When his father announced his engagement to a gold-digger with a lying, scheming fourteen-year old daughter, seventeen-year old Tripp Warner left Warner Ridge Ranch and never looked back. Until the day he got the phone call that his father had died unexpectedly. Reggie Reed lives with her guilt every day but can't quite work up the courage to track down the son of the man who raised her as his own. When Tripp shows up at his father's funeral eleven years later--and a hell of a man to be reckoned with--he has no interest in her too-late apology. Worse, they've inherited half shares of the family ranch-but only if they work together to catch Mason's Gold, the stallion a young Reggie let escape and made sure Tripp took the blame for. Tripp proposes a secret competition to the beautiful witch who stole his life: whoever catches the stallion first gets the ranch all to themselves. It sounds simple, but once they're out on the range, tempers and passions flare in the Texas heat and nothing goes as either of them expects.
I want to start off by saying I am a huge fan of another book Stacey wrote called Lost in Italy. I have been eager to find out if I am in love with the writing style of Stacey or simply in love with the story she told. Now that I have Chasin' Mason under my belt I can assure you it is the writing style of Stacey Joy Netzel that captivates me, and her art of telling a great romance story.
Chasin' Mason is one of my favorite kinds of romances, a romance where the leading characters start of hating each other. I love it I just eat it up! I enjoy a good conflict in my romance novels, and what better conflict then hating the very person you love? I feel like in a “hate romance” you as the reader see the good in both characters, but you read in anticipation as they learn the good in each other. Mentally I am yelling at my book “No! He doesn’t mean it”, but of course my characters aren’t listening. Reggie and Tripp have a long history of hate only making this story more interesting.
Tripp leaves home at the young age of seventeen, haunted by the memory of a young girl named Regan who took over his life. When Tripp returns home eleven years later to the funeral of his father he discovers that Regan is still in his house, most likely happy to collect his father inheritance money. Tripp's father has the last laugh when the final portion of his will states that if Tripp and Regan do not go on a mission to bring home Mason a wild house that ran away, then the ranch would be sold, and the money given away. Regan who has lived at the ranch is on a mission to save it, while Tripp is on a mission to get payback.
Regan is a rough tough cream puff, with an overwhelming sense of guilt, and a troubled past. I loved Regan, she isn't the kind of girl to take no for an answer, even when her own safety is on the line. Tripp, oh Tripp, he is this rugged sexy man in tight jeans on a horse. Does it get any better than that? I don't think so.
So with all of the above said, do I really need to tell you that I recommend this book? Well if you didn't get it from the review then yes, I do recommend this book. I was given this book from Stacey Joy Netzel but I loved it so much I wanted to show my support for the author, so I purchased my own copy.