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Straddling the Line (The Bolton Brothers #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
She Only Wants to Belong

CFO Ben Bolton has enough on his plate running his family business. But when lovely Josey White Plume enters his office, his priorities shift. He refuses to let such a compelling woman walk away. The chase is on.

All her life, Josey has sought one thing: to fit in with her Lakota family. She has no time for some sexy rich guy's pursuit. But she can't
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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This author is so unlike a Desire author which is a good thing. Huge biker dysfunctional family, check? Heroine with mixed heritage, never fitting in, check. Sexy and romantic, check. I loved the hero more than the heroine, who seemed too fixated on acceptance. Even in the end it was the hero who chased her and bought her affection which seemed shallow.
Sarah Anderson
Dec 18, 2012 Sarah Anderson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The first Bolton Boy! Man, these guys and their motorcycles.
Nikki Brandyberry
Jun 18, 2013 Nikki Brandyberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orange County Choppers meets Harlequin romance. Straddling The Line is an excellent contemporary romance that combines the thrilling aspect of motorcycle men and the romance of star crossed lovers.

Living in two worlds is something Josey has resigned herself to not being good at. She doesn’t belong in the white world because she’s half Lakota Indian. She doesn’t belong in the Lakota world because she’s half white. Neither world seems to accept her even though she tries hard to do good in both. Hi
Apr 02, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I liked both Josey and Ben. Both of them are trying to find their places in the world. Josey has returned to South Dakota from New York after breaking up with her boyfriend who tells her she doesn't "fit in" with his world. Unfortunately she also feels like she doesn't fit in here either. Because she and her mother both have white heritage along with their Lakota they are looked down on by their fellow tribe members. They are trying to start a charter school to help some of the y ...more
May 19, 2013 Jillyan rated it it was amazing
Anderson starts the story off with a confrontation of the two main characters. I love it when authors do this. It really lays out the playing field for the book.

Josey is struggling to raise funds for a school on the reservation. Ben is struggling to increase his family business while dealing with his two brothers and father (who are all rather hot-headed). The attraction that the two have is undeniable and sparks fly from the very first time they meet. Both are loaded down with more than enough
Mandi Schreiner
May 06, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I enjoyed this one! Ben is CFO of a shop that builds motorcycles (I love a motorcycle - although Ben isn't a MC guy at all. Just an alpha business man). Josey is part Lakota indian and needs companies to donate money to fund the charter school she is trying to set up on the reservation. She asks Ben for money - and he declines...but then he finds his heart and he is all broody and serious and sexy. While I loved Ben, I loved Josey too. She surprised me in her reactions to Ben's alphaness which I ...more
Really 4.5 Stars

I adore Sarah M. Anderson’s Native American books but this has to be one of my favourites. The amount of tension in the book is high with most of the conflict coming from the internal struggle both of the characters have with fitting in amongst their worlds. What surprised me was how, although the core of the issue was the same, the two situations couldn’t be more different.

After her time in the white world didn’t work out, Josey tries hard to fit into her Lakota world but her mi
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Oct 25, 2013 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Posted on What I'm Reading

Basically I spent most of my day reading Straddling the Line by Sarah M. Anderson. It was suggested to me that I should read The Bolton Brothers books in order.

The first book is Straddling the Line, which features Ben Bolton. Now Ben is the financial wiz of the brothers, but his father doesn't really see this as an asset. It probably doesn't help that Ben is the middle child. However, he doesn't play the middle child card, which he could. No, Ben tries to be the peaceke
May 09, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Josey has always felt she was caught between two worlds, her Lakota family and the world outside of her reservation. When she moves back home she and her mom begin work on building a school for the children of the reservation. *Side note, the statistics that Josey provide are just devastating and I’m sure the author did her research but I just wish it wasn’t true. All children deserve an education and I just hope that children that grow up on reservations are given the same chances children arou ...more
Fiona Marsden
Dec 29, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it it was amazing
Sarah M. Anderson has written another of her amazing stories about conflict between cultures and the struggle to find who you are when you are literally 'Straddling the Line'. I love it when the title of the book can have multiple meanings and this is one of those.

Josey White-Plume doesn't know which side of the line she really belongs. She's tried living in the white man's world in New York and it didn't work out. So she's come home to the Reservation to try living in her Lakota world. She is d
Jun 10, 2013 Arlena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bolton-brothers
By: Sarah M. Anderson
Published By: Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: The Bolton Brothers #1

"Straddling The Line" by Sarah M. Anderson was a good contemporary read that I couldn't put down until the last word. This was the first in her series: The Bolton Brothers. The storyline is very interesting how this author was able to put the 'Native American'(Josey Plume) with him(Ben)...he's from a biker family. I love this! We find Josey is trying to get fund
Ellen Parker
Mar 24, 2014 Ellen Parker rated it liked it
Young, educated Josey White Plume is a dedicated fundraiser for the new school on the Lakota reservation. She’s also very aware of the feelings her portion of white – outsider – blood stirs in some of the school officials. It’s enough to make a person feel like they are straddling the line between two cultures.
Ben Bolton, CFO of a custom motorcycle shop, promised his dying mother to keep their family together. It’s not easy when brothers and father have their own visions for the business. Now Jo
Nov 24, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads, 2015
I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

A well written and fast paced sojourn into two worlds connected through one woman. She is trying to make the best of her life while walking the line between two vastly different worlds while making the people in both worlds respect and accept her. She has been burned before, but she is still willing to open her heart for the right person. He too is looking for acceptance. He wants to be loved for who he is and respected for the decision
Judith Follo
Jun 11, 2015 Judith Follo rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book!! You fall in love with both characters so easy. Also Josey White Plume allows us to think about what its like to try to walk in both worlds. Ben Bolton shows us that not all CFO's are alike. Him and his eccentric family are a very good twist to keep you entertained. Only thing I would of changed at all is that maybe I would of added a bit more dates in it. Only cause I loved reading how they were being drawn to each other. I am looking forward to the other two books com ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
A fun, not-too-angsty, not-too-sex-filled contemporary romance. There are plenty of sexy times here, and a good dose of angst, but it's not one of those books I've been seeing all too often of late that make a reader go "enough with the sex, where's the relationship?!" Ben and Josie have an actual, honest-to-goodness relationship that grows as the novel progresses. Neither fits into their families, though both want to, albeit for very different reasons. Although their lives and lifestyles are ve ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I saw this book on my To-Read list and I am all for a love story even if it doesn't start off lovey dovey. Damn that girl has some spunk. I couldn't seem to put the book down to even write the review (I write reviews as I read so I can remember every detail I want put in the review). If you are one of those that had two other siblings growing up and your father always doted on one and your mother doted on the other and you were the odd one out well then get ready to start reading something pr ...more
Emmalee Miller
I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads. This book follows Josey, a member of the Lakota Native American tribe, who is trying to get different businesses to donate supplies for the school she's built on reservation land. This is how she meets Ben Bolton, who she shares an undeniable chemistry with. However, because she is part white she has been fighting to be accepted as a member of her tribe. Dating a white man may derail everything she's worked for.

I actually enjoyed this
May 20, 2013 Marjorie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I met Sarah at the RT Convention in May. She is great! This is the first book I have read of hers and I will definitely look for more.

Ben Bolton is the numbers guy for Crazy Horse Choppers which builds custom motorcycles. Josey White Plume comes to the business seeking money for the Lakota Indian School she and her mother are trying to get off the ground on the Indian Reservation. Ben turns her down but he can't get her out of his mind. Soon he is donating to the school and pursuing Josey.

May 10, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge
Sarah M. Anderson does a great job of showing the challenges of the relationship of Ben and Josey as they try to straddle the line between life as the middle brother in a successful custom motorcycle business and fundraiser for a school on the nearby Lakota reservation. The attraction is immediate, but they need to find a way to make it work while remaining true to themselves. This is a great beginning to the Bolton Brothers series. I can't wait to read more.
Peyton Reeser
Jun 27, 2013 Peyton Reeser rated it really liked it
Vacation Read! Liked this book. The internal conflicts coming from main characters kept it interesting. Loved the the way Ben's brothers 'minded their manners' in the final scene. Might have actually LOL'd. Looking forward to more stories.....biker brothers! Works for me.
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: The Bolton Brothers
Category: Passion
"A hot, Harley-riding hero, a softhearted, dedicated heroine and a couple of wacky family members will keep you turning the pages." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars
Amber Dickinson
Mar 30, 2015 Amber Dickinson rated it really liked it
The story started strong, was captivating from the beginning, and introduced very likeable characters. Towards the end I was a little tired of how whiney and insecure Josey was, but the passion and chemistry between the characters made up for it.
Jan 05, 2014 Mem rated it really liked it
Series The Bolton Brothers#1 D2232 May 2013----Trouble with domineering father who refuses to update the family's speciality motorcycle business results in trouble.
May 07, 2013 Giedre rated it liked it
The writing and characters are strong, yet I think this would've worked better if it was considerably longer.
Aug 02, 2015 kristen rated it it was amazing
Review at Beverages and Books
Jessica Lemmon
Sep 09, 2013 Jessica Lemmon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Loved it! Big, BIG motorcycle boys and what a fun read. :)
Roz ~ My Written Romance
Review to come.

Very much enjoying the Bolton brothers. Very alpha, yet with hidden depths. Liking it!
3.5 Stars--Review to Come
Nikita Isaac
May 19, 2013 Nikita Isaac rated it really liked it
Loved the story and can't wait to read the other brothers stories.
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