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Boots & Promises #2.5 Boots and Promises (Ugly Stick Saloon #2.5) by Myla Jackson
* I purchased a copy of this book for my personal library*

A cowboy can’t possibly be happy in NYC, can he?

Ella Lang followed her dream to be on stage all the way to New York City, with the approval and support of the love of her life, Jesse O’Brien, a genuine, died-in-the-cowhide Texas cowboy. For months, Jesse has pounded the pavement and has yet to find a job befitting a man used to horses, boots and wide-open spaces. Though it breaks her heart, it’s time to cut her lover loose and let him mosey on back to the Rockin’ O Ranch, his roots and the family and horse he loves.

Look out Ella, this cowboy has other plans…

Ella can’t believe all her dreams are coming true and that her cowboy is there beside her.  She is worried about him and feels guilty because he just doesn’t seem to be happy in New York.  When she stumbles across a little blue box she makes the decision to set him free so he can go back home to his ranch.

Ella loves Jesse more than life itself and it’s killing her to see him so unhappy in New York.  He followed her there to support her and her dream but he just doesn’t seem to be fitting in.  She is enjoying her time on the stage but she feels guilty about all the time she has to spend away from him.

Jesse left his home and family to follow Ella to New York and he doesn’t regret one minute of it.  He doesn’t fit in with the New Yorkers but he has a plan to fix that, it’s just taking a little longer than he hoped.  He wants to be there for Ella but he knows that he needs to have a purpose there too.  He is ready to settle down and make a life with her, if he can convince her not to run away.

I loved this short story and can’t wait to read the next installment in this series.  Ella and Jesse are a sweet couple that love each other to the point that Ella is willing to risk her happiness for his.  The ending was fabulous, I loved how Jesse’s plan all came together in the end.

Overall this is a fun short story that introduces us to the Obrien boys that fill the pages of the next book in the series Boots and Bareback.  I give Boots and Promises 3½ Flaming Hearts.   3.5 Hearts

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Merry Christmas

With Christmas just 3 days away, I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays.  We are very lucky to have such a wonderful little girl in our lives and we are so thankful for everyday that we spend with her.  She is pure joy.

With everything going on in this world today, as well as in our one lives, we have learned never to take anyone or anything for granted and to live everyday and that’s what we do with our little Angel.

Rather than post a book review, I wanted to do something fun – I want you to share your favorite holiday movie (no matter how cheesy it is), favorite song, or favorite memory with us.

I’ll start – my favorite christmas movie/show is The Year Without a Santa Claus – it always gets to me when the little girl sings Blue Christmas.  My favorite Christmas song of course is Blue Christmas sang by Elvis and anything by Trans Siberian Orchestra or any christmas songs.  My favorite family tradition is going to see TSO at christmas – it’s a family affair.  I think my favorite Christmas memory is of my nephew when he was 3 or 4 – he opened a package and started running around showing everyone “I got a box, I got a box” – you can not fake that.  to this day he is embarrassed when I tell the story (he is teenager now).  The best thing ever is that special smile on a childs face when they get a gift at Christmas before they stop believing.

We have a countdown calendar that has to be moved everyday and our Elf Knowie keeps moving around trying to find the best vantage point.  Christmas this year is going to be so much fun with our little angel and i’m counting down the days myself.

Merry Christmas from all of us.

Lilly 3 yrs 9 mo 49C

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Boots & Leather #2Boots and Leather (Ugly Stick Saloon #2) by Myla Jackson
* I purchased a copy of this book for my personal library*

Eight months ago, Libby Jones parked her motorcycle in Temptation, Texas, to work at the Ugly Stick Saloon. Since then she’s grown to love the bar’s feeling of family, but now it’s time to hit the road. The longer she stays, the greater the risk her father’s investigators will track her down.

Yet she can’t resist taking the Gray Wolf twins up on their offer to go riding on their ranch. Even though getting involved should be the last thing on her mind.

Ever since Libby landed at the Ugly Stick, Mark and Luke Gray Wolf have been trying to capture her attention. She’s blown them off at every turn, until now. Their plan: expose her to the delights only twins can provide—and persuade her to stay for the long haul.

Libby’s longing for a life she can’t have makes her delay her departure just a heartbeat too long. Her hesitation gives her past time to walk through the saloon door, and all hell to break loose. Now the twins have a fight on their hands to teach her that being free doesn’t mean she can’t let go of her heart.

Warning: Welcome back to the Ugly Stick Saloon. Pull up a chair and set a spell, you’re gonna wanna hear this tale about two hot Kiowa twins and a leather-clad biker chick. Multiple partners, a little BDSM, and one skinny-dippin’ scene so hot it’ll make the pages sizzle!

Libby rolled into Temptation with the clothes on her back looking for a job so she could move on to the next town.  She has been on the run from her father’s expectations and lifestyle for a while, she has to keep ahead of the investigators or be hauled back home.  She knows it’s time to go but she can’t stand the thought of leaving Audrey and the Gray Wolf Twins.  Libby values her hard earned freedom above all else, will she put it on the line and take a chance on love.

Mark and Luke Gray Wolf are known for being ladies men in town.  They have been trying to catch Libby’s eye since she arrived in town but she steers clear of them.  She is the one woman that has captured the hearts of both men and they are determined to get her, no matter what.  Now they just have to convince her that loving them is worth the risk.

Libby (Elizabeth Stratton) has been on the run from her father for a while.  She has enjoyed the freedom her new life has allowed her, there is nothing like jumping on her bike and taking to the open road whenever she feels the need to escape.  She is smart, beautiful and proved that she can take care of herself.  The only thing missing from her life is a man, which she can’t take a risk on.

She is intrigued by the Gray Wolf Twins and can’t believe they are interested in her.  She decides for once to take a chance, even if it is only for one night.  She knows that if she lets herself, she could fall in love with Mark and Luke.  Not one but three hearts would be broken when she rides out town.

Luke and Mark are sexy twins tired of playing the field and are ready to settle down.  They have been half in love with Libby ever since she arrived in Temptation, TX.  Now that they have had the pleasure of her company, they are more determined than ever that she is the one for them.  She is afraid of something and they know that their future depends on them slaying her dragon.

These three are superhot together.  It’s obvious that they have instant chemistry and blend together well.  They take her to the home they are building and show her that there are different forms of freedom.  The scene under the stars was one of my favorites, it was very hot but there were also some tender moments.  I also loved the moment when chaos erupted in the bar at the cowboy masquerade.  The ending was perfect.

Overall I enjoyed Boots and Leather and give it 4 Flaming Hearts.  

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Intimate ExposureIntimate Exposure by Portia Da Costa
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

From the moment Red Webster arrived at executive Vicki Renard’s firm, sparks flew between them. The photographer is supposed to create a company profile for its new owner, but he spends most of his time flirting with her. His sexy teasing infuriates Vicki…and piques a desire to submit to him. His hypnotic eyes promise what she’s been secretly craving: a sexually dominant master, like the ones in her favorite erotic novels.

Investigating his new business incognito, billionaire F. W. Shanley–aka Red–is turned on by Vicki’s fiery personality and undeniable beauty. When he discovers her reading a BDSM novel on her eReader, he knows he’s found a woman who shares his desires and promises to be a challenging submissive.

When Red arranges a weekend at a secluded hotel, Vicki agrees to indulge in no-strings-attached erotic fun. But can she commit to this kind of life with Red when he realizes they can have so much more?

Vicki has been worried about job security ever since FW Shanley took over their company.  She is mortified when she catches his photographer, Red taking pictures of her bottom when he is supposed to be making a brochure for their boss.  He seems to spend more time flirting with than working on the company profile.  She doesn’t know how to take him, especially when he grabs her ereader and comments on what she is reading.

Red has recently acquired the insurance firm and now he is undercover in his own company to see how things are going.  From the first moment he laid eyes on Vicki he was intrigued.  After seeing her choice of reading material, he is determined to find out if she is interested in a little BDSM play.  Now he just has to get her to agree to play before she finds out who he really is.

Vicki is excited when she wins the company contest and the “prize” is a stay at a luxury hotel, the only catch is that Red is the other winner.  She doesn’t know how she is going to survive the stay with him when they have to share a room.  She is attracted to him but he makes her nervous, especially after he saw her ereader.  The idea of playing around with some of the stuff she has read about turns her own and Red just adds fuel to the fire.

FW Shanley is more comfortable being Red than corporate mogul.  He loves the flexibility his life gives him and the ability to go “undercover” in his own businesses.  He enjoys his role as DOM and has been looking for someone willing to play with him; he hopes he can convince Vicki to be her.  As he gets to know Vicki more, he starts to feel guilty for deceiving her.

The chemistry between Red and Vicki is evident from the beginning.  They are playing the typical game of count and mouse with Vicki being the prize.  She is a strong female but I was a little disappointed at her reaction to his lie. I am glad they worked things out but would’ve liked just a little more conflict between them to balance out the sexual chemistry.

Overall, this story was sexy and a lot of fun to read.  The characters were interesting and well matched and I loved the ending.  The book moved at an even pace and kept me interested until the end.  I give Intimate Exposure 3 ½ Flaming Hearts.

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