The Last Resort by R.S. Kovach – a Review
Alejandra Barros doesn’t know the meaning of failure until fate pulls the rug right out from under her Louboutin stilettos.
Board of Directors’ meetings, corporate takeovers, and jet setting around the globe don’t allow for much of a personal life—and even Ali’s limited free time is dedicated to her beloved horses, show jumping at a championship level. When a freak riding accident shatters her wrist and messes with her confidence at work, her boss mandates a month-long hiatus. If she wants to save her career, she has no choice but to go.
Pebble Creek Lodge is not far from Denver, but the high-end retreat might as well be a world away from the frenzied pace of Manhattan. From the moment she arrives, Ali feels so out of place she’s practically ready to skip the whole “required recovery” nonsense and hop on the next plane back to New York. The only thing stopping her is the ranch hand Hank Mathis and his perfectly chiseled abs, which are intriguing and delicious enough to make her linger.
By the time Ali admits she’s in a bit of a funk, not even the moral and physical support of a gorgeous cowboy is enough to bring her back to her old self—especially when the object of her desires is secretly battling his own demons. To get her life back on track, Ali will have to decide what it is she’s really fighting to regain and what it will take to find it—or she’ll risk losing the one thing that could truly make her happy.
The Last Resort by R.S. Kovach is a nice sweet romance. We meet Ali Barros, a high powered executive, who is a workaholic and very successful at her job. She is also a horsewoman that wins jumping events. She feels forced to travel home to her parent’s house for a party while there, Ali decides to go horseback riding and has a mishap, breaking her wrist. Since Ali has always been sure of herself in anything she does, the fall from the horse has an effect on her confidence, as well as her work. Her boss sends her on a month long retreat to an exclusive ranch resort in Colorado, which is also a place for various treatments for visitors. Ali isn’t happy to go, especially when a physiological therapist tries to talk to her; and all she wants is to go back home to New York.
She does meet various people, who are at Pebble Creek Lodge for different reasons. Ali slowly relaxes, knowing she has no choice but to finish the month, and befriends some the people. The ranch hand, Hank Mathis, our hero, gets her attention immediately; but then again he has all the women lusting after him.
What follows is a slow built romance between two unlikely people that will grow as they begin to spend more time together. I did like both Hank and Ali, and there was some fun with the bantering between them, as well as with the other residents. Though I wanted them together, I did not really feel the hot chemistry between them. I did like Ali, but thought she was a bit too sarcastic to Hank many times, and acted indifferent at times.
The Last Resort was a good story, and a nice romance. However, I was sadly disappointed at the end, which did lead to a happy ever after. I felt it needed an epilogue to answer some open questions, and not leaving us to decide what happens.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Publisher