Amelia Smarts-Bringing Trouble Home

It’s been a while since Amelia had a new book. I guess that’s what happens when real life gets in the way. I’m not going to complain though, I am more than happy to read anything Amelia puts out, whenever it releases. So I was really excited to get to read her newest one, Bringing Trouble Home.

This one is set in late 1800s Texas. Amelia tends to write sexy historical cowboys, so this is very comfortably in her wheelhouse. The way that the story goes is that there is a young woman named Willow. She’s an orphan, and is just a bit of a hellraiser. She drinks, plays cards, chews tobacco, and oh yeah, throws bricks through the windows of people’s houses. After one too many times in trouble, the town marshall has had just about enough of her. So he’s going to do something about it. He calls on local rancher Heath. He wants Heath to take her in, give her a job, and teach her to live on the straight and narrow. Heath is a widower with two young children whose housekeeper just quit, so he needs someone who can help with all the cooking, cleaning, and housework. So, sure he’ll give Willow a job. Willow who has been running wild for years, even before her mother died. It’ll be a perfect fit, right?

I love Willow’s strength and determination. She has an awful lot of grit and that really stands her in good stead, I think. She’s loving, caring, and has such a good heart. She’s also impulsive AF, and well, you can probably guess what kind of treatment that gets from Heath, right?

Heath is a truly good man. He’s patient, loyal, calm, and caring. You can see how caring he is just by seeing how he treats his children, even when they are screaming at the tops of their lungs or telling him that they hate him. He never yells or loses his temper. A truly good man, who just wants to help people.

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I like what happens the second time that Willow goes to the shop. I really like how she handles things.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Amelia Smarts-Daddy Takes Charge

So, I have to admit, I have this on my calendar as Amelia Smart’s Rancher Daddy thing, mostly because the name of the ARC and the name of the book are different, and when I put it on the calendar, I couldn’t remember which name was which. So, yeah, obviously Daddy Takes Change is the name of the book, and Rancher Daddy was the name of the ARC. See, I can eventually remember things, especially when I have things sitting right in front of me. Now you have a little peek into the inner working of the brain of this book blogger. Aren’t you glad?

So, Jackson and Lydia. Jackson owns a ranch. It’s been in the family for many years. His father owned and ran the ranch, and now it’s Jackson’s turn. Lydia is the former foreman’s daughter. She grew up on the ranch, and even after her daddy was fired, they allowed him and Lydia to stay in the house that she grew up in. But now, her daddy is dead and she’s getting ready to go to college, and Jackson is trying to give her jobs around the ranch so that she isn’t just sitting around doing nothing. But, there’s just one problem. She’s pretty much a disaster. The question is, is Lydia purposely or accidentally a disaster?

I like Lydia, mostly. I think that she’s a little bit of a brat, but I’m still not sure how much of that is her and how much of that is just that she thinks attention for being bad is better than no attention at all. If you’ve raised kids, or babysat kids, or hell, just spent time around kids, you know that kids will do things for negative attention just because they want someone to pay attention to them, so they act out and are bratty. I think overall, that Lydia may have a bit of a natural brattiness to her, but in a cute way, not a nasty way, if that makes any sense.

I like Jackson, a lot. He seems like a really good man, with a mostly good head on his shoulders. He’s more than a bit stubborn, but he’s a Daddy, so there’s that. I do think that he doesn’t always take advantage of things that are right in front of him until he gets smacked in the face with a cluex4, but that’s just a people thing. Or maybe a stubborn man thing. Who knows? But I like him and I think that he’s a really good man, which a good heart, who wants to do what he can to help the people who work on his ranch so that they can have a good life, and more than just Lydia. Of course, he really wants Lydia to have a good life too, but that’s a different matter.

Amelia often writes historical Western romances, and I think that she’s great at those. I always get a really strong flavor from her books. Sidenote, my dad and my grandfather both loved Westerns, so I grew up reading Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, so reading Amelia’s historical Westerns are kind of like going back to reading those books I loved as a kid, but you know, a lot sexier. They are very comfortable for me to read. This one is contemporary, but it’s now different to me. It’s a very comforting place to be in, and Amelia hit it out of the park.

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I personally think that Jackson should’ve talked over his financial things with Lydia before it got to the point it did, especially when she told him that she wanted to go to school for accounting type stuff and that she was good at it. See what I mean about stubborn men who don’t take advantage of the things right in front of their face?

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of Miss Amelia’s books. They are sweet and comforting, and sexy af. Happy reading!

Amelia Smarts-When He Returns

Amelia Smarts is one of the queens of cowboy spanking stories. If you’ve read any of her stories, and I highly recommend you do, you will understand why. When He Returns just shows why her stories are so good.

When he was a young teenager, Wade found himself living on the streets. His father had been arrested and he refused to say in the orphans home. So he ran away. He has been stealing food and clothes to make his way ever since. When he steals some bread one day, he gets dragged in front of the sheriff who handles him in a unique way. He takes him and ends up adopting him. The sheriff has several other children, most of whom he has also adopted in this same way.

Sadie is the sheriff’s oldest child and his biological daughter. When her mother died, she took over the running of the house, and as each child comes into the house, she turns into the mother of the house. She spends all her time taking care of everyone and everything, and so she ends up grumpy. I know I would be. So when her dad brings home yet another kid home, and one who is older than her, it turns out poorly. She and Wade are like chalk and cheese.

I totally get Sadie’s POV here. I’m the oldest of 7, and I spent a lot of years being the helper, especially after my mom went back to college. (I also have a brother named Wade, but that’s neither here nor there.) I did my years of helping out, cooking dinners, making sure the little kids were fed and dressed and all that. So I totally, totally get why Sadie is how she is. I do love this story so much, especially since I do relate so much to Sadie. I also totally get Wade, and I understand why he was the way that he was.

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I do feel sorry for Sadie, who thought that no one loved her this whole time. That has to be so painful for her. No one wants to think that their parent loves someone else more.

Wade does so well for the entire family. When he’s there, the whole family works in a way in which they don’t otherwise don’t. I think that you have to have the right mix of family for everything to work right, whether it’s the family you were born with or the one that you created or chose.

Anyway, that’s all that I have to say today. I’m looking forward to all kind of reading this weekend, and I hope you are too! Happy reading!

Anthology-Mischief Under the Mistletoe

As Christmas is coming (imagine Game of Thrones-esque tone), it’s time to read Christmas stories. And if they are Kinkmas stories, so much the better. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty strict no Christmas before Thanksgiving policy, and I prefer to wait until December altogether, but here we are, it’s December and it’s 18 days until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have some Mischief Under the Mistletoe.

This anthology is packed full of 14 stories by some really talented authors. I was familiar with some of the authors prior to reading this anthology, some of them have shown up here before, but there were a few that were totally new to me. One of the totally new to me authors wrote one of my two favorite stories in the anthology, so I’m going to go looking for her stuff to see what else she has for me to read.

So, 14 stories. All but one of them have sex. All of them have spanking. Many of them have age play or DD/lg dynamics. There is one LGBT+ story. If any of those sound like they may bother you, then you may want to skip this book. I have a bunch of other Christmas books I can recommend to you. But, I do really like this book.

I’m going to mention three stories in particular, but don’t think it’s because I think that the rest of them were terrible. I enjoyed all of them. They are like precious gems, all of them are beautiful, but there are always a couple of stones that just attract your eye more than others.

One is Delia Grace’s story, The Chalet. Her’s is the aforementioned age play story with no sex. A lot of age play stories do have sex in them, because that’s the kink of the people in the story. And please remember, their kink may not be your kink, but it’s OK, and it’s nothing to do with pedophilia or having daddy problems. OK, off my soapbox. As I was saying, you see a lot of sex in those stories, but Delia’s story shows another side of the age play dynamic. It’s all about the caring and nurturing and the needing to be cared for part of the dynamic, and I loved that.

The other two stories I’ll mention after the spoiler picture. That’s because I want to make sure that I don’t spoil anything, and my comments may have more to say about the direct content of the stories. So, go grab this. It’s on KU and it’s only $0.99, so it’s not like it’s going to break the bank and get your Kinkmas spirit on.

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Alright. The other two stories I want to mention are Maren Smith’s The Doll-Maker and Marlie’s Christmas Keeper by Brandy Golden. Brandy is new to me.

I don’t know what it is about these stories that really attracted me to them, but they did, so there it is.

Maren’s story is really sweet. I mean, a fairy coming to life in a doll for a lonely man? That was nice. Of course, the poor guy thought he was crazy, but who wouldn’t if a doll you created started to move around and talk to you? But, of course, being Christmas, everything worked out really well.

Brandy’s story is a heavy story. She has all kinds of layers in it. It’s all about grief, healing, and renewal, which I found to be completely in keeping with Christmas. Marlie has been through hell but gets pulled out to the light. It was simply beautiful.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I really do recommend this anthology. I think anthologies are a great way to try out new authors and to decide if you like them or not. So, more Lilly Holden tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Amelia Smarts-Justice For Elsie

Amelia first introduced us to Wyatt and Elsie in her story in Hero Undercover. Normally I would have an Amazon link here for you to look at, the book has been pulled and all the rights returned to the authors so that they can expand their stories, and I say hallelujah for that! Otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten this great story or the other ones I know are coming.

Anyway, back to Wyatt and Elsie. We don’t want to leave Elsie waiting too long, or Wyatt may have something to say to us.

So, Justice for Elsie starts out at Elsie’s father’s funeral. He saved up all his life to buy a ranch, and when he got the chance, he went to Virginia City and found the perfect piece of land to start his ranch on. The only problem was that it was right next to the Xanders, as nasty a family as ever existed. They did all kinds of things like rustling cattle from Elsie and her father and damning up a stream that ran through both ranches and making Elsie and her father have to take the cattle clear to the other side of their ranch where there was a well. By the time the law came to make the Xanders take down the dam, Elsie’s dad had died. To rub salt into the wound, the Xanders showed up at the funeral, acting like nothing had happened. That was more than Elsie could handle, so she started hatching a plan to get back at them and make her ranch grow. Her plan? Rustling the Xanders’ cattle.

The way she planned on doing it involved rebranding the Xander cattle. Their brand was an X, and hers was an ∞. She figured out a way that she could turn the x into , and allow her to sell the cattle.

Wyatt was a cowboy who has spent his years working on various ranches. When his right shoulder gets hurt, he figures it will just go away. When it doesn’t, his boss fires him and shafts him out of 2 weeks wages. His girl runs away and straight into the arms of another man. If only his horse had left him, we would’ve had the perfect mix for a country song. Luckily, Wyatt was able to keep his horse and his saddle, otherwise he probably wouldn’t have made it to Virginia City and Elsie.

On his way to VC, he decides that he wants to change his career, and being a lawman sounds pretty good right about now, so he walks into the sheriff’s office and asks for a job. Sheriff tells Wyatt that he’s looking for someone who can lie through his teeth and go undercover at Elsie’s ranch to figure out what’s going on. Wyatt tells the sheriff that he’s got the right man for the job.

Meanwhile, Elsie’s ranch hands are telling her that it’s been long enough, and it’s time for them to shut it down. She doesn’t really want to, but she really doesn’t want to keep it going. She decides that she needs a strong husband that can help her and keep her safe, so she follows the example of her friends, and writes out an ad for a mail-order groom.

OK, you know the drill. I love the mail order groom stories. For one thing, it turns the whole mail order spouse trope upside down. Elsie is tough, a lot tougher than I was at 18. I don’t know that I would’ve had the balls and grit to do what she did, not at 18. At 46, yeah sure, but not back then. She’s also really caring and generous, as witnessed by the way she took care of Wyatt when he was hurting. Wyatt really did what he could to take care of her and protect her, even from herself. The two of them together is just so sweet. She’ll lead him a merry dance, for sure. Amelia writes a lovely, light story that is truly satisfying, with a strong HEA. I really enjoyed reading this story, as I have the other two in the series. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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I loved this story back when I read it in HU, and I really love the expanded version. I do have to admit that I had to ask Amelia about it because I thought that I was having serious deja vu, but she said not deja vu. In my defense, I will only say that I read a lot of books, and I haven’t always remembered the titles of books I’ve read, which wouldn’t have helped here anyway since the title is different. All of which is neither here nor there, but there it is anyway.

I really love that Elsie and Wyatt’s first interaction is for him to spank her, well, not just spank her out of the blue, she did, quite literally, ask for it, but what a way to start off a relationship with your new boss.

Elsie tried to find a mail order husband who would be strong enough to make her stop and to keep her on the straight and narrow, as well as one who would protect her from the law. The thing is, she never realized that was right under her nose, mostly because she didn’t know that Wyatt was the worst undercover deputy in the world. But, he did keep her safe from the law. She became his first priority, even if it did piss the sheriff right the fuck off.

That’s all I have for today, and look, Amelia, I got Wyatt’s name right every time! Tomorrow is a new book in Lee Savino and Renee Rose’s shifter series, so stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, happy reading!