Title: Under the Covers (Maverick Montana #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: May 27, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: Although not as intense and heated as the first book, Quinn and Juliet can easily sizzle your pages.
About the Book: Opposites don’t attract. They ignite.
The small Montana town near the Kooskia reserve seemed like the perfect place for Juliet Montgomery to hide from her not-so-law-abiding family. But when her peace is shattered by a break-in and threatening phone calls, it’s clear someone back in New York knows where she is. It’s time to plan her getaway, and fast—but first, she needs to tie up a few loose ends. Namely, finding out exactly what the town’s sexy cowboy sheriff is hiding in his holster…
Sheriff Quinn Lodge has enough demons of his own to know when someone’s hiding something. Clearly, he needs to do a thorough investigation to uncover what’s beneath Juliet’s uptight, city-girl exterior—preferably one piece of clothing at a time. But when their chemistry goes from fizzy to full-on explosive, things start getting complicated. How can Juliet stay beneath the covers with Quinn, when doing so means blowing her cover?
Under the Covers is the story of Quinn, the local sheriff, and Juliet, the out-of-towner who runs the local art gallery. I loved seeing the Lodge brothers again and revisiting these interesting set of characters. Zanetti knows how to write steamy scenes and create characters with believable chemistry. The plot in general, was interesting, although it wasn’t the best. You should know that this is more of Juliet’s story than it is of Quinn’s, which was kind of a bummer, but it was still decent, overall.
Juliet and Quinn definitely know how to eat things up. Their chemistry is evident from the very beginning and I loved their dialogue and witty banter. I really liked Juliet’s past and how that played into the plot, but I didn’t like how Quinn took it. Yes, she technically hid things from him and lied, but I felt like it took too long for him to come around and he was a bit too stand-offish/aloof for me. Quinn isn’t really my favorite kind of guy, but he’s not bad. I did like how kind and thoughtful he was with the townspeople and his family. He definitely goes above and beyond for everyone, but relationship-wise, it was hard to crack through his walls.
What kind of bugged me a little was that the author just jumps right into Quinn and Juliet’s attraction and they begin to date and stuff without setting up the scene of how they got to where they are now. Yes, it is explained, but just not in the way I was expecting/hoping for. It was kind of like the couple was just thrown at you and you slowly got to see why Juliet is in town, and you don’t get to too much of Quinn and his past.
I have to say, I definitely liked Against the Wall a lot more, but Under the Covers was good, too. I really enjoyed seeing Jake and Sophiw again. I felt like the chemistry between Jake and Sophie was just hotter, although Quinn and Juliet definitely had some steamy moments. If you love sexy, dominant cowboys and an intriguing plot, then you’ll enjoy this book. Under the Covers was a great installment to the series and I’m eagar to see which characters Zanetti will write about next.