2014, 244 pages, Clean Adult Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Taryn Downing has made a name for herself as a smart, tough businesswoman. The title she doesn't want though is Cougar. But Brogan Moore, the man she has feelings for has given her an ultimatum: Tell the world they're together, or he walks. As Taryn watches Brogan walk out of her life, she has to ask herself, if her pride is more important than Love. Taryn isn't the only one who has issues with pride and image though. Brogan will have to decide if Taryn is the woman for him, or if his parents are right and he would be better off playing it safe.
My Review: I know plenty of couples where the woman is older than the man--or the woman is taller than the man, but I totally get how that can be a big deal to some women. And that's exactly the issue that Taryn has with Brogan. Brogan is a few year younger than Taryn and he's the little brother of her high school best friend. It's really hard for her to get over that fact and deal with the grown up version--the one who is head-over-heels for her. She just can't let all of her hard work in the business world go up in flames by letting everyone know that they're together.
On the other hand, Taryn's mother is pressuring her to marry and Brogan's parents want him to end up with anyone but her. With so many outside factors pulling and tugging this couple back and forth, it's really hard to make a relationship work. I thought it was ironic that Brogan wants to be treated like the adult he is, yet he acts so childish at times. These two took turns acting in a childish manner with lots of drama until everything comes to a head and big, permanent decisions have to be made. I have to admit, some of these immature behaviors had me laughing, but there were some great heart-tugging and tender moments too.
I love the strong family loyalty and relationships that were emphasized in this story, as well as the sweet romantic moments. This is a great ending to a fun trilogy.
Content: mild romance (kissing, implied teen sex with NO details); no language; mild violence. Clean!