Chicken Fried Beefcake by Carolyn Gregg
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Length: Short (94 pgs)
Other: M/F, mild bondage
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by: Ambrosia
Beth was wanting out of her engagement to Wyatt when she met his younger brother Billy. But where Wyatt was suave and worldly, Billy was a hick country boy who didn't mind getting his hands dirty. Yet there was something about Billy's gentle ways that touched her heart.
Unfortunately, Beth was a born klutz. Bad luck followed her wherever she went, and Beth was positive bad luck would continue to plague her if she allowed herself to fall in love with Billy.
That was before she fell into a tank, and right into Billy's arms!
The book cover is gorgeous, the book title delicious making you hunger for a good read. You'll love to get lost in this quick leap into fun and frustration from the very first chapter with great beginnings that lure you right in like a fish on a line. The hotty hero stirs your embers from behind, in front, and anywhere else you care to look at him from the start. Humor abounds as cute klutz dating dashing jerk falls fast for his sensitive handsome hick brother on first sight in a big splash of heat.
Action and scenery fly slowly by at a moderate pace as Elizabeth (Beth) Runnels heads to her best friend Susan’s family ranch, who just happens to be her fiancé’s sister. However, since she’s there to end her unsatisfying and verbally abusive relationship with the woman’s brother, she runs a gamut of guilt until her friend reads between the lines and figures it out for herself.
Drawn to Billy Byrd, Beth can’t help but fall for his sweet charm and sexy body. The chemistry between the two is palpable right from the start, yet the five senses could use a little oopmph! One can feel her mixed emotions as she sets about plans to dump one, and lusts after the other brother, fears of losing her best friend foreshadowing her tumultuous thoughts.
She does give in a bit too quickly. It could have used a little more sexual tension build up before she literally ‘fell’ into his arms. The barn scene was titillating when, even though she has no plans to escape him, Billy uses his ‘tools’ to harness her desire. There’s nothing like a little ‘vet’ talk while being examined by a hunk and a half.
The fact that the parents and the sister are good with keeping Beth in the family makes for a heartwarming tale of a happily ever after.
All at once romantic, bittersweet, and forbidden, this romance will make you ache for fulfillment not only of sensuality, but of the heart. It earns 3.5 cherries for the excellent writing, though the heat could be turned up a bit.