CAUGHT UP (A Roughneck Romance) by Rya Stone
Publication Date: March 26, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lonely and living on the road, lease negotiator Cassie Mitchum just wants to close an oil and gas deal on the Lucas property. That is until she actually meets Jason Lucas. The enigmatic, tatted-to-hell-and-back rig hand is like nothing Cassie has ever experienced but everything she’s always fantasized about. The fact that he’s being questioned about the murder of a neighboring landowner should be enough motivation for Cassie to keep a professional distance. But there’s a stronger motivation pushing her deeper and deeper into Jason Lucas’s seductive world. Cassie stands to earn a significant royalty override on the Lucas wells–a jackpot that could be her ticket out of the cutthroat oil and gas game for good.
Jase Lucas wants out too. He wants out of the decades-old land deal his dead father struck with an international smuggling ring. And Cassie Mitchum’s lease offer might just be the key. The problem is, Cassie can’t help sticking her pretty little nose where it doesn’t belong, and in Jase’s world, the price for opening the door to outsiders can sometimes be worse than death.
Surrounded by the corruption of land and power in the biggest oil and gas boom Texas has ever seen, Cassie and Jase must face his haunted past and the killer returned from it or risk losing everything they love…including each other.
I enjoyed Rya Stone’s debut novel. I did wish Jase’s thoughts were more clearly explained sooner in the story. His behavior and romantic intention toward Cassie may have flowed easier for me. That being said, he was a macho-sexy man with a mysterious threat that kept dogging him and his brother. Cassie’s motivation was much easier to understand, as well as her attraction to the sexy roughneck. CAUGHT UP is a hot romantic suspense with a nice teaser for book two.
*Review copy provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.
Rya Stone grew up in a ranching family along the beautiful Texas coast. After earning a B.A. in English, she spent a decade in the oilfield before “retiring” to raise her children and pursue a writing career. She now spends her days crafting stories full of protective, alpha heroes, smart, feisty heroines and sexy, suspenseful plots. Caught Up is her debut novel and the first book in the Roughneck Romance series.