Cowboy Up Book Review

December 20, 2017 / 0 comments

Cowboy Up Book ReviewCowboy Up by Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home #3
Published by Simon & Schuster on December 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: paperback
Source: Publisher
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan returns with a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there's a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he's just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn't counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She's the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn't lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she's finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can't stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it'll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little...

Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

The Third Book in the “Coming Home Series” is Live!

Liezel’s Thoughts:

I am not one that reads romance that involves cowboys that often but reading this series certainly enticed me to delve further into this subgenre.  Way to go Harper Sloan for being such an influencer, you’ve definitely caught my attention when it comes to sexy cowboys.

Cowboy Up revolves around the eldest son of the Davis siblings, Clayton. Every day he witnesses the contentment that his sister Quinn and his brother Maverick have found in their relationships and although he is happy for them you can sense his feeling of loneliness.

I desperately wanted him to find the HEA that his siblings had and thought he deserved someone just as amazing and he finds it in bookstore owner, Caroline. Caroline has never had a healthy relationship but Clayton changed that for her.

Their “how did you first meet” story isn’t ideal what comes after that is perfect. For once, I was grateful that they didn’t hesitate to reveal their feelings early on. It gave us an ample amount of opportunity to see these two interacting as a couple.  The author proved to us repeatedly just how good they fit in all aspects of their beings.

What I appreciated most about the story was how the previous couples impacted Clayton and Caroline’s relationship. In the end, it isn’t just about the romantic love between great couples but it is also about the love for the family.

I immensely enjoyed this book and hope that this isn’t the last we hear from these great characters. Spin-off perhaps?

The Verdict:



Praise for The Coming Home Series:

“Sloan’s sexy love story also has a strong, satisfying emotional arc that seems especially romantic in the modern ranch setting…the fun interactions among the Davis siblings and the satisfying second-chance theme will please readers.”

—Booklist (Cowboy Up, Book 3 in the Coming Home Series)


“Modern Cliterature…Enjoy [this] lusty [passage] adapted from summer’s raciest reads…”

Cosmopolitan, July 2017 (Kiss My Boots, Book 2 in the Coming Home Series)


“Sloan…hits it out of the park…Maverick is a perfect hero: multilayered, complicated, deeply damaged, yet blooming with the new promise of love. Leighton is appealing and real, as are a strong supporting cast of characters whom readers will be glad to follow into sequels. Sloan enhances the gripping story with country songs that open each chapter. This absolutely spectacular effort catapults Sloan to the top of her genre.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review for Lost Rider, Book 1 in the Coming Home Series)


“A supersexy second-chance read with a handsome ex-rodeo cowboy hero and the girl he left behind. The characters are well written and the bedroom scenes are hot. . . . Sloan does a wonderful job with portraying the secondary characters, and it looks like Quinn’s story, which is next up, is going to be a good one.”

RT VIP Salon (Lost Rider, Book 1 in the Coming Home Series)

“Sloan brings plenty of heat to this otherwise very thoughtful, building love story, the first in her Coming Home series…Maverick’s pursuit of Leighton and her slow acceptance ignites the vivid ranch and small-town settings. Contemporary western romances are challenging to write, and Sloan makes it fun to read about realistic ways cowboys can fit into modern society. Readers will look forward to learning how the uncovered family secrets affect siblings Clay and Quinn in future books.”

—Booklist (Lost Rider, Book 1 in the Coming Home Series)


“Engaging characters and an appealing small-town setting; [This] second-chance-at-love romance resonates emotionally…Sloan knows her way around sexual tension and emotional intensity.”

—Kirkus (Lost Rider, Book 1 in the Coming Home Series)

About Harper Sloan

Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero–the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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