Over the Top
Release Date: 07/21/2015
This kind of temptation is worth the risk…
Dawn Freeze had a huge crush on Hawk Rain for years, and the entire town knows it. It’s understandable―the man is total hotness. That tall, lean body. Intense dark eyes. And always one foot out the door. Now he’s on leave for exactly one week. And this time, he’s made it crystal clear that he only wants one thing. Her.
Hawk’s been fighting his attraction to Dawn for as long as he can remember. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and that means hands-off. Except now she’s all grown up, and her sweet sexiness is exactly what he craves. But just as Hawk allows himself one mindblowingly intense night with Dawn, he learns that everyone he loves is in danger. Especially her.
And the only way to protect Dawn is to push her away…
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
Over the Top is the fourth book in the Montana Maverick’s series by Rebecca Zanetti, though it is the first book I’ve read within the series. In the story, Dawn has harbored a not so secret crush on Hawk for years while Hawk has carried a secret torch for her for just as long, and now thanks to his job and because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself, she’s in danger.
When Hawk comes home for a week’s leave, he’s on edge and restless, and doing his best to forget about his attraction to his best friend’s sister. But when he realizes she might’ve forgotten about him, he can’t quite bring himself to step back from the ledge. So, instead, he goes after what he wants, and what he wants, is Dawn.
I really love stories about unrequited love, especially when they aren’t quite as unrequited as they seem. I also love that sense of the forbidden, and add in a protective hero and the slightest edge of danger, written by an author who knows how to tell a story and captivate readers with compelling characters, and man, am I hooked.
Over the Top was just such a read for me. I liked it from the moment Hawk appeared on the page because his emotions seemed real and natural to me. There’s just something about a man who isn’t quite settled beneath his own skin, someone who doesn’t even realize what he needs until he’s forced to contemplate the loss of it. That’s who Hawk was to me, and I seriously loved that because it made for such an engrossing and entertaining read. And I loved Hawk’s sexy, take charge attitude, even as he did his best to push Dawn away in an effort to keep her safe.
The secondary characters in this were fun, and I probably would’ve loved them more had I read the first three books in this series first. Not that they weren’t lovable in this one, they were, and they made Dawn and Hawk’s predicament all the more fun because of their interference and the humor they brought to the situation.
If you’re looking for a great contemporary romance read about satiating long-held desires and figuring out how to hold onto what’s important despite the dangers in having it, coveting it, I recommend reading Over the Top by Rebecca Zanetti. It’s definitely worth it!
Book One: Against The Wall
Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…
Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky landscape architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is literally swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes country life has some serious (and seriously steamy) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smoking hot wrangler really is.
Tribal lawyer Jake Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball, so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn. Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…
Book Two: Under the Covers
Opposites don’t attract. They ignite.
The small Montana town near the Kooskia reserve seemed like the perfect place for Juliet Montgomery to hide from her not-so-law-abiding family. But when her peace is shattered by a break-in and threatening phone calls, it’s clear someone back in New York knows where she is. It’s time to plan her getaway, and fast—but first, she needs to tie up a few loose ends. Namely, finding out exactly what the town’s sexy cowboy sheriff is hiding in his holster…
Sheriff Quinn Lodge has enough demons of his own to know when someone’s hiding something. Clearly, he needs to do a thorough investigation to uncover what’s beneath Juliet’s uptight, city-girl exterior—preferably one piece of clothing at a time. But when their chemistry goes from fizzy to full-on explosive, things start getting complicated. How can Juliet stay beneath the covers with Quinn, when doing so means blowing her cover?
Book Three: Rising Assets
Friends with benefits was never the plan…
Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knowsexactly what he needs to fix.
Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.
Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.