Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kiss My Boots ~ Harper Sloan ~ New Release and Review

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

 Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

 The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….  

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Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand. Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads |

Elizabeth's Review

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

This is a book I struggled with how to review because while there were parts I absolutely loved, there were things that had me climbing the walls with frustration. I ended up deciding to go with the higher rating because the parts that I found frustrating fell into the personal preference category and I felt that it would be unfair to let that way too heavily.

The story is Kiss My Boots is a solid 4 star effort for a second chance romance. Quinn and Tate fell in love over the summers that he would stay with his grandparents through high and high school before he "vanished" at the end of the summer before college. 9 years later he's back in town and they have history to deal with.
I loved these two together. Their love story, both past and present was sweet, tender, and had me rooting for them. The reasons behind their separation made it easier for Quinn and her brothers to forgive Tate and let their relationship rebuild itself.
The secondary cast centers on Quinn's brothers, Maverick (Coming Home #1) and Clay and the family drama explained initially in book 1. Those issues continue to play out in Kiss My Boots, but even with some of the continuations, this works well as a stand alone.

Okay - now as much as I liked the story in Kiss My Boots, some of the execution had me extremely frustrated. The biggest issue for me was that even though this series is set in Texas, very little is done to establish the broader setting outside of the town of Pine Oak. I could live with that, but for the author's instance that the characters "speak" with an exaggerated accent. The accent issue is two fold: 1) the dropped g's and other unique pieces of language actually made it difficult to read some of the dialogue. 2) The over the top language choice made it seem almost as if the author was making fun of the types of people her characters represent.

I'd like to believe that the issues that I found frustrating were in place because the author felt they were important to the story and not everyone is going to have the same preferences or predilections I do while reading, so I can't penalize the book too much. Overall, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to Clay's story.

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