My Coyote Ugly Life
My Life Series Book 1
By Jessica Spoon
Contemporary Romance / Mystery & Suspense / Romantic Comedy
“How on earth do I get myself in these situations? I swear it’s like a never ending bad dream. One of all my mistakes that continuously bite me in my size ten ass.”
Azaria ‘Ree’ Gable had her one experience with heartbreak and that was enough for her. She’s perfectly satisfied with her ‘One Month Rule’ and doesn’t need her life changing anytime soon.
When circumstances take her back home, she learns things have changed…
First and foremost being with the complete and astonishing overhaul and revamp of the Belton Police Department, where apparently the application was changed to state ‘Ugly Men Need Not Apply’ and the only requirement is ‘How Well Do You Look In This Uniform?’
Ree unexpectedly catches the eye of the new ‘gina-quiver inducing Chief of Police Grayson Cole, which starts an endless game of cat and mouse.
Will Ree let go of her misconceptions about relationships and allow Grayson to show her how beautiful life can really be?
I’ve been seeing my on-line book club talking about this book a lot this week, recommending it, saying if felt rather Kristen Ashley’esk. It looked cute and frankly, I needed something lighter, happier in my choice this time. So I bumped it up from my TBR and settled into it.
During the first chapter, I frankly didn’t see the comparison but it was interesting enough to keep reading. By sometime in the second chapter, I was sucked in and loving the story. I also began to see the comparison – funky, intelligent, strong woman meets total hottie alpha-male who sees her and knows she’s “the one” and stops at nothing to make his intentions clear. But that’s where the comparison stops, I think (at least in my opinion). The rest of the story is unique and quirky and fun to this individual author’s work. And I will definitely say, as more books in this series are released, I will be reading them!
Azaria (but her friends all call her Ree) is an independent, quirky, fun, twenty-seven year old gal. She lives in a suburb of Del Moines, Iowa. Her siblings with spouses and children along with their parents all live in the Des Moines area, but all in separate towns. Her mom recently had a mini-stroke, which she has fully recovered from, but her dad wants her mom to take it easy, not work so hard. No one wants to lose her or have her have a big stroke. Since Ree is the only single one of the kids (she’s the youngest) and has a job where she can work on the computer from home, it’s decided she’ll be the one to move back to her hometown of Belton to help out a bit where she might be needed. Her parents help her find a house to rent and she begins the process of packing up and moving back to Belton. She doesn’t resent it; she wants to help her mom and worries about her too, but she’s also not really looking forward to moving back to this small town where she had a bit of a reputation for being a hell-raiser when she was a kid. She never got in any “real” trouble, she also had an ace in the hole – an older woman who is well respected in the community always had her back and always gave her an alibi.
Chief Grayson Cole, head of the Benton police department, sees Ree on one of her last nights in Des Moines just as she’s getting to move. He buys her a drink, which turns into several drinks, which turned into an invitation to go home with her; which was all good until she passed out in the cab before he could learn where she lived. So he just decided to take her back to his hotel and settle her in for the night, remaining the perfect gentleman all the while. He figured in the morning, he could learn more about her and looked forward to it. There was something about Ree that made his heart beat just a bit differently and he wanted to learn more about this fun, beautiful woman. Imagine his surprise and disappointment when he woke up to find her gone. And yet even more surprised two days later in his home of Belton to have her literally walk into him as she was leaving a bakery as he was walking in…
“Urmph,” I grunt out as I ran smack into someone, face-planting in their chest because I was more worried about saving the rolls. “Sorr-,” I began to say and cut myself off as my brain registers the police badge that is pinned to the chest of the individual I face-planted into. Fuck. Shit, fuck, fuck, fuckity, shit-fuck! My heart rate kicks up a notch and my skin turns electric as my body starts to freak out; knowing, this is when it’s time to run. “Erm…sorry,” I raise my head slowly, dreading looking at the guy, “officer…” my words trail off, not because I’m speechless, but because I can’t breathe. Did you hear me? I. Can’t. Breathe! Why can’t I breathe? Because I know this guy! Omigod, omigod, omigod! “Azaria,” he says my name in a deep rumbly voice that washes over my skin, making me feel like fairies are dancing all over my body in jubilation, such is the epic-ness that is his voice…His head moves to the side of mine where he whispers, “I missed you the other morning”….
So here she is, back in her own home, small-town, where everybody knows everybody’s business and the chief of police makes it very clear from the very first day that he’s very interested in her – and the entire town sits up and notices. The way the author writes these characters, and writes about the characters in this town was fabulous. Ree is well liked even though she was a bit crazy in her youth and the handsome new chief of police has been the topic of many conversations between the single women in that town for a while. And he appears to be making it clear to everyone that he’s interested and everybody needs to back off. It was fun to watch and although that could be creepy or possessive-type behavior, this guy didn’t act like that. He just started integrating himself into her life in such a way that she didn’t really notice until she realized she was a little bit hooked on him as well.
And Grayson, well he’s pretty awesome. He’s ex-special forces and when he got out of the military, he really didn’t have anyone to go back home to in New Mexico so one of his military brothers dragged him home to Belton with him. Apparently the police chief at the time was not well liked and behind his back, his buddy nominated him to run for the position of police chief and by the time he realized what was going on, he was elected into the position. The entire old police force quit (they were all jerks too) so he hired a bunch of new guys; many of them his military brothers-in-arms. So now, the entire town is crawling with gorgeous manly new cops, which is a change Ree can’t help but notice right away. My guess is, since this book is labeled as the first in this series, each book will be a different couple and most will be some of these hot alpha-male type cops from Belton! At the end of this book the author states whom the next book will be about so I can only surmise from that that the remainder of this series will be the same.
I found I really liked Ree. I liked how she kind of let it all hang out. She would dress casually and crank music and dance around her house, singing at the top of her lungs (completely out of tune). She loves her family. She’s got two BFFs in town which she has kept close contact with while she was gone. She’s helpful to her mom but doesn’t over-do it and respects her as an adult who doesn’t need to be coddled. And some of her antics are pretty legendary in her town. For instance, Grayson holds a barbeque and one of the guests asks about one of the rumors about her…
“I heard you were arrested for indecent exposure,” Chance runs his eyes lazily up and down my body. I should be creeped out by someone openly leering at me, but with guys this hot, it’s hard not to feel anything but flattered, honestly. “Hayes,” Grayson warns, making him grin in return. “That was total bullshit,” I answer Chance. “Yeah, you had a coat on,” Jer defends me. “And underwear!” I exclaim. “Really, babe?” Grayson asks me, with a raised brow and laughter in his eyes causing a nice little tingle to race through my body. “Whatever,” I huff. “Besides, I was never actually arrested. I was ‘questioned’. I make the air quotes with my fingers…”Hold on,” Koby interrupts, “did you go to the bar dressed like that? Or change when you got there?” “Ugh,” I groan, leaning heavily into Grayson, who slides his arm around me. “We’d made her get drunk before we went out,” Kota answers. “Then Malia and I gave her the idea that it would be fun if she spent her birthday in her Birthday Suit. She compromised with a coat and underwear,” she finishes on a laugh…”Baby,” Grayson laughs in my ear. “Screw you,” I look up at his gorgeously smiling face, “Screw all of you.” I look at the rest of the group. “Holy shit! Did you just stomp your foot?” Chance laughs. I cross my arms and slip into Ree’s Adult Pouting Session. “How did you get out of being arrested?” Declan asks. “How she always got out of everything,” Jer says, making me grin. “Gert [the older woman who always had her back] came and told the cops that her brother poured ketchup, mustard, and powder all over the clothes in her closet and Sandra [Ree’s mom] and her were trying to get the stains out, so the only clothes Ree had was her underwear and one of Gert’s coats,” Kota explains. “Didn’t they ask why you didn’t borrow a friend’s clothes?” Colt asks. “Or just stay home until you had something clean to wear?” “Gert talked them around and then threatened them with harassment,” Ryder laughs. “When that woman gets on a tangent she can talk anyone around.” “This is true,” I smile at them…
I really enjoyed this book very much. I liked the banter. I like that the guy found the right girl and didn’t rush her, he just remained “there” until she got used to him being around and clearly wanted him before he made his move. I liked that her parents were supportive, reasonable parents. I liked that although her antics as a kid were famous, she was still one of “their own” in her town and they loved her for who she is. I like Grayson too. I liked how he watched out for Ree in a way that wasn’t smothering but also made it clear he cared. And all was not peachy in this town – there’s a bad guy too and this just adds to the story without going over the top. I will absolutely be reading more of this series whenever I hear it is published. It’s good old-fashioned fun reading with some sexy thrown in. And that’s what makes it fun for me too. And I hope, should you decide to pick this one up and read it for yourself, you will enjoy it as much as I did. I smiled throughout most of the book. And that’s a very good thing!
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About Jessica Spoon
Jessica lives in a small town in Iowa. She loves her dogs, family and friends.
She went to nursing school and became a nurse only to realize her passion was in writing and reading. She loves to spend her time with friends and is very close with her family. It took her a long time to realize she even had a joy of reading. Once having declared there was no point when the books always became movies. At twenty four she discovered how wrong she was and became obsessed with reading and made up for lost time by doing it nonstop. She began writing when dozens of ideas kept flowing through her mind that she knew she had to get out.