Vanessa Vale-Montana Wild

This is the 2nd or 3rd Vanessa Vale book I’ve read, but only the first one I’ve blogged about. This is a rather sweet and light romance with a touch of funny and more than a touch of meddling sex shop owner. Montana Wild is the 4th of the Small Town Romance books that all take place around Bozeman, Montana. I haven’t read the other three, and while there are recurring characters, like Goldie and George the Gnome, I didn’t feel like I was lost or anything. The book was complete in and of itself, so no worries there.

Violet is a 1st grade teacher. Now that school’s out for the summer, she’s subbing for her twin sister at Goldilocks, Bozeman’s best sex shop. OK, Bozeman’s ONLY sex shop. She has to deal with Goldie, who, while a lovely woman, is nosy and pushy. And among other things, she has pushed Violet into writing word porn, or as we might call it, a smutty novel. Yay for smutty novels! But Violet is sort of maybe ashamed and embarrassed about it, but Goldie isn’t. So Goldie’s getting a cover made for it.

One day, the phone rings at Goldilocks, and it turns out to be Mike. Mike the podiatrist. Mike who was so close to Violet when they were younger. She and Mike lost their virginity together, then he left and didn’t come back for 10 years. Violet was pretty sure that showed her exactly where her place in Mike’s life was, and she’s been hurt and maybe just a little bit bitter about it ever since. But now, Mike needs her. Or rather, her twin sister, who is off on a road trip with her new man. So, Violet it is. You see, Mike is in Alaska at a family reunion at his uncle’s house, along with his mother and father, some cousins and their kids, and a pair of identical male twins who only speak French. And there is a crazy next neighbor who is recently divorced and who is just positive that she is Mike’s soulmate. So Mike needs a girlfriend, and Violet fits the description, namely female and available. Only when she gets to Alaska, she finds out that she’s not just his girlfriend, she’s now his fiancee, complete with a hideously ugly ring.

I both felt sorry for Mike and Violet and laughed at some of the things that happened. It seemed like everything that just started to spiral out of control. They were being pushed together but they were having their own issues that kept pushing them apart. Violet had a hard time letting go old hurt but Mike wasn’t really helping all that much either. All in all, I really enjoyed this one, and it was a nice light change of pace.

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Who knew that the way to a woman’s heart was going fishing for salmon?

Mike should’ve stopped and thought about how his actions would’ve hurt Violet a long time before he actually did.

I would probably strangle a whole lot of people were I Mike and Violet. I get why they did what they did, but seriously, that’s almost mean.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one! Go check it and the rest of the series out. Happy reading!

Livia Grant-Melting Silver

Livia Grant is back on the blog today, ladies and gentlemen. Today we’re looking at her backlog. Livia, along with a bunch of other authors, has created a fun little world called The Red Petticoat Saloon.

The Saloon itself lives in Culpepper Cove, and the stories take place in the gold rush years out in California. There are a few things that sold really well back in the day, one of them being the companionship of a young woman for a few hours. And the Saloon is the best place to do that. Here’s the basic backstory.

One day, back in jolly olde England, a beautiful young woman named Lady Juliette Gardner was fucking the man she thought loved her. Except, she was set up and since it was the time it was, her reputation was ruined. Eventually, she goes to live with her aunt, and then they end up in New Orleans. On the trip, Jewel got friendly with a pair of prostitutes who were going to NOLA too. After a time, Jewel, her two friends, and their cook decide to go to California.

Long story short, Jewel decides to start a brothel and call it the Red Petticoat Saloon.  The women who work there always have gem or precious metal names. They are Jewel’s Gems. They can wear red petticoats or pink petticoats. If they are wearing red petticoats, they are available to go upstairs, if they are pink, then the women are only there to serve food and drink, play cards, entertain, so on and so forth. Each story can be read as a standalone, but there are recurring characters that pop up in each book. You can jump around in the series if you want, and not get overly lost. Just make sure you read Jewel’s Gems first.

There are several authors who write the books, most of whom write spanking stuff, and you will see a mix of all kinds of subgenres, so you should have no problem finding the right book to read.

But, today, we’re looking at Livia’s book, Melting Silver. This is the story of Emelie and Charlie.

Emelie is a naive young woman who ran away from home so that she can be a singer on the big stages in San Francisco. However, the guy who lured her away is a complete and utter fucknugget. He raped and beat her and then was willing to sell her. However, Emelie’s friend helped to get her out of his grip and then she went to work at a little bar until she almost gets raped again and kills the guy who tries to rape her. Emelie has had some shitty luck up to this point. But, her luck is just about to turn because she ends up in Culpepper Cove and at the Red Petticoat Saloon.

Charlie is a player, in sorts of ways. He plays the piano at the saloon and helps to keep everyone entertained. And on Mondays, he takes a bath and plays with various Gems. He draws the line, he never kisses them and he only does oral and hands, never any penetration. He’ll also spank whichever Gem he has, but he makes sure that she likes it. He’s perfectly happy living his life, playing piano and playing with the Gems with no commitment. Then he sees Emelie, and suddenly, things change.

OK, I’m going to leave you with Emelie’s luck turning for the better and becoming a Gem named Silver. There is all kinds of stuff that happens in this book, including spankings of more than one arse, and super fun bathtimes. It’s not all beer and skittles though. You have to go through the sad parts to get to the not sad parts and without conflict in the story, how you going to have a story? But, it is great to read. All 18 books are available in KU, so you can get them quickly and easily.

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I think that Charlie should’ve told Emelie about his bathtimes with the other Gems before someone else it slip, but she should’ve told him how it made her feel before she went to Jewel and asked to be put into a red petticoat. And she definitely should’ve told everyone about everything that had happened instead of coming off as more experienced than she was. But, like I said, without these things, the story wouldn’t advance or be as good, right?

The surprise at the end is great. Loved the book.

Go check it out. Happy reading!

Sahalie Blue and Sterling Scott-Cowgirl Thrill Rider

When I looked at the title of Cowgirl Thrill Rider, I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting myself in for. I could guess from the title that there was a cowgirl and that it was going be some kind of romance, and knowing the authors, I knew it was going to involve sex and spanking, but outside that, I had no clue.

So, CTR is all about Polly. We follow her and her exploits from 1916 to 1948. The story is episodic in nature. That means that we just peek in at various times of Polly’s life and see what she is doing. Some of the episodes are longer than others, and some seem like they are all one time period because they take place in the same basic setting, but if you check the time stamps, you’ll see that really they are months or more apart. I really liked this because the story does cover 30 years. Having 30 straight years would be boring and unwieldy, and nowhere near as enjoyable as CTR is. So, very well done there.

In 1916, little Polly is 14 and getting ready to ride in her first bronco busting event. She’s been riding since she could walk. Her dad is supportive of it, her mom isn’t. Her mom wants her to be a lady, and riding horses and bustin’ broncs is not all that particularly ladylike, even in Nebraska. But that doesn’t stop Polly. She goes out there and gets on the horse and wins. And boom, her life is set at that very point.

Years later, Polly has joined a big Wild West show. She’s 18 now, she has kept up her riding and rodeoing, and she is now off to show off how well she can ride. This is what she wants to do and she’s good at it. She knows that there are risks, but she’s never let that start her.

When she gets to the show, she rooms with Lulu, who is Annie Oakley’s niece and a sharpshooter herself. Polly gets to try all kinds of things, like learning trick riding from some “Cossacks”. She also meets Buck. She and Buck get close, especially after he spanks her. That pretty much sets the tone of their relationship. After a while of touring, they make it back to Nebraska, where Buck and Polly are both from, meet parents, and get married.

OK, This is where I’m going to go my way and you can choose yours. I read in the back of the book where Polly was created from the profiles of a lot of women. I think it really shows through. I fell in absolute love with Polly. I think that she is pretty kick ass. I also like that the story is more about Polly’s story than it is about Polly and Buck’s story. I mean, yes, that is an important part of the story and it would be wrong to diminish it in any way, but it’s not the most important part of the story. The important part of the story is Polly and her courage in getting up and being the cowgirl that she wanted to be and to do all the riding she wanted. That’s just awesome, IMO. Polly really is the hero of her own story. This is a truly awesome story on a lot of levels, so even if you aren’t sure about whether or not you’ll like western romances, you should go check it out.

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There is a lot of spanking in this, and I think that in most cases it’s perfectly justified. However, there is one spanking that I thought was completely unjustified, and if I was Polly, Buck would’ve had to sleep with one eye open that night. She had a justifiable reason for her feelings and for what she did, and Buck didn’t even try to talk to her about it or about why she felt that way. In fact, he owed her an apology, if you ask me. Just because he’s the head of the household doesn’t mean he’s perfect and doesn’t make mistakes, and I think that this was on. When you get to the point in the story, you’ll see what I mean, and I’m eager to see what you think of it and if you agree with me about it.

I think that’s the only spoiler-y thing I have to say, and I’ve said everything I wanted to say. It’s a good story, a lot of fun, and one I’m glad to have read.

I’m looking forward to a weekend where my nose rarely comes out of my Kindle and lots of good posts for next week, so be looking for that. Meanwhile, happy reading!