I adored Vaughn. He’s all kinds of smexy tattoo artist/cowboy on the side who is comfortable in his own skin and, as he has matured, isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. His honesty, with himself and others, and how compassionate he was had me easily falling in love with him.
Bryant. This man is smart, almost too smart because his brain never stops working, and while it’s a great thing when it comes to academia and work situations, when it comes to one’s personal life...not so much. I loved Bryant, I did, I wanted to give him all kinds hugs and Gibbs smack him for how he saw himself and how he felt others saw him, because they were not one and the same. It was frustrating to watch, but in the end it was absolutely satisfying to see him become the man he was always meant to be.
Vaughn and Bryant’s journey to their HEA was all kinds of sweet, smexy and swoon worthy, not that it was all smooth sailing. They took their bumps, but I loved watching as they got to know each other again and found that they were able to balance each other out without losing themselves in the process.
As always, the writing was seamless and I was hooked from the beginning, which had me sniffling a bit, but you’ll have to read it to find out why. The family dynamic was on point as always, and I simply enjoyed hanging out with the Compton clan and soaking up their energy. There is one more male cousin left on the chopping block and cannot wait to see what happens with him!
Note: These books can be read as standalones, but they will mean so much more if you start at the beginning, at least of smaller sets, though if you go back to the very start, you won’t be sorry!
~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~
Bryant is unlike other relentlessly alpha Compton men, including the three cousins he loves like brothers. While they grew up drooling over pretty girls in Compton Pass, he was sneaking peeks of the sexy men working his family’s ranch.
All that sweaty, shirtless skin… flexing, exposed muscle… tight, dusty jeans… The temptation proved too much. As a reckless teen, Bryant let a cowboy kiss him in the barn—a decision with horrifying consequences.
Grateful for college and a chance to escape the aftermath of his mistake, Bryant buried himself in his hydrology studies. Missing his family while he learned how to tame his cowboy craving seemed like fair punishment.
Now, with his education one thesis project away from completion, Bryant still isn’t prepared. There’s a gorgeous cowboy tattoo artist not-so-patiently waiting for him to return from academic exile.
Vaughn’s gracious offer of assistance on Bryant’s water conservation experiment at Compass Ranch is simultaneously a relief and the ultimate torture. One final test Bryant may just flunk. Because Vaughn is determined to cannonball into the deep, still waters of Bryant’s repressed sexuality.
Release Date: February 20th, 2018
A Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.