This book is actually a trilogy of 3 stories (Roped, Hitched, and Lassoed) previously e-published. It's so HOT, I'm surprised the paper didn't burn coThis book is actually a trilogy of 3 stories (Roped, Hitched, and Lassoed) previously e-published. It's so HOT, I'm surprised the paper didn't burn coming off the printing press.
The stories of 2 brothers and their older sister, all ranchers in small town Wyoming. All 3 are drawn to the BDSM lifestyle, but that just adds to the steamy sex.
The real stories... First, about a man wounded in war who doesn't think he can still be the Dom he once was. But the woman he wants is sub through and through. Second, his older brother has decided he wants the monogamy his brother has found, but his reputation as a dungeon keeper and local bad boy, he can't get a date with the woman he wants. Lastly, their older sister has been a sub to an abusive husband. Now he's gone and she has very real trust issues. But her high school sweetheart has wanted to love her for the past twenty years.
The BDSM descriptions are not just a nod on the lifestyle - a few spanks here, a tie-her-down there - it's more intense and not something that will appeal to all readers. But if you like D/s stories, you'll find these well written, demonstrating a familiarity with the subject as well as three-dimensional characters with very real emotions.
I would say the only flaw is the speed in which the characters resolve their inner conflicts. It's not unexpected given the shorter length of the stories, but I usually like to see them endure more torture and mental anguish. ...more
**spoiler alert** Legendary rapes aside, this book is over-the-top. Long before I reached the end, I was feeling like I was watching a marathon showin**spoiler alert** Legendary rapes aside, this book is over-the-top. Long before I reached the end, I was feeling like I was watching a marathon showing of "Perils of Pauline" serial movie shorts and kept hearing the Indiana Jones theme music in my head...
Our intrepid heroine, Catherine, is a bit of a hoyden. The book opens in her English countryside home where one suitor has just saved her from being compromised by another suitor with a sword fight in her bedroom. She is unashamedly nude when her elderly governess comes into the room...
From there, she survives a kidnapping, inprisonment and near starvation, beatings, broken ribs, punctured lung, carrying a dead baby for 2 months before miscarrying, shipwreck, a duel with knives (in which she is one of the duelists), 4 lovers (including the exiled future king of France), and 3 husbands.
At the age of 12, she shot her mother's horse and then her mother (so she wouldn't suffer after being impaled by a hay baling fork). The amazing weapon had 2 bullets! Keep in mind that when that event took place in 1792 (which you don't know until near the end of the book when a year is given in describing a scene), pistols had to be manually loaded with gun powder and a ball of lead. There were no six-shooters! Maybe she reloaded the gun herself.
Much later, when our hero was shot (not once, but twice - in the back and in the chest), Catherine performs surgery with a crochet hook to remove the bullet from his chest.
Then she wields another weapon to shoot her husband (our hero's brother) to save the hero's life. BTW, her husband is also her brother (of course, she didn't know that when she married him).
And speaking of our hero, Sean. He survives the aforementioned bullets, castration of one of his testicles (along with torture of every imaginable description while imprisoned by Catherine's father), and poison-tipped rapiers. Throughout the story, he has 7 or 8 lovers, including a vindictive mistress with whom he started a carnal relationship when he was 14 and she was 12.
This amazing couple moves from crisis to crisis with very few moments of bliss until the very last chapter.
Despite all the incredulous plot twists, what really made me crazy were the time warp situations...
- The aforementioned double-shot pistol lightweight enough to be handled by a 12-yr-old girl.
- Marines who dress in camouflage to take a smuggling ship (there were Royal Marines back then, but camouflage such as that described didn't happen for another 110 years).
- A young well-bred woman, the daughter of an English viscount, heiress to her mother's french title as countess, and getting ready for a ball includes wearing eye shadow, rouge (blusher), and NAIL POLISH!
- A country doctor who runs a clinic where Catherine takes care of the billing (huh?).
- A traditional Christmas celebration, complete with Christmas tree (which wasn't introduced in England until Charlotte of Hanover married George III in the early 1800's). At the time, Christmas was a bacchanalian party similar to our Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick's Day or a simple feast.
- A bachelor party for Catherine's husband #2. The event takes place in Paris, well known for it's decadence, but I think stag parties are a 20th century custom
- A wedding at Notre Dame that included 12 bridesmaids in matching gowns (another 20th century custom) and a bride in white (an idea introduced by Queen Victoria several decades later).
I do have to say that after all is said and done, it is a page-turner. You fervently hope the h/h will get their HEA, but with so many plot elements that are usually taboo in the romance genre, you're never quite sure until the end. Is it worth the $20 it will cost on eBay? Sure. If I'd pay that much for an Ellora's Cave title, I'd pay that much for Stormfire. ...more
This story is a really fun ride! This first story in the Wild Riders series introduces you to the Wild Riders organization. This covert group of profeThis story is a really fun ride! This first story in the Wild Riders series introduces you to the Wild Riders organization. This covert group of professional operatives work to right wrongs in situations where traditional law enforcement cannot be involved because of media attention and bureaucracy. Of course, they're all alpha males/bad boys who break all the rules.
In Riding Wild, Lilly is part of the traditional law enforcement corps, now working for a private investigator. Hired to "test" the security at a museum, Lilly witnesses someone else breaking in and stealing an artifact. Intent on stopping the theft, she comes face-to-face with her first lover, A Harley-riding hunk who had broken her teenage heart.
It should have been a fairly easy mission for Mac. Get in. Get the artifact. Get out. Deliver it. Then he's detained by a gun-wielding ghost from his past. A woman very different from the girl who has haunted his dreams for the past ten years. Both struggle to control the situation and he prevails, taking her hostage because, really, he has no choice. He can't leave her there to call in the troops.
Burton takes us on a ride from Chicago to Dallas, through the fun of a biker rally, through a game of chicken between Lilly and Mac as she tries to escape, to Dallas where they confront her father and the history that tore them apart.
Mac is a wonderful hero. He's typical male, always right, always knowing better than his female counterpart, usually making some bad decisions in his effort to protect her. But he's not without brains and he's not without compassion and empathy. Mac experiences an epiphany when he realizes he has been very much like her father -- deciding what is best for Lilly, not allowing her to make her own choices.
Lilly is a strong heroine. She's smart and she's stubborn. Growing a spine since high school, choosing a career in law enforcement and far away from her father's socialite lawyer plans for her life, Lilly lets Mac know she's not a wimpy, whiny spoiled rich girl. Well, except when he uses sex to control her (or maybe he just can't resist her?). In Lilly's own words, "What was it about him that made her IQ drop a hundred points and turned her into a quivering mass of bimbo?"
Thankfully, Jaci Burton has teamed up with Berkley's Heat Division. I've often found that when an author produces great romps within the page limits of Ellora's Cave or Samhain Publishing, they really shine when allowed enough room to really develop the plot and the characters. Burton is no exception.
This story is filled with several scenes showing Mac and Lilly's passion for one another, but it also has a good plot. A plot that is eerily like a paranoid thought I've long had about computers and certain software developers. I'm not telling because I don't want to spoil it for you. '-D ...more