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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two Wanted Men by Elle Saint James



Badlands 2: Two Wanted Men by Elle Saint James
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Historical, Action/Adventure, Western
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Anal, Voyeurism
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Jasmine

What would persuade a woman jump off a moving train in the Badlands? Two wanted men.

Miranda Herrington lives a quiet, small town life wishing for a chance to be a doctor like her father. One fateful night, two sexy strangers provide Miranda her fondest wish of practicing medicine along with a dual taste of desire. Now they want her to join them in the Badlands.

Luke Quinton and Reese Martin are retired lawmen on their way to their substantial property near the Badlands of South Dakota. Time alone with Miranda stirs their desire to share her forever.

A crooked local sheriff, a deceitful unpaid debt and a very long westward train trip to the Badlands are the only things standing between Miranda and the two men she wants.

Will she join her two wanted men in the wild west?

"I adore the wide open spaces of the west along with living out here. I also love stories set in the old west. Something about the Badlands of South Dakota piques the interest of my writer's muse. Enjoy these tales of erotic love set to the western backdrop of the Badlands." ~ Elle ~

Does Happily Ever After really exist, or have we been deceived as young children by fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood? Should we really have believed the fairy godmother or the evil step mother? That’s exactly what our heroine, Miranda Herrington is about to find out. Does Happily Ever After exist for an intelligent, strong-willed woman who desires to be a doctor in a time and age when women are supposed to be seen and not heard? Can two rugged, sexy, retired lawmen whose beliefs span the 21st century (in that a woman can do anything she sets her mind to given a little encouragement) convince the woman of their dreams to be their lover forever when it’s frowned upon by society? Or, will the Big Bad Wolf capture Little Red Riding Hood on her way to the Badlands of South Dakota; thereby, destroying everyone’s Happily Ever After?

Miranda Herrington has always considered herself the kind of woman that men overlooked…never displaying any romantic intent. She’s smart, sassy, headstrong, practical, intuitive for her age, and knows exactly what she wants out of life. She has the ability to see through Sherriff Colby’s fa├žade to know that he’s a male chauvinist pig and a man not to be trusted. A contradiction to the way a proper young lady should conduct herself in the 1800s, Miranda’s the kind of woman who’s more interested in discussing medicine than the next social event in town or the type of dress a proper young lady would wear to such an event. The sole purpose of Miranda’s existence has always revolved around becoming a doctor. Instead of begging for frilly dresses and dreaming about a husband to take care of her, she was begging for medical books to quench her thirst for knowledge regarding the medical profession…that is, until the seductive presence of two sexy strangers awaken the lust that’s been lying dormant in her now wanton body. Although the townspeople have other ideas of how a proper young lady should conduct herself, Miranda is determined to defy the odds, the townspeople, and her father to make her dream of becoming a doctor reality.

When Luke Quinton and Reese Martin show up on her door-step needing help, her dream becomes reality and her desires are awaken by the two sexy strangers. The two handsome lawmen provide Miranda with opportunities she never imagined possible and force her to re-evaluate some of her dreams while acknowledging her hidden desires. The intimate connection between Miranda, Lucas and Reese is not only wicked, but also sensual. Some might call it LOVE at first sight and others might call it LUST. Either way, these three began a journey that will change their lives forever, if they can get past the Big Bad Wolf, Sherriff Ben Colby. Sherriff Colby is the typical arrogant, crooked, self-absorbed, holier-than-thou, egotistical male. Not only does he have little respect for the value of a woman’s opinion, but also for the value of a woman in general. He gives a whole new meaning to the term barefoot and pregnant, which is more along the lines of servant/slave. This is a villain you’ll love to hate and on occasion find yourself wanting to knock him over the head with one of Madea’s cast iron skillets.

In Two Wanted Men, Ms. James takes the reader on a riveting, adventurous journey that will have you biting your nails in anticipation of what is going to happen next. Not only is Ms. James writing as smooth as silk, but the words jump off the page and make you feel as though you’re living in the 1800s. The language and mindset of the characters are so believable that as a twenty-first century woman, I had to constantly remind myself that the setting of Two Wanted Men is during the 1800s. This is probably because I wanted to slap Sherriff Colby upside the head like Cher did to Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck and say “Snap out of it, already”. If you like hot, sexy cowboys who could seduce a woman with just a look, but are skilled in the art of pleasure, then Elle Saint James’ Two Wanted Men is the book for you. Ms. James will have you teetering on the edge wondering if this is a fairy tale in the making or a disaster waiting to happen. I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. I loved the second book in the Badland series and can’t wait for the third book. Bravo, Ms. James and I’ll definitely recommend Two Wanted Men to my friends.

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