Finalizing the details on 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 literally swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes country life has some serious (and seriously steamy) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smoking hot wrangler really is.
Tribal lawyer Jake Lodge will do whatever it takes to block the development. 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 temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…
Each book in the Maverick Montana series is STANDALONE:
* Against the Wall
* Under the Covers
* Rising Assets
* Over The Top
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormal, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.
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Against the Wall
A Maverick Montana Novel
By Rebecca Zanetti, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Rebecca Zanetti
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The silence bordered on bizarre.
Shouldn't there be crickets chirping? Birds squawking? Even the howl of a hungry wolf in the muted forest? Of course, such sounds would send a city girl like Sophie Smith barreling back through the trees to her rented Jeep Cherokee. The quiet peace had relaxed her into wandering far into the forested depths, but now the trees huddled closer together, looming in warning.
Enough of this crap. Time to head back to the car.
Her only warning was the crack of a stick under a powerful hoof, a thumping, and a shouted, "Look out!" A broad arm lifted her through the air. The arm banded solidly around her waist, and her rear slammed onto the back of a rushing horse. She yelped, straddling the animal and digging her hands into its mane. The image of the man attached to the arm flashed through her brain, while his rock-hard body warmed her from behind.
Not a wannabe cowboy from a bar in the city. A real cowboy.
The image of thick black hair, hard-cut jaw, and Stetson hat burst through her shocked mind as muscled thighs gripped both the back of a massive stallion and her hips. The beast ran full bore over rough ground.
Only the sinewed forearm around her waist kept her from flying through the air.
This wasn't happening. Sophie shut her mouth on a scream as the powerful animal gracefully leaped over a fallen log and her captor pulled her into his solid body. He moved as one with the animal. Her hands fisted the silky mane like it was a lifeline to reality.
Maybe it was.
Screw this. She threw back an elbow and twisted to the side, fear and anger finally galvanizing her into action.
"Stop." A deep voice issued the command as warm breath brushed her cheekbone.
With a mere tightening of his thighs on the great animal, they skidded to a stop. The arm trapping her shifted so she slid easily to the ground and stayed around her waist until she regained her footing. With a sound that was more growl than gasp, she backed away from man and mount until she collapsed against the bark of a towering tree. The horse tossed his head and snorted at her retreat.
The man sat straight and tall on the animal, dark and curious eyes considering her.
The smell of wet moss surrounded her. She gulped in air and studied him. He was huge — and packed hard. Scuffed cowboy boots pressed down on the stirrups while a dark T-shirt outlined impressive muscles. Long lashes framed incredible eyes, and she could swear a dark eyebrow lifted in amusement.
Two more horses charged suddenly through the meadow, sliding to a swift stop behind her captor. One animal was a pretty white, the other a spotted paint, and both held powerful cowboys complete with boots, jeans, and Stetsons. All wore black hats — like the villains in every Western movie ever filmed.
"Unbelievable," she muttered under her breath.
At her voice, her captor jumped gracefully off his mount and stepped toward her.
"What should we do with her?" the man on the white horse asked. His gravelly voice contrasted oddly with the glint of humor in his tawny eyes. Filtered sunlight illuminated the gold, brown, and even black hair flowing unchecked around his shoulders. He was a symphony of twilight, where the other men wore the ominous tone of midnight.
"I caught her. I get to keep her," her captor said, his eyes intent as he took another step toward her, firm muscles bunching in his upper arms.
"Another step, and you get to land on your ass." Sophie readied herself to target his knees as fear uncoiled in her stomach. He stood at least a foot taller than her own five foot four.
His grin was quick and unexpected. It also added to the nerves still jumping in her belly. He might be a psychotic throwback to the pioneer days, but he belonged on a Calvin Klein underwear billboard.
The forest pressed in, and a smattering of pinecones hit the earth. Their soft, fragrant thunks shot adrenaline through her veins. Something high in the tree twittered a soft screech, reminding her she was far from home.
She centered her breath and decided on a groin shot.
Just then, a happy feminine shout yanked her attention toward a petite young woman rushing toward the horses. The female whirlwind all but collided with Sophie's tormentor. "Jake, you're the best! I got the best picture ever. The action shots are amazing."
The woman released Jake and jumped at Sophie to grab both hands. "Oh my God, didn't you hear them coming? They nearly mowed you down. But Jake has great reflexes — he saved you. The picture is phenomenal. Your eyes were huge, and you looked so scared! I am going to nail this project."
Sophie wrinkled her brow at the stunning woman. She had long black hair, straight features, and aquamarine eyes, which were alight with happiness as she pumped Sophie's hands in her own.
"You're welcome?" Sophie pressed her backside against the tree trunk.
The woman threw back her head and laughed. "I'm Dawn, and you already met my brother Jake." She gestured behind her to the motionless cowboy. "Those are my brothers Quinn and Colton."
"Ma'am," both men said, tugging on hat brims while remaining perched comfortably on their stallions. Colton had the colorful array of hair, while Quinn's hair and eyes were as dark as Jake's.
Dawn stomped wet grass off her boots. "We're from the Kooskia Tribe. I was trying to capture a historical action shot, but you stepped right into their path. This was perfect." She patted Sophie's hand. "Don't worry. You weren't in any danger. Jake's an excellent rider."
Wait a freakin' minute. Sophie glared at Jake. What an asshole. "Why didn't you put me down sooner?"
"Sorry if we scared you," he said softly, his eyes anything but apologetic as his generous lips tipped in humor. "Dawn needed a picture for her senior project, and I didn't want to stop until I was sure she'd gotten what she needed. It was a long setup — or so she told us."
Temper stirred at the base of Sophie's neck. "I caught her? I get to keep her?"
Colton chortled. "You should've seen your face."
"Yeah, you looked ready to faint," Quinn said as his horse tossed its head and sidestepped in a graceful prance.
"Actually," Jake said, his eyes narrowing, "she had shifted her stance to kick me in the knees." He cocked his head, almost seeming wishful she had tried it.
She wondered if she could've taken him down and ignored the annoying voice in the back of her head laughing hysterically.
"Really?" Colton grinned. "I would've liked to see that."
"Me, too." Sophie returned his grin, and her temper dissipated. She bet she had looked terrified. She had been.
"I'm a senior at the University of Montana, and for my photography project, I need to capture a series of action shots. There's nothing like horses rushing through shadowed trees to show action." Dawn smiled even white teeth. "You're probably lucky Jake was able to pick you up before running you over."
Sophie cleared her throat, her gaze lifting again to Jake. Warmth spread through her abdomen. The man standing so solidly next to wild beasts and surrounded by untamed land was something new and definitely out of her experience. He was all male, and something feminine in her, deep down, stretched awake. Her heart kicked back into gear. Fighting her suddenly alive libido, she smoothed her face into curious lines. "Why didn't you just shout for me to get out of the way?"
He cocked his head to the side, those dark eyes softening. "I did, but you didn't move fast enough. One second the trail was clear, the next you were about to get trampled. I turned my horse and grabbed you before one of my brothers could run you over."
So he had actually saved her. Sure, he'd had some fun at her expense, but at least if she needed to kick him later for it, she still had legs. She lifted her chin. "Thanks for the rescue."
His cheek creased with a dimple before he turned and remounted his horse. "Any time, Sunshine."
"What were you doing in our forest, anyway?" Dawn asked.
Sophie's heart dropped to her stomach. This was where the niceties stopped. "I'm Sophie Smith from Green Par Designs."
"Oh, the golf course lady." Dawn nodded.
That was an easy, accepting tone. Sophie frowned. "Yes. I'm here to design the golf course next to the lake, so I was checking out the land." Now the pretty woman would get angry, considering the Kooskia Tribe opposed the project. The pine-filled canopy blocked the sun's warmth, and Sophie shivered.
"Oh. Well, that explains it, then." Dawn tossed ebony hair out of her face.
Sophie gaped and quickly closed her mouth. "Aren't you opposed to the golf course?"
"Of course. For one thing, it's bad placement because the fertilizers will pollute the lake." Dawn softened her rebuke with a smile.
"And the other thing?" Sophie asked.
Dawn shrugged. "The land doesn't want the golf course there."
"Yep." Dawn tugged her toward the clearing. "Come on, I'll show you my shot before Jake takes you back to your car. Thanks again for the picture — it was perfect."
"You're welcome." Sophie shook her head and let the woman lead her from the forest while three muscled cowboys followed tamely behind them.
Jake drew in air, his gut tightening as if Guardian had kicked him. Sophie's vanilla scent still wrapped around him. His hands itched with the desire to haul her back on the horse, but he contented himself with studying her head to toe. Sunlight turned her mass of shoulder-length curls to shiny wheat, the color both sweet and sassy. God, she was beautiful. Maybe not in the conventional movie-star way, more like a fierce "I'm going to knock you on your ass" way. He'd fought in combat, and he'd seen courage. The woman had shown bravery and brains when she'd faced him and settled her stance to fight. An irresistible combination.
At only an inch taller than Dawnie, Sophie was small. Faded jean capris cradled her sweet heart-shaped ass. An ass he'd love to dig his hands into. Her waist was tiny enough his arm had easily wrapped around it, and he couldn't forget the feeling of the full breasts resting just out of reach.
But those eyes.
They were the color of the deep blue irises his mama carefully tended each spring. And Sophie was a scrapper. She had been more than willing to try and knock him on his butt.
Quinn caught his eye, amusement lifting his lips.
Jake half shrugged. Yeah, he was checking out the city lady. The fierce look in Sophie's pretty eyes had contrasted nicely with her pale skin and classic features when she had prepared to take him down. As a lawyer, he enjoyed a good contrast. His gut heated as he steered Guardian through the meadow. He'd love to wrestle with her.
She made the appropriate noises while looking through the viewfinder of Dawn's digital camera before his sister removed it and folded the tripod.
"I guess Jake will take you back to your car," Dawn said absently, handing the equipment up to Colton. Then she reached an arm to Quinn, who tugged her to sit behind him on his pawing horse.
Jake fought a grin at the panic that rushed across Sophie's face.
"No, er, I'll just walk." She peered uncertainly around the clearing into the nearby trees, her pretty pink lips pursing.
"We came a lot farther than you think." Jake tried to sound reassuring. "I promise I'll go slow."
Sophie shook her head, sending blond curls flying. "Not a chance, sport. I'm walking." She turned and headed toward a trail barely visible between two bulky bull pines.
Quinn shrugged. "You're on your own. I have to get to work." His brother clicked his mount into a gallop, and he and Dawn took off, leaving him with Colton.
Sophie escaped between two trees.
"Do you think you can handle the pint-sized city girl, or do you need help?" Colton grinned as his horse danced impatiently to the side.
"The day I need help from you, shoot me, little brother." Jake tightened his knees on Guardian, who was ready to run again.
"With pleasure." Colton nodded toward the tree line. "You'd better get going. She just turned the wrong way."
Jake grinned before pressing in with one thigh, turning the mount. Guardian plodded impatiently into the forest. Sophie came into view, picking her way carefully along scattered pinecones and exposed tree roots. Her spine straightened, and her shoulders firmed as he narrowed the gap between them, but she didn't acknowledge him otherwise.
Why did he like that about her? The woman was lost as a person could be, yet she marched forward into darkness. The trees soon thickened along with prickly brushes and slash piles.
"You're going the wrong way, Sunshine."
She came to an abrupt stop at his soft words. Jake reined in Guardian, waiting for Sophie to turn around and face him. It took longer than he would have thought — stubborn was an understatement with the woman.
As she slowly turned, he could have kicked himself at the intelligent wariness in her gaze. She was alone in the middle of the forest with a strange man. He had a daughter, a little sister ... he should've known better. They stared at each other, forest sounds surrounding them. Jake searched for the right words. "I won't hurt you. I just want to get you to your car."
Sophie lifted her chin but otherwise didn't move.
"I'll let you drive," Jake cajoled.
The smile that lit her pretty face warmed him. "There's no way I can drive that beast." She took a small step toward him.
"Sure you can." Jake reached down to offer an arm. He didn't question why it mattered that she trust him. It just did.
Vulnerability glimmered in her eyes. "Maybe we should walk instead."
He forced himself to relax, to appear as unthreatening as a guy twice her size could look.
Thunder rolled in the distance. Damn it. Storm season had definitely arrived early.
He slid his most earnest, trust-me, closing-argument grin into place. If the storm brought lightning, they'd need to dive for a ditch. The last thing he wanted to do was scare her. "Believe me, this is faster, and there's a heck of a storm coming."
Sophie eyed the darkening sky. With a deep breath, she stepped up to the quiet horse. "Okay, but we go slow. I mean, unless lightning starts to strike. Then we go fast. How do I get back on?"
The woman's bravery tempted him to haul her close. So he gave them both a moment as he shifted his weight. The thunder bellowed louder.
They only had minutes until the rain hit. He balanced himself with his thighs, reached down, and lifted her by the waist to perch in front of him. She fit nicely into his hold, and something clicked into place. "Relax," he whispered in her ear, placing her hands securely on the silky black mane. "If you're relaxed, the horse will relax."
"Right." Sophie coughed, and her muscles eased into something slightly less than rigor mortis.
"Okay, now grip the horse with your thighs, and tug him the way you want to go." Jake forced his libido into submission. The act was difficult, considering how tight his jeans had just become.
Sophie tugged, and Guardian shifted around to retrace his steps. "He's going," she whispered, her voice lowering in delight.
"Yep." Damn. Her voice was sexy as hell. The soft tenor shivered across his nerves. He hardened. Basketball scores. Baseball stats. National holidays. His mind reeled facts around in a futile effort to control his reaction.
Sharp pangs of light shot through the awning of pine needles and clouds rolling in. The horse meandered through the trees and past rambling huckleberry bushes. Jake let Sophie set the pace, and her muscles soon relaxed against him. Finally, they emerged out of the forest to the narrow dirt road where her Jeep waited.
Jake helped her to the ground.
She self-consciously stepped away and tossed curls out of her face. "Thanks for the lift," she said, backing up even more.
"Any time, Sunshine," he said.
"It was, ah, nice to have met you." She pivoted and all but bolted for her Jeep.
The woman wanted to be rid of him. He fought another grin. Too bad she wasn't going to get what she wanted — this time. Boy, was she in for a surprise.
He waited until she jumped into the vehicle and watched until it was out of sight, his heart lighter than usual as Guardian waited for the command to run.
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First, let me say that ‘Against the Wall’ exceeded my already high expectations from one of my most favored authors! AND….it is so appropriately named! But that is all I am going to say about it! ***SMILE*** Being a PNR, Sci-Fi, Fantasy type of gal, there are but a handful of Contemporary Romance authors who I will endeavor to read, and Rebecca Zanetti has been given a place of honor on it! Being a real fan of her “Dark Protectors” series featuring incredibly sexy vampires, I really did not know what to expect from her first book in the “Maverick, Montana” collection about… cowboys. Well, it just goes to show that when a gifted author can truly create well written, engrossing tales with captivating characters, it really doesn’t matter what genre they write in, their stories just shine. Rebecca Zanetti is one such author. In this first book in the series, Jake Lodge, a true, honest to goodness, knock-your-socks-off-smoldering-hot-sexy-cowboy, sweeps beautiful, Miss Independent-smart-strong-willed Sophie Smith – right off her feet. Literally! These two are drawn to each other from the get go and there is no containing the cowboy once he sets his sights on her and decides he is going to ‘keep’ her. Jake is all male, primal, dominant, and when he pursues Sophie with the clear intent to make love to her, your heart beats faster, your breath catches. He’s just so luscious. Sophie is in Maverick to sell the locals on her company’s proposal to build a golf course, which she has designed, and to try and convince the Kooskia not to oppose it. As she prepares to present her drawings to the Tribal Elders, she is caught off guard by Jake as he proceeds to inform her that she will be meeting with him first as he is the Tribal Lawyer. From this point on, all bets are off as Sophie and Jake try their best to convince the other to see things their way, while fighting an attraction that is igniting flames that will both draw them in and consume them. ‘Against the Wall’ really has it all. It is a romance that has at its core, two very different people from backgrounds that are nothing alike, but both searching for that certain ‘something’ without realizing it. The storyline is great, the secondary characters leave you wanting more, and when you finish the book you take a deep breath and let out a low “Wow, I gotta get me a Cowboy!” Thank you, Rebecca, for bringing your imagination to life for us to enjoy!!!
4.75* I loved this book. The only reason for the 4.75 rating is because I thought the book started a little shaky. A couple chapters in and I was hooked. Jake was smokin hot and the chemistry between him and Sophie was fabulous. *sigh* I truly enjoyed the other characters and I can't wait to read about Colton, Quinn and Dawns HEA. You will fall in love with Leila.
Amazing read can't wait for more, the chemistry was off the charts!
Rebecca has a knack for writing the ultimate alpha male characters, they dominate the page and not only do they capture your attention but they hold on to you & refuse to let you go right until the very end, and that's when you're left desperate for more. When Jack Lodge rode onto my page in his full Native American Cowboy glory I was hooked instantantly, he exudes masculinity yet he somehow manages to be tender when needed. He is the type of man you not only fall in love with but he's also the one you want to father your children. Sophie Smith is a city girl who is used to living her life to make other people happy, she has been tasked with undertaking a job that needs to come to fruition or people she love could be in trouble. Everything she believes in gets turned upside down when Jack rides into her life, nothing is as she expected it. Jack becomes important to her but with them being on opposite sides can she trust him? When Jack sets his sights on Sophie you just know she won't be able to resist for long. When he makes his mind up about something he gives 120% and Sophie stood no chance. The passion between Jack and Sophie is only a small part of the story, the other characters where just as engaging and I trully can't wait to read about them more, it's a close knit community and I can see the potential for some of them to become important later in the series. Jack's family gave me a few giggles and I can't wait to find out more about his brother's although Hawk has captured my interest. This was another fantastic read from Rebecca, bring on the next one!
When Jack rides into Sophie's life...sparks fly!!! If you love Rebecca's Dark Protectors series or if you just love cowboys... this is the book for you! I Loved it!!!
I was expecting an easy, no fuss book for a Sunday afternoon, and was surprised by a solid romantic story, good writing and good character development. Really, great romance, hot, steamy and with relatable characters. There is some suspense throughout, not much but enough to add that something else. The secondary characters also picked my interest and I would love to see this book into a series about Jakes's brothers and friend. And I must say that although I am not into cowboys, I would make an exception for this one. Yum!
I was introduced to Rebecca Zanetti’s writing with The Dark Protectors, so when I read she was starting another project my interest was piqued. I started seeing teasers for Against the Wall and saw it was a cowboy type story. I wasn’t really into that genre never have been. Then I saw something on FB wanting review readers to sign up. I did knowing I would never be selected because I’m not a blogger or a writer. I just read. Well I was selected to my surprise, received the review copy and started reading it the next evening. OMG from the first paragraph in the first chapter this book started off with an adrenaline rush. You are introduced to most of the main characters in the first couple of pages and holy cow how you are introduced is a mental picture of amazing. Against the wall is a true love story from the start. There’s romance, emotional conflict, and danger and of course sex. Now I know where the title came from “impaled her against the wall.” Sophie Smith is an artist at heart, and works for her Uncle designing golf courses. She is in Montana to try and persuade the Kooskia Tribe Leaders to allow her client to build the golf course near their reservation. And now the fun begins. I really don’t want to give too much away on the story line. But let’s just say Jake Lodge (Tribal Attorney) becomes an unexpected obstacle for Sohpie in more ways than one, and that the town has a sweet way of manipulating Sophie to do different projects for them so she’ll stay longer (that’s all I’ll say on that subject). Both Jake and Sophie have their fair share of insecurities/apprehensions/fears whatever you want to call it. But what truly good romance/love story doesn’t have their main characters fighting an internal battle to not make the same mistakes twice. I found the characters in this story loveable and so real. The Lodge brothers Jake, Quinn and Colton along with their baby sister Dawn are so unbelievably close. While reading your realize the entire Kooskia reservation is tight knit and like family. Jake is a single dad and his daughter Leila will just warm your heart. She’s such a cutie and has her Uncle’s and everyone else wrapped around her little finger. Jake’s Mom Loni and the Tribal Chief (Jake’s grandfather) are the match makers so to speak, and Leila also has her hand in this. Then you have a dream character “Bob” who pops up every time Sophie sleeps. I just love him. Hmmm I wonder if he’s the land talking, I guess you’ll have to read and form your own opinion. I hope he shows up in the other books LOL. I’m not going to give anything away with this book. IT IS A MUST READ and you truly will not be disappointed. Rebecca this is a grand slam in my opinion and I’m giving it 5*. Kudos to you. I absolutely can’t wait for the next installment.
Against the Wall is an amazing read!! The story line flows very smoothly and kept me hooked from page one, and the characters... Oh my goodness the characters!! There was really not one single character that I did not just instantly fall in love with (well except for a certain group of people, but won't get into that so I do not give anything away). I read this book in one sitting and I have a feeling that once you start this book you will too!! I hope that there will be more to come, as there are other characters that I really want to get to know more about!! I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!! I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing for an honest review.
I really enjoy reading Rebecca's stories and I know I'm always guaranteed great story. Against the wall had me hooked for the very beginning starting with HOT COWBOYS! This book has me wanting to move to Montana to find my own cowboy. Rebecca has a way with creating the most amazing desirable male characters and the smartest spucky female characters which really makes her books hard to put down once you start reading. Against the wall is a most read for sure. Born-and-bred city girl Sophie Smith is a landscape Architect in town to meet with county commissioners to get approval of the designs of a golf course. Jake Lodge is a sexy cowboy and Tribal lawyer, who is against the development. Before Sophie realizes it she is literally be swept off her feet by this sexy cowboy. Though they are from two different worlds the chemistry between them can't be denied.
Rebecca is here to stay. She has already mastered the paranormal genre and with this latest release she proves that she can write anything. Whether it’s vamps or cowboys her books can stand with the best of them. Rebecca is just an all around incredible writer and I look forward to reading everything she writes. It takes a talented author to weave together a tale with passion, love, action, mystery, emotion and sizzling sex and blend them all together perfectly. Rebecca does it with ease. This book is the start of an epic series of cowboys and their loves. Jake is a gorgeous lawyer. His family and tribe come first and he will do what it takes to keep them safe. Sophie is from the big city, coming to a small town for work. She is a beauty with amazing artistic talents. She uses those talents for work. Jake and Sophie meet and the connection is instant. The passion is there and they cannot deny it. This book is amazing and will stay with me for a long time to come. Its one of those books that you can read over and over..
I am a big fan of Rebecca's writing.... This book hasn't changed my view on that, only made me want more! Against The Wall was an amazing read. I started and finished in one day. There wasn't a dull page to be read, I was interested from page one. The story has heat and humor. Sophie and Jakes connection is memorable from the start. Jakes character is what romance authors aim to create, and Rebecca certainly got this one right! Rebecca writes stories that make you feel like you are right there experiencing it as well making you want to pack up and move to Montana. There were moments where my heart was pounding, others where I was on the edge of my seat and others that made me *sigh* (in a good way). The story has amazing characters that are well written and I can't wait for the next installment in this series. Well done Rebecca!
Loved this book! More please?!
Jake has a lot going for him. He is a respected attorney. He is a member of the Kooskia tribe. He has a strong extended family and lives in a close knit town. He thought he had everything he wanted, until Sophie blew into town. Sophie has come from the big city to small town Montana to pitch her design on a golf course. Sophie is a strong and independent woman. She has worked hard to get where she is in her life and in her career. She finds herself wanting to settle for what's comfortable instead of fighting for what she wants. Sophie finds herself going toe to toe with Jake, and Jake does not like to loose. Jake is Alpha male at its finest, oh and did I mention... he has dimples! " "I'd give anything to stay inside you forever-just you and me, feeling you come over and over again, Sunshine." He murmured against her skin." Sophie has been hurt before and is hesitant to let Jake in, her head says no but her heart and her body are screaming yes. Jake and Sophie find themselves up against the wall. " If she stayed she'd give up control to the force of nature that was Jake Lodge. His sensual gaze promised dark pleasure, but at what cost?" This is a distinct change for writing for this author who wrote the Dark Protector series. This is her first Contemporary Romance novel and it did not disappoint. I actually like this author better in this genre. The build up was delicious and the fireworks were well worth the wait. I really enjoyed this one and finished it in one day. It was a quick and yummy read. I am giving this book 4 stars instead of five for a few reasons. One there were times that the beginning of the book dragged a bit. Not enough for me to loose interest, just a bit slow. Then the end felt like we skipped (some of) the good stuff. Still well worth the read! 4 Contemporary Adult Romance Stars
## NOT GOOD. I was so disappointed in this book. The reviews were so good but I certainly can't figure out why. I didn't really like the hero or the heroine. They started off ok, but then she turned into a complete doormat. There's nothing I hate more than a weak heroine. And the hero was arrogant and manipulative. I felt no real connection between these two. There wasn't enough depth to their relationship at all. It needed to develop a whole lot more in order to be convincing. And the sex was mediocre at best. I was going to purchase Quinn's story next but after reading this one I changed my mind. Not recommended.
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next in the series! All of the characters in the book were really interesting and well written, which is a rarity in a romance novel in my experience. While this novel is definitely romantic and sexy, it is based on true emotions and love and not completely fluffy. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but it was still good!
The title says it all...Love Rebecca Zanetti This book is different from her paranormal series but still a great series.I have read everything Rebecca has written and will continue to do so.Please do not pass up this series.Under Cover is next in line and i can not wait
Against the Wall by Rebecca Zanetti a five-star read that goes well above par. This will have you smiling so hard at times, the attraction and passion the characters show makes the story. Jake just has a way himself that will make you drool. This may have been my first read by this author, but it wont be the last.
Amazing book. This is a great start for the new series. It is a greatly written story with great characters all wrapped in a beautiful book. Jake and Sophie's story is unique and full of passion. They are both very likable and easy to fall in love. From start to beginning they start a dance of attraction which later explodes in hot flames. In this small town, Sophie first time feels accepted, and the people accept her with open arms. At first, she sees Jake actions like work against her but that is just Jakes way to protect the one he loves. I hope the other brothers and sister have an as great book as was this one. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Sexy and hot!!! I loved this book!. Jake is the sexy and commanding tribal lawyer who is a protector at heart and literally sweeps Sophie off her feet. She is there to design and gain approval for a golf course, while Jake is representing the tribe in opposing it. Despite being on opposite sides, the sparks fly between them and practically ignited the pages of my kindle. I loved the characters in this novel and how the author wove a back story for each of them that added depth to the story and made it feel real. I found myself invested in their story and wanting them to get their HEA ending. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Romantic, sexy tale. Really enjoyed the story, already bought the other three.
Amazing chemistry,great family would highly recommend
A great, steamy love story. Jake is a wonderful Alpha male and Kooskia character! SW