One and Only Texas #3
by Melissa Cutler
Published on March 7, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Get ready for the ride of your life...
A cowgirl at heart, Skye Martinez has a rebellious streak she's determined to shake. Especially since she's poised to take the reins of her family's business at Briscoe Ranch Resort. It's time for her to settle down and get serious about her future...right after one last night of fun with a handsome stranger she meets in the resort's stable. But when a midnight horseback ride turns into a red-hot weekend with one of country music's biggest stars, Skye's world is rocked beyond her wildest dreams...
Gentry Wells rode his bad boy image all the way to the top of the country music charts. But churning out hits has dried up his creativity, and he can't remember the last time his life was his own. Skye is a sexy distraction he can't resist, especially since she breathes new life into his music. They bring out the wild side in each other, which is great for Gentry's career—but a major threat to Skye's. Too bad he's fallen in love with her. With their hearts and futures on the line, can Gentry convince Skye to turn their joyride into a real chance to ride off into the sunset together?
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Never did I ever imagine myself reading a romance about a country singer and upcoming businesswoman set in Texas. The first part alone is somewhat unusual. I tend toward the historical and was a bit skeptical about how much I would enjoy this book. And no, I’m not saying that based off the cover, but the synopsis.
I haven’t read the other books in this series but I had no issues reading this as a standalone; it was also my first I’ve read by the author. To be honest, I’m not really sure how much I enjoyed it because I devoured it easily enough but it had a lot of ups and downs.
So as this is a romance, let’s talk about that for a sec. Skye and Gentry meet by chance, both looking for an escape, and happen to have this amazing physical chemistry. This ends up leading to a crazy weekend and Skye doing a lot of things she didn’t plan on at that point in her life and ending in a… well the scene caught me a bit off-guard and definitely isn’t a good fit for anyone looking for a “clean” romance. But that was fine.
The second half of the book was a lot more serious and the chemistry that took front and center is forcefully shoved to the side to bring in a deeper connection between the characters that I wasn’t feeling.
These two had a strong physical attraction to each other but Gentry only ever appealed to half of Skye and for the vast majority of the book, she’s at war. Back and forth. And it made me feel a bit iffy about the whole romance too. Her indecision about what she wanted and the constant changing started to get a bit old. Especially since everything happened in a short time period. There were a few time jumps but the story itself and their relationship didn’t feel like it matched those breaks.
For the most part, I liked Skye. She wanted to stay true to her roots and had a lot of emotional baggage that weighed her down for so long and acted as something for her to work through over the course of the book. I think she had a lot of strength but her shifting ideals grated on my nerves a bit by the end. Gentry had his own baggage and fought against the persona he created as a musician, but retained a level of control and a big heart beneath it all. I enjoyed him as the lead despite my lack of full belief in their romance.
I think everything was just a bit too convenient. I know, it’s a romance, it’s fiction, it’s supposed to line up like that. But, for me, their histories, the events leading up to the happily ever after, it just didn’t strike me as real. I’ve read contemporary romances that do accomplish this so I know it can be done but this just wasn’t one of them.
Though I can’t say I disliked the book, I also can’t say that I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed One Wild Night for the few hours it took me to read it but it didn’t have me dying to pick up another of her books right away (though I think I would still read them at some point). Overall, an average romance.