Series: Maverick Montana #3
Published by: Entangled Brazen on March 31, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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Friends with benefits was never the plan…
Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.
Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.
Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Over the Top
Also by this author: Over the Top
One Line: The premise and how it played out was different and I enjoyed it.
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
While the whole “friends with benefits” theme has been done many times before, I really liked Zanetti’s spin on it. In Rising Assets we have Colton and Melanie, two best friends since childhood who both have feelings for each other, but are unwilling to cross that line. I really loved their friendship and how close they were. It’s understandable how, despite their strong feelings, they didn’t want to take the risk. I enjoyed the slow progression from friends to lovers, complete with all the highs and lows you’d expect when two people try to make it work.
I thought Colton and Mel has great chemistry together. Not only were they amazing in bed, or rather, lack thereof, but they also had great dialogue and a general ease between them. They understood each other like no one else and it was clear how great these two were together. What had me entertained the most was how much their town knew they belonged together. You’ll see a running gag throughout the whole story in that regards, but I don’t want to give it away. While Colton ticked me off at times with his hesitance and also a rather needless blowout, I still really liked him as a character and as a person. He was a great guy to his family, friends, and the town. Mel was a stellar character, too. I loved how she didn’t put up with Colton’s crap and she was a strong, independent character in her own right.
The steam factor was definitely there for these two and while I always enjoy that, you know I look for more in romance novels nowadays. I have to say that even though Rising Assets didn’t amaze me or anything, it still had a decent plot going aside from the romance. I also loved seeing familiar characters from the previous books and catching up on their lives. If you’re a fan of this series already, you’ll want to give this a read. As far as romance reads go, this one is light and quick one so I’m sure romance readers will enjoy it.