How to Rope a Real Man by Melissa Cutler: Review

May 24, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

How to Rope a Real Man by Melissa Cutler: ReviewHow to Rope a Real Man by Melissa Cutler
Series: Catcher Creek #3
Published by Kensington Zebra on May 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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Against all odds, the Sorentino sisters saved their family's rundown New Mexico ranch, but the youngest has a dream that just may ruin their hard-earned peace--unless a certain sexy cowboy lawyer changes her mind. . .

Jenna Sorentino is as independent as they come. Despite her wild past, she's grown up enough to keep quiet about the identity of her baby's daddy, go to night college--and hide her plan to escape tiny Catcher Creek. She's also stopped dreaming of happily ever after--except in the case of gorgeous, rugged, Santa Fe native Matt Roenick. Too bad the oil rights attorney acts like he barely knows she's alive. . .

Matt knows only too well that Jenna's alive--in fact, she's driving him crazy with desire. But Matt's got his reasons for resisting her. And when her son's father shows up, those reasons multiply. Trouble is, Jenna's secrets are more complicated than he imagined, and forgetting her isn't as easy as he'd hoped. Matt knows life can be messy as hell. For Jenna, maybe it's time he got dirty. . .

This is the third in the Catcher Creek series, and I’d have to say it was a worthy addition to the series. There are some major issues covered in this story, but it never feels as if it is an “issues” book. Melissa Cutler has managed to bring a sense of emotional realism to the situations in which the people of Catcher Creek find themselves.

So, here are my thoughts onHow to Rope a Real Man:

I really enjoyed Jenna and Matt as a couple. The attraction between them was evident in book 2 and I was interested greatly in how these two would be brought together. Even though their involvement comes relatively early on, all is not resolved straight away. The to-ing and fro-ing of their relationship continues throughout.

Their physical chemistry is off-the-charts, as well, so if you like the steamy stuff, you won’t be disappointed.

There were occasions where Matt got a little too self-righteous (you’ll know when you get there), but with what he has been through, you can understand in a way where it comes from. That being said, he could have eased up a little.

Sometimes, children in romance novels get to me a bit, because their behaviour doesn’t feel authentic. I was pleased to see the character of Tommy, Jenna’s son, didn’t fall prey to the “perfect kid” syndrome – he behaves as I would expect a child his age would. I liked Matt’s relationship with, and acceptance of, Tommy in Jenna’s life – despite past experiences.

There was a great thread of mystery and intrigue weaved into the story, and this flowed really well alongside the development of Jenna and Matt’s relationship.

I would love to see a story for Matt’s sister Tara – the possibilities after this book with her and a certain lawman would be too delicious to pass up.

This is definitely one for you if you enjoy cowboys, intrigue and the steamy stuff. 

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