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.
ââMelia.â 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. ââMelia, darlinâ. Time to wake up.â 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 wasnât dreaming. I slowly cracked an eye and was greeted with a glorious nakedâfrom the waist upâDestry. His hair ruffled from sleep.
âMmmm.â Best non-dream ever,â I quietly mumbled, smiling to myself. That earned me a chuckle and another soft kiss this time to my forehead.
âTime to get up, sleeping beauty.â He moved to his knees and I noticed his jeans werenât buttoned. The happy trail that Iâd taken my time following the night before caught my eyes, and I all but eye raped his toned stomach.
âCommando in the morning might be the best thing in the world.â I yawned, stretching out my sore muscles. Weâd cuddled under the stars all night making good use of the food Iâd packed, and eventually fell asleep in the back of the truck. âCum gutters are pretty high up there too,â I smiled sleepily.
âCum gutters?â he asked with a short laugh, handing me my clothes heâd obviously gathered up at some point.
âMhmm.â 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. âCum gutters.â Tapping the skin there, I slowly sat up, watching him shake his head and smirk.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Iâm a sucker for a hot cowboy, and Destry Reeves was one. He takes care of the Ranch and his family. Heâs not looking for love and definitely not with a city girl. He was sexy, smoldering, stubborn, protective, but really sweet once he lets his walls down. Did I love Destry oh yes I did!!
Sweet, baby Jesus. He was hot! Not just hot, but mess-your-panties devastatingly hot."
Amelia Highsmith was a city girl unhappy in her always being told what to do mind-numbing life. Her fiancÃ© is an ass, and finally having enough one day she gets in her car and leaves looking for a new life, anything must be better that the one she was living. I liked Amelia and her sassiness.
âIt was a series of acts, and certain calls, ones that were destroying who I really was who I wanted to beâ
A chance encounter with a cow leads her into the path of Destry. Amelia ends up temporary staying with him, his two equally sexy brothers, Braxton and Austin and their sister Ellie. Sparks fly, between Destry and Amelia. Amelia sees a very different life, and one that maybe she has been looking for. Destry seeing that maybe all city girls are not the same.
âIt was freeing, and Iâd come to the quickly realize the life I had been living wasnât what I wantedâ.
âThis girl I'd pegged as a snotty city chick had surprised me at every turn, and with her lying in my arm, I realized I was in deep.... and I was perfectly all right with it."
The storyline told from dual POV was, sexy, funny, romantic, and steamy. Love the chemistry between Destry and Amelia, hot and intense, and the interaction between the other secondary characters. The story is short, and although things move along quickly they donât feel rushed. The only reason I would have liked it longer is because, selfishly I wanted more steamy scenes with Destry. ;)
âI was so attracted to him that just sitting here was wreaking havoc on my libidoâ
âDestry set me alight in every way imaginable, and I didnât want it to stop.â
I loved the ending the epilogue was both surprising and funny. It left me with no doubt that I would be reading the next book in the 'Rough and Hard' series to get to know more about Braxton, and his secrets. But also maybe Austinâs too.
Overall Destry was a fun easy feel good read, and I definitely I read most of it with a grin on my face If you have few hours to spare, love cowboys then âDestryâ is just what you need. I have read and enjoyed other books by Lola Stark and this one didnât disappoint.
Other books by Lola Stark . . .
Lola Stark lives in Australia, is an at home mummy with no filter raising a hoard of minions and a husband who sometimes appears not to have grown up. Lola has loved to read for as long as she can remember. When not wrangling the family she can be found sitting at her computer, writing, facebooking or just generally messing around.