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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Renegade and His Rebel by Titania Ladley

Renegade and His Rebel by Titania Ladley
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Where in time is Trey?

This month, Trey, the time-striding demigod, finds himself in the American wild west. Gunfights, destroyed saloons, and outlaw justice are tame in comparison to Cassie "Rebel" Thatcher. She shoots like a man. She cusses like a man. She runs a ranch like a man. But when it comes to loving, she's all woman -- or she will be, once Trey teaches her the value of self-acceptance.

When her deserting cad of a husband Renegade LaMarr reappears in Moose Junction, Rebel's as mad as a peeled rattler and prepared to shoot the handsome coward right out of his boots.

Armed with a secret and determined to get rid of Trey, Renegade plots to finally claim Rebel, chaps, boy breeches and all. Only problem is, before he can draw his six-shooter and declare a challenge, Renegade finds himself falling under Trey’s magical spell right along with his passionate, spitfire wife.

Ever have that one good thing, but have it taken away before you could enjoy it? Did you wonder why you lost it? Then you need to read Renegade and His Rebel.

Ms. Ladley writes an interesting take on the Wild West. From the first page, you are drawn into the story and not let go until far beyond the last page. Talk about starting with guns blazing and firing! This story is just that. I like how Ms. Ladley paints a picture of what life might have been like back then. Now you must remember there are paranormal tones to this story, so what you see isn’t always what you get. Sometimes, it’s way more.

Rebel aka Cassie is a fun heroine. She doesn’t take guff from anyone—even the husband who abandoned her on her wedding night. I like how she is capable of defending herself, even to the point of pushing others away. Although I thought it a bit tacky that she took another man once her husband went to jail, I understood her reasoning.

Renegade makes a fine hero. You don’t know why he’s in jail until a good way through the story, but it makes him elusive and predatory. He’s the epitome of an alpha male and it’s so nice. You see he’s emotionally wounded and uses his gruff attitude to hide it. You want to hug the man even when he’s being a pain in the butt.

Now you must understand there is a third part of the relationship that makes the sex hotter, the passion deeper, and draws the reader further into the story. I’ve read a couple of other stories with the elusive Trey. He’s there to help couples in need of an emotional bandage. At the same time, he unlocks passions within the couple that lingered silently under the surface. He definitely makes it hotter when he’s around.

If you want a fun western-themed story, with oodles of sex, tons of passion, and the most unique hero and heroine, then you need to read Renegade and His Rebel. I give this story 4 cherries.

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