Title: Against the Wall (Maverick Montana #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: March 25, 2013
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One Line: Another steamy, intriguing Brazen title I easily devoured.
About the Book: Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…
Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.
Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jack Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.
Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…
I love that there is at least one imprint out there whose titles never cease to disappoint me. Against the Wall is an amazing addition to their line of books and Rebecca has got me hooked on sexy cowboys. Now you know I love me a sexy set of brothers, so I love that this series will have a book for each of them. They are delish! Add in the rarely-used scenery of Montana and authentic appeal of an Indian tribe, and you’ve got yourself a winner here.
Sophie is a decent female protagonist and I really liked her. Her thing is that she never really had a stable family and her past isn’t one that’s filled with a lot of love. She gets a taste of true family, friends, and love when she meets the Kooskia tribe and Jack’s family and I liked how they showed her how wonderful she is and that she deserves love and kindness. Poor Sophie has quite a few crazy scenes in this book, which were highly entertaining. When things get serious, I liked that her character stayed “real” and had the thoughts that any sane woman would have, did the things any woman would have, given her circumstances. It would’ve been easy to take the “fairy tale” route with this story, so I’m glad Rebecca kept it real and believable.
Jack is one heck of a man. Sexy and irresistible right from the start, it’s hard not to be swept away by him. Not only is he hot, he’s family-oriented, smart, strong, and a very successful lawyer. They don’t make many like that, let me tell you! What I liked most about Jack was that he laid his cards out for Sophie right from the start, showing his interest, stating what he was going to bring to the table, and he gave her the time and space to come to him if she wanted. And boy did she want! Anyways, I liked that he did that, as most male protagonists tend to beat around the bush or give in a little and then run away, he’s upfront about things and basically said if she’s willing, he’s all in. Even when their relationship took a turn and things got serious, he stepped up and showed just how good a guy he is. Granted, he was a little too serious too quick, in a way that would scare you off if you’re not looking for that kind of thing, but luckily it worked with the kind of character Sophie is.
I will say this though. There was one aspect of the book that kind of bugged me. It was a little off-putting how quickly the tribe basically pulled Sophie into their lives and how fast Jack was moving in their relationship. I understand they all really liked her, but if I were her, I would feel pretty trapped and suffocated at the speed and seriousness of how they were trying to run her life after she’d only been there for a couple weeks. It was a little too intense for me and not that believable.
Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and I’m already itching to read the second one and getting a taste of Quinn & Juliet. When it was hot, it was scorching hot, and let me tell you, this book lives up to its title. I also love the peacefulness of the setting and the quirkiness of a lot of the secondary characters. It was fun and entertaining and I can’t wait to read more from this author.