Merek Slatter is the wild card on the Silver Star Ranch in Texas and always has been. He’s blessed with his granddaddy’s love of the ranch yet haunted with chasing that gold buckle eight seconds at a time.
Tensions are high on the ranch when circumstances threaten to take it under. His dad and brothers pressure him to stay home and become an active cowboy on the ranch. However, Merek is addicted to the road and rodeo. He’s home anytime he can be and provides plenty of money to keep the family ranch afloat, but sometimes it takes more than what’s in the bank to protect tradition.
Now home on a three-month break, Merek finds himself all tied up with the new girl in town. She’s quiet and reserved but there’s something about Challis’ green eyes and feisty attitude that makes her irresistible. When he runs into her at a rodeo and catches a glimpse of her on horseback all hopes of leaving her alone flies out the window.
There are several rumors floating around town about her, however that doesn’t stop Merek from going after what he wants. He knows she’s off limits and only full of trouble, but Merek thrives on trouble and adrenaline.
Then the road calls again and it’s time to leave.
And the high…
What will he choose?
Joanna’s Rating: 5 of 5 Hearts
H.J Bellus strikes again with another brilliant read! Although very different from her usual settings, Merek & Challis take us on the proverbial ride of our lives.
I loved the Slatter brothers so damn much but cocky cowboy Merek from Silver Star Ranch, literally stole my heart. He’s a bad boy.
Egotistical & Extremely delicious!!! My heart bled for Challis. She hasn’t had it easy. She’s weathered enough storms in her young years and this in turn causes her to be very stubborn and prideful.
Together they embark on a adventure based on lust, passion & love. They both have decisions and choices to make.
This book is a sexy Western & I have to say I loved every minute of it!!!!!! I cannot wait for the next installment.
H.J. Bellus you my dear are a literary genius.
Renery’s Rating: 4 of 5 Hearts
This is the second book I’ve read by HJ Bellus and by God did she do it again. I am falling completely in love with the way she writes, her stories, the way the characters come about, even the life lessons you pick up from them. I have not a clue when it comes to rodeos, but this book got me hooked—more so because it’s also about the bad boy of the rodeo and the daughter of a legend clashing and coming together.
Challis Jones has been taught by her dad to be a tough as nails cowgirl. She learned to handle everything and can almost do everything in a ranch with her eyes closed. But all of that changed the day her dad died. She’s almost lost everything, except for her best friend, the horse her daddy gave her, Teebaby. And such a special and strong tandem they are. They barrel through rodeos and set records. That’s what keeps Challis going. She’s feisty and never lets anyone see through her. With her stepmother threatening to sell her only other memento of her dad, their ranch, Challis is busting her ass working to get all the money she needs to pay her evil stepmother and win her father’s ranch back.
Merek Slatter is the cocky bad boy of the rodeo. He finds his high every time he’s winning his buckles and gains glory from his victories. He has everything at the palm of his hands. He can have anything and anyone he wants anytime, but the moment his eyes find the luminous green eyes of Challis, he knows his life is about to change. Although they’ve fought tooth and nail, and
has never seen eye to eye the first time they met, Merek has be knocked on his ass by the feisty cowgirl. He has found his match in her and he’d do his damn best to win her over and give everything he has to her.
I love how this is part of a series—I cannot wait to know more about the Slatters especially how they played their roles in being Challis’s new family. You will be left hanging with a twist going unresolved, but it won’t leave you raging and aching for the next book. It ends on a high and happy note and I’m more than okay with that. This book will enlighten you about love and loss, acceptance and forgiveness, passion and courage. It will make you realize that in a relationship, when one is suffering, the other can’t just give up and let go when pushed away, but become the anchor and just hold on. Fight with everything you have because in the end, all will eventually be okay. And this is what I loved the most about Merek Slatter. I can’t wait to see what the oldest Slatter brother has in store for us!
Cristina’s Rating: 4 of 5 Hearts
Addicted to life on the road and an active participant of the rodeo we meet Texas’s pride and joy, Merek Slatter. He has an aura that will have women swooning over him, a personality that can either frustrate you or fall for him hard and has won the hearts of many fans from his bareback winning rides. He catches sight of the new woman in town and is tenacious to make her known to him.
The horseback rider, Challis Jones has come back to town and she is one tough cookie to not mess with. She has returned for one main reason and is determined to
not let anyone or anything get in her way. Afraid to get too close and/or to open up she prefers to keep her personal life to herself (with the exception of her Aunt and Uncle) regardless of the gossip that are being said about her.
I am not really familiar with life on the ranch or the rodeo but HJ Bellus still gets me hook on her characters and continues to impress me with her words. The connection between Marek and Challis was one that had me wide eyed and concerned whenever they were facing things apart and or together and although they also had heated moments they were not always hearts and flowers feels which causes me to flinch when it comes to their actions. This book was not only about the connection between two opposite people with a growing attraction, it entailed some mystery and suspense aspect to the story while teaching us the true meaning of family.
A simple girl who loves the country live…Oh yeah, and a good cary corn dog! Throw in a little Vanilla Ice , and shits bound to get crazy!
❤ She loves country life and music
❤ Get the case of ‘fuck-its’ often.
❤ Loves big.
❤ Hurts big!
❤ Loves corn dog and candy……….and sex (sex and candaaaay)
❤ Her Heart is happy writing.