Title: Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy (Hot cowboy Nights, book #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance/military/cowboy
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 2, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT, COWBOY…
Weary warrior… After eight years as a Marine sniper, war-scarred Reid Everett is back in his native Wyoming. He knows and loves this rugged land, so working for wildlife services to reduce the booming wolf population suits him to a T.
Caring crusader… Wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is desperate to make a difference. Leaving the world of academia behind, she accepts a position as a wolf advocate to protect the animals she loves.
Raw attraction… Their jobs set them on a collision course, but chemistry sparks like wildfire between Reid and Haley. They’ll have to brave some rough territory if they hope to reconcile their polarizing views with a passion that won’t be denied.
Throughout this series there has been a welcome side element introduced that goes beyond the expected romance. In SLOW HAND I learned about ranching in the west, in ROUGH RIDER I learned all about the workings of the rodeo circuit. In this offering Ms. Vane gives us some valuable lessons both pro and con of wildlife management, wolves in particular. I am really enjoying my romance novel with a side of fascinating lessons.
This the third book in the Hot Cowboy Nights series is a standalone novel. I did think it was more in the “military romance” genre because we didn’t get to the ranch until about 2/3 of the way through the book. Reid was a noble hero, he was a good guy who in my opinion fell for the wrong woman. Haley was annoying from the beginning with her incessant fanaticism and her total inability to see anyone’s point of view that might differ from her narrow focus. I kept wondering throughout what Reid saw in her.
Not liking the heroine does put a bit of a damper on my opinion but I have to say that Victoria Vane does write a good book. There is action, sexy encounters and a very slow build romance, coming to terms with love. Add in the lessons about the pros and cons of wolf management and this is a really good read.