I have been wanting to try Lorelei James for a while. She is an author who lives in my local area, and she writes smokin'hot cowboy erotica. I have a tumultuous relationship with erotica. Sometimes it crosses the line from an erotic story to pornography, so I am pretty reluctant to try it out. However, I have heard great things about her. The back of Wrangled and Tangled has a blurb from Fiction Vixen that says "Smokin' -hot cowboys [and] lots of Western charm." So I had to read it.
I loved that this book actually had a love story or actually 2. There were plenty of hot times between the sheets but we actually got to know the players involved before they jumped in bed. I was about 1/3 of the way through before we hit the first sex scene. The heroine's were eased into the hero's needs for more than vanilla sex, but also became empowered and took the reigns themselves. Both partners had their turns at being in control. This gave the relationships more believability to me. When the hero is the totally dominate force and the heroine is continually submissive, the relationship gets as boring as when it's all missionary. I LOVE that the girls own their power to bring these macho male cowboys to their knees and use it shamelessly.
There were some issues with this book. The words neckerchief and smooch were used entirely too many times and every time I read them it killed the mood for me. At no time have I ever wanted a "smooch" on the forehead after a bone melting orgasm. I loved that she keeps it a really true to form Western with the words and lifestyle. I live in the same area and I know the ways. When I find that perfect hard body cowboy just across the border in Wyoming part of the fantasy is that he will not smooch me or use the term neckerchief.
This book also contains 2 stories happening simultaneously. The 2 stories happened at the same time and basically the same place but didn't really over lap at all. Jumping relationships and trying to understand 4 people was just a little much for me. The book would have read better if it had been 2 novellas in the same book rather that 2 stories that were separate but equal.
This is the 3rd book in the Blacktop Cowboys Series and I am on my way to The Book Depository to order the first 2 books. I have also heard around the blogasphere that her Rough Rider's Series is even better so I'm sure a few of those will make the list as well.
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