XOXperts Review: Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan

Title: Kiss My Boots
Series: Coming Home, #2
Author: Harper Sloan
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 352
Format: Mass Market Paperback

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….

This is the second book in The Coming Home Series, but can be read as a complete standalone. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this book stood alone. Though I did read the first book, I received enough information to enjoy this story no matter what. All of the characters were so well-developed that the overall story read so beautifully and cohesively.
Tate Montgomery and Quinn Davis are a couple that you can’t help but put your whole heart into. I loved reading the flashback scenes into their past. It’s always such a great way to not only find out what happened between the characters, but also get to know the characters as individuals. It was clear the two had a great friendship aside from their romantic relationship years ago. There was a true bond there that was inevitable. They were separated for so long, but when they reunited, it was as if a minute hadn’t passed. 
Tate and Quinn moved on after he left town for good, or at least moved on as best they possibly could. Yet, something always felt lacking and kept them from fully allowing their hearts to be full again. It was a breath of fresh air to have BOTH characters continue their sexual activity instead of having a story in which the woman pines over her beloved under celibate status. It threw out any possible awkwardness for when they got back together.

I loved Tate from the start and I never once doubted him or his intentions. He told it like it was and never feared being up front. I liked his tenacity and go getter attitude. He realized that he finally had the chance to make amends and win both her and her family back, and he just went for it. Knowing the reason behind his leaving, you get it too and want them to have their happily every after. Quinn was adorable and charming, and I just loved her genuine character so much. Their playful banter and intense connection added so much heart to the story. Watching their relationship build back up to the level it was before and beyond was absolutely delightful. The pacing of the story was done so perfectly. I never felt like the story dragged or rushed. The beginning of the book eases you in slowly, but it was what worked best for the story. There was a comfortable and effortless build up of the story and reconnection of the characters. 
The ending and epilogue really was the cherry on top for me. The ending scene was so humorous, I snorted with laughter and loved seeing the fiesta side of Quinn. The epilogue was just so sweet and really reinforced the book’s message and value of friendship and familial love. This was a lovely second chance romance with amazing chemistry between all characters.

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.