Thursday, November 26, 2015

ARC Review: Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm

Title: Rebel Cowboy

Author: Nicole Helm

Synopsis:

UNDER A BIG SKY

For hotshot NHL star Dan Sharpe, hockey isn’t just his job—it’s his everything. But when claims of cheating get him bounced from the ice, he finds himself feeling lost. Everyone thinks he’s crazy for taking on his grandfather’s ramshackle Montana ranch, but hey, he’s Dan Sharpe: how hard can it be?

As it turns out? Plenty hard.

Mel Shaw has been fighting tooth and nail to keep her family from falling apart. The last thing she needs is a distraction, but taking a job as some city slicker’s consultant may be her only chance to save the land she loves. But she never expected someone like Dan to come roaring into her life, and it doesn’t take long for Mel to realize this hockey-star-turned-cowboy has the power to upend her carefully ordered world—and heart—for good.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Rebel Cowboy, the first book in Nicole Helm's Big Sky Cowboys series was a great contemporary romance read. I really enjoyed reading about Mel and Dan. While this story isn't exactly a enemies to lovers story, it felt that way at times with the way Mel treated Dan in the beginning and while it made me dislike Mel a little bit, it made the story more fulfilling and actually made me love her in the end more because her character goes through quite the transformation not only in terms of her relationship with Dan, but with how she dealt with her home life. While Mel was a strong and independent character from the beginning, it wasn't until the end that she started to really stick up for herself when it came to her pretty much useless brother and father and makes decisions that benefit her and make her happy. The hero, Dan, also changes quite a bit over the course of the story as he tries to figure what he wants to do if he leaves the NHL.

Aside from the individual problems that both Mel and Dan had to deal with throughout the book, at the core of this novel was a sweet romance. I really loved the way that the romance progressed in this one from the initial dislike to the sexually charged beginning to love. It all really worked and made the HEA all the more satisfying.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable contemporary romance that I highly recommend. Plus, there are llamas! Lol.

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