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Friday, March 5, 2010

Wild Rodeo Nights by Sandy Sullivan

Wild Rodeo Nights by Sandy Sullivan
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (165 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Carrie’s bitter. Losing her parents and finding out her teenage sister is pregnant with no father in sight, has just about left her without direction. Running her parent’s store dominates her days, until one hunky rodeo cowboy decides to help out. Will she let Cole become a permanent fixture in her life or will his temporary lifestyle become a wall she isn’t willing to climb? Can she convince him to stay?

Cole rides bulls. A temporary woman is right up his alley until he runs smack into one protective Carrie Marsh. When she sticks her claws into him at the bar, accusing him of getting her sister pregnant, he’s fascinated. Her hazel eyes snap fire as she pins him to his seat. Can he tame the hellcat with the tongue sharper than cheap tequila? Does he want to or will the call of the rodeo pull him away?

Wild Rodeo Nights is a romantic story that will capture your attention and steal your heart. Sandy Sullivan has taken one of my absolute favorite hero’s – the cowboy – and written something everyone is certain to enjoy.

Carrie has a bushel of problems. After her parents' untimely deaths, she was forced to return home and care for her seventeen-year old sister; a sister who after a night of passion found herself with a spot of pregnancy. Furious and determined to seek out the culprit, she lashes out at who she believes is the father only to learn she was wrong all along. Mortified beyond belief, she flees, only to come face to face with the gorgeous rodeo cowboy Cole the very next day. Sparks fly between the two, but Cole isn’t looking to settle and Carrie has too many responsibilities to get involved. However, the attraction that exists cannot be denied, and when Carrie and Cole allow desire to overcome logic, things are bound to get complicated.

While a few of the elements involved in the story seemed a trifle forced and bizarre, I did enjoy Wild Rodeo Nights. Carrie and Cole are developed just enough for you to care about what occurs in their flourishing relationship, while the obstacles and heartbreaks along the way keep the pace up and ensure you’ll flip through the pages from beginning to end. Although the paranormal elements were odd (I wasn’t expecting them in a cowboy romance), and there is a lot of tragedy that occurs to our protagonists along the journey (to the point you wonder how much more they can possibly bear), it is definitely something different, so I can attest that this isn’t something you’d expect by the cover or blurb.

Cowboy fans who like a lot of emotion and a dash of the paranormal, pencil Wild Rodeo Nights onto your TBR list. This is one of those stories that are more than what they seem, on the surface and inside the pages.

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