Rocky Mountain Rebel by Vivian Arend, narrated by Tatiana Sokolov

Rocky Mountain RebelWhy I read it:  This is one from my personal library.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  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 that 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.

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  I do like those Coleman boys.  *fans self*  Joel and Jesse are the twins in the family, with Joel the younger by about 30 minutes.  In previous books, we have seen Joel and Jesse “double teaming” various happy, consenting girls but Joel is finding he wants to step out of that now that they’ve finished college.  He wants to have a girlfriend rather than just hookups and he doesn’t want to share with Jesse anymore.

Breakable by Tammara Webber

BreakableWhy I read it:  I finally got around to listening to Easy on audio.  When I was browsiing my TBR for what next to read, I felt it was the right time to read this one.  I bought it when it first came out but the timing was never quite right before.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  He was lost and alone. Then he found her.

And the future seemed more fragile than ever

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

Warning: Spoilers for Easy follow.

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  I think part of the reason it took me a while to actually read the book was that I was a bit scared I wouldn’t like it.  I adored Easy.  Would Breakable be a re-hash? Would it be boring?  Would it somehow retroactively impact my enjoyment of the first book? As it happened, I was very much feeling the NA love after successful reads from Kristen Callahan and Sarina Bowen. Being up to date on my audiobook reviewing commitments (which is kind of unprecedented but yay me!) I decided to revisit Easy via the audiobook which was waiting patiently on my TBL.  And, about halfway through the listen, when I was searching my TBR for my next read and I was all caught up in the Lucas love, I thought – well it’s time.  And there was a beautiful symmetry to listening to Jaqueline’s perspective and reading Lucas’s.  I think it wouldn’t have worked as well if I hadn’t already read Easy and it probably helped that I was halfway through the listen before I cracked open the book – because I never caught up to Lucas’ POV but I also had Jacqueline’s perspective fresh in my mind when I read reading.  In the end, for whatever reason, none of my fears were realised and I enjoyed the heck out of Breakable. I’d say it’s not quite as good as Easy because it essentially tells the same story but in more detail and from another perspective.  So it’s not entirely “fresh and new” (although there are aspects of the story which are).  But it wasn’t boring and it didn’t feel like just a “re-hash” either. If anything, it made me love Easy more.

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