Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.
The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….
I was really on the fence with this book. Kiss My Boots is a second chance romance and the second in Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series (which is about… second chance romances. The name kind of gives it away). I love a good second chance romance and this one starts out promising, but the breathtaking romance part peaked at about the 50% mark and I found myself flipping between being really interested and wanting the book to be over.
What I liked:
- I really liked Quinn. I love that Sloan made her a mechanic and did so in a believable way. Every moment spent at the auto shop was fun, from Quinn working on vehicles she’s named because she feels connected to them to her banter with her employees. I wanted so much to see Homer when he was finished, though I had a pretty clear picture in my head!
- I hate that I missed book one in this series because I loved its heroine, Leigh. More so, Leigh and Quinn’s friendship was the highlight of the book. I want to be best friends with them and I’m totally jealous of the fact that they grew up together and still have so much together and clearly love each other so much. (Leigh’s ongoing talk about Maverick’s beautiful penis had me laughing out loud!)
- Speaking of book one… Maverick and Clay, Quinn’s brothers are back. This family is loving and loyal and I completely loved how much they loved each other (that’s a lot of love!). Sometimes I find that family members of the main characters all kind of run together, one hardly discernible from the other. Not so with Mav and Clay. They stood out individually and even without reading Lost Rider, Mav and Leigh’s book, I easily grasped and empathized with what Maverick had been through.
- The flashbacks to the beginning of Quinn and Tate’s relationship were gripping and filled with that special feeling you only get from first love.
What I didn’t like:
- While I loved the flashbacks, the present day romance between Quinn and Tate fell flat for me. I totally bought them as childhood sweethearts but thought their adult relationship was forced. I felt like I was supposed to be all googly-eyed over them, but only because I was constantly told so. There wasn’t any true conflict for them once we learn why Tate disappeared from Quinn’s life and the easiness with which he’s absolved just took the air of the story.
- I found myself mostly uninterested in Tate. I get that he loved Quinn and he was very romantic as he worked to get her back, but I had no sense of who he really was, again because I was mostly told and not shown who he was.
- I cringed every time Quinn said “Jesus Jones” or “dadgum”. Jesus Jones was just overused and no one should be saying dadgum. Ever. And, why would a town with only one bar have a need for 2 full-time OB/GYNs? This bugged me the entire book.
Despite all this, I’m interested in reading book one because I found Mav and Leigh so engaging. I think it says a lot about the author that I was on the fence with Kiss My Boots but she was able to spike my interest in Lost Rider with her characterization of the supporting cast.
3.25 stars for Kiss My Boots. Heat level: 3.5
I received a copy of Kiss My Boots from NetGalley and InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
Kiss My Boots was published in July 2017 by Pocket Books.