Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Consent to Love by Abby Wood

Twenty-four-year-old small-town girl Ana Reynolds serves beer at the local bar, tries to keep her beater car running, and dreams of a better life as a painter. If she can learn to make a decent steak, she might get promoted to cook- and earn enough for her real heart's desire. Right now, that doesn't include romance.

But when she meets a tall, dark and sexy Native American man named Kane, Ana can't take her eyes off him- or stop thinking about him. But she'd better. Everyone knows the proud Lakota who raises horses wants nothing to do with a townie barmaid who'll bring shame to his people.

Except Kane can't get Ana off his mind. He proposes a red-hot weekend in bed, a no-strings affair to end Monday morning. Yet once Kane brings the outsider onto Lakota land, everything changes....

The is a prime example of a book failed by its description. I requested this from NetGalley almost in spite of myself, as it kind of sounds like Kane is gonna be a dick. Instead what you get is a man who's been burned but is pulled into a relationship despite his doubts because of the way he feels for Ana. It makes for a nice story - maybe not terribly unique, but nice. Kane and Ana circle around each other in the beginning, both of them feeling the pull but worried about how it could end up. While they initially find themselves agreeing to a no strings attached weekend, it's because they're both scared - and really their feelings only let that last for maybe a week or two. 

Kane and Ana both have to grow in order for their relationship to be stable enough to last. Ana learns to believe in herself more and Kane is able to leave the past in the past and trust that their love is enough to get them through. 

Again, not a bad little romance and I'd be interested to see what other kind of books Wood comes out with.

Overall Feeling - B

Series - 1) Consent to the Cowboy 2) Consent to Love

**Title requested from NetGalley**