10/2021 Update: The ebook for this book is free on most platforms. Also the audiobook is only $1.99 to add on via whispersync, so I’ve been buying them.
Sometimes love is right there for the taking.
Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but 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
Point of view:
3rd Person. Mostly from Blake & Jaxi’s perspectives, but there are sections from Matt’s POV.
It’s so weird that I have such mixed feelings about a book that I’ve read & listened to this many times. I don’t know if it’s because my “discernment” or “criteria” about books have changed over the years. Perhaps it’s just that I really love some parts, but there are a few things that just kinda sit poorly with me – I’m not really sure.
I own the ebook, but am in a serious “I just want to listen to stuff I know I’m going to like” slump so checked out the audio from my library because I pretty consistently enjoy Tatiana Sokolov’s narrations. These books are best read in order as they each build off events from previous books. Also, Rocky Mountain Haven (book 2) runs somewhat concurrently with this book but has spoilers for book 1.
I’m a big fan of May/December romance and sort of adore the fact that 21yo Jaxi has been in love with 31yo Blake since she was 10. She knew she was too young and spent years working toward becoming a ranch wife because she knew that’s what he’d want/need. Listening to Blake try to continue to deny that Jaxi is all grown up is kinda fun.
Pehaps slightly spoilerish? Unfortunately, while waiting Jaxi dates Travis and then to make Blake jealous Jaxi has a physical interaction with the youngest brothers – twins Joel & Jesse. It feels manipulative and gross instead of cute or whatever.
Once Blake & Jaxi get together it’s more enjoyable. Through conversations and a few chapters from Matt’s POV, we definitely get to know all the Six Pack Colemans as well as some of the cousins. There’s multiple hot & descriptive sex scenes with Blake & Jaxi as well as a MFM menage (with Matt, his girlfriend, & Matt’s cousin Gabe).
The little epilogue is adorable – but I almost wish it was at the beginning as a prologue, because I think what could have been the funniest thing about it was spoiled by the fact that you already know what’s coming. (Yeah, I know that probably doesn’t make much sense unless you’ve read it.)
I enjoyed Sokolov’s narration. She uses this subtle Canadian accent that continues to remind the listener of where we’re at without overpowering the narration. The only issue is that with so many male characters regularly speaking/interacting – she kind of runs out of ways to differentiate them.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vivian Arend loves to share the products of her over-active imagination with her readers. She writes contemporary, western, and light-hearted paranormal romances. The stories are humorous yet emotional, usually with a large cast of family or friends, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Vivian lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband of many years—her inspiration for every hero and a willing companion for all sorts of adventures.
About the narrator:
Tanya Eby is a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is a narrator and has over 500 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books). When not narrating, she’s working on her own writing.
(Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but this bio is copied directly from Eby’s website.)
You can connect with Tanya Eby here:
My Favorite Quotes
Lingering, caressing, and more meaningful than any kiss he had ever given or received in his life. – Rocky Mountain Heat by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #Romance #SixPackRanch #AgeGapTweet
Sometimes it’s the biggest and seemingly boldest animals you’ve got to gentle along real slow and easy to get the right results – Rocky Mountain Heat by @VivianArend #Audiobook narrated by @Blunder_Woman #TatianaSokolov #Romance #SixPackRanch #AgeGapTweet