Review: Rocky Mountain Angel by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Angel (Six Pack Ranch #4) by Vivian ArendI didn’t bother to read the blurb for this book before I started reading. I love cowboy romances and I’ve read the other books in this series so I was excited to read Rocky Mountain Angel. But right away, I realized this was going to be a fake engagement story and I was a little worried. Lately I’ve had my fill of cockamamie set-ups for romances and I wasn’t in the mood for some wild and crazy plan filled with miscommunication and misunderstandings. But as I continued to read I was pleasantly surprised at how well the setup for this romance worked for me.

Allison Parker has discovered that her mom is very ill and is keeping it a secret from her family. Allison wants to move back home to be with her mom but can’t let her know she knows about the illness. So, Allison approaches her old friend Gabe Coleman with a plan. In exchange for helping him convert his ranch for organic growing, she asks him to pretend to be her fiancé, giving her an excuse to move back to her hometown.

This sounds like it could all go crazy and get ridiculous in a minute but Gabe and Allison just don’t let it go there. They are both pretty solid emotionally and they keep the drama under control. For the sake of appearances of their fake engagement, they move in together and close quarters makes it fairly easy for them to act on their attraction and fall in love. They are both such warm likeable characters and I was really glad that they didn’t hurt each other with stubborn pride and denial of feelings. They are good to each other and this is a couple I really wanted to be together.

While this is a very sweet romance, there is no shortage of smoking hot sex. From their first kiss this couple burns up the pages. Wow.

The conflict comes in with Gabe’s father. He is what stands in the way of Gabe’s dream of developing the land for organic ranching. Gabe’s father is bitter and hurtful and blames Gabe for something very tragic in their family history. He is a hideous man and he creates quite a bit of emotional turmoil for Gabe.

We know from the beginning of the story what Allison’s mothers fate is. Still, I was hoping for something different. But the outcome was inevitable and made for a very emotional scene near the end. It was written well though and I found this to be a very heartwarming story. Gabe and Allison are such a lovely couple and I loved the way they supported each other.

I’m glad I skipped the blurb before reading this book. Had I read the blurb I would have probably passed on reading it. Rocky Mountain Angel is a sweet, sexy romance with a couple, that despite the emotional turbulence in their lives, find love and stability in each other. Their support of each other through their tough times was touching. I really enjoyed this romance.

Favorite Quote:

“Take off your shirt and pants.”

Gabe chuckled. “What kind of trim you aim to give me?”

Rating: B+
Rocky Mountain Angel by Vivian Arend
November 20th 2012 by Samhain Publishing
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  1. Mandi says

    I agree – the fake fiance thing worried me..but I ended up really liking this one. I need to go back and read the others in this series.

  2. pamelia says

    I’ve already pre-ordered this one. I enjoy this series a lot. I wouldn’t call them the best books out there, but they are reliably sexy and sweet and entertaining.

  3. Tabs says

    I’ve been excited about this one ever since I finished the previous entry in the seriez. Also, I really enjoy the “fake engagement” trope when there’s a interesting twist on it which it looks like this has. I will be devouring this on tuesday.