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First Rodeo

(The Cowboy and the Dom #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When a killer strikes, Texan and former rodeo cowboy, Sam O’Reilly, loses his older brother. Unbeknownst to Sam, James was also the lover and sub of a sophisticated New York City Dom named Thomas Ward. Sam comes to the city determined to stay until he can bring the murderer to his own brand of justice, while Thomas’ more ordered mind is hoping for a legal solution. Neither ...more
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Tygerseye Publishing, LLC
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

First Rodeo is the first book of a planned trilogy with a murder mystery that spans the whole series. It was a delicately written story—how does one handle attraction to a sibling’s former lover? Or a murdered lover’s sibling? Sam is afraid to tell his folks about the connection between Thomas and James, because he feels like he is poaching. Thomas is nervous that Sam won’t be willing to engage in the D/s lifestyle that James relished. It’s a whole new experience
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I picked up this book thinking it had several things I like in it, cowboys, D/s, murder mystery, NYC. I figured it would probably be a decent book, but I didn't have high hopes. No, I really just wanted something to be a fun bit of distraction.

Instead, I wound up with First Rodeo.

This book captivated me, drew me in, held me tight.

Thomas is a character that made my heart bleed, made me want to know him, understand him, help heal his pain. Sam, I at first wasn't sure about but quickly grew to
Diane Dannenfeldt
I’m not sure I liked this. I have an issue with the person that is related to the dead person fall for the person that was with the person that died. I wish that part was not part of the story, or at the very least they were an ex.

Arc provided by LesCourt Services in exchange for an honest review.
Jason Bradley
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, edb, m-m, ebook, mystery
Great story!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a so nearly there story for me but just missed the mark in a few things. I enjoyed the story overall and the characters involved but didn't really feel a connection between the two MC's until near the end. Thomas has lost his partner and sub, not really sure what to do with himself but he has a chance meeting with Sam, James' brother, who has come from Texas to sort his brother's things and attempt to deal some justice Texan style if the chance arises. Whilst they are both still
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was good.. action packed.. fast paced.. good writing.. awesome characters.. so many emotions that will tug you everywhere. i enjoyed it and its a hfn so i cant wait to see what happens next.
I would rate this book 3.25 stars.

This is the first book in a trilogy and as such is the introduction to the romance of Sam and Thomas. It's not a cliffhanger, so the reader can just read this and be content, or read the second book coming out soon for a continuation of their relationship. When Sam's brother James gets murdered in New York, the family sends Sam to take care of his apartment and send back his things. Both his mother and older brother Bowie put a lot of unreasonable pressure on
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
What a wonderful suprise! Such a well-written pure-romance with great characters and just... the pace, the whole organization of events and milestones... genius.

The whole book has that inescapable, charming and sweet but also wild feeling of coaxing a wild and hurt animal to trust and eventually relly on you, for it to call you theirs... except, mutual, both men having hurts that needed soothing and assurances being made and, of course, love being freely given and joyfully received.

It's the best
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Rodeo by authors Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga is the first book in the Cowboy and the Dom series. This is a romantic murder mystery with a twist. I loved the pace of this book, felt like it unfolded nicely and kept me wanting more. Both characters have a great story arc that make them interesting.
Sam has found out his baby brother has been murdered. He is like the family appointed one to make sure justice is done, even if it is outside the law. I felt this was super unfair to him. He is a
Faye Kennedy
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A super start but a sad one, when both characters meet they try help each other through grief what they each needed. The story progresses as Sam and Thomas get to know each other, very little information on what happened to James. The time line info with Thomas and James relationship is not included. James is a complete mystery and so many questions come in when I was reading. This is a slow romance with a 101 of bdsm and submission for Sam.
I hoped some sexy scenes in this where the full
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to read this one, because one of the authors (Jodi Payne) is also co-author of possibly one of the best and most realistic BDSM series ever written Deviations, and I wasn't disappointed. This slow burn romantic mystery/suspense /BDSM novel gives the reader an insight into the mind of a Dom. Too many times I've read simplified approaches to the topic, or sole focus was on the sub, completely leaving out the struggles a good Dom is or should be going through. I just ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Going into reading this book I was slightly uncomfortable with the idea that the brother of a dead man Sam, starting a relationship with the dead man’s lover Thomas but by the time they actually came together, I was alright and felt that Thomas saw Sam as Sam, not as some sort of substitute James. Thought there would be a lot more about the murder, but in this first book that takes a back seat to setting up the relationship and dynamic between Sam and Thomas, which slowed the flow of the story ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book focuses on two men grieving the loss of James, who was murdered outside his apartment building in New York. Sam, James' younger brother, comes to the city with fuzzy intentions of somehow finding and taking out the killer. Sam meets Thomas, James' lover and - it turns out - his dominant. Sam begins researching the BDSM lifestyle to understand his brother, as he also grapples with his almost immediate feelings for the caring man who loved his brother. Thomas, meanwhile, has to figure ...more
Ana  Nimity
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It didn't take long for me to fall for lost and confused Texas cowboy Sam and his murdered brother's grieving partner Thomas. Because of the situation, it's a bit of a slow burn story but I love a good slow burn and the authors make the journey an interesting one, getting to know both Sam and Thomas, to feel them being pulled toward each other.
The book ends with a HFN, but I was glad there's a followup in Razor's Edge. Apparently I didn't pay close enough attention, though, because there's a
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of a three run series.
Don't let the title fool you. Sam is a seasoned bull rider but too inexperienced in the NY city
way of life he finds his murdered brother James has led. His abrupt bumping into Thomas at the scene of James' murder opens his eyes to James' D/s life style with Thomas.

For me personally, this is a book full of sadness and regret but also full of promise.

A very emotional beginning that captured my attention very much. Plenty of misery
for all concerned in
Nancy A. Staab
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Rodeo - East Meets West
Another great effort from the Payne/Tortuga collaboration, this is book one of a three book new series. The two MCs are Sam O’Reilly, Texan, sometimes rodeo bull rider, and art historian, and Thomas Ward, New Yorker, Dom, and coincidentally, an art historian.
The story begins immediately following the murder of Sam’s brother, who had been Thomas’ lover and sub. Sam’s family sends him to NYC with a clear edict to find his brother’s killer and administer some Texas
Audrey Pott
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Violence, death and grief. Sams family expect him to find the killer who murdered his brother James and deliver Texan style justice. On his first day in New York he meets Thomas, James’s lover, they bond over their grief. Then more feelings start to evolve, Sam at first worries that Thomas is substituting him for James but he isn’t. Once Thomas explains he’s a Dom and shows James his club the chemistry between them becomes stronger. The heat is so sexy and steamy it was easy to fall in love with ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this story starts out with fists swinging, the whole story leaves a punch. The loss of a brother to Sam and the loss of a lover to Thomas, these two are brought together to understand. A chance encounter brings these men together and builds a relationship that begins as a way to grieve together. But they start to realize there is more between them. Sam is the rough bull rider that has a world's load of expectations on his shoulders. Thomas is a the Dom that has to learn to set new ...more
Heather Rawlins
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved First Rodeo, it’s a great start to the new series, The Cowboy and the Dom. I think it started out with such a great pace as Sam and Thomas got to know each other. Nothing was rushed and I really loved that. A great slow build to super hot. I also like that there is a bit of a mystery happening in the background that keeps the story going as well. I think Thomas and Sam are a great couple slowly learning each other, mistakes, flaws and all. I absolutely loved the dynamics between them, ...more
Emma Burbidge
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love cowboys and BDSM so this new series by Jodi Payne and B.A. Portugal is the perfect blend for me and I love that there's an element of mystery thrown in over the brother's murder. Sam is such an intriguing character and I adore how Thomas has fallen for him in his own right even though the initial attraction may have been his resemblance to the murdered James. I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into the second book which is now available. I want to see how they continue to find their ...more
John-Torleif  Harris
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Spent so much time worldbuilding that there wasn't much of a plot

I thought that it was a bit odd that Sam had one thought, one time, that Thomas was using Sam as a replacement for James, and then it never came up again, on Sam's side. It came up for Thomas a couple of times, but I thought that the authors made a good case that Sam and James were so different that Thomas had to be in a completely different headspace with Sam than he ever was with James. It disappoints me that the blurb for the
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll admit that I was a bit reluctant to read this book. A man in a relationship with his dead brother's partner is not an easy topic, but I love how these authors write, so I decided to try it.

Now I'm so glad I did. What I found within the pages of First Rodeo is an intense connection, formed thanks to and despite who Sam and Thomas have in common. Of course they fight it,confused and heartbroken. And it hasn't been an easy ride,for them and neither for me,but such a gripping, irresistible and
Patricia Nelson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This poignant, grab-you-by-the-feels, intense, five alarm flaming hot, heartbreaking yet hopeful, beautiful, emotionally charged, fantastic, raw, gritty, and totally awesome tale had me hooked from beginning to end. Thomas and Sam literally came from different worlds, but were brought together by the murder of Sam's brother, who was also Thomas's lover and sub. Watching their relationship tentatively and slowly grow from being total strangers into something so much richer and deeper made this a ...more
Coline Peterson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
After being sent by his family to find his older brother James's murderer, Sam is totally out of his enviorment a country boy lost in a big city just trying to figure out the lifestyle is difficult enough let alone find out anything. As he meet James's friends and lover he discovers that he really didn't know his brother and really didn't understand his life at all. Now spending time with Thomas he can slowly begin to see what drew James into their relationship but that's not what he is looking ...more
Heather Cat
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
For a while I thought this book was going to be difficult to rate. I was engaged enough to be carried along with the story and finish it all the way through, but I didn't connect with the MCs. "Carried along" is definitely the phrase to use. I look to fall in love with a book, especially the characters within it. I sink deep into the story by connecting with at least one of the characters, but I didn't have that here. There was no sense of being "pulled in", or "sinking down" into it. I was just ...more
Torhild Borg
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Former Texan cowboy and rodeo, Sam is in New York to go through his older brother James belongings, since his brother was killed. Sam gets to know Thomas, a sophisicated New Yorker and Dom, and learning he and his older brother James were lovers. They are both struggling, and wanting to know what happened and up in all this...sparks flies between them.
The storyline is absolutely great and so is the characters. I connected well with them, and I would recommend this to a reader who have not read
Kathryn Manzella
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Rodeo is the first book in The Cowboy and the Dom series by Jodi Payne and B A Tortuga.. this story has a lot of drama, emotion, suspense, mystery, steam, and romance. Sam and Thomas grabbed my attention and held me captive with their story.... these two characters intrigued me and made me yearn to know more of them and to watch find what they needed in each other, to heal. Now, I am anxious for the next book in the series to read more of the overarching mystery.
Stacey Escalera blog
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Payne
First Rodeo (The Cowboy and the Dom Book 1)
First of all I just wanted to say how
Well written the story is.
This book has spence and thriller element to it.
This book was good from page 1
I was so involved with Sam and Thomas I wanted to keep reading
To see we’re these MC will end up
And will they get to the bottom of
Things. This my first time reading this book from this author and I was
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy and my opinion are my own.
Sarita Chapdelaine
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is an amazing start to a new series and I love everything about it. First Rodeo is well written, exciting, emotional, fast paced, has a great storyline, interesting secondary characters and a few surprising twists. Sam and Thomas are complex and interesting characters with a sweet connection and smoking hot chemistry as they slowly find their way together after a terrible loss. I love how their relationship evolves and how perfect they are for each other. Sam is a sweetheart and Thomas is ...more
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