Title: Dylan by C.H. Admirand
The Secret Life of Cowboys Book 2
Publisher: Sourcebook Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 384 pages
Book Rating: C+
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Second in a hot contemporary cowboy romance trilogy featuring three brothers desperately trying to save their ranch, and their pride.
Sexy rancher Dylan is temporarily covering his brother’s shift at the Lucky Star ladies club when he meets Ronnie DelVecchio, a darkhaired beauty with snapping green eyes. Sparks and tempers fly and Dylan can’t resist the urge to see what it would be like to kiss her senseless.
C.H. Admirand’s Dylan is the second installment in The Secret Life of Cowboys series featuring the Garahan brothers. It is a sweet and sexy romance set in the charming small Texas town of Pleasure. From the moment he lassoes her at the Lucky Star, Dylan Garahan is captivated by Ronnie DelVecchio.
The sparks fly between Ronnie and Dylan from their first meeting, and Ms. Admirand keeps the sexual tension high as this couple works through their emotional baggage. Ronnie is recently divorced and reluctant to enter into a new relationship. She is strong, independent and shares a close bond with her grandmother. Dylan has not been in a serious relationship since his heart was broken by his childhood sweetheart. An alpha male, he strongly pursues Ronnie until he is able to slip past her defenses.
Dylan is a well-written but slow paced novel. The build-up of Ronnie and Dylan’s relationship moves at snail’s pace as they work through their respective issues. Their romance has an “insta-love” feel to it as they seem to fall in love fairly quickly without dating or really getting to know one another. The sexual attraction between them burns hot and their resulting lovemaking is explosive and quite steamy.
One of the most appealing aspects of Dylan is the close-knit relationship shared by Dylan and his brothers Tyler and Jesse. Having lost their parents at an early age, the three brothers were raised by their grandfather on the ranch that has been in their family for generations. Although he is now deceased, their grandfather’s presence is strongly felt throughout the novel.
Equally enjoyable are the friendships shared by Ronnie and the other women who own businesses in Pleasure. They are quick to lend aid when necessary and their scenes together truly shine. Mavis Beeton is sure to be everyone’s favorite character in The Secret Life of Cowboys series.
Overall, C.H. Admirand’s Dylan is an enjoyable read with some very charming and likeable characters. Although there are a few missteps and misunderstandings along the way, Ronnie and Dylan find their happily ever after with a little help from their friends and families.