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Monday, January 11, 2010

Cowboy Love by Sandy Sullivan



Cowboy Love by Sandy Sullivan
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (233 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Statice

Amy Russell has sworn off men, but then she runs into Tanner Lewis. His muscular chest, soft brown eyes and drop dead gorgeous, sexy dimpled smile make her rethink her decision. Can she learn to trust again, especially a cowboy, after her ex broke her heart? Will she let Tanner penetrate the shell around her heart?

Tanner's been burned. Yeah, he was in love once, until he caught his fiancee in bed with his best friend. Now all he wants is to get his singing career on the right path. Just when he thinks things are going perfectly, he runs smack into Amy Russell, horse tamer extraordinaire and registered nurse. As he watches her take a difficult horse and turn it into a docile pussycat with nothing more than soft words and a kind touch, he's fascinated, but Amy doesn't want a relationship. Can he convince her there's nothing better than a cowboy's love?

To take a chance on love or not????

Away with a friend for the weekend, Amy looks forward to just relaxing and having a good time. After being in a number of relationships that went nowhere, including an abusive one, Amy certainly wasn’t on the lookout for a man or even a relationship. But then isn’t that always the way – whatever you aren’t looking for comes up and hits you right in the face or in Amy’s case it fell in the dirt right in front of her!

Amy has a number of talents that are showcased as the story progresses and she does have a bit of a chip on her shoulder about some of them – being a girl she probably does have something to prove and she is sick and tired of it – team roping isn’t know as a female sport and she is good at what she does.

Tanner Lewis comes across as an all around good guy, but he did have some hard edges that came to the fore in certain situations and that showed he did have a lot of backbone and character and that despite everything he did love Amy. He loved her so much that he nearly drove her away to try and keep her safe.

Amy and Tanner fell into a relationship straight away despite Amy’s misgivings and it was in the development of this relationship that the characters and their flaws and strengths came to the fore. Amy was targeted by the abusive ex-boyfriend but Tanner was there to support her.

Tanner on the other hand was a real home town farm boy who loved to sing and when he finally made it – you knew it was going to happen, but it just seemed to take longer than I expected and then it came on the heels of Amy’s rather huge back story with the ex boyfriend.

Amy’s jealousy of Tanner’s groupies and other females in the story I found a bit hard to deal with and a little out of place because she seemed such an even keeled person – calm and down to earth, but when I thought about it, it was perhaps understandable, given her previous relationships and experience.

The inclusion of family members in this detailed story also helped to flesh out the characters – even the secondary characters and this leads to Amy’s friend Chris – I certainly hope there is a sequel there because I would love to see how things develop with Chris and the lawyer!

I liked the fact that Ms Sullivan drew the characters in such a way that they were multi dimensional and had numerous layers to them – it certainly helped make the story more interesting and the plot lines kept it interesting until the very end. There were a few things that I would have liked to see tied up or finalized in the story, which I won’t mention as it will spoil the story, but these were just minor things that really do not affect the central story of Amy and Tanner. The sex was hot, there was plenty of it and Tanner was definitely no slouch in the bedroom!

I read this book so quickly that it surprised me – I didn’t want to stop until I was able to find out how things ended and boy Ms Sullivan did keep it interesting right until the very end. A great read!

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