Katie Douglas-Tie Me Down

Katie Douglas is back with a book under her lighter name. Tie Me Down is sweet, loving, and pretty damn sexy. It’s a nice short read if you need to have something to read that’s a good steamy mood uplifter.

Alana is on the run from her BS asshat ex-boyfriend, Jimbo. She’s currently 5 months pregnant, and when she finally told him, he beat the shit out of her to try to make her lose it. So, when she got a chance, she grabbed his shitty car and left Seattle. Now she’s in Arizona and trying to deal with the horrible heat. When she tries to put some gas in her car, she ends up passing out and landing on the forecourt of the gas station.

Lawson and his brothers run the Lemon Tree Ranch. His brothers head out for the weekend on ranch business, leaving Lawson and one of their hands there. When they go to get gas, they get there just in time to see a pregnant woman collapse right in front of them. Lawson runs over to see if they can help, and he ends up loading the woman into his truck and taking her home.

Lawson is a wonderful man. He doesn’t have any ulterior motive in helping Alana. He just does it because that’s what a decent human being does. You help someone who is in trouble. He offered her a guest room for as long as she needed, and offered to help get her on her feet. And all this before he really got to know her or was really attracted to her. See, decent man. Decent man who likes to spank women, but it’s not like the two things are at odds with each other.

Alana is at what was my favorite part of my pregnancy. You aren’t tired from the first trimester and you aren’t feeling like a huge whale like in the 3rd trimester. You just have the 2nd trimester hornies. Ahhhh, how well I remember those days. But, she’s really a lost soul. She has spent too much time being run down and thrown away by her loved ones, so she’s just a little untethered from anything. Lawson turns into her rock, but in a good way. He gives her the support that she needs so that she can find herself. He doesn’t rescue her as much as give her the ability to rescue herself, I think. Either way, she really deserves to have a good man like Lawson.

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My heart seriously broke when Lawson’s bros came home, and Alana reacted the way that she did. I mean, I knew that Jimbo was a total fuck, but up to that point, I didn’t realize just exactly how much of a total fuck he was.

OK, that’s all I have to say today! 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!

Ava Sinclair-Daddy’s Brand

Ava have given us such an awesome present for the 12 days of Christmas. (Which spans from Christmas to Ephiany.) We are getting a Daddy and a cowboy, all wrapped up in one person. Yumm, right? Best Christmas present ever! Anyway, let’s talk about Daddy’s Brand.

Harley is a vet student. She wants to be a big animal vet, and working as an intern on a ranch will be the perfect addition to her resume as well as a way to start networking and building more experience. She’s spent time at summer camps and working at other places with large animals, but spending months on an actual working ranch that does everything the old fashioned way will be better than anything else she has ever done. So, when the Triple Bar accepts her application, she thinks she’s in like Flynn. But…

Royce has spent half of his life working at the Triple Bar and is now the foreman. He’s dedicated to his job and does everything he can to make sure that the ranch works the way that he should. So, when he finds out that his new intern Harley is a female instead of a male, he’s shocked. But, the fact remains that she is still the best candidate out there, and she’s bound and determined to do the job. Maybe a little too bound and determined. When the ranch manager wants to send her away, he goes to bat for her and makes sure that she stays so that she can do the work.

I like Harley, I really do. She’s strong, determined, talented, smart, and will stand up for what she knows is true. All that being said, there are a couple of things that I don’t particularly care for, and I think that they stem back to her father and the fact that she’s still fairly young. They are things that she could grow out of. Mostly, it’s the way that she is just sooooo bullheaded. I get being determined, and I get wanting to stand on your own and show that you don’t need any special treatment just because you are a woman. Trust me, I totally get it. But, you can go too far with it. I mean, as an example, Royce wanted to make sure that she had a private room in the bunkhouse, but she refused and said that she would sleep in the main bunkhouse. Having a separate room wouldn’t have been special treatment, not really. In places where men and women work together like in fire stations and such, they have separate sleeping areas. That’s not really special treatment, if you ask me. It gets to a point where arguing and being bullheaded just turns around and bites you in the ass, but generally that’s something that you learn as you get older. Even for as smart and dedicated as she is, Harley is still kinda in the young and stupid phase of life.

I think Royce is just an all around good guy. He’s steady, solid, dependable, and is going to be able to help out anyone necessary. He’s good for Harley in so many ways. And hey, hot cowboy is hot. I love the chemistry that they have together.

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I kind of guessed part of the end, but I was still satisfied with it because it was the way that it should be.

I love Mike and his little white lie. It was so sweet.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go hit King Zon and check it out. Happy reading!

Sahalie Blue-Love Under the Western Star

Before I say anything at all about Love Under the Western Star, I need to just say how freaking awesome the name Sahalie is. Don’t you think it’s pretty damn awesome? I know I’ve reviewed a book by this author before on here, but I don’t remember if it was under this name or a different one. It was a great book though, all about a female rodeo rider through the years. You got to see history through her eyes and see how things progressed. I really liked it.

This one, though, is all futuristic mixed with Wild West and is definitely scifi. It is based on a real story that took place out in Arizona, back in the day. It was called The Pleasant Valley War, and it made Romeo and Juliet look like a sweet fluffy story. Nearly all the male line of both the Tewksburys and the Grahams were killed during the conflict, and it delayed Arizona’s statehood. Interesting reading about it, and it made me appreciate Love a little more knowing some of the real background behind it. So how does a western range war fit into a scifi book? Well, just wait and I’ll tell you.

This book takes place well into the future. People left Earth on ships and landed on something like a dozen different planets. However, it’s been long enough that many of the people on those planets don’t have the history of Earth anymore, and the majority of those planets are lost. There are some planets, like Eden, who are really advanced scientifically and technologically, and then you get the ones that aren’t. Love takes place on a planet that isn’t all that advanced. They are stuck, technologically speaking, right around the late 1800s. They have steam engines and other similar things, but that’s as far as they get.

We start out with Hope Tewksbury and Joseph Graham. She’s supposed to be off to teacher college, but she couldn’t do it, so she got back on the train to go back to the town of Payson. She sat next to a nice military man who was headed to Payson as well. It isn’t until he’s driving her home that she finds out that he’s a Graham, which earns her her first spanking. Joseph does end up taking her back to the train so she will go to school. He kisses her and she never forgets him.

Meanwhile, on Eden, Dr. Amy Toller is talking about her latest project. They are going to go to Chi-4 and see if they can find relating to Earth. Her goal is to find out where Earth is which can help them figure out where all the other planets are. So they are going to get on their spaceship and do some covert research.

Two years after the first scene, Amy and her people are infiltrating Payson, Hope is coming home from school as a teacher, and the feud between the Grahams and Tewksburys is getting worse. Cue Romeo and Juliet, only call Joseph and Hope.

Sahalie did a hell of a job mixing up the scifi and Wild West stuff in here, plus adding in some spanking and romance. Really, we have 3 main characters who we get to see a lot of and find out what they are doing, as well as some side characters we see more of. I think that it could’ve been really easy to drop a thread when you are trying to weave together two distinct genres, include some history, keep track of various main characters, and make sure that everything comes out well. However, Sahalie made it look effortless and gives us a really tight story. The one thing I wish we had, though, was more of Osimov, the android captain.

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I have to wonder how much Joseph’s dad knew about the ship and all the info, since he had stuff hiding all over the place about the ship. I wouldn’t trust the man further than I could spit, and since I can’t spit all that well, that’s not very far.

Well, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out. You’ll enjoy it. Happy reading!

Loki Renard & Kelly Dawson-Daddy’s Whip

So, Kelly and Loki, both from New Zealand, have gotten together to give us this nice little Daddy story. Normally, I wouldn’t mention where the authors are from, but since this book takes place in New Zealand and a major earthquake in Christchurch is part of the book.

Now, back in 2011, there was a major earthquake that actually did happen in Christchurch. The thing is, with an earthquake, you don’t just get 1 quake. You get lots and lots and lots of little aftershocks. Think about shaking a bowl of gelatin. Even though you’ve stopped shaking it, it doesn’t stop immediately. Then you get lots of other things that happen, including liquefaction. OK, I think that liquefaction is pretty cool, but it’s never happened at my house, which may change my attitude, but still it’s really interesting to watch. So, liquefaction is when the ground is unable to hold together as a solid and the water in the ground comes out, turning everything muddy and lets anything on that soil sink. If you go to the beach, you will see that happen when you stand right on the wet sand, just out of the reach of the waves.

What does all that have to do with Daddy’s Whip? Well, give me have a second, and you’ll see.

Marnie woke up one lovely morning, was working on her blog, and all of a sudden her world fell apart. She was in the middle of a huge earthquake in Christchurch. Her grandmother was in town when it happened and was one of the casualties. Her house was the victim of liquefaction and everything she had left could be stuffed into a duffel bag. Instead of staying in Christchurch, where she was just totally off-balance and where she sees the destruction every time she closes her eyes, she talks to her aunt who tells her where to go. So she packs up her duffel bag, turns her back on Christchurch, gets on a bus, and goes off to her new life.

Her new life involved Sam. Sam owns a horse trekking company. Tourists come out to his little piece of paradise and he takes them out on horses on various trails. Right now he’s the only worker. His aunt has just hired someone new, the niece of a friend. When he gets to the bus stop to pick up Marnie, he sees a woman wearing the wrong shoes, the wrong clothes, and a very sour attitude. From the second that they meet, they get on like chalk and cheese. She’s traumatized and scared and angry and way out of her comfort zone. He’s stressed, frustrated, and doesn’t want to deal with someone who has no clue.

Marnie complains about the dirt. Sam drives like a crazy person, skidding around corners, which makes a young woman whose whole world has been shaken up feel even worse, because she’s being shaken even more. Altogether, everything ends up with her getting spanked and having fun times on a motorbike.

I didn’t always really like Sam. I get tough, authoritarian, and dominant, but I thought that he went a little too far sometimes. Not that Marnie wasn’t a brat and not that she didn’t need reined in sometimes, but she’s in a brand new place, she’s never been in the country, she has no clue what she’s doing, and she’s lost almost everything. I would be kind of bratty too, and if Sam had tried some of what he did with Marnie with me, I would’ve probably smacked him. But that’s me and not Marnie. I also completely understand her emotions being all crazy and her not being able to figure out what’s going on. First, there’s the spanking and then there’s the fun stuff and that’s all overwhelming, and Sam is kind of hot and cold. Anyway, the like/dislike scale balanced out to the like side of Sam, and I did really enjoy the story. And the whip? Yeah, that was hot.

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Oh, I would totally watch every freaking whip video that Marnie posted, and I would so totally learn to ride a horse just to go to that trek company.

I fully expected Marnie to try to ride Trixie at some point, and don’t think I missed the comparison between the two of them. Marnie really did identify with the horse. I loved when she was mentally cheering Trixie on. And while I wouldn’t want to watch someone nearly get hit by a horse’s hoof, thinking about a horse having a hard fist at the end of the foot and punching with it is a funny visual. It reminds of a quote from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, where Sherlock says something about horses being dangerous at both ends and crafty in the middle.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this one today. There are all kinds of interesting things happening this week, so stay tuned. Happy reading!

Aubrey Cara-The Untaming of Kat

I’ve had an Aubrey Cara book here before. It’s all about Bambi and her adventures after being abducted by aliens. Funny as all get out, as well as pretty sexy. The book is part of her Monrok world, which is what introduced me to her books. I loooovvvve the Monrok world. Anyway, while those are great science fiction, that’s not the genre we are looking at right now. Today, we’re looking The Untaming of Kat, which is a cowboy romance with some BDSM tossed in. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Untaming is a re-release of a book called Taming Kat. Aubrey took it, updated it, brushed it off, polished it up, added in some new stuff, and gave us Untaming. I love the name title. Generally, you get titles in this genre that would be Taming.. So, Untaming in the title is pretty cool.

Kat is a native Bostonian. Since she finished college, she’s been drifting around trying to find the right path for her life. Her mother nitpicks her, her sister nitpicks her. When her friend Del invites her to TX for her wedding, Kat falls in love with it and starts working at Del’s husband’s parents’ ranch. She also has to work at a local bar, but she gets to spend a lot of time, out in the great outdoors, chasing cows and horses. She also gets to spend time doing her art. There is only one little hitch in her get along. His name is Caleb. He’s a former soldier, now come home to work on the same ranch Kat is. That wouldn’t be such a problem, if he hadn’t been a one night stand, 6 months ago, in a whole different state.

When Caleb saw Kat again at the wedding 3 months ago, it was a total surprise. But a happy one. He had been thinking of her ever since she snuck out of his hotel room after their one amazing night. She has worked really hard on ignoring him since they met up again, but she pretty much just lives in his head. When he happens to be in the bar the night something terrible happens, he gets to be back with Kat.

OK, I have to say, I totally get Kat. I spend a lot of time judging myself too, so I understand why Kat does it and why she thinks that she’s not good enough. I totally get the self-sabotage thing that she has going on at times too. I’ve BTDT, got several t-shirts. It can be hard to get past that. Of course, no one has really tried Caleb’s method. I never really get mad at either of our main characters, which is kind of a change for me. I often get mad at one or the other, but neither one of them really do anything for me to be mad about. There is someone I do get mad at, but she’s not even a secondary character. Oh, scratch that, there are 2 other people who I’m mad at too, who would both be secondary characters. One of them I wanted to go in and just smack her.

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OK, Candice. She’s the one I really wanted to smack. She knew who the walking douchebag was the whole time and didn’t say anything until the very end. That’s not cool. Not cool at all. In fact, I think that she should have some serious consequences because, really. When you read it, you will understand why I think that. But, I’m pretty sure that she’s going to get something in her own book. I’m going to have to read it and be sure.

And? Aubrey has totally ruined leprechauns for me.

So, go check this one out, and then read everything else she’s written. You’ll thank me for it. 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!