Hotel Rodeo #3
In Beauty and the Bull Rider (Hotel Rodeo #3) by Victoria Vane, after learning what the woman he's always craved wants more than anything, Zac McDaniel plans to offer his services to be the daddy of the baby she desperately wants. But with him being her ex-husband's best friend, and the fact that she blames him for her marriage falling apart, he's uncertain whether she'll welcome his more than friendly advances. However, when an opportunity arises to get into her good graces, he takes it. Because he wants the chance at forever after, that he missed out on with her years ago.
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I've got to say that it does not disappoint. Right from the beginning, it was fast-paced and immediately gripped my undivided attention with what happens to Zac during his ride on a bull, which makes him re-assess what he wants in life. And from that moment, this book only gets better, once Zac and Delaney come face-to-face at a time where Zac will do anything to gain the upper hand with the heroine, so that she becomes more receptive to his offer.
As for the dialogue, it kept me entertained because these two have such an interesting history between them, a history that could even be considered awkward. Yet, Zac is determined to win Delaney's heart and is very persuasive in his pursuit. However, there's no mistaking the powerful feel to the narrative and the dialogue. The emotions and reactions are so intense that there was no way I couldn't imagine myself in the characters situation. Well, at least Delaney's.
I really liked both characters. Delaney is strong, independent, hard-working. She's adamant that she doesn't want another relationship, yet I liked that Zac wore her down. Because after all she's been through, she deserves to be happy again. She's also quite passionate when it comes to her work, and that comes through loud and clear in the dialogue when she's talking about the breeding of her most prized animals.
While Zac, he's confident, tenacious and charming. He wants Delaney, not just for one night but forever. However, it isn't easy when she finds it difficult to trust after her ex-husband. Yet, Zac proves he's different by everything he does for her. Ultimately, showing her that she can rely on him to be there for her when she needs him.
Overall, this was a really good, quick read where the nicely-detailed sex scenes took a while to happen, but definitely did justice to this couple's intense chemistry. Ms. Vane wrapped this story up nicely with Zac confronting his best friend and securing the couple's future, as well as Delaney finally realizing that love is worth taking a chance on again, because Zac is the right man for her. I would recommend Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane, if you enjoy second chance romances.
Championship bull breeder and former Texas beauty queen Delaney McCall was having a heck of a time finding a daddy for the baby she craved. A failed marriage left her with no desire for another husband, but finding the right stud to satisfy her needs presents a bigger problem that she could have imagined.
After hanging up his spurs, bull rider Zac McDaniel wants nothing more than to fulfill Delaney's dream of having a family. After all, his best friend's ex has been his fantasy for years. Zac, however, has no desire to be seen as just a means to an end. And when Zac insists on doing things the "old fashioned" way, their passion explodes like a bull out of the chute…
While insisting it's all just a passing fancy, the more Delaney sees the softer side of the rough and tumble cowboy, the harder it is to keep her emotions corralled. Zac, meanwhile, is more determined than ever to prove he's what she really needs, and will do whatever it takes to tear down the mile high fence around her heart…