Series: Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys #1
Published by Avon Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Cowboys, Friendship, Romance, Small Town Romance, Western
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When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister's long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole's rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.
Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who's always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn't as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he's been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he's tied to the land and she's created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.
As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.
I really loved this book. When I picked it up to start reading it I had every intention of reading a couple of chapters and then getting some sleep. So did not work out that way, I read it in one sitting, and really enjoyed it. I love books that take place on ranches or farms, I think it’s because I’ve always wanted to end up living on a ranch with a bunch of horses in Montana.
So I will point out that first off this book starts off with sadness, and throughout the course of the book this family has to deal with some serious heartache. When the book starts all of the family has returned home to bury their father, six daughters in total. I actually really loved the family aspect of this book. The relationships Harper has with her family, and also the fact that the hero in this story is also the guy who dated her sister for years. So yeah, talk about the makings for some awkward scenarios (oh and too make it worse, the sister in question seriously has some issues with Harper to begin with).
So I liked Harper a lot. I honestly thought she was going to be a little bit to hippie for my liking based on some of the descriptions of her, but I really didn’t think she was all that hippie. She lives in Chicago and is basically a staving artist, but I loved that she does something she cares about and I really think she deserves the success she is starting to see. I liked how she sticks to her guns about things, particularly about the prospect of having oil companies explore their land (I would have been the same way, I grew up in Texas, I know what an oil rig looks like and I wouldn’t want it on my land either, even with the money).
I liked Cole for Harper, and I could see what he was saying that him and Mia (Harper’s sister) were just too different and worked best as friends. Honestly the biggest thing that annoyed me about Cole was how he just never seemed to understand why Harper was so reluctant to get involved with him because of sister-code. I mean it’s not like it’s rocket science, if you don’t date your friends’s exes without checking first, I would say it goes doubly so for family, he’s not an idiot so he really should have understood that more. Other than that I liked that he was such a family guy, that he wanted to restore his families legacy, and I loved how good he was to people, not just Harper, he’s just an all around good guy.
Overall, I liked this book. But what I liked the most about this was the family dynamics in the book. I want to know more about the sisters, I want to know if Mia and Harper are going to be on better footing as the series continues, how is Joely doing, and do the triplets keep making trips back and forth. I love books with great family dynamics, and this one definitely had that.