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Crazy Wind

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Zephyr “Zef” Kokinos has just settled into his job as sheriff of a small ranching town when he gets a call to log a report for an animal shooting. He meets Bobby Joe Decker, foreman of Stendhal’s Stand and everything Zef has always looked for in a cowboy. But the real surprise is that Bobby Joe is aka “fckgfired,” a friend Zef has become close to online.

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ebook, 72 pages
Published August 10th 2011 (first published August 9th 2011)
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♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)

The Care And Feeding of An Alcoholic

Xanakas' writing style was this story's saving grace. The story's concept plus the writing style could have made for an excellent reading experience. However, there was something that really, really bothered me.

This was a simple story. Zef, the sheriff, and a cowboy named Bobby Joe meet online. They happen to meet in real life one day but their chance at love is thwarted by Zef's stupidity. It's all cleared up in the end though and they get their happy endi
My losing streak with cowboy books continues. I need to stay away.

I couldn't figure out the world this story was in. Sheriff Zef gets called out to investigate some animal sighting and meets some people, and everyone starts leering and acting like they're on some gay porn movie set. There are characters introduced that I felt I should know who they are because the author doesn't give a clue or set them up in any way. Men sit openly in each others lap in their office and the sheriff & the cow
Lexi Ander
This was a gem. I read it start to finish in one sitting. These two were great together. I did have several 'laugh out loud' moments that went to heart squeezes. Very well written. *rubs hands together* Can't wait to get my hands on more of her work!
I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't what I got!

This is the story of Zef, the new sheriff in a small Texan town, and Bobby Joe, a ranch hand at a local ranch. They had been chatting on-line for several months when this story started, but they didn't use their real names so they didn't realize they lived that close to each other.
Then one day Zef is called out to the ranch where Bobby Joe works on a work related matter.

It wasn't mentioned in the blurb that there is a prequel to this story a
Karen K
This was a wonderfully sexy book - sexy cowboy and sexy sheriff so what's not to love? I love Zef's name too, very original and it suited him to a T. The whole chat thing was hot and funny and just made me wanna shove the two of them together right from the beginning. Two big strapping men with expanding emotions and overflowing sexual prowess just made me growl inside. I really liked the style of the author's writing, the dialogue wasn't lame and the characters and settings just jumped off the ...more
3.5 stars

This short story is almost great, unfortunately I find Zef's reason to avoid Bobby Joe after one misunderstanding event -- without even trying to listen to Bobby Joe's reason -- as STUPID. He needs more groveling :p

But I wholeheartedly enjoy the set-up. It's fun reading the exchange in instant messaging and when the two find who is the exact person behind the screen name. I love how the two don't immediately jump under the sheet, which is ALWAYS a plus point for me. I also like the seco
I really like this one because it gives us the cranky big town cop come to a small area. And a cowboy new to technology who messes up. You'd think they wouldn't mesh, but they do and they do it well. I've known a few people who have met online and gotten together in real life. So there's something to this story that feels pretty real. My only compliant is that it's short. I always want more of characters I like though. And with XXX, there may be more. :)
Aug 12, 2011 MandyM rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: M/M cowboy fans
Shelves: m-m-romance
I was attracted to this book by it's gorgeous cover. The set up is interesting. A sheriff and a cowboy meet via an online chat room. After they meet IRL Zef realises who Bobby Joe is. The Big Misunderstanding keeps them apart and there are too many 'imagined' sex scenes (rather than real ones) for my taste but it's a fun novella. I like the author's writing style and I will definitely try more of her books.
There's something about the way Xara writes that just sucks you right into the action. Her characters are real and her wit shines through. You laugh and you cry and you want to smack certain characters *ahem ZEF* upside the head sometimes. I love books that get such an emotional reaction out of me, and this one definitely delivered.

Poppy Dennison
~critique partner~

I absolutely love Xara's style and this book shows her amazing talent. Zef makes me want to smack him stupid sometimes, but he's so dang hot I just can't do it. *g* This is a great story, and I loved revisiting with Connie and Whiner.
I continue to love Whiner and Connie, and I love Bobby Joe and Zephyr too. Love the humor! more of the same please!!!
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Pamela Su
This story turned out less enjoyable than expected. Still a fun read, but there were aspects of the story that made it unappealing.

I'm not sure if it was intentional on the part of the author to make Zef seem like an alcoholic, but he definitely comes across that way and it is troubling that no one around him seems to mind it.

I'm also bothered by the "hump like bunnies everywhere" activities going on between Whiner and Connie. Not the "hump like bunnies" part, but the bit where they're doing it
Astrid Detlefsen
Bleh. That's the overall impression for this book. It's not horrible but there's not really anything worth mentioning.
A semi-alcoholic sherif meets an oversized cowboy online and - surprise, surprise - soon enough meets him in real life as well. They hit it off and hook up - and that's basically it.
The only thing which really stood out for me was the absolutely ridiculous names. Zef (short for Zephyr), Bobby Joe, Whiner and Connie. It's like the author wanted to make the names as memorable as p
2.5 Stars

Could not connect with the main characters. They were just there, with no insight given as to their motivation. And for me, I really needed the motivation behind the title character's constant drunkenness/hangover. Sorry, but a full on description of vomiting into the toilet does not a good story make. I would have preferred examples of their months-long on-line chats and bantering instead. That might have given me a clue about who these men are.

I rated as high as I did because I did li

First of all, I would've taken a look just because of the cover. Such an amazing work.

Secondly, I liked the first story that was in the Riding Double-anthology. I actually didn't realize this was a follow up (though different MCs) until I began to read this.

When I did, I squeed, a little. Then a lot. It was just such a funny, hot little story. I loved the characters and I have been wondering when I'd get to read a story about internet-dating stuff. This has both sides of it woven into the story.
Okay, a cop AND a cowboy. Recipe for fun. Enjoyable read. Characters were interesting, Bobby Joe was HOT. Zef was a little too much into the booze for me. Kind of made me wonder how he maintained a job with the drinking he was doing. And what is with his deputy walking in on him :)

Enjoyable for a short story.

BTW I'd like to hear more about Whiner and Connie, they sounded pretty interesting too :)
I just finished Crazy Wind. I really liked it the whole way through ... until the end. The end felt completely severed off. I know it's a short read, but really, we couldn't have had a little wrap up? Maybe see Billy Joe cheering Zef to a victory at the baseball game but giving a bit of smack talk about not beating them next year.

4 stars (-1 for the sudden jarring I physically felt at the ending)
3.5 stars... A fun read with like-able quirky characters, quick pace and snappy (mostly) dialogue. A couple of the supporting characters almost steal the show at times, to the extent I wouldn't mind reading a story about them. Although I generally prefer HEA endings, thr HFN ending was the only way to end it, given the time frame of this story. I will definitely read more from this author.
This was a strange story. IMO. Zef (who happens to be the town sheriff) is either drunk or hungover throughout most of the book which was a TOTAL turnoff for me. I couldn't get past that which made it hard to get into the other protag and their relationship together. Although the writing was good overall the story just didn't work for me.
I loved the writing style of this, and the cover is just hot! This was a very enjoyable read...I loved the set up of online chatters meeting in real life and liked how it played out. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author!
I really liked the story but I was troubled that the Sheriff seemed to always be drunk or hungover. Loved the motel scene with Zef and the two combatants. Very engaging storytelling and style.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This one looks really good and it comes out on my b-day.. That's gotta be a good sign right?! Right?!?
A.B. Gayle
Loved the depiction of the drunk, hungover Zephyr. Worth four stars for that alone.
Would have loved for this to have been a longer story. *hint, hint* ;)
Good characters and story. I think it could be a novel rather than novella.
3.5 stars really.

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Xara X. Xanakas decided years ago to embrace her weirdness. A friend first described her that way to the man who’s been her husband for over twenty years. That formula fits her, and she figures if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Being Texan, her crush on cowboys comes natural, but the techie in her loves to show nerds a good time. She relishes all things different, and brings saucy style to her writ ...more
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