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Review: Against the Wall by Rebecca Zanetti

Against the Wall (Maverick Montana #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Ebook $2.99 (168 pages, BRAZEN)
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 suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.
Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jake Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—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 the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…

Author Site: website

The Montanan Reader Stamp of Approval (4 stars)

I have to dive right in and say that I was worried I would hate this book. I'd recently read one of Zanetti's paranormals and hated the Alpha hero more than any I've ever read. Two things made me decide to give AGAINST THE WALL a read: #1 her writing style is awesome and pulls you in quickly and #2 as with any Montana set books that come my way, I feel compelled as a resident to make sure they feel authentic. I'm happy to report that Zanetti did both while still maintaining the slightly over-the-top feel you expect from category romances.

While the blurb actually serves the basic jist of the story up very well it doesn't give you enough to know that this has a great 'small town' feel to it. While Maverick might not be a real town (it's a ski resort) it's got the ficticious makings of what my state is known for. I really enjoyed the focus on the tribe in particular as tribal issues aren't something you see in this genre much and they're a key part of Montana's culture.

While it took a while for Jake to win me over, it was easy to like Sophie. She's talented, intelligent, and in need of a true family. If you're a sucker for a hero or heroine who's essentially alone and finds themselves welcomed into a big family with open arms you'll really enjoy the cast of secondary characters that solidify the romance. I'm trying to avoid spoilers with much of this but without Jake's family the story just wouldn't be as endearing and the set-up for sequels is great.

I only had one real issue with the story and it's a total spoiler so I won't go into it but if you don't care for common category romance tropes you might wanna scream at the book as much as I did. There's one big 'oh come on... seriously... you guys are idiots' event that had me shaking my fist in dismay but if you are a long-time category nut it's a popular one I think you may love. It does make for good story, it's just one I felt both Jake and Sophie were too smart for.

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Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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