Dawn Freeze had a huge crush on Hawk Rain for years, and the entire town knows it. It's understandable―the man is total hotness. That tall, lean body. Intense dark eyes. And always one foot out the door. Now he's on leave for exactly one week. And this time, he's made it crystal clear that he only wants one thing. Her.
Hawk's been fighting his attraction to Dawn for as long as he can remember. She's his best friend's little sister, and that means hands-off. Except now she's all grown up, and her sweet sexiness is exactly what he craves. But just as Hawk allows himself one mindblowingly intense night with Dawn, he learns that everyone he loves is in danger. Especially her.
And the only way to protect Dawn is to push her away...
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.
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Review by Yvette:
I have been waiting over a year for a new book in Rebecca Zanetti's Maverick, Montana series. A year! I was therefore ecstatic to finally get to read Dawn and Hawk's story in Over the Top, especially since their potential romance has been teased for some time. The "best friend's little sister" angle is always fun to read about, combining sexual tension and a history between the characters that raises the stakes of their would-be relationship. While Hawk has always been a bit of a mystery, Dawn is the type to lay her heart out on the table – a contrast that is both intriguing and entertaining. With its fast-paced narrative, whirlwind romance, and the elements of comedy and suspense, Over the Top is a story that will capture and hold your attention from start to finish.
In previous books in the series, Hawk has proven himself to be a wild card, enigmatic and slightly menacing, which is perhaps why I figured the narrative would have a similar feel. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the case. In fact, this book is at times outrageously funny, especially with the band of elderly busybodies in full-on matchmaking mode ensuring any lull between the threat of Hawk's assignment and the excitement of his and Dawn's budding romance is filled with their misguided, if well-meaning antics. There is certainly never a dull moment in the narrative, especially with Dawn as the heroine. Her spitfire persona is the perfect match against Hawk’s Alpha male tendencies, leading to many a verbal sparring match and, of course, some super steamy love scenes. The two have this playful banter where they seem to relish goading each other at every opportunity and I enjoyed their teasing, give-and-take rapport, which it created a lightheartedness that was a welcome respite from Hawk's danger-filled mission.
Even with the focus on Dawn and Hawk’s romance and the subplot with Hawk’s contracted job, Over the Top is a character-driven narrative, with the personalities of the two protagonists constantly competing for dominance. The two are engaged in a power struggle, with Hawk trying to push Dawn away to keep her safe, and Dawn refusing to back down. While another heroine might sit at home and let Hawk put himself in danger, Dawn is the type of heroine to demand to remain at his side. It was admirable (and, often humorous) watching her go toe to toe with the intimidating former military man. Dawn may be diminutive in size but her personality is undeniably larger-than-life, bringing energy and vitality to the pages of the narrative. Hawk’s possessive side is admittedly alluring, but I love that Dawn is a strong-willed, opinionated woman willing to fight for what she wants and what she wants just happens to be Hawk.
One of my favorite things about Over the Top is that, even in the midst of Hawk and Dawn’s budding relationship, the book brings back familiar characters while also introducing some new faces. I had assumed that Over the Top would be the final book in the series since Dawn is the last of the Lodge-Freeze siblings to be romantically paired up, yet I'm thrilled to report that may not be the case. Here’s to hoping there’s at least one, if not more, return trips to Maverick, Montana in the near future, especially if it means getting another glimpse into Dawn and Hawk’s happily ever after.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars
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