Learning the Ropes

Learning the Ropes

by T. J. Kline

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Rule #1—Don't lose focus...

Barrel racer Alicia Kanani has had a long road to the top – and she's not quite there yet. Finances have always been tight, and in the glitz and glam world of professional rodeo, that means that second best is probably the best she can hope for. With the National Finals coming up, she's certainly not looking for a pair of cowboys to distract her.

Rule #2—Don't gamble what you can't live without…

Playboy Chris Thomas is sure Alicia's the perfect woman for his level-headed team roping partner, David Greenly. It seems like a match, until Chris realizes he wants Alicia for himself. The stakes have been raised; David and Chris are supposed to be a team, and this time, they're on opposite sides.

Can Alicia rope this playboy's heart, or will they find themselves too tangled up to let true love in?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062370082
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 78,960
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

T. J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen—as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions—but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as many hours as possible laughing hysterically with her husband, teens, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn't running around the California Gold Country researching new stories.

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Learning the Ropes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning I wanted Chris and Ali to end up together. As sweet as Alicia's moments were with David, he was often flaky and dismissive when he was in a mood over the pressures of dealing with his domineering, manipulative father. She put up with more than enough from him in my book and they really were best suited as buddies than lovers.  But Chris, ahhhh, he is another story. Though he has always tried to treat Alicia as just a friend, there has been chemistry brewing between these two since high school. Neither one of them could recognize how the other felt, even though everyone else saw it. Chris is Ali's biggest fan, the one who is always there for her, sticking up for her when jealous buckle bunnies start spewing their venom (and he does so hilariously, might I add). But he has spent years burying his desire for Ali under childhood friendship and nameless hook-ups. Whenever his feelings start bubbling to the surface, he frustratingly plays up his lady-killer reputation, steering himself safely back into the friend zone. He knows making a play for Ali would mean playing for keeps and that's not something he realizes he wants until he sees her with David.  Having always been the poor kid growing up, Ali has never really felt like she measured up. On the rodeo circuit, she is tired of coming in second place to entitled bimbos who mistreat their animals. Alicia has big plans for herself and her parents, plans that hinge on earning as much prize money as possible. The last thing she needs is two men distracting her. Ali has always had a crush on Chris but his reputation and her self doubts keep her from mentioning the attraction and risking their friendship and her heart. Ali is such a fantastic heroine! She has sass for days, some killer comebacks, and she really knows how to put an uppity cowgirl in her place. And Chris is such a charming and supportive hero. To him, Ali isn't just a toy he wants when he sees someone else playing with her. She is the embodiment of everything he has always wanted. A spit-fire who can out-ride and out-rope him any day of the week and the companion who understands and complements him. No one makes him smile or yearn the way she does. And as hard as Ali tries, David just doesn't make her feel the same belly-searing heat that Chris does. Boy, when these two find themselves together in a barn, things sure heat up! T.J. Kline took one of my very favorite romance tropes, Friends to Lovers, and created a funny, sexy, irresistible read. LEARNING THE ROPES is definitely my favorite book in the series so far! I've never been a big fan of westerns, but Ms. Kline is single-handedly turning me into a cowboy-loving convert. I can't wait to read David's story and see what other romances this rodeo queen has in store for us.  Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
she writes a great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like A good Rodeo with hot Cowboys a little mystery and a love story this is the book for you!! This is Chris and Alicia's story. They have been friends for a long time,they are having a hard time trying to sort out how they really feel about each other,and Chris's roping partner David doesn't help!!well when they do figure it out its a great fun story!! You can't help but love all the characters from the previous books,there is enough to fill you in on everyone.This very talented author just gets your attention and gets you in the story,you feel like you are at a Rodeo. You will love it as much as I did.Now I hope we will be rewarded with David's story soon.Thank you TJ Kline for a wonderful and engaging book,I will be reading more from her and you should too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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Was ok...
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