When Tobin Hale stepped in to stop Garnet Evans’s son from railroading her out of her own home, he knew moving in with his favorite Mud Lily could be seen as strange. But nothing prepared him for the arrival of Garnet’s fiery, beautiful granddaughter, Jade—or her assumption that he’s up to no good...
While Tobin might be the hottest man Jade Evans has ever seen, his physical attributes won’t distract her from protecting her grandma from his sweet-talking ways. But the stubborn cowboy digs in his boot heels and refuses to leave. Stuck in close quarters together, Jade learns Tobin is the real deal—a hardworking, fiercely loyal man and she’s the one in danger of losing her heart.
And just when he was prepared to leave Muddy Gap behind, Tobin may have found the kind of woman worth sticking around for...
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Berkley Penguin Group
Blacktop Cowboys Book #8
Review Copy provided by the publisher
Sweet Jesus...nobody writes delectable cowboys quite like, Lorelei James! They're gritty, hard headed; alpha, and so damn sexy it's out of control!
I fell in love with Tobin from the moment he walked onto the page many books ago. He was so sweet and likeable, but there was something about him that pulled at me. He seemed like a bit of a pushover, someone who's taken for granted, but I could tell that under all of that, there was a strong man.
Jade was such a fun heroine! She's smart, spunky, and full of sass. The banter between Tobin and Jade kept me laughing through much of the book! The dialogue was witty and really gave you an inside look at the characters personalities. Even with the constant barbs, Jade and Tobin slung at each other, you could still sense the chemistry between them. It was simmering under the surface and it was only a matter of time before it boiled over!
Jade is coasting through life without any real direction at the moment. She keeps busy constantly, but she's not content. She's looking for something and she doesn't have a clue what that is...until Tobin. Both of these characters are on a journey of self discovery and they aren't even really aware of it. This makes the story so relatable for so many people. So many of us are trying to forge our path through the world and we haven't the faintest idea of how to do that. Like, Tobin and Jade, it often has to happen naturally, you can't force it.
I liked that there weren't any games between the hero and heroine. They were both trying to protect Garnet, and they had to find common ground on how to do that. Once they found that, everything just moved in the right direction.
Lorelei James has the ability to write sexual tension and steamy love scenes that will leave the reader panting and coming back for more. Damn, Tobin was yummy in the sack!
I adore that you get to revisit characters from previous books! There a lot of babies making an appearance. Only a lover of books can appreciate "seeing" their beloved characters again. And of course we get to see more shenanigans from the Mud Lilies! Those ladies crack me the hell up! They may be senior citizens but they're zest for life would tire out a person in their 20's!
I can always count on, Lorelei James to provide me with hours of entertainment. She pulls me in with her solid plots, her likeable and strong characters, and dialogue that keeps me smiling all the way through! This book could be read as a stand alone, but I recommend starting with book #1. There are so many great characters that make appearances throughout the series, and it's nice to have the backstory. So do yourself a favour and start the series from the beginning, and fall in love with the folks from Muddy Gap, Wyoming!
Rating: 4 Stars (A)