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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rekindled by Mari Carr

Rekindled by Mari Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: mild BDSM, M/F, anal play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

It’s been a year since her husband’s passing, and running the ranch is taking its toll on Claire Hutchins. Independent as the day is long, she concedes the need for help. She wants a foreman, an employee to run the day-to-day who can handle a woman calling the shots. Someone who won’t give her any trouble…

Who shows up at her door, first in line for the job? Jeb Carter. Ex-high-school sweetheart. Longtime rodeo star. And the one man capable of making Claire’s lust burn out of control…of making her surrender completely.

Trouble has finally come calling…and he’s as irresistible as ever.

She used to be a shy, sweet girl. He used to be a bear of a boy. They both grew up. She moved on and so did he, but now he’s back and not about to walk away. Why? He wants what they had to be Rekindled.

Mari Carr is a favorite author of mine. I know when I open one of her books, it’s going to be a hot time. This book doesn’t disappoint on the heat scale. Whew! I had to check my screen for singes and melted spots. Although this is a short tale, there is a lot going on and if you’re like me, you won’t be able to put it down.

Back in the day, Claire was shy, but she knew what she wanted — Jed. I love a woman who has determination. What I wasn’t so sure about was how quickly she succumbed to him. I got that she wanted him then and now, but I almost felt like she shortchanged herself and then when he really came on strong, she backed way off. The flip flop was a bit of a burden, but it was realistic. The reader can identify with the bone deep need to be with someone and then the second thoughts about it.

Jeb... now there is one hunk of a man. Body rough-hewn from time on the rodeo circuit and dead-set on having her. I had to fan myself. Although he goes about wooing her a tad fast, I liked that when it came down to it, he took things on her terms. Lots of other men should take notes. He showed her he cared about her and wasn’t about to give up. Very hot.

If you like stories with a control-oriented alpha and a woman who is equally dominant, then you need to read Rekindled. This is one book you won’t want to miss. I give it 4.5 cherries.

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