I’ve been on a cowboy kick lately. Frankly, I blame The Longest Ride trailer and Scott Eastwood’s denim-clad buns assaulting my eyeballs last month. But these men have got some big Stetsons and some even bigger belt buckles.
At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan
Some suspense. A little bit of a snowed in romance. A cowboy who can cook. At Wolf Ranch has quite a few things that I liked. After witnessing her twin’s death at the hands of her power-hungry uncle, heiress Ella returns to her old family ranch in Montana to find a way to put her uncle behind bars. But hitching a ride in the snowy, Montana wilderness has its dangerous, and she’s soon rescued by the retired rodeo champ Gabe Bowen. The romance is sweet and blossoms easily between the hero and heroine. It’s a nice start to Jennifer Ryan’s new Montana Men series.
Verdict: Buy, if you like a little sweetness in your romance. Borrow, if you prefer more of a bite. Either way…read it.
Corralled by Lorelei James
I’m going to personally say that Lorelei James is the queen of erotic western romances, most of which feature some sort of ménage or triad arrangement. I’m all for everyone being into everyone, especially when they look like that dude on the cover. Lainie, a sports therapist, has joined the rodeo circuit. While on the road, she becomes involved with not one, but two, of the riders. But surprise, surprise; they don’t seem to mind in the slightest when they find out. However, I must say that the accents are thick and the sex is frequent, which may not be for some.
Verdict: Buy, if this is definitely your bag. Bypass, if you prefer your romance traditional or not as explicit.
Caine’s Reckoning by Sarah McCarty
Set in the mid-1800s, this is a western romance with a historical flair. However, I’m always on the fence whether or not to categorize Sarah McCarty’s Hell’s Eight series as erotica. After rescuing a kidnapped woman, Texas Ranger Caine is asked to marry the poor girl to preserve her honor and give her some protection. The heroine, Desi, has not led an easy life and her experiences definitely deserve a trigger warning. When Desi’s past catches up with her, Caine must keep his “bride” safe. It’s an arranged marriage plot in the Wild West. For me, I found the book a little slow in terms of plot pacing, though there are some gems in the rest of the series.
Verdict: Borrow, if you’re the type of reader who won’t skip a book in a series. If you have no qualms about that, then bypass in favor of the others.
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