In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?
Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.
Tate returns to his childhood hometown to start his life over and get a second chance at happiness. He might not remember Quinn from the summer vacations that he used to spend on his PawPaw’s farm but all it takes is one glance, and he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. Can two people who have stopped believing in love take a chance to find it in each other? Or will the pain of the past prove too great a hurdle to conquer?
I had not read the first book in Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, but it wasn’t necessary to fall in love with Quinn Davis and Tate Montgomery in Kiss My Boots. First, I’m always of fan of second chance love. There’s something about young love found and lost that makes the reunion twice as good as most love stories. Second, I love small town stories. So many stories have big city settings–which I love too–but there’s something about getting to know the people in the small town setting that make the story so real.
Ms. Sloan created a wonderful set of characters in this series. Quinn is not your typical heroine. She’s a tomboy at heart and spends her life true to herself working as an auto mechanic. Her authenticity may have been one of the reasons she thinks she lost her love Tate. And in some ways, her analysis is correct. Tate’s family disapproved of her and the small town he visited every summer to see his grandparents.
Tate is an OB/GYN, who comes back to town for two reasons: get his girl back and take over his grandfather’s job as the female doctor in town. He’s genuine and deep. I really liked him.
The story moves with the ebb and flow of small town life. The secondary characters are wonderful, making the hero and heroine more real. The banter amongst characters–Quinn and her brothers or her best friend or Tate–had me laughing at moments and my heart swelling at others. It’s a very well told story with lots of emotional peaks as you learn the backstory as to why these two were separated.
My only critique about Ms. Sloan’s writing style is that she has the characters say each other’s names all of the time. It could be a bit distracting because in real life we don’t say the name of the person we are talking to ten times in that conversation. But otherwise, I enjoyed her writing style and her beautifully woven story.
I give it 4 shiny silver buckles.
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.