Slick’s Review – Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan

I’ve been shouting this series praises from the beginning and author Harper Sloan ends it on an extremely high note with Cowboy Up. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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 a 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 the 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 a verbally abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis 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?


From the first book in Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, I was completely drawn in by the Davis siblings and the damage done to them by their mother’s abandonment and their father’s less than stellar parenting. Somehow despite it all the three managed to grow up, become their own people, and still have a bond so strong even when one of them was gone for years and I think that was largely due to oldest brother Clay who was determined to shield his siblings and do his best to be there for them no matter what, even though he often feels he failed them. I knew his story was going to be a challenge, Clay has some skewed views on love and marriage, but Ms. Sloan outdid herself in Cowboy Up. She not only gave Clay the happily ever after he more than deserved, she ended this series giving readers everything they want and then just to make sure gave us a bit more. Clever, sassy, emotional, sexy, and completely engaging from the first word to the last Cowboy Up was a perfect romance and the best book in this series by far (and that’s saying something because the others were really good).

Anyone who reads my reviews knows how much I enjoy when a one night stand turns into more especially when they both assume that’s all it is, one night. After a telephone call from her ex sends her reeling Caroline (Linney) Michaels wants to forget and she wants to be a bit reckless so she heads to her one of her best friend’s bar and meets her dark cowboy. A few weeks later they meet again at a baby shower and she realizes that one night stand is the man she had a crush on as a teenager and her friend’s brother. The connection they had that night left them both feeling raw and a bit off balance, but both realize they aren’t going to waste the second chance they were given.

Watching the stoic, set in his ways Clay come completely undone by a woman was outstanding! From the first book it was obvious Clay had hardened his heart and with the exception of those he called family he didn’t let anyone get close. I admired Clay for the way he took care of his brother and sister and his love of the land that had been in their family for generations. It became evident early on that his protective streak now included Caroline. Despite Caroline’s mothers apathetic raising and escaping an abusive relationship, she is a strong, capable and savvy businesswoman. I loved these two together, Caroline helped Clay to soften and showed him it was okay to open up and share his past hurts and helped him to see that his brother and sister grew up to be good people thanks to him. Clay helped Caroline understand her worth, made her feel safe, and made her understand that none of what happened to her was her fault. There was a lot of mutual admiration and respect between them and when you add in their unparalleled attraction, it was obvious these two were made for one another. What I loved most about this book is that the conflict came from outside sources, these two were solid from the start and that never wavered; there was absolute trust and truth between them always.

While this was clearly a romance between Clay and Caroline, there are many scenes with Maverick and Leighton (from book 1), and Quinn and Tate (from book 2) and readers will no doubt appreciate not only catching up with these couples, but the many scenes between the three siblings as their lives continue to change. There were so many heartfelt and sentimental moments that brought tears to my eyes and loads of emotion.

I’ve been shouting this series praises from the beginning and author Harper Sloan ends it on an extremely high note with Cowboy Up.

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I push my hands from his shoulders and palm his jaw as his stubble prickles against my fingers while my hands wander up to his hair. His hat falls to the ground with a thud and I know he’s just as lost in me as I am in him, because he doesn’t even make a move to pick it up. He lets out a deep grunt when I mold myself against his body, seeking some sort of friction. The next thing I know, my back is against the door and he’s gripping my bottom. His mouth hits my jaw with a bite of his teeth, making a squeak of pleasure shoot up my throat, and his deep rumble of laughter reaches my ears as he presses me harder into the door with his hips. The heavy bulge of his erection against that spot makes me so desperate for him that I whimper in relief when his mouth finally closes over mine in a wet tangle of tongues.

I’ve never been kissed so thoroughly.

This is the kind of kiss that sets the bar for any that might follow.

The kind that shows you everything you’ve been missing and everything you never knew you wanted. I’m going to be comparing every kiss I ever have to my dark cowboy’s, even though I know there’s a good chance no one will ever compare. The sounds coming from my mouth, the ones being swallowed by his, are nothing short of needy. My hips move in tandem with the thrusts of his, and even though we’re both fully clothed, I know it won’t take much more of this for me to go off like the town’s fireworks on the Fourth of July.

“Fuck, you taste just like apple pie,” he whispers against my lips, breaking away with a gasp.

“Huh?”

“Goddamn, I love apple pie,” he says before his mouth is back on mine, this time with a whole new kind of hunger deepening his kisses.

I’m held captive, enraptured. Then his hands move from my bottom to glide up my torso. He lifts his hard chest off mine and suddenly those delicious fingers are at my breasts. Even if I had big boobs his hands would dwarf them, I’m sure, but as it is he covers both with a firm grasp before adjusting his hold with a deft twist of the wrists. His mouth continues to feast on mine while his huge hands learn my body with slow movements. I tear my mouth from his with a breathy moan when he pushes my shirt up and slips his fingers into the cups of my bra to tweak my nipples.

“Oh, God,” I moan when he does it again.

“I can’t get enough of you,” he rumbles.

“Please,” I beg, not with the slightest clue as to what I’m begging for.

His hips dig even harder into mine as he leans back, supporting me against the door with that connection alone as he pulls my shirt off. The darkness makes me feel more confident than I normally would be, almost half naked with a man—no, a stranger.

“Yours too,” I tell him as his fingers move to unclasp my bra. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” I breathe, taking over the task so he’ll hopefully give me what I want.

I fumble in my haste to feel more of this dangerous arousal he’s creating in my body, but the second my bra is free and dangling toward the floor, his naked chest collides against mine, pushing me into the door with a force that sends the air rushing out of my lungs.

His mouth hits my collarbone at the same time his hands grasp my bottom, sliding me up the door until I feel the wet heat of his breath against my breast.

Then he stops.

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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2 thoughts on “Slick’s Review – Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan

  1. thanks for your honest review. I can’t wait to read it myself. I especially like her playlist songs for each chapter.

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