Jul 18

Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan Review

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In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….


I’ve loved Harper Sloan’s writing since I picked up her first release, Axel, and her Corps Security series is one of my favorites. I’ve read almost everything she’s written, and I love her special brand of alpha males. This series is a departure from her usual, so I was excited to see what she’d do with cowboys. I’m happy to say that she did it well, and while I haven’t yet read Lost Rider, the first book in the Coming Home series, I’ll be rectifying that soon. This book is a standalone, and although I may have gotten a bit more backstory development, I wasn’t at all hindered nor did I feel as though I was missing something by not having read the first book.

Set in Pine Oak, Texas, Kiss My Boots was a sweet and sexy second-chance, small-town romance between Quinn Davis and Tate Montgomery, childhood friends and then first loves separated by circumstances not of their making or choosing. Reunited nine years later, Tate is determined to win her back, but Quinn has demons from her upbringing that don’t make it easy for her to trust, and his sudden departure is a big hurdle for her to clear.

“…it could end in disaster, Leigh.”

“Or…it could end in pure magic.”

“It could be my destruction,” I debate.

“Or it could be your salvation.”

The chemistry between Quinn, the town’s mechanic, and Tate, an OB-GYN returning to fulfill his small-town doctor dream, burns just as brightly as it did nine years earlier when they were teens in throes of young love. Tate patiently took the time to explain why he left the way he did to Quinn, and his reasons were valid, believable and, dare I say, even noble. Forgiveness and then reconciliation were quick, but I didn’t mind that. After everything they’d been through, I actually wanted that part to be easy. So, while there wasn’t a lot of relationship angst in this book, there was some while Quinn dealt with her upbringing and the demons she was battling from it, as well as some from the last remnants of Tate’s life during the nine years they were separated. As with all great southern, small-town romances, you’ll also find a good dose of down-home drama here. There was also plenty of in-your-business humor to be had, and the side characters in this book served to make a really good story even better.

While Kiss My Boots is a very different book than what long-time readers of Harper Sloan have seen from her in the past, it’s okay, change is good, and she’s crafted a very sweet, sexy, easy-to-read story here. Sloan has created a comfortable, relatable world in Pine Oaks through her vivid descriptions and interesting supporting characters, and I’m looking forward to a return trip there. Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan gets 4 smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo