Book Review: Rising Assets (Maverick Montana #3) by Rebecca Zanetti
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Rebecca Zanetti is an ace at writing strong, sexy alpha males with just the right balance of bossy charisma and tender emotion, and Rising Assets is a great example of how fun one of Ms. Zanetti’s heroes can be amidst all the drool-inducing testosterone. Colton, which is a fabulous name by the way, is the youngest Freeze brother and the financial genius of the family. He also owns and operates his own ranch and is as good on a horse as he is with numbers, but he’s a cowboy at heart and excels at his double career path as well as his Sheriff and lawyer brothers.
Melanie and Colt have been best friends since childhood and never gotten together, never stepped over the friend line. Due to a health complication, Melanie’s plans for her life have just gotten a major speed boost and suddenly things between them are more than complicated. The sexual tension, as with just about every RZ story, is superb – edgy and steamy and bristling with a saucy-yet-submissive power exchange decades in the making. Melanie doesn’t make things easy for Colt and he loves it that way.
I loved the set up of the story elements and the romance and the start of a segue into Hawk’s book. I just wish Melanie and Colton’s story was a little longer; I haven’t had enough of them yet! I felt like the first 3/4 of the story was well-paced and on track, then things speed up considerably at the end. There’s an epilogue that wraps things up even further, and I almost would have preferred that scene happened in the next book rather than tying up Rising Assets so neatly and perfectly. I’ve felt a similar pacing curveball with the other two stories as well so this may just be the result of a having to keep the plot within a specific word limit.
Maverick Montana is a great series and the stories are quick, fulfilling reads. Recommended for anyone who loves contemporary cowboy romances that give the players more freedom of character and memorable power play dynamics.