Rocky Mountain Rebel by Vivian Arend

rocky mountain rebelTitle: Rocky Mountain Rebel

Series: Six Pack Ranch bk 5

Author: Vivian Arend

Genre: Contemporary

The best type of growing up involves getting down and dirty

Vicki Hansol made different choices than her less-than-reputable mom and sister, yet her fiery temper has left her branded with the same town-bad-girl label. When she desperately needs a change of scenery, her get-out-of-town-free ticket arrives—and requires she face down one of her deepest fears.

Easygoing Joel Coleman has nothing to complain about, but he’s never really done anything to brag about either. The youngest member of the Six Pack Ranch is looking to make some changes in his life that include stepping out from under his twin brother’s shadow.

So when the bold beauty with the smart mouth approaches him with a proposition, Joel is intrigued. Her request for him to teach her to ride soon takes on a whole new meaning. All that passion in his arms, his bed, in the barn…hell, anywhere he can get it? Bring it on.

But tangling the sheets leads to unanticipated complications, and by the time the dust settles, everything family means is going to be challenged.

Caution: Saddle up for some youthful vigor applied with great enthusiasm. Ropes, rails and raunchy sex—there’s more places to get dirty around the ranch than first meets the eye.

When it comes to writing hot cowboys no one does it better than Vivian Arend. From book 1 in this series I’ve been hooked on the Coleman family.  And while I loved them all I have to admit I’ve had a soft spot for twins Joel and Jesse, after all I’m the mom of twin sons.

Having read all of the books in this series I was surprised that Joel’s book was next as he’s so young as is Vicki. When I mentioned this to DH he reminded me he was Joel’s age when we got married and Vicki is younger than both of my sisters and my sister-in-law when they got married. After that I had to rethink my feelings on them as a couple.

Joel and Vicki have reasons for doing what they do, and they are very valid reasons. What they don’t count on is falling for each other.

Joel is tired of living the life he’s lived for years, partying and messing around with women, and sharing them with his brother Jesse. In Rocky Mountain Angel we got a glimpse all was not well with Joel and Jesse’s relationship. I have to admit this story is breaking my heart because I can’t imagine twins not being close and each’s rocks. As the story goes on, we get to see Joel’s hurt over what his twin Jesse is pulling and how it’s affecting their relationship. If I didn’t trust Vivian explicitly in regards to her story lines I would be upset about this turn in their relationship, however I do so I know she has a reason for what she’s doing.

Vicki has been living in the shadow of her mom and sister’s shadows her entire life. And they aren’t shadows she wants to live in. When her temper costs her her job Joel is on hand to see it and tells her of a job opening he knows about. At the same time she’s given the opportunity of her life, the only problem…she’s terrified of horses. When inspiration strikes she calls Joel, he’s the solution to not one but two of her problems.

Watching as Joel and Vicki traverse their fake relationship, was like watching two newborn ponies testing out their legs for the first time. Neither one has ever been in a relationship, so it’s all new ground to them. And the way Joel teaches Vicki to ride, well lets just say I wish I didn’t know how to ride one so I could have ridding lessons like hers, as they are HAWT and very inventive.

As they realize they have feelings for each other, neither one wants to say anything as they are afraid it will ruin what they have.

This book made my heart hurt and cry at the same time. The emotions are messy and beautiful and amazing.

I will tell you all this, if you have been waiting for Travis’s book well then PAY ATTENTION in this book. I mean it, PAY ATTENTION. That is all I will say about that.

Each book in this series gets better and better. I can’t wait to see what happens next and to find out what snake crawled up Jesse’s but and caused him to be an ass to his brother.

Grade A


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