Title: Destry (Rough & Hard #1)
Author: Lola Stark
Released: March 24, 2014
Rancher Destry Reeves is your typical country boy; he believes in hard work and the easy life. None of which he recognises in Amelia Highsmith.
When a chance encounter involving a cow, a truck and a dark Texan night puts the two on a collision course, it's not long before the fireworks begin and the simple life is turned upside down.
The last thing Amelia expects is for a brute of a cowboy to get in the way of her new life. She's left behind a world of high class dinners and city lights in an effort to escape a life she never wanted. Amelia finds herself in a world so far removed from home that it becomes impossible to break free without finding herself first.
Drawn together by an inexplicable attraction, Destry and Amelia must decide if such an unlikely pairing can ever survive.
“‘Melia.” A light kiss on my shoulder had me stepping from complete sleep to eyes closed not wanting to wake up. I loved when I had these types of dreams. Destry touching me, his soft gentle lips touching my skin. “‘Melia, darlin’. Time to wake up.” His voice sounded so real, but then it always did. I snuggled deeper into the blankets and sighed. Only when I moved my hands to grab the pillow I always tucked up against me, did I realize I wasn’t dreaming. I slowly cracked an eye and was greeted with a glorious naked—from the waist up—Destry. His hair ruffled from sleep.
“Mmmm.” Best non-dream ever,” I quietly mumbled, smiling to myself. That earned me a chuckle and another soft kiss this time to my forehead.
“Time to get up, sleeping beauty.” He moved to his knees and I noticed his jeans weren’t buttoned. The happy trail that I’d taken my time following the night before caught my eyes, and I all but eye raped his toned stomach.
“Commando in the morning might be the best thing in the world.” I yawned, stretching out my sore muscles. We’d cuddled under the stars all night making good use of the food I’d packed, and eventually fell asleep in the back of the truck. “Cum gutters are pretty high up there too,” I smiled sleepily.
“Cum gutters?” he asked with a short laugh, handing me my clothes he’d obviously gathered up at some point.
“Mhmm.” I ran the tip of my finger along the clearly defined V muscles that ran from the top of his hips and disappeared into his jeans. “Cum gutters.” Tapping the skin there, I slowly sat up, watching him shake his head and smirk.
Amelia is a strong character who knows what she wants and it's not the life that has been planned out for her. She has the determination to change her life around and she's no victim.
Destry is one hell of a cowboy who is sizzling hot but stubborn and scared of city girls. he's been broken before and doesn't think city girls and cowboys can survive together.
The chemistry between Amelia and Destry is electric and undeniable. The sexual tension takes up so much of the book that there's a distinct feeling that they still know so little about each other .
We get glimpses of Destrys past that have caused him to be so closed off and dismissive to begin with and we see glimpses of the life Amelia led which was perfect on the outside but so flawed in reality.
Amelia and Destry are so focused on fighting what they both feel that they never really talk about their issues and their pasts. The conversation is always skimming the surface .
They certainly have their bumps in the road and Destry's fear of being hurt and trust issues put a risk to the happiness that they both have finally found.
This was a very easy book to read and I loved it.
There are so many great ancillary characters that I can't wait to read about.
And that epilogue wow I can't wait for Braxton's story.
REVIEWED By Linda
4 FMR HEARTS
OTHER BOOKS OF LOLA STARK
Tattered Love (Needles Kiss #1)
Conflicted Love (Needles Kiss #2)