Book Review: Rough Rider by Aria Cole

Goodreads Synopsis:

After years of living alone, Nash Campbell sets eyes on curvy beauty Eden Sutherland again, the day she steps out of her brother’s pickup truck and falls directly into his arms. He may have made a promise to her brother to take care of her, but it isn’t long before Nash is fixed on wrangling his best friend’s little sister into his bed—and his life.

Eden Sutherland enjoys living alongside her brother in the old farmhouse where they grew up, but when he’s deployed, she’s uprooted to Circle C Ranch and dumped in the arms of her brother’s best friend, irritatingly moody and maddeningly sexy cowboy Nash Campbell. The boy who pulled her pigtails and made the butterflies jump in her stomach for the first time when they were kids. She may have grown up running through the pastures at Circle C, but that doesn’t mean seeing Nash again is easy on the heart. She’s been purposefully avoiding this man for years, and now she has to call him roommate…

Warning: When this filthy-talkin’ cowboy falls, it’s hard and fast. Insta-love obsessed, countrified goodness is the best way to describe this rough rider. Sit back, relax, and grab a sweet tea, it’s about to he heart. She may have grown-get sticky down south.


Chick and Brain Rating 3 out of 5

I have been a fan of Aria Cole for a while now, but I find that my love for her stories is slowly declining.  I have never been a fan of the brother’s best friend trope , this one was the same as all the others as well as very predictable.  It seemed to have started out slowly at first, but once the story got going I enjoyed the chemistry between these two characters. A good down home country boy with an alpha personality and a feisty heroine hit the spot.

Nash is asked to keep an eye on his best friend’s baby sister, Eden for him while he is deployed in the middle east with the military. However, that is the furthest thing from his mind. Nash has always had feelings for Eden since they were younger. Nash is desperate to claim his woman, but she has no desire to be claimed. Eden’s one desire in life is the be independent. All her brother has ever done is seen her as a little girl, and now he has entrusted her well-being to the one person she needs to see her as a grown woman. Eden has loved Nash for as long as she can remember. She needs him to see her as a grown woman and not the little girl he used to play with when he was younger. Can these two both see beyond their past history to discover their mutual love for one another or are the destined to circle around each other for the rest of their lives?

Cole does an amazing job of giving us a quick and steamy read that will get our blood flowing, however that is all it does. There is a lot of confusion with the story about the relationship between Eden and Nash prior to her coming to live with him. We are made aware that she has not seen him for years, but we are not told where she went or what they were doing during that time. Their past also is not made clear either. Is Eden a virgin? Has Nash been a dominate to someone before? The steamy bits although enjoyable are all that this story is made up of, the rest of the story seems rushed and as if it was thrown in as an after thought.

If you are a long time fan of Cole, I would skip this one because in my opinion you will be disappointed much like myself. However if you are looking for a quick and steamy read featuring a dirty talking cowboy and a feisty female character than this is the perfect book for you.


Until next time,




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