Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review of Rebecca Zanetti's Against the Wall (+Giveaway)


Blurb: Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…

Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.

Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jake Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.Two different worlds.

Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…

Review: We'll just go ahead and make this one simple.

JAKE


You can attribute three words to this name: Indian, Cowboy, Lawyer. I mean, come on. Enough said, right?

Alright, alright, I suppose I'll actually leave a review versus a new fictional crush to add to my list. Yes, I actually have one. Hey, some people knit. I make lists of fictional heroes I would marry. *shrugs*

Personally, I really enjoyed Rebecca Zanetti's Dark Protectors Series. She definitely knows how to write a swoon-worthy alpha hero. I was intrigued to read Against the Wall just to see how she might write her contemporary hero compared to her vampires and shifters. I wasn't doubtful per se, but I tend to start reading a book with low expectations. Nothing really irritates me more when a book is hyped up, then I read it and feel a bit "meh" afterward.

Well, rest assured, I thought Against the Wall was a great, fast read with wonderful characters. It's not full of angst, action, or evil. It's simply a sweet small town read with a meddlesome community that will make you smile and memorable characters.

And that leads me back to Jake, our hero. I just can't say enough how much I really loved this fictional guy. He encompasses many of the characteristics I want in my heroes. He's a devoted family man, knows what he wants, takes care of his lady, protective, and just the right amount of alpha that he didn't cross the threshold into the "ass" territory. Oh yeah, and his "fluff and stuff" moves.. can't forget those.

Now we have our heroine, Sophie. She's not a weakling, but she has just the right blend of sweetness and spunk. It's easy to understand why she's a bit skeptical of her relationship with Jake. Truly, the woman needed a strong man that would offer her a lasting, one of a kind love. And how fortunate our hero is just the man for the job.

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable, fast, sweet read with a great cast of characters. I'm more than interested to read about Jake's brothers and sister.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Be sure to visit Rebecca atWebsite 

Right, so I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. 
With that said, the giveaway I'm offering is not affiliated with Netgalley or the author.

***I'm offering a digital copy of Against the Wall to one commenter. Just leave me a message and your email address so I can contact you. Good Luck!***

17 comments:

  1. Great review!

    It's been a long time since I've read a straight contemporary.

    The 'Husband list' made me smile.

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    1. I like to shuffle around with genres. Keeps me entertained. :) And I'm glad you liked my little list. Thanks for stopping by, Stacey.

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  2. I have a list too, it includes almost every hero I have read, esp. my Highlanders, I so melt when they speak. This one is two of my favorite things, canna say I'm into lawyers, at least not as what I would want to marry. Don't mind reading about them though.
    Z
    Seawitch reviews at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Z! :) Ooo I do love the Highlanders. Definitely my favorite type of hero. Yeah, I can take or leave the lawyer part, but it works in the book because it showed a bit of ruthlessness on the hero's part. It just seemed to add to his character. Good luck in the giveaway. :)

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  3. I feel fortunate enough to have been introduced to this new-to-me author that I won't sign up for your giveaway! LOL Cowboys? Oh yeah, I'm there!

    Excellent post, as always!

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    1. Ha, I know you are there with cowboys! :) Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Sheri-poo! :)

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  4. Loved your review! I find I'm the opposite of you. I start reading with high expectations. When my expectations are met, I'm deliriously happy, but when the book falls flat, I need a day or two to calm down, lol. I LOL'ed at this: his "fluff and stuff" moves. This book is on my TBR list since I discovered it today in the Brazen scavenger hunt. I can pass on the lawyer part, but not the cowboy or Indian. Thanks for the giveaway and for the chance to win.
    msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ha, glad "fluff and stuff" comment made you smile. Lol, I should start my own rating system.. "fluff and stuff", "ass factor", etc. :)

      Yeah, I think the lawyer part was essential to the book because it added another faucet to his character, or I should say it added more depth to the fact he would do what it took to protect what he cared about. But, yes, I could take or leave that too. Honestly, I've never really cared about a characters profession. Hmm, well maybe might not be as hot if they were a garbageman or something. Of course then I might be thinking of that Cramps song in my head so it could work. :D

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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    2. Oh yes! You should do that! More than anything I'd like to see the pictures you'd choose for your rating system, lol!

      I get it. I know that the author studied law, so it's not like the lawyer aspect comes out of left field. When I made my comment, I was thinking of an ex. Go figure.

      A garbageman?! Melissa, your mind goes to the weirdest places!

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  5. sounds great - a big fan of ypur other books

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Lisa. :)

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  6. Lovely review, Melissa! Indian, cowboy, & lawyer? Jake sounds delish, my exact kind of hero. I'm like Michelle. I usually tend to read a book with high expectations & when it's good, I'm super happy. But I'm totally with you too! Nothing irritates me more when a book is hyped up, then I read it and feel "meh" afterwards. That's probably why I try to stay away from all the hyped up books now, lol. Against the Wall sounds like a read I would very much enjoy. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

    bookish.nina (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Nina. Yeah, just seems easier to go into things with low expectations in general for me. LOL. Go figure. :) Good luck in the draw, chickie.

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  7. Sounds like a good read. I haven't read any books by this author & I believe I'll start with this one & take it from there. This is one of the reasons I love following the many blogs that I do. Thank you for the review on this book. I look forward to reading it.

    JessieL62(at)comcast(dot)net

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  8. Alright, kiddos. I counted the names and just used random.org to pick a winner. I have Nina as my winner this time around. I'll send you an email, Nina. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Melissa!! I'm super excited to read this one!! :)

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  9. Great review. Book sounds awesome. I guess all I need to know is --- Jake.

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