As the eldest brother, the responsibility for the family ranch now rests on Mark Bennett’s broad shoulders. He wouldn’t have it any other way—he loves being in charge. Working hard on the land helps him stay focused and keeps him from noticing what’s missing in his life—what he’ll never allow himself to have for fear that one small taste will break his careful control.

But a sweet blue-eyed blonde has just arrived in town, and the attraction between them is undeniably hot. So Mark tightens the reins around his heart—how can he tell her what he really wants?

Events planner Katelyn Johnson’s new gig is the wedding of a rodeo superstar. Right now, it’s tough not to focus on the rider’s tempting older brother. So far, getting beneath Mark’s gorgeously gruff exterior has been a pleasure.

What she needs to do is go a little deeper. But the closer they get, the more Mark pulls away. Katelyn’s not afraid of a challenge, though. Whatever deep desires he’s hiding, she wants in on his secrets.

All she has to do is get past his legendary reserve. With all her body, heart, and soul, there’s nothing she can’t handle.

Titles in the Bennett Boys Ranch series include — Buck Wild – Riding Hard –

Title:  Riding Hard
Series:  Bennett Boys Ranch #2
Author:  Lauren Landish
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  March 26, 2019
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating: 4 stars

RIDING HARD is one of those stories that some readers are going to love completely and others are going to walk away from completely or at least not enjoying themselves… and that’s the way books are, some you love others not so much so.

I enjoyed Mark and Katelyn’s romance, and to be perfectly frank, in spite of Mark’s non-verbal, growly, grouchy self.  Mark has secrets and a past that he keeps deep under wraps.  While he is definitely attracted to the event planner for his brother, James’ wedding he also knew that he should keep well away from this sweet woman who is looking to change her life.  Trouble is told-fold, he doesn’t really want to stay away and Katelyn has made it clear that she’s not going anywhere but straight into Mark’s life.

There is definitely kink in this romance, that’s part of why Mark feels he’s not good enough for this sweet lady.  But that’s not the only reason so there is a lot to discover about this silent cowboy and a lot to break your heart as well as you discover Mark’s history.  As I mentioned, I enjoyed this story but I really believe each reader needs to make that decision for themselves.  It’s not a simple love story… but it is a romance well worth reading.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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