After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.
Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.
Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.
When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.
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This was a solid book, and there were components that I really liked. I like a book that inspires girls, and this book will do exactly that, however it seemed like the Walker family just spoke in inspirational quotes. It was a bit much (and maybe a bit cheesy) in parts.
I am a huge fan of Nicole, and really liked her other books. I like that Jesse was an all around good guy. He was a bit cocky at times, but totally deserved to be. He is a refreshing change from the tattooed bad boy, with his tight wranglers and cowboy hat. I like the chemistry between the couple, but I would have liked a bit more interaction between them. Rowen was a bit introspective at times.
Cover and writing
I really like the cover.. just wish I could see Jesse in those jeans!! Williams' writing was great as always. It was swoony, angsty, and funny. It had a bit of grit to it too. You don't read many contemporary country based books, and I think she nailed it.
I would have to say that Rowen was the best part of the book. She was a freak, well not really, but she looked like one. She was every bit of snarky-badass, but she was a real person under all that. I regular girl, hiding behind walls, with a past that anyone would hide from.
Swoonworthy points: 8
Jesse is a sweetheart, but he's also super sexy.. one word.. DIMPLES!! The two are opposites in the beginning, but have that attraction that is hard to deny. Rowen has walls, and Jesse is a good climber!(See below, and try not to swoon your pants off!)
I love this super swoonworthy quote:
"So, we have to take what we want because life sure as shit isn't going to freely hand it over." He kissed the skin just above my collar bone. "And I want you."
Overall, I liked this book. It was a good read that made you want to drive to Montana and find a cowboy.
ARC provided by Author and ATMOR in exchange for honest review.
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I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?
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