Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kiss My Boots (Coming Home, #2) by Harper Sloan

Title: Kiss My Boots (The Coming Home Series)
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Coming Home Series (Book 1)
Format: Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (April 25, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1501155199
ISBN-13: 978-1501155192
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an eBook loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tate Montgomery gave his heart away years ago and never took it back. His parents had big plans for him, and the life he wanted wasn't on their agenda. Neither was the girl he planned to marry. So they did what they thought was best and forced him to do what they wished. Their plan worked for years until they had no way of holding him back anymore. Now he's going back to the only place that has ever felt like home and hoping it's not too late to reclaim what he lost...

Quinn 'Q' Davis has been through a lot in her life and to say she is relationship shy would be an understatement. Her mother up and left when she was too small to really remember her, her father was far from being father of the year, and her first romantic relationship left her inwardly scarred with trust issues. She just doesn't do relationships. Tate will have his hands full trying to win her back.
This was the second story in Harper Sloan's Coming Home series. It can be read as a standalone, but you may wish to read 'Lost Rider' first. Quinn and Leighton are best friends, and in the first book you get a nice view of the inner workings of their friendship and how they support one another. It will also give you a nice glimpse inside the Davis family dynamics and history.

Quinn is a mechanic who has taken over the managing of her family auto repair shop, the such shop within a fifty mile radius. She knows her way around a car, and it earned her the nickname 'Grease' from Tate. That was fine with her, she gave him the nickname 'Starch' due to the fact his parents were hoping to transform Tate into a high-society snob who wore starched shirts everyday. The two have known each other for years and every summer when he'd come to visit his grandparents they couldn't be kept apart. They were like two peas in a pod. That ended nine years ago when Tate left and never came back. No explanations, no returned phone calls, and no word.

I wasn't immediately sold on Tate. I liked his determination and single mindedness when it came to Quinn, but his treatment of Ella left me with reservations. Once explained, I could understood Tate's abrupt departure from Quinn's life all those years ago, but it just seemed like he should have somehow clued her in to what had happened. The timing could not have been worse.

Tate is a tall drink of water. He became a successful doctor, a gynecologist, having followed in his grandaddy's footsteps, but took the path his parents laid out for him. Unfortunately for them, you can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy. He became what they wanted which was everything he did not. The minute he could (believe me it's complicated), he hightailed it back to Pine Oak to try to pick up the pieces he left behind.

Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. The chemistry between these two was off the charts. I liked the way Quinn handled things and made him work for her affections which seemed only right. She had a lot of issues, most stemming from her parents, which she had to work through before she could fully give her heart. I have to admit the parents in these books are atrocious, but I like the underlying message that permeates through the series--we are not our parents and we can choose who we wish to become. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a SHOWER rating--a cold shower is necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning - make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. lol

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