Review: Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home (# 3)
Release Date:  December 19, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages:  385
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…

Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?


Review:   Ms. Sloan has a winner on her hands with the final book in the Coming Home trilogy.

Clayton Davis has had to take care of his siblings almost all of his life, especially after their mother abandoned them when they were young and their father was extremely abusive and a drunk. Even with all of the baggage that he carries, Clay is tough, loyal, and everything you could want in a man.

Caroline has had a tough life with her dysfunctional family and abusive ex. She’s looking forward to putting the past behind her and living her life on her terms.

What was supposed to be a one night stand turned out to be much more than either of them thought of. The chemistry between them is electric. What Caroline has been missing in her life she finds in Clay. And if Clayton Davis is good at one thing, it’s protecting those he loves fiercely. I loved watching them grow together.

It was nice to see Quinn and Tate and Leighton and Maverick again to catch up on what they’ve been doing.

Unlike the first two books in this trilogy, Cowboy Up is not a second chance book; Caroline and Clay meet for the first time in this book, while Quinn & Tate and Leighton & Maverick had known each other for years.

The Coming Home trilogy has earned a spot on my exclusive re-read shelf. It is most likely wishful thinking that sometime in the future Ms. Sloan will revisit the Davis family.