- Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (28 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062370103
- ISBN-13: 978-0062370105
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer ratings
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Learning the Ropes Mass Market Paperback – 28 October 2014
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T. J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen--as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions--but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as many hours as possible laughing hysterically with her husband, teens, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn't running around the California Gold Country researching new stories.
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Alicia and Chris haven't seen each other in a couple of years since their last run-in at his sister's wedding. "Her eyes did a quick survey of him, realizing the past couple of years had been very good to him." Chris has other intentions when he sees his old friend, Alicia: Set her up with his stick in the mud roping partner, David. Watching Chris and his jealously as it blossoms while watching his partner and longtime friend date is an eye opening look into the incredibly human side of this cowboy. Now there was nothing he could do but cowboy up and ignore this jealously until it faded again.
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite reads due to the friendly and comfortable banter that comes with knowing someone for a long time. That, and you find yourself looking for glimpses of the early on feelings. It is like a mystery of WHEN did he/she finally know? Alicia's comfort with Chris's ways and her reactions to them are some of my favorite lines in this book.
"Really, Chris? I can buy?" she feigned excitement, rolling her eyes skyward. "Such a gentleman." She covered her heart with both hands before fanning her face. "Be still my heart."
Alicia laughed quietly and shook her head and Chris felt the relief course through him. At least he'd made her laugh. "You never change, do you?"
He shrugged. "Why mess with perfection?"
I felt for Chris because his intentions were placed in the right spot. He loves Alicia, always has, and wants her happiness. He didn't think he could give her everything she deserved. The way Alicia affected him though was something he couldn't control. (Or handle!) "You've got to realize what you to do a guy when you look at him that way, with those big brown eyes, and bite your lip?"
This is an overwhelming wonderfully detailed and full story. You find a love triangle worthy of a punch or two, family shame, friendships that stand even the hardest test - a woman, dreams falling apart, dreams coming true, buckle bunnies and a cocky cowboy or two drinking beers. Oh man, and the grand fixture gesture at the end - HELLO to the ultimate swoon in this book. But, you don't get to that moment without some stubborn moments and a few misunderstandings. That's the fun part of a romance book after all, right?
"Damn, if you aren't the most stubborn woman I've ever met. If I tell you to walk, will you still do the opposite and get in the truck?" She fought the grin she knew he was trying to worm out of her.
When Chris is explaining all of his shortcomings, I laughed out loud when David and Derek felt inspired to join in with their contributions: "Don't forget self-indulgent." ..."And reckless." Even after the grand gesture, Ali lacks the confidence in her ability to keep him from getting bored, and his reply made my heart melt.
He smiled against her lips. "Oh, Ali. It's always been you. Every other woman has been me trying to find my way back to you. I once told you I could only be with a woman who could outride and out rope me. Honey, you're the only woman who's ever done that," he teased.
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Alicia has harbored a crush for Chris for a while now, but doesn't think anything will come from it. She believes he sees her as his sister's poor friend. Her words, not Chris's. But even if he did want to start something with her, Alicia isn't the type for a one-night stand, and everyone knows Chris is a major playboy. Things aren't what they seem....that's all I'm going to say about that.
Chris believes Alicia would be perfect for his partner David, so he tries his hand at matchmaking. Of course seeing Alicia with someone else, would unleash his feelings for her......I just love when this happens. Throw in some serious drama from an old washed up cowboy & a jealous buckle bunny, and hold on to your saddles and watch our main characters go on one hell of an emotional ride.
Whenever I read a book from T.J. Kline, it's like a breath of fresh air. She has a lot of knowledge about rodeos and its shows throughout her books. Learning the Ropes was a joy to read and I wish it was longer. Can't wait for the next book.....hopefully it's about David.