Sugarwater Ranch was hard to relate to in the beginning, and it wasn't until about the middle of the book that I started to really enjoy it. The writing style was great but the story was just slow to get going, although once it did, it held my interest.
The characters were a bit complicated to really get a good feel for in the beginning and while Sean and Catherine had some fabulous chemistry together it was hard to get to know them at first. There were too many gaps in the beginning of their story to truly get a good feel for what was happening between them. Both had serious personal issues to deal with, but in the end their love for each other won out. Their story picked up more about halfway through the book and I found myself really hoping that they could work through their personal problems so that they could enjoy what they had together.
The secondary characters were fantastic in this story, especially Catherine's Uncle Ray and Cousin Junior, I would love to have read more about him.
All in all it was an enjoyable read. It did pick up and kept me reading until the end. The author did a fantastic job in her descriptions of small town life, ranch life and the rodeo. Sugarwater Ranch had a little of everything in it. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Sean O’Connell’s life is perfect, or it was until his partying lifestyle affected his bull riding. Now he’s ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. When a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked, staring into the angry eyes of a strange woman. His infallible O’Connell charm gets him nowhere with the dark-haired beauty. It’s obvious she’s not his usual good-time girl, so why can’t he forget her?
Bar-manager Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy freezing to death in front of the Sugarwater Bar. She saves his life--then runs faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail. Any man who makes his living rodeoing is bad news, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. He’s everything she doesn’t want in a man, so why can’t she shake her attraction to the rugged cowboy?