Sweet on You

Laura Drake
Sweet on You
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Grand Central Publishing - Forever
Release Date
August 2014
Book 3 of Sweet on a Cowboy
Contemporary Romance

A Love as Bold as a Texas Sunset . . .

Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people's pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief—except Katya doesn't know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn't expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.

For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title—and he doesn't need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future . . . with him.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 20, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
While I typically like lighter fare, once in awhile a book comes along that just grabs you by the neck and doesn't let up. SWEET ON YOU is one of those books for its realistic portrayal of a soldier fighting severe PTSD while trying to get back into active duty and return to her team.

Katya Smith is fighting some seriously ugly demons from her time as an Army medic in Kandahar, Afghanastan. Used to healing others, she's now got to focus on getting herself healed if she'll ever be cleared to return to her post. In the meantime, Katya accepts a job on the Pro Bull Riding circuit working with spoiled athletes that should allow her to get out of her head and focus on healing from PTSD.

Cam "Cool Hand" Cahill is in his last year on the PBR. Although his body is ready for retirement, his mind thought he'd have a wife and kids by now, something to look forward to once he's out of the game. After a rocky start, Cam begins falling for the newest medic on the PBR tour, captivated by both her exotic beauty and her Valkyrie strength. But as their feelings grow, so does the uncertainty of the future. After all, Katya is determined to make it back to her family in Kandahar and Cam is determined that his future is with Katya.

SWEET ON YOU is book 3 in the Sweet on a Cowboy series, and besides being sweet and sexy, it packed an emotional wallop for anyone with loved ones in the armed forces. Katya's PTSD was so realistic and gut-wrenching, I felt like I was getting an unsanctioned glimpse into a soldier's fear, and it was a distinctly uncomfortable feeling. It made me connect with her deeply, the scars that she carries both on the inside and out. Katya was such an enigma, always looking for the sense of family she'd never had from her parents. Medicine grounded her and connected her with both her grandmother and the other medics in the Army, and when she loses the ability to make snap decisions due to her PTSD, it was heartbreaking.

I wasn't so sweet on Cam in the beginning. I thought Katya had it right when she said he was having temper tantrums. Even though he's lost without bull riding, what he goes through is nothing compared to what Katya has seen, done and lost, and that realization changes him almost on a daily basis. He's also looking for a place to belong to now that he's retiring and he doesn't really fit on his family's farm any longer. I grew to love the two of them together though, and really rooted for them both to heal physically and emotionally so that they could have a good life together.

SWEET ON YOU is a wonderfully written book and one I wholeheartedly recommend to fans of just about any genre.
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