It’s an unfortunate truth that while I love Western romance, I rarely get the pleasure of a novel that meets me on all counts – evoking a strong sense of place, emphasizing an imperfect but loving family, possessing driving conflict and providing an off the charts steamy romance.
Yet Rebecca Zanzetti scores perfect 10s in every category with her Maverick Montana series and she particularly knocks it out of the park with Rising Assets, the third book in these Western romances (we’ve plenty more siblings, thank heavens, so more books to come!).
Colton Freeze is both a cowboy comfortable chasing down stray cattle on the back of a horse as well as a keen businessman who wears an expensive suit while choosing his family’s investments. He has a life plan, a business plan, and probably a couple of others and no one ever changes them. No one would dare.
Except his best friend, Melanie Jacobs, that is. He’s spent his life ignoring the fact that she is of the feminine persuasion, but seeing her working her third job in the scanty attire of a barmaid has him seeing red. If she was hard up for money why didn’t she come to him? And when did her ass become so amazing?
Mel isn’t going to anyone for help, because her problem is of the most private kind. Recently having discovered that her biological clock isn’t just ticking, it’s almost run out of steam, has hurt her profoundly. That her pushy best friend Colton is back in town and demanding answers – and worse, offering to help – is a complication she didn’t need, one that ratchets into the stratosphere when their incessant arguing leads to a kiss that rocks both their world.
Now Mel has thrown Colt through a loop and everything is falling apart, his family’s business hits roadblocks, his best friend is hiding a secret, and the entire town is betting on when he and Mel will get together. But Mel isn’t going to let Colt throw his plan away on her no matter how badly she wants a baby while she can still make one, no matter how much this man doesn’t hear “no” when people are yelling it at him.
If you haven’t read Rebecca Zanzetti yet, this is the series to try. It’s impossible not to love every single person in this family, including the extended “friends” who are really family and the tight-knit town with its eccentric characters wins you over in a heartbeat. Zanzetti writes for the Brazen line for a reason – her sex scenes are un-freakin-believable and the dominant Colt and his ability to see a thrown gauntlet will induce a sweat no matter how cold it is outside.
Take advantage of Entangled’s amazing $.99 deal for recently published books – you don’t need to read the previous books to appreciate the nuances of this installment in the series. Compelling heroes and heroines who know how to heat up the sheets (when they even get to a bed, which isn’t often), lots of loving family and a Western setting that will make your heart ache, is what the Montana Maverick series, and Rising Assets in particular, has to offer.