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First, let me say that ¿Against the Wall¿ exceeded my already hi
Being a PNR, Sci-Fi, Fantasy type of gal, there are but a han...
Being a PNR, Sci-Fi, Fantasy type of gal, there are but a handful of Contemporary Romance authors who I will endeavor to read, and Rebecca Zanetti has been given a place of honor on it! Being a real fan of her “Dark Protectors” series featuring incredibly sexy vampires, I really did not know what to expect from her first book in the “Maverick, Montana” collection about… cowboys. Well, it just goes to show that when a gifted author can truly create well written, engrossing tales with captivating characters, it really doesn’t matter what genre they write in, their stories just shine. Rebecca Zanetti is one such author.
In this first book in the series, Jake Lodge, a true, honest to goodness, knock-your-socks-off-smoldering-hot-sexy-cowboy, sweeps beautiful, Miss Independent-smart-strong-willed Sophie Smith – right off her feet. Literally! These two are drawn to each other from the get go and there is no containing the cowboy once he sets his sights on her and decides he is going to ‘keep’ her. Jake is all male, primal, dominant, and when he pursues Sophie with the clear intent to make love to her, your heart beats faster, your breath catches. He’s just so luscious.
Sophie is in Maverick to sell the locals on her company’s proposal to build a golf course, which she has designed, and to try and convince the Kooskia not to oppose it. As she prepares to present her drawings to the Tribal Elders, she is caught off guard by Jake as he proceeds to inform her that she will be meeting with him first as he is the Tribal Lawyer. From this point on, all bets are off as Sophie and Jake try their best to convince the other to see things their way, while fighting an attraction that is igniting flames that will both draw them in and consume them.
‘Against the Wall’ really has it all. It is a romance that has at its core, two very different people from backgrounds that are nothing alike, but both searching for that certain ‘something’ without realizing it. The storyline is great, the secondary characters leave you wanting more, and when you finish the book you take a deep breath and let out a low “Wow, I gotta get me a Cowboy!”
Thank you, Rebecca, for bringing your imagination to life for us to enjoy!!!
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0 stars were it possible.
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Posted April 13, 2013
ok, this is the first one in this Brazen line that has not been
ok, this is the first one in this Brazen line that has not been a huge favorite of mine. It was good, but just anywhere near as fabulous as I have come to expect. They hardly had a relationship at all - it was just odd.
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Posted February 21, 2014
I enjoyed Against the Wall, as it was incredibly easy and quick
I enjoyed Against the Wall, as it was incredibly easy and quick to read. I also loved the Montana setting, as well as our hero being a sexy cowboy AND a powerhouse lawyer. I did feel Against the Wall was a bit on the cheesy side, and there wasn't a lot of development in terms of the characters and their relationship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I did like Sophie. She was independent and career driven and manages to keep her wits about her even when an incredibly sexy cowboy nearly runs her down on his horse. I really liked how Jake's family was so accepting of her and willing to embrace her as one of their own, especially since they are opposed to her company's golf course they want to build on tribe land. Sophie never had that growing up, having been shipped off to boarding school and never knowing who her real father was. For a woman who has lived a rather lonely life, I can see her being overwhelmed by the Lodge/Freeze family. Sophie longs for that closeness and sense of family, as well as passion and love in her relationship. Her co-worker Preston, expresses his interest in her but it seems like a merger of benefits than it does about love. Meeting Jake definitely throws her off balance, as he is a pretty intense guy. I am glad Sophie found what she was looking for in the end and that being in Montana really opens up another set of doors she never gave serious thought to before.
I liked and didn't like Jake at the same time. Yes, he is incredibly sexy, intense, and protective of his own. However, I didn't like how much he meddled in her career to fit his own needs and desires without consulting her first. It also bothered me how blasé he was regarding the fact that they had sex twice without using protection and Sophie not being on birth control. For two people who have only known each other a short time, he acts like her possibly being pregnant is just something they'll deal with and it will all work out.
Sophie and Jake's relationship just moved too quickly for my taste and I had a hard time visualizing and really seeing the moment where the two fell in love. I don't doubt that they didn't, I just felt it was rushed and would have liked it to slow down while they were together. I also had a hard time discerning Jake's true feelings for her, especially after a certain event. Did he really love her because he wanted to be with her or was it for other reasons? That question did get answered during one pivotal scene, but I just felt it was a bit up in the air for a bit.
They DO have some explosive chemistry and that porch scene is beyond hot and steamy!
I did really enjoy the side characters in the novel. I'm very interested in reading about Jake's brothers, Quinn and Colton, as well as his sister Dawn. Jake's mom Loni and his daughter Leila were also great to read about- both of them were really cute in their working to make Sophie see what a catch Jake would be.
The storyline, while fast moving, was also very interesting not only with the romance between Jake and Sophie, but with the emphasis on family and seeing the legal side of the battle over whether or not to build a golf course on tribe land.
While not my favorite Brazen read, I am still looking forward to checking out the future books in this series.
Posted August 22, 2013
This was my first book by this author, but it won't be the last. In fact, I purchased the second book in this series, and am waiting for the third one to be released. Good plot, good characters and LOTS of steam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2013
2.5 stars I wanted to love this story so much. I loved the conc
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I wanted to love this story so much. I loved the concept of the cowboy/lawyer and city girl overcoming their differences and coming together, I just don't think that it came across in this story.
Although I did love Jake and everything he brought to the page, I couldn't see him falling for someone like Sophie. She came across as selfish, snobby and completely inadequate for Jake. I tried to get into their story and cheer them on, but every step of the way was a struggle for me.
Regardless of their chemistry or maybe because of it, I could not buy that Jake and Sophie would succeed in a relationship. He had too much to lose and his mature, objective side flew out the window when he was with Sophie. What about his daughter? Shouldn't she go first? I don't know I just couldn't see them making it work, although I did enjoy the chemistry they had and how the author brought it to the page in some mighty hot scenes.
I don't think Against the Wall was a total loss of a story. There were moments that were sweet, some that were funny and the subject matter was interesting enough for me to keep on reading. I just think it wasn't the story for me. I usually don't like insta-love scenarios, but I've been able to put that 'pet-peeve' aside when I though the characters and their stories had a chance of surviving beyond the book. The secondary characters were great too. I loved Jake's family, their easy manner and their loyalty to ach other.
This is the first book by Rebecca Zanetti that I have read. It is also the first book in the Maverick Montana series. I'm looking forward to reading more about Jake's brothers, I was intrigued by their actions and reactions in this book. I bet there are some interesting stories there.
All in all, Against the Wall was an okay story of second chances with a hot, cowboy-lawyer and a city slicker trying to fit in a world unknown to her.
I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Posted October 1, 2013
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