Sharp Shooting Cowboy
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Page Count: 32o pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Western Romance
Series: Hot Cowboy Nights (Book #3)
Heat Level: Hot & Sizzling
Release Date: 6/2/2015
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT, COWBOY…
A Weary warrior…
After eight years as a Marine sniper, war-scarred Reid Everett is back in his native Wyoming. He knows and loves this rugged land, so working for wildlife services to reduce the booming wolf population suits him to a T.
A Caring crusader…
Wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is desperate to make a difference. Leaving the world of academia behind, she accepts a position as a wolf advocate to protect the animals she loves.
Their jobs set them on a collision course, but chemistry sparks like wildfire between Reid and Haley. They’ll have to brave some rough territory if they hope to reconcile their polarizing views with a passion that won’t be denied.
* Arc provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
First Impression: An intriguing start with well-written characters and a mega-hot hero who drew me in from the very first word.
Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy is my first read by Victoria Vane. Yet, even though this is the third book in the author’s Hot Cowboy Nights series, I never felt like I was out of the loop while reading because this book is a fantastic standalone read. Not to mention the author is vastly talented with the written word. I was captivated from the first word on.
This book was not at all what I expected given the summary. Which isn’t a bad thing, as this romance took a long time to develop and yet, it read fast enough for me to become both intrigued and invested in the outcome. These characters are on opposites on just about everything they both hold dear, and yet, they connect in a way neither of them quite understand.
Haley Cooper is very impassioned about the causes she champions, but even with her steadfast beliefs, I never felt like they were so over the top or made her unlikable as a character. Just the opposite, in fact. I love that she’s so strong in her beliefs, and that Reid is equally strong in his. They challenge each other to think outside the box in ways I wasn’t at all expecting to find in this book.
This is a surprising, thoroughly enjoyable read. Readers will be swept away by both the characters and the issues they believe in. It’s clear from the start that a lot of research went into the creation of this story, in a lot of different ways, and I seriously applaud the author for finding the perfect way to blend it with the story and characters’ journey.
Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy is a very unique romance read, and one I enjoyed from start to finish. So much so, I’ll be looking into this author’s backlist works. Because it’s clear to me after reading this work, I’ve been seriously missing out on some truly great romance reads.
Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her work includes everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her historical romances have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She is now making waves in contemporary romance with her critically acclaimed Hot Cowboy Nights series from Sourcebooks (Slow Hand, Rough Rider, Sharp Shooter, Silver Tongue). Look for her scorching hot Hotel Rodeo series coming from Kensington early 2016.