Reviewed by Mandi
I really enjoyed the previous three books in this series but this one fell quite flat for me. Ace is the local bar owner and bartender in Copper Ridge. His father is the town’s pastor, and his relationship with his family is very rocky. Ace is gruff and opinionated. When Sierra comes in one night with a group of girlfriends, and he can’t help but notice how tipsy she is when she rides the mechanical bull. He also notices when all her friends leave without her. Feeling generous, he offers her a ride home – and her drunken conversation gets on his nerves.
Sierra comes from a very well to do family, but after the bombshell drops that her father has been having affairs, Sierra doesn’t know what to do. She decides to move out to deal with her feelings, but that means she needs a job. Through mutual friends, Ace is encouraged to give Sierra a waitressing job, and both of them reluctantly agree. Sierra needs the money, and Ace is planning on opening a brewery soon and could use the extra help.
Working together allows them to get to know one another and it all leads to a one night stand. This leads to a spoiler.
Things progress from here.
Ace’s gruffness never appealed to me – he felt more condescending being gruff than being sexy and hot.
“You look like something, that’s for sure,” he said, dark eyes raking over her body. “But let me tell you something, Sierra, I’m not that hard up. You want me, that much is obvious. It isn’t like I haven’t noticed you’re a pretty little thing. But things come too easily to you. You think you can manipulate me like this? You’re out of luck. You need to learn to ask for things. If you want me, you’re going to have to ask. You’re going to have to beg.”
He always rubbed me the wrong way.
I liked Sierra better, but I never felt her chemistry with Ace. I didn’t get their attraction to each other. And then the spoiler happens and it just didn’t do anything for me. Their conflict at the end felt forced too.
Definitely recommend the first three books but this one is a miss.