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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (156 pgs)
Other: BDSM (light), M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.

Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake's nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.

That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…

Rocky Mountain Heat is family drama in its finest form with six sexy cowboys that’ll make you want to keep them all! It's an unstoppable story filled with humor, drama, and loads of lovin’.

For as long as she can remember, Jaxi has been content in knowing where her future lies, but the biggest appeal to being a rancher’s wife is having Blake Coleman. Jaxi grew up with the Coleman boys, but Blake always separated himself due to the responsibilities and privileges that came with being the oldest. For the longest time Jaxi simply admired him and when those feelings started to turn into something more, uncertainty set in since she wasn’t sure if he felt the same or only saw her as a little sister. While others her age thought of leaving the nest as soon as possible, Jaxi stayed knowing that she’d already found her calling. Opportunity comes knocking when an accident leads her right back into the middle of Coleman clan again, but this time she’s going to show Blake that she’s all grown up and knows exactly what she wants.

Blake Coleman has always known it was his destiny to be working the ranch for the rest of his life. While some his brothers went to college and pursued other activities, Blake’s at peace with the knowledge that his future is at the ranch where it all started. The only thing missing is someone to share it all with, but the someone he had in mind is completely off limits.

Blake makes a lot assumptions about Jaxi and refuses to face the truth about her and his own feelings. He’s also in deep denial that age is just a number, but his road blocks to keep her adistance are failing miserably. What’s worse is she seems determined to torment him with home cooked meals, playing nursemaid to his Ma, and hard work around the ranch. All of which is done with a body that looks good in anything – even dirt. Through it all he barely maintains control, but he didn’t count on how extremely determined, stubborn, and mischievous Jaxi could be.

I should mention that Blake and Jaxi are not part of any ménage that the story is tagged under, but the story does slightly veer toward another brother with quite the situation on his hands and in his bed. I'm sure there will be more on him in his own story in a later installment.

Ms. Arend does an incredible job incorporating so many personalities into one story without it becoming confusing or overshadowing Blake and Jaxi’s dilemma. Each of the characters has a distinct voice with half-told back-stories that I anxiously await to uncover fully throughout the rest of the series.

Jaxi is definitely someone to admire with her bold approach to helping Blake realize what’s right in front of him while maintaining an innocence that drives the boys crazy. Meanwhile, Blake is a gentleman through and through with a streak of alpha male dominance that’s most appealing.

Plenty of surprisingly sexy and emotionally tender moments line the story and will have your attention rapt all the way to the end. I am eager to see where these wild ranch boys take us next and the very brave, but extremely lucky women who get to tame them.

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