Cowboys, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Western
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Billionaire Ryder Blackwell has got it all under control. The wealthiest cattle baron this side of the Mississippi, he's built an empire for himself in hopes of getting distance from a tortured past. But when a stunningly sexy--and strong-willed--new vet comes to town just in time for Christmas, Ryder knows he's met the one spirit he just can't tame…
Lara Montgomery doesn't want to be involved with any man, least of all the rich, infuriating, and unbearably sexy Ryder Blackwell. She vows never to tangle with the charming rancher, but when he offers her the ultimate deal--one weekend at his ranch in exchange for a near-priceless horse--Lara cannot refuse. And as the nights get colder and their attraction gets hotter, Lara's about to get all she's ever wanted for Christmas…
I have such a hard time with novellas, and I wish I didn’t. I don’t know why but I would rather sit and read a slow paced super long novel then a really good novella, I mean there is only so much character development you can do in such a short amount of time (the exception to this of course is novellas that go along with a series). But since I really love Mandy Baxter (aka Amanda Bonilla) I went ahead and gave this one a shot, plus I love a good cowboy.
So right of the bat I will tell you what I didn’t like and why I gave this a three star. It literally all comes down to length. I mean the story is so fast paced that certain things come off as unrealistic. And example of this being that it only takes less then a day for these two to open up to each other about things in their past they don’t normally talk about with anyone. It’s just hard for me to believe two people can fall into such a relationship place in like a day, fall into bed together, sure, absolutely, but relationship, not so much. Also I like a bit more angst in a book, but that’s a personal preference.
Now for what I did like. The writing style as always was awesome, the whole novella is well written, and it’s why I love her as a writer (I will admit there is a couple of cheesy factor lines in here, but they don’t bother me). I liked the backstories of the characters. The hot and steamy in this book was super hot and steamy and so much fun to read, the kitchen scene was seriously awesome. I liked the whole cowboy aspect going on here, what can I say I love an old ranch truck. If you are in the mood for a short story, with some seriously hot and heavy, then you may want to check out this book.