Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review of LEARNING THE ROPES by T.J. Kline

"Are we back in high school again? Did some guy send you over here to see if I like him?" - Alicia Kanani

Learning the Ropes
Series: Rodeo #3
Author: T.J. Kline
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Source: Publisher for Review

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Rule #1 - Don’t lose focus...

Barrel racer Alicia Kanani has had a long road to the top - and she’s not quite there yet. Finances have always been tight, and in the glitz and glam world of professional rodeo, that means that second best is probably the best she can hope for. With the National Finals coming up, she’s certainly not looking for a pair of cowboys to distract her.

Rule #2 - Don’t gamble what you can’t live without…

Playboy Chris Thomas is sure Alicia’s the perfect woman for his level-headed team roping partner, David Greenly. It seems like a match, until Chris realizes he wants Alicia for himself. The stakes have been raised; David and Chris are supposed to be a team, and this time, they’re on opposite sides.

Can Alicia rope this playboy’s heart, or will they find themselves too tangled up to let true love in?

I've said it many times... Friends to lovers is one of my favorite themes in romance. Whether it is a contemporary romance or romantic suspense, I love them and I'll devour them. Once again, I was a little scared to start Learning the Ropes because I love T.J. Kline and I didn't want this book to fall victim to that looming book slump monster. I am so glad he stayed away because I freaking loved this book. In Learning the Ropes, we meet Chris and Ali. They have been friends for several years and are secretly attracted to each other. Yay, right? Nope, Chris is hell bent on playing matchmaker between Ali and David, his roping partner. Everything seems to be connecting between the two of them... That is, until Chris' green-eyed monster shows up and he can't hide his love for Ali anymore. In my opinion, the best part about Learning the Ropes was the friendship and relationship between the three leads. I actually liked the budding romance between Ali and David. It was awkward, but they were cute. However, once Chris started showing his jealousy and slowly losing his ability to keep his hands off Ali, I was all Team Chris. I adored Ali, Chris, and David. Ali is a strong woman that is hell bent on making her dreams become reality. Chris, another strong character, will always be there for Ali. He's the first to comfort her and cheer for her when she's barrel racing. And as for David, I'm hoping there was a little foreshadowing of his story at the end of this book because he needs a little love after dealing with his father. And, of course, I had a little giddy smile with the updates on the previous characters. Oh, the babies!

T.J. Kline is quickly becoming a favorite author. I love her cowboys and their ladies. As a Rodeo Queen herself, it is safe to say that her books have an authentic feel and I'm just having a blast immersing myself in her world. Don't stop the series now, T.J. I want David's book!

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. 

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