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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Trouble In Chaps by Ciana Stone

Trouble In Chaps by Ciana Stone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (87 pages)
Other: M/F, spanking, anal play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Honeysuckle

Roxie may have broken down in Middle-of-Nowhere, Texas, but she darn sure doesn’t plan on staying any longer than it takes to get the land yacht she arrived in up and running.

But you know what they say about the best-laid plans. Cliff was a complication she hadn’t counted on. The man looks like walking sex and he’s determined that before Roxie hightails it out of town, she’ll share his bed. So he offers her a job at his bar, Chaps, to keep her close—and adds a sexy bet on top of it.

If she wins, he finances her escape from Nowheresville. If he wins, she stays for six months, keeping bar by day and keeping him warm at night. It’s a wager she can’t resist—and one she can’t lose.

In the final installment of the Sequins, Saddles and Spurs series Roxie and Cliff prove that sometimes losing a bet means winning your heart’s desire.

You won’t need to have read the first two books in this series to know what is going on in this story but I think, like me, you’ll certainly want to go back and pick up Lola and Sam’s story as well as Emily and Wyatt’s. You get just enough of a peek at them in each book that having read them all makes the girls’ breakdown in Mesa Blanco so much more real.

One of the aspects of the series that I really appreciated was that each girl was so different. You have three authors contributing to a trilogy of stories and yet they manage to each add their own unique touch to the overall story. In Trouble In Chaps, Roxie Ellis is a reformed gambler/security personnel recently fired from a Las Vegas casino. She has a tough exterior and an equally determined personality to not ever depend on anyone else, especially a man. When you finally hear her story I think you’ll understand why she feels the need to be independent. Roxie puts up a good front and fights to withstand the obvious chemistry with bar owner Cliff Beckett. Lucky for her, Cliff is a betting man and has no trouble stacking the deck in his favor.

I really liked Cliff. He sees what he wants and he’s just enough alpha to go after it. Needless to say, Roxie didn’t stand a chance once he realized that she couldn’t say no to a bet or what she perceived to be a sure thing. Cliff turns out to be exactly what she needs to put closure to her past and embrace an HEA with him in Mesa Blanco.

Trouble In Chaps was a pretty quick read but Ms. Stone has a very talented voice for packing a whole lot of story in less than a hundred pages. You may not need to devote a lot of time to reading this novella but I have no doubt you'll come away knowing you've read a quality story with plenty of chemistry, heat and heart.

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