Rocky Mountain Rebel by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Rebel by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (336 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Tulip

The best type of growing up involves getting down and dirty.

Six Pack Ranch, Book 5

Vicki Hansol made different choices than her less-than-reputable mom and sister, yet her fiery temper has left her branded with the same town-bad-girl label. When she desperately needs a change of scenery, her get-out-of-town-free ticket arrives—and requires she face down one of her deepest fears.

Easygoing Joel Coleman has nothing to complain about, but he’s never really done anything to brag about either. The youngest member of the Six Pack Ranch is looking to make some changes in his life that include stepping out from under his twin brother’s shadow.

So when the bold beauty with the smart mouth approaches him with a proposition, Joel is intrigued. Her request for him to teach her to ride soon takes on a whole new meaning. All that passion in his arms, his bed, in the barn…hell, anywhere he can get it? Bring it on.

But tangling the sheets leads to unanticipated complications, and by the time the dust settles, everything family means is going to be challenged.

Vicki Hansol has a bad rep as a white trash trouble maker. Sometimes she lets her temper get away, but darn it, she’s got good reason.Vicki’s not the same as her mom and sister. She doesn’t sleep around and she’s not looking for a sugar daddy. But it’s hard as hell to live down a bad reputation, deserved or not. So when opportunity comes knocking, Vicki jumps at the chance to get the hell out of dodge. But first she’s going to need help getting over her personal phobia. She lowers her stubborn pride and asks sexy Joel Coleman for the help she needs.

Joel has a naughty reputation of his own. He and his twin have been known to share a woman or two. But Joel has been growing up and he’s tired of backing Jessie’s play. He’s had his eye on Vicki, so he’s happy to give her all the help she wants. In bed and out.

Vicki was a heroine after my own heart. She was a spunky gal who caught some bad breaks because of her family. Joel was the kind of man that we all dream about finding. Protective of Vicki right from the start, he easily won my heart and cemented his place as favored Coleman hottie. Making their romance even more credible was the realization that these lovers had a lot in common. They both wanted to ditch the notoriety of their pasts and sometimes that is difficult to do . Much of the tension and conflict of this story stemmed from Vicki and Joel’s fight to overcome their pasts and grab onto a new future. The author made this glaringly clear with all the disapproval and harassment that the heroine had to endear. Even from some of the usually open minded Coleman clan.

What was disappointing was the rift that opened up between Joel and his twin, Jessie. It was sad to see how truly nasty Jessie acted toward Vicki. I could not decide if he was jealous because his brother didn’t want to share or because Joel was growing away from him.Yet I found myself intrigued by this darker side to Jessie, that is sure to bring an exciting story on down the road. After all, readers do love a bad boy.

I found this story emotionally heart wrenching. Trying to refrain from judging a book by it’s cover ? Far easier said than done. And I feel that the underlying lesson here is that even the best people sometimes judge without knowing the real person. The plot flew with an ease that kept me engaged in this story from start to finish. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting. I was totally entranced by the story and how things kept changing between Vicki and Joel. What started out as a few lessons in life turned into some lessons in love.

Rocky Mountain Rebel is book #5 in Vivian Arend’s ever popular Canadian cowboy series, Six Pack Ranch. Overflowing with angst, it is by far my favorite book in the series and I enjoyed every minute of it.  It is one read that you do not want to miss, and I happily recommend it to all contemporary romance readers.

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