Rex (Walkers of Coyote Ridge Book 6)
Whether it was due to lack of funds, lack of desire, or one lame excuse after another, Rex Sharpe has managed to ignore the one and only dream he’s ever had: turning his family’s dilapidated old farmhouse into a bed and breakfast. Until now. When his cousin Travis Walker decides to invest in a venture that will help revitalize the small town of Coyote Ridge, Rex knows it’s time to put up or shut up.
They say third time’s a charm, right? Jack Cunningham learns that’s not always true. When his world is unexpectedly tipped on its axis, Jack does what he does best. He runs. Only this time, he doesn’t get far. A one-night encounter with a sexy cowboy has Jack’s already topsy-turvy world spinning even more, and he soon learns, it’s only the beginning.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
REX is book 6 in the Walkers of Coyote Ridge series. It has several characters from previous books that make an appearance but it is a complete standalone.
Rex Sharpe is in the middle of a huge renovation. His dream has always been to turn his family home into a bed and breakfast in the small town of Coyote Ridge. So he doesn’t have time for more than one night of fun (although meeting someone who’d want something permanent would be welcome). Jack Cunningham is running from a horrid ex fiancee. He just needs a place to recoup and Coyote Ridge seemed like the perfect place. But meeting a hot cowboy wasn’t supposed happen.
I’ll flat out declare that I fell in love with Rex while reading the prologue! No spoilers but let’s just say that he had a really tough childhood. But grown-up Rex? SWOON! No, he wasn’t perfect, he actually had a lot of issues with trust but that just managed to endear him to me more. (On a side note, I can perfectly hear him growling, “city boy” in my head!) I loved his ability to realize his own flaws and his patience with Jack was stellar.
Obviously, this is an M/M romance and sometimes we read about two heroes that are both alpha but I found myself picturing Jack with a bit of an effeminate quality. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing, I actually loved that about him. Unfortunately, he was such a wishy washy character! I mean, I guess it’s hard realizing that you’re gay at thirty but I wanted him to be more decisive. It took a looong time for Jack to come to his senses and realize what a catch Rex was which had me a tad frustrated. By the end, I found myself rooting for Jack but mostly, it was because Rex really loved him and I wanted Rex to have his happy ever after!
I also wanted a bit more angst. I felt like the prologue was leading me in one direction and while it was satisfactorily wrapped up, I wanted more of an edge to the story. Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars but bumped it up to 4 because…hello? That cover is super hot! Having said all that, I adore Nicole Edwards and I’m looking forward to more from Coyote Ridge. Told from dual POVs with a happy ending that leads us into the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released more than forty books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.
Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.
Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.
When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.