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Under the Cowboy's Control

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,145 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Selena Taylor is an American citizen determined to find her grandparents after she loses her family to the violence of the drug cartel in Mexico. Crossing the border into Texas turns out to be the easy part.

Virtually penniless and enticingly innocent, she soon finds herself at the mercy of Travis Blake. Travis is a hard-working, self-made rancher who has never known love o
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Published September 18th 2013 by Lynda Chance Books (first published May 25th 2011)
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I love Lynda Chance's OTT alpha heroes. They are super possessive and protective over their women, and Travis is no exception. From the first page of this book, I was pulled into the story instantly and I found myself not being able to put it down. The story moved along at a brisk pace so it didn't take me long to finish the entire story.

Selena Taylor was brought to Travis Blake's ranch with black and purple bruises on her face and the side of her body. The moment he saw her, he felt like
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Just exactly what I needed right now. A hero who knows what he wants and never wavers. Not one sliver of other woman drama. Not one iota of pushing away. Loved how he realized what he felt was love all along. Pure alpha perfection. So good.
It was okay. Travis was an ass for most of the book. He finally grew on me around 75%. Selena was super naive and almost too innocent. I realize she was raised that way but I like my heroines a little more knowledgeable.
**Audio reread**
If you like a hero who is rough around the edges, OTT bossy/controlling and has a tenancy to be a jerk, this book may work for you.
Travis is a rough bossy rancher, Selena is young (23) and has had a rough life in Mexico after the loss of her family. She falls for the OTT alpha. You see moments of her standing up for herself.

-no cheating
-no ow/om drama
-not a couple for a lot of the book but lots of sexual tension
-virgin heroine
-hero not a virgin but never had a relationship. G
Deserie williams
This was an ok read for me. I felt the hero fought his true feelings for too long and came off as kind of a selfish jerk at times and only wanting her just for sex! lol I didn't care for it. The heroine I felt seemed younger than 22 .She was way too innocent. But even with all that being said the hero was a jealous, possessive alpha which I loved:) And it had it sweet hot moments! Safety gang safe! ...more
Lady Raven RAVE!
This is a wonderful story as well as my second book by the author within a day. She does make her male characters possessive and dominating, but its always driven by jealousy and a strong attraction to their female characters. And I find that likable.

Selena  is an American and Mexican citizen, determined to find her grandparents in America after she loses her family. She leaves Mexico, to get away from the violence of the drugs. So she  crosses the border into Texas with no money and just her ba
Safe gang: safe book/Hero not a manwhore, completely wrapped around the heroine's finger and no other woman exist for him
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This book grew on me ever so slowly and in the end I was happy to make the decision to continue reading despite the lack of plot-line...alas, the Hero in this story was "my type of Hero" moody, rough around the edges, possessive and domineering, but with a heart of gold and redeeming qualities. I love this author for making her Heroes so crazy in love with their heroines t
Chantal ❤️
This was an almost perfect book in that he waited for her and he was faithful. I can't give it a 5 stars because he was way way too controlling. She could not even leave the house for Pete sake. He does get better but it's more of a 4.5 then a 5.
The heroine was so down on her luck that it screamed, victim. The hero was nice most times and he did everything for her to recover. He never wanted her to work at all in the house. She insisted. I loved how protective and possessive he was but it did g
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Main characters were made for each other. She was the sweetness to his rough and tumble nature. Hero’s jealousy was adorable. And epilogue was beautiful.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe-for-me
This was a sweet story. Hero fought his feelings for a bit too long for me. And she was just so shy and inexperienced. It was like she was a child, not a 22 year old woman. But it was a very easy and sweet story. Got a little steamy towards the end, but not the typical Lynda Chance story. Totally safe.
Jacqueline J
3-1/2 stars. A cute little romance. It was a bit different in that the heroine was a young virgin and it was important to her to stay that way. She believed that sex was only for marriage. And the hero was an ass but I liked him regardless. He was pretty bad about trying to get her in bed anyway. So normal realistic guy stuff. One of the parts I enjoyed the most is that she was fairly aware of how jerklike he was being and just went along with him as you do sometimes with men. Sort of he can thi ...more
Sweet and steamy, innocent heroine, alpha hero, adorable epilogue! Just what I needed!
lily waheed
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want hot and funny read at the same time, read this , loved it
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Alfa Males even when they are a bit too over-obsessed. If the heroine is into it - I am into it!

But this was too much for me. The hero is just plain old mean. The heroine is 23 years old but she felt like a small wounded girl to me. Travis response after seeing Selena's citizenship papers scared me.

A quick calculation put her age at twenty-three. She wasn't a teenager. Thank God. Instantaneous relief surged through Travis. He wasn't lusting after a minor.

Keep in mind that he just met her
Sue Alcantara
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must warn anyone about to read this book that it is not for the easily offended. It is a great story and my favorite of all the Lynda chance books/ short stories. The first time for the couple I must admit though was a bit anti-climactic and some of the things said were too cheesy to be comfortably read.

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2 stars
"He liked it best when she was glued to his side, barefoot in his kitchen or naked in his bed."

I didn’t know if I was back in the dark ages or in the present world, it was so backwards for the most part they live the life in the present day but their actions were so medieval in their actions and words. For most of the book Selena was too busy protecting her virginity, the one thing she can give to her future husband, while the Cowboy spent most of the book acting like a petula
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Short, steamy and sweet story with a OTT H, who sees the h and loses his mind. He thinks it's lust and she's frightened at first, but falls for him of course. It's a formula that works if you don't expect more. Great epilogue. ...more
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I'll probably read more. I think this one was supose to be erotic, and for some it might be but to me it felt like I was reading a Diana Palmer book with a bit more discriptive sex scenes.

Selena (h) had lost her family to the drug wars a violence sweeping through Mexico. She had no one left to stay for and knowing that she had grandparents in Texas she sets off,on foot, to go and find them. With only a small amount of American dollar's in
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It wasn't very long but still packed a punch.
I've discovered that Lynda Chance's heroes are WAY OVER THE TOP Alpha males and I love them all!
FYI - Nice amount of "scorching" sex.

Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i realy liked the Country feel the cute animals and though im not the bigest Douchbug fan i liked the romance to its my first Lynda chance book and i think ill read her other but i generaly like more angs and plot twists
Aug 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I can't even pin point what was wrong with this book, it just wasn't romantic at all. ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was soooooo fun! :)))
Cheryl (Gwyneiira's Book Blog)
I am surprised that this book only has an average of 3.77 rating over at goodreads. I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book! It was sizzling good. Amazing story telling, enjoyable writing style, lovable characters and yummy steam! I definitely got my fill of hot, possessive and dominating male with Travis.


Travis is very possessive and protective of Selena, and at times, crazy jealous when there are other guys around her. You may think, "he sounds like a downright ass. Why would you like him?".
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Typical Lynda Chase. Comical yet entertaining. Likable heroine and predictable caveman hero who doesn't understand that he is in love with her. I don't know why I read these books by LC, I just know that I will probably continue to do so from time to time. Always quick, simple reads when you want a mindless read. ...more
Sometimes, when I can’t find a book in that I am interesting in, I usually go by an appealing title.

I believe, I have learned my lesson. I will not trash this book because it wasn’t dreadful. I will just say that it started well, I was having some expectations; unfortunately, it ended predictable, bland and dull. It seemed more like a first time try out book rather than an actual novella.
The narrator was good; her interpretation more than acceptable. However, I believe she thought
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. This was ok. I can’t remember much. He’s super possessive. She’s shy, sweet, beautiful.

Selena is a US citizen but grew up in Mexico. She doesn’t speak English. After her family was killed Selena crosses the border and is walking toward Houston, hoping to find a job and some long lost relatives. She is shy and fearful. She gets hurt and one of Travis’s men finds her and bring her to the ranch.

Travis is immediately attracted to her. He hires her to be his cook and housekeeper. Each time
Eyvette Abreu
This was an entertaining okay read.

Travis is a 32 year old ranch owner and ex rodeo champ and Selena is a 23 year old fleeing Mexico.

Selena is found by Travis' men who assumed she was a boy, even though Travis immediately knows she is not.

He is a very OTT jealous, and possessive with her while at the same time trying not to give into the lust he feels for her. Because of the way he feels he is a jerk to her and Selena being a total innocent does not understand this. He orders her around for alot
So many things felt wrong with this book
Like how the heroine being mexican BUT NOT TOO MUCH ya know, she still got white skin so it's okay for her to be with a white dude while using EVERY stereotypical things EVER created about mexicans or just people living in any poor country.
Just everything felt wrong, it really feels like the author didn't research Mexico at all except when watching these ridiculous scripted tv shows. Please, open a book?
The heroine is just a mix of every possible stereotyp
Lorraine Lesar
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very un-PC but really sexy! I have started to love Lynda Chance's books and this is no exception. A young Mexican woman has had her family wiped out by drug cartel's in Mexico and she is now alone, trying to locate her grandparents in America (author does not go into details of the drug related incident) though this does not have a major impact on the book. She ends up on a American ranch and meets the owner and love blossoms. He is dominant and wants everything his own way, she on the oth ...more
Different character names but basically the same story. In this one, hero was more of a douche than her other heroes....either that or I'm getting over my LC glom very quickly. I think it's time to read something else. I do have a few more of her short stories on the Kindle still not read but I think it's time for a break. Find something else because none of them have even come close to the enjoyment I had when I read Marco's Redemption. These are all just pale imitations and none have hit the m ...more
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