Welcome to my stop for Learning the Ropes, the new title from T.J. Kline. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where winners could get a Digital Set of RODEO QUEEN and THE COWBOY AND THE ANGEL, and Print Copy of THE COWBOY AND THE ANGEL by T.J. Kline.
I’m just starting to pick up on the plethora of Cowboy / Western themed stories out there, I’m a little slow to the party. See, I had horses for many years, and it is, for me, a huge bummer when the ‘horse related’ moments are not well done, or researched poorly. So it has always had me a bit reluctant to delve in. T.J. Kline, however, has the practical experience with horses, and a clever perspective in her stories that managed to allay my fears.
And I am so glad that I took a chance: Learning the Ropes is a wonderful little romance that brings some great horse-related moments in the middle of the budding romance between Alicia and Chris, with a few moments of love triangle and camaraderie that just adds fuel to the romance fire, and provides several moments of giggles.
Not having read the earlier books in the series, I was a bit concerned with feeling like I had missed something: this book stood alone perfectly – characters arrive developed and complete, but Kline adds dimension and quirks that enhance what is there, and gives insight into personalities and the relationship dynamics.
Alicia is wonderful: hard working and solidly crafted and working to make her dream of buying a ranch where she can teach barrel racing and her father can train horses come true. Her best friend Sydney has a brother Chris that she has always crushed on, but Chris is the circuit playboy: never one woman for long. Alicia isn’t a one night stand girl – she wants and deserves a lifetime, so she feels Chris is out of her league.
Chris is a championship team roper with his partner and friend, David. Like Alicia, they want to buy a spread and teach roping to those who want to learn and join the circuit. While Chris can hold onto that dream, he sees Alicia as a great option for his best friend David, and proceeds to push them together. What he didn’t expect was that He wanted Alicia. And the games begin.
There is a ton of heart in this story – the banter, the respect and even the gently developing relationship all show the friendships and concern that all of the characters have about the potential damage, and the real growth when Chris realizes that his playboy lifestyle pales in comparison to time with Alicia. As Alicia starts to see the man underneath the reputation, and understands that her dreams and his dreams can work together, making them all more than imagined, the story takes flight and readers are left with nothing to do but cheer them on.
A fun story with a solidly built and developed romance, this is one that I could see continue without getting bored or tired: it was just the right length to satisfy with just niggles for a bit more.
Title: Learning the Ropes
Author: T.J. Kline
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Rule #1 - Don’t lose focus...
Barrel racer Alicia Kanani has had a long road to the top - and she’s not quite there yet. Finances have always been tight, and in the glitz and glam world of professional rodeo, that means that second best is probably the best she can hope for. With the National Finals coming up, she’s certainly not looking for a pair of cowboys to distract her.
Rule #2 - Don’t gamble what you can’t live without…
Playboy Chris Thomas is sure Alicia’s the perfect woman for his level-headed team roping partner, David Greenly. It seems like a match, until Chris realizes he wants Alicia for himself. The stakes have been raised; David and Chris are supposed to be a team, and this time, they’re on opposite sides.
Can Alicia rope this playboy’s heart, or will they find themselves too tangled up to let true love in?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.