New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.
As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.
Most of the time.
What he hadn’t counted on was the cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping a verbally abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis she can’t stop thinking about.
So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…. Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?
I push my hands from his shoulders and palm his jaw as his stubble prickles against my fingers while my hands wander up to his hair. His hat falls to the ground with a thud and I know he’s just as lost in me as I am in him, because he doesn’t even make a move to pick it up. He lets out a deep grunt when I mold myself against his body, seeking some sort of friction. The next thing I know, my back is against the door and he’s gripping my bottom. His mouth hits my jaw with a bite of his teeth, making a squeak of pleasure shoot up my throat, and his deep rumble of laughter reaches my ears as he presses me harder into the door with his hips. The heavy bulge of his erection against that spot makes me so desperate for him that I whimper in relief when his mouth finally closes over mine in a wet tangle of tongues.
I’ve never been kissed so thoroughly.
This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow.
The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted. I’m going to be comparing every kiss I ever have to my dark cowboy’s, even though I know there’s a good chance no one will ever compare. The sounds coming from my mouth, the ones being swallowed by his, are nothing short of needy. My hips move in tandem with the thrusts of his, and even though we’re both fully clothed, I know it won’t take much more of this for me to go off like the town’s fireworks on the Fourth of July.
“Fuck, you taste just like apple pie,” he whispers against my lips, breaking away with a gasp.
“Goddamn, I love apple pie,” he says before his mouth is back on mine, this time with a whole new kind of hunger deepening his kisses.
I’m held captive, enraptured. Then his hands move from my bottom to glide up my torso. He lifts his hard chest off mine and suddenly those delicious fingers are at my breasts. Even if I had big boobs his hands would dwarf them, I’m sure, but as it is he covers both with a firm grasp before adjusting his hold with a deft twist of the wrists. His mouth continues to feast on mine while his huge hands learn my body with slow movements. I tear my mouth from his with a breathy moan when he pushes my shirt up and slips his fingers into the cups of my bra to tweak my nipples.
“Oh, God,” I moan when he does it again.
“I can’t get enough of you,” he rumbles.
“Please,” I beg, not with the slightest clue as to what I’m begging for.
His hips dig even harder into mine as he leans back, supporting me against the door with that connection alone as he pulls my shirt off. The darkness makes me feel more confident than I normally would be, almost half naked with a man—no, a stranger.
“Yours too,” I tell him as his fingers move to unclasp my bra. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” I breathe, taking over the task so he’ll hopefully give me what I want.
I fumble in my haste to feel more of this dangerous arousal he’s creating in my body, but the second my bra is free and dangling toward the floor, his naked chest collides against mine, pushing me into the door with a force that sends the air rushing out of my lungs.
His mouth hits my collarbone at the same time his hands grasp my bottom, sliding me up the door until I feel the wet heat of his breath against my breast.
Then he stops.
Damn you, Harper Sloan! You always know right where to hit me with all of the feels. I have read A LOT of Harper Sloan’s books, and I am never disappointed. She just has a way of writing that appeals to all hopeless romantics with declarations of love so sweet that you end up smiling for 80% of the book like a goofy clown. I loved Lost Rider and Kiss My Boots which were the first two books in the Coming Home series, but I honestly couldn’t wait to read Clayton’s story because he is the oldest Davis sibling. Clayton deserved to have his story come last because it was perfect.
The Story. I am at a loss for words as to where to start with this book. Caroline has been looking over her shoulder for five years afraid that her abusive ex will track her down. She receives a phone call from him, which sends her to a bar to forget her troubles for a little bit. However, she is not ready to come across her dark cowboy who wants to teach her how to be bad. Caroline is tired of being afraid so she throws caution to the wind and has a one night stand with a complete stranger. Caroline has been longing to go home for years now and an opportunity comes when she runs into her high school best friends, Leighton and Quinn. She has no idea that her dark cowboy is Quinn’s oldest brother, Clayton Davis, until they have a run in at a family gathering. Clayton has been more lonely than ever since his siblings have found their own happily ever afters. When he literally runs into his unforgettable one night stand, he knows she is the one who is going to change everything. This was fast paced and very well written. I loved reading about how Caroline and Clayton’s relationship bloomed and blossomed. Although, both have dark pasts that try and tear their happiness apart. Caroline and Clayton have to decide if they’re stronger together.
Clayton. Clayton might win as my favorite Davis sibling. He is so very protective of his loved ones and he is so freaking sweet. Don’t let his sweet side fool you because he is also alpha to a T. I do love reading stories about older couples because Davis knows what he wants, and is not afraid to tell people what that is. The way he loves Caroline is so beautiful that I had tears in my eyes half of the time. He deserved everything he got with Caroling and more after his ex put him through the wringer.
Caroline. This brave, strong woman was exactly who Clayton needed. She was a breath of fresh air with her shy, reserved nature that was not afraid to get sassy when the time called for it. Seeing her grow out of her shell after her ex tried to break her was a beautiful thing. She realized how strong she was and how much she had to fight for with Clayton’s love, which truly saved her life in the end.
The Relationship. The relationship was sweet, hot, sexy, endearing, and so full of love I was bursting at the seams for them. The way they grew together and loved one another was breathtaking and I didn’t want it to end. They talked about what they wanted and didn’t shy away from the hard conversations. They were there to celebrate each others triumphs as well as each others low points. It was everything I hoped for in their relationship.
If you have been following me a while, then you know how much I love tight knit family and friend groups. There is really nothing like the Davis siblings. They had it rough growing up and they will always be each other’s rocks, but now they all have people they can share these burdens with. I loved reading about the strength of this family and getting to see the happily ever afters that came out of it. I loved getting to read about their children being born. Best of all was that freaking final epilogue. It was beyond perfect and was a fantastic way to end the series. I cried so many happy tears its unbelievable.
I highly highly recommend this book (although start with book 1 for the best experience) for those who love: sexy cowboys, small towns, strong relationships, many many sweet words, strong family units, and incredible heroes and heroines.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.