Barrel racer Celia Lawson knows better than to tangle with bull rider Kyle Gilchrist. The sexy cowboy’s love ‘em and leave ‘em ways have earned him a reputation on the rodeo circuit, and he’s always seen her as his best friend’s kid sister. But after one wild, tequila-fueled night, Celia wakes up to find out she’s gotten herself hitched—to a man she never should have married!
When Celia insists on an annulment, Kyle has no good reason to say no—except he isn’t ready to let go of his new bride. But then Kyle inherits a sprawling Wyoming ranch, and seizes the opportunity to enlist Celia’s help. She agrees to lend a hand—with two conditions: He has to get up to speed as a rancher within six months; then they’ll get a divorce. And their marriage will be in name only.
Kyle gives in to Celia’s demand, yet he’s ready to prove to her he has what it takes to turn their one night rodeo into a lifetime of love…
Growing up, Kyle and Celia were always fighting and bantering each other. One would think that these two hated each other. Imagine their surprise, when they had a drunken night in Vegas and work up married. Celia was ready to request an annulment, but Kyle offered her a compromise. Both were looking for a home to call their own. While Celia left her family ranch to barrel race, Kyle was on the circuit as a bull rider. Just Kyle’s lucky day, he inherited a ranch and a substantial amount of funds from his father who he never met. Since Celia grew up on a ranch, she was able to introduce Kyle to this way of living.
I found the characters to be well formed and likeable. Once Kyle and Celia were married, the fighting basically stopped. The bantering was replaced with sex scenes and let me tell you there were lots of it. These two were like the energizer bunny. These scenes were extremely graphic almost to the point of needing eye bleach.. I felt that some of these explicit sexual contacts could have been eliminated as they did not add to the story but did take the steam level up a notch.
The secondary characters were definitely present and added to the book. I do suggest that you read this series in order although it is not a requirement. The characters are given introductions so you can easily follow along. I will definitely continue with this series. This was one of my favorite books in this series even though no rodeos took place as in the prior books. I was excited to see that this book was above Kyle and Celia, especially since they fought like cats and dogs.
Warning: This book does contain graphic sexual scenes and is intended for a mature audience.