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This was a fun read, with really entertaining characters and a great dynamic between the hero and heroine. I have never read Kadie Scott before, and seeing as this is the third book in the series, I have definitely been missing out. It's probably best to read the first two books first, because I got the impression that I would have appreciated the family more if I knew their history. However, it's certainly not a necessity, and this book can definitely be read by itself.
It all started with a bet, that if Autry Hill could abstain from women for six months, he could have his parents' house on the ranch. Seeing as he stopped dating six months prior, he figured another six months would be easy. Until he met the one woman who could put his willpower to the test - Beth Cooper. Beth is an elementary school teacher, too good for Autry and far out of his reach. But when a chance encounter leads to an amazing kiss, they both realize that their feelings for each other are more mutal than they thought. It's just a matter of time before they succumb to their desires and all hell breaks loose.
Autry had a fast, exciting character development in this book! I enjoyed seeing him mature over time and take on responsibility that he never had before. His interactions with Dylan Marsh, the young boy he mentors, is so inspiring and shows his truly generous heart. While he was forced into mentoring him, it was clear very quickly that he enjoyed it and would continue even after his community service was over. I did feel Autry was a bit too dense, however, when it came to romance, and that was frustrating. Beth was a sweet woman who was, I thought, pretty clear with how she felt and honest with Autry the whole time. Why he thought she would be amenable to his idea towards the end of the book is beyond me, and that's why I rated this book four stars instead of five. It didn't make sense to me that he would truly not understand why she reacted the way she did. It created some unnecessary tension that I could have done without. And then it resolved itself way too fast in the end. Beth was definitely a character that I connected with immediately, and I loved how genuine she was throughout the book. She balanced Autry and he did the same for her, so it was a good relationship from the start.
I look forward to reading more books by this author! Hopefully the fun humor in this book carries into the next.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**