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Published by Entangled Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom… Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smoking’-hot wrangler really is. Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jake Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn. Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…
Against the Wall by Rebecca Zanetti is a sexy but sweet, traditional romance. The story grabs you from the first page when the hero literally sweeps the heroine off of her feet and up onto his horse. Against the Wall is the first in the Maverick Montana series. If they are all this delightful, Ms. Zanetti will have a very successful series.
Sophie Smith and Jake Lodge are working for opposing sides. Sophie has designed a golf course that a development group is hoping to build on land near a lake which belongs to the Kooskia Tribe. Jake Lodge is a full blooded member of the Kooskia Tribe and a lawyer helping the tribe oppose the golf course proposal. While the conflict may raise the heat between the two, it’s the sparks flying that ultimately prevail. There is a small storyline that involves threats against Sophie because of her connection to the golf course, but it is resolved quickly and easily and seems almost unnecessary. The romance takes front and center stage and carries the story beautifully.
Jake is your perfect romance hero. He is an alpha male character with a sweet and charming side. He is both a sexy cowboy and a brilliant lawyer who has appeared before the Supreme Court. He is protective of those he loves and with his strength and intelligence you definitely want him in your corner fighting for you and not against you.
Sophie is sweet and sassy. She has been taking care of herself for a long time and yearns to belong to someone. Jake’s family is determined to make Sophie part of their family and embrace her with open arms. I enjoyed watching Sophie’s struggle between her desire for a family and her fear of being hurt. But Jake isn’t the type to take no for an answer and your heart will swoon watching him win Sophie over.
Ms. Zenatti’s writing is smooth and effortlessly flowing. The sex scenes are hot and inspiring. Her descriptions of the town and ranches paint such a delightful picture that I would love to visit. The extended cast of characters in Against the Wall includes Jake’s brothers and his friend Hawk. Hopefully they will appear in other books of the series because frankly, they are just as yummy sounding as Jake.