Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Him Away From HerRaised beneath the big Montana sky, Matt Malloy was never meant to be a jet-setting businessman. But he’ll do anything to protect the family ranch he shares with his brothers. Coming home after a two-week trip to Italy, Matt wants nothing more than to shed his suit and tie for a well-worn pair of jeans and ride his horse up to the cabin for some alone time. The last thing he needs is a big-city lawyer invading his privacy-even if she is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen . . .
Vanessa Kettering has devoted her life to her work. As a passionate animal rights defender, she doesn’t have room for anything else. But from the moment she meets Matt, she’s taken with this rugged cowboy’s lazy smile and tender touch. When a raging storm traps them inside his cabin for the night, one steamy kiss leads to another, sweeping them away with a force that’s as wild and untamed as the land he loves. But when the morning light comes, will she lose her heart?
Feeling oddly deflated at not being able to speak with her father, she turned toward the door. “I guess I’ll just gather up my papers and be ready to leave. I wouldn’t want to hold Burke up.”
Before Matt could follow her inside, his phone rang again. He remained outside, listening in silence.
When he finally stepped into the cabin, he crossed to the kitchen and began filling a box with food containers.
She watched him. “Won’t you need that?”
He shook his head. “Looks like I’m leaving, too. I’ll have Burke haul this down the mountain while I ride behind on my horse.”
“Is anything wrong?”
He looked over, his face devoid of emotion. “Just some storm damage at the ranch.”
“I hope it’s nothing serious.”
He gave a negligent shrug. “Nothing new in these parts.” He set the box on the floor near the door. “I’m sure we’ll handle it.”
Hearing the sound of a truck’s engine, she started past him. As her body brushed against his, she felt a sudden, shocking sexual jolt.
She paused for a mere moment, tipping her face up to his, her eyes wide, her breath catching in her throat.
Matt reached for the door, but instead of opening it, he kept his voice low. “I’m sorry again you had to spend the night.”
“I’m not.” The words slipped out before she had time to think. Then, trying to cover her lapse, she bit her lower lip. “I’m not sorry, Matt. Whenever I look back on this, I’ll think of it as my excellent Montana adventure.”
He was staring at her mouth in a way that had her throat going dry. There was a hint of a smile on his lips. “I hope I won’t be a villain in your memory.”
“Far from it.”
Something in the way she said it had him looking from her mouth to her eyes.
Alarmed that he could read her thoughts, she blindly reached a hand to the door, only to have her hand coming in contact with his.
She pulled it away as though burned, but it was too late. The rush of heat had her cheeks going bright pink.
She looked up to see him watching her in that quiet, closed way.
Before she had a chance to think what she was doing she stood on tip-toe and brushed his mouth with a soft, butterfly kiss as light as a snowflake.
His eyes narrowed. His hands gripped her shoulders and for a moment he hesitated, as though considering. Then he lowered his head, staring into her eyes before covering her lips with his.
Matt and Vanessa’s story is the first in a new series of cowboy/Montana men books by the author RC Ryan. This is also the first story I have ever read by this author so I was really excited going into it as I love discovering new authors. (I also LOVE cowboys).
The story was a little typical – handsome country boy meets beautiful city girl and they have instant attraction to each other. The build up to the actual relationship part was a little bit slower than what I usually like and the plot felt just a bit… pushed? Forced? Im not sure what the word is im wanting to use here. I will stop short at saying contrived because I dont feel that strongly about it. But I will say that im a fairly slow reader and I would occasionally get bogged down in the wordiness of it all. There seemed to be a whole lot of “stuff” going on that didnt necessarily need to be included (my opinion only). The story was good, as was the plot line. It could have stood on its own without all the extras.
I did really enjoy the characters though. Both the main ones – Matt and Vanessa, and the secondary characters, who I hope to see a lot more of in the sequels. The author brought out several of their personalities and I think it will be interesting to see their stories develop in the series.
I give Matt 3.5*** WickedGoodStars and will look for the sequel (which im fairly certain is Luke) coming soon!
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.
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