by Mia Hopkins
Series: Cowboy Cocktail, #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Journalist Georgia Meyers is writing an article about MacKinnon Ranch in a last-ditch effort to save her job at a failing newspaper. At first, the hot-as-hell rancher wants nothing to do with her. But butting heads leads to knocking boots, and soon she’s getting the real story—in bed and off the record.
Cattleman’s son and petroleum engineer Daniel MacKinnon turned down a lucrative oil career to take over the family farm. Frustrated about giving up his dreams and worried about money, Daniel buries himself in ranch work—that is, until gorgeous Georgia shows up and rocks him to the core. A blazing one-night stand leads to something deeper. Despite their feelings for each other, he’s tied to the land and she’s a rolling stone. When the time comes to part ways, will the lovers choose duty over desire? Or will they face their fears and rise to the challenge of love?
Warning: Get ready for sassy banter, sizzling sex, orgasms galore, and a nerdy dirty-talkin’ cowboy who can go all night long.
His cheeks red from working outside, the new brother removed his gloves and tucked them under his arm. He took off his hat and shook her hand. His rough fingers were warm.
“Daniel MacKinnon.” He didn’t smile.
Georgia couldn’t explain it. With a heavy jaw and dirty blond hair styled high and tight, he was as clean cut as a cadet—she usually preferred tattooed, bearded types. He looked to be in his mid-twenties—she usually liked seasoned men who were older than her, not younger. But this guy’s hotness seared her eyeballs, nailing her feet where she stood.
“Georgia Meyers, L.A. Chronicle,” she said automatically, all other words escaping her. She was too old, too experienced, and far too smart to react this way—and yet, here she was. Staring slack-jawed at a pretty-faced cowboy like some blue-stockinged virgin at a rodeo dance.
“I know you’re here to see my father,” he said, the low rumble in his voice stroking a sweet spot inside her chest, “but he isn’t available today. You need to reschedule, Miss Meyers.”
His bright green eyes were so distracting, she almost didn’t register his words. “Reschedule?”
“Yeah. You need to come back. Do the interview another day.”
“What?” Snap out of it, Gigi. The story. She yanked her professional persona back in place. “Mr. MacKinnon, I’ve just driven an hour and a half from Fresno to be here. Two days ago, your father said he’d give me a tour of the ranch and walk me through the organic certification process. Isn’t there anyone else I can talk to?”
Daniel’s stoic expression was both infuriating and unspeakably hot. “No.”
Hot or not, who does this guy think he is? She stood up straight. “Okay, let me lay it all out for you. If there’s no one here who will speak with me today, just to make sure my time isn’t wasted, I’ll be more than happy to find another rancher. There are plenty of spreads in your neck of the woods, aren’t there? I’m sure my readers wouldn’t mind learning about conventional ranching operations. Maybe someone at the Hughes Ranch will make time for me. What do you think?”
He narrowed his eyes at her and took a deep but silent breath. His broad chest rose and fell as he looked her over. At last he said, “Can you ride?”
“A little.” Which was completely true, depending on one’s definition of “a little.”
Fresh impatience lit up Daniel MacKinnon’s eyes. “All right. Let’s go.”
Like every other book in this series, Mia Hopkins delivers a sexy read that also brings lots of emotion and heart.
Having met Georgia and Daniel in the previous books, I really enjoyed getting to know these two and learn the back-story to their relationship. I loved Georgia – she was a very strong woman who doesn’t take any crap from anyone, but I also loved that underneath that tough exterior was a woman who was caring, thoughtful, and accepting. Daniel started off a bit tough – he’s got a lot of anger inside because of his current circumstances, but as he begins to bare himself to Georgia it’s easy to see what a loyal and loving man he is underneath all that anger. These two certainly had no problems with the sexy times – whether things were sweet or a bit rough, these two had some serious sizzle and sparks. But when it comes to the emotional side of things, they both are a bit mired down in their current circumstances, which makes it a bit tough to for them both to see a future together. This does lead to a fabulous ending…let me just say that watching these two get their happy ever after definitely will bring a smile to your face – Daniel is just perfect!
This is the fifth book in the series but takes place earlier than the other books, which for me really worked. It can be read as a stand-alone, but when you have a bunch of sexy, dirty-talking cowboys like you do in this series, do yourself a favor and read them all!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Also in the Series
Book One: Cowboy Valentine
Book Two: Cowboy Resurrection
Book Three: Cowboy Player
Book Four: Cowboy Karma
When she's not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare."
She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.