Tuesday, March 27, 2012
My "Rocky Mountain Haven" by Vivian Arend Review
It’s the quiet ones that take you by surprise.
Six Pack Ranch, Book 2
Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.
After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.
Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgmental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.
At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more than enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.
Warning: One woman determined to retake control of her life, a man with the single-minded purpose of offering her—and her body—everything she needs. Inappropriate behavior in barns, change rooms, and oh-my-gawd phone sex with a cowboy.
Another great addition to “The Six Pack Ranch” novels! This book takes place during and carries on after the end of the first novel. In this story we are introduced to Beth Danube, a widowed mother of three young boys who comes to live in the spare house on the Coleman Ranch. Beth comes from an abusive past and is trying to start a new life for her and her boys. One of the main things she wants to focus on is regaining her faith in men. She meets Daniel Coleman in a bar and the two of them pretty much hit it off. They exchange numbers, but Beth ends up giving him a bad number as she was only looking for a onetime thing and not ready for an actual relationship. So you could imagine Daniel’s surprise when he finds out the woman he’s been pining over has moved into the spare house on his family’s ranch…and sleeping in his old room. Daniel is completely smitten with Beth and would like to pursue a relationship with her, but Beth is reluctant to get involved with anyone after what her husband put her through. She decides to make a deal with Daniel. She will agree to his terms of being friends, if he agrees to her terms of providing her with “non-vanilla sex”…a.k.a. friends with benefits.
There is a lot of learning and understanding in this book, which I think is one of the things that make it a great novel. Daniel is such a wonderful man and a perfect role model for Beth’s young boys. He takes to them so willing and effortlessly that it just makes your heart melt. And with Daniel’s help and patience, Beth learns to let go and be herself again. She becomes the woman she’s wanted to be for so long and it was heartwarming to see her recover from the years of abuse she endured and accept Daniel into her life. Oh yeah, and about that “non-vanilla sex”…I’d say that Daniel definitely delivers on that promise:)