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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Duty Bound by Myla Jackson

Duty Bound by Myla Jackson
Bound and Tied 2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (86 Pages)
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/F, F/F, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

The man won the hand, but the women changed the rules.

Bound and Tied, Book 2

Cowgirl KC Matheson is fresh out of ideas. Thanks to her father’s unlucky poker hand, her family is about to lose their ranch. Desperate to entice the winner to let her family keep their home, KC appeals to a sensual stranger, Rosalyn, to help awaken her inner vixen. A vixen with the womanly skills to make a deal with the devil.

Sent to fetch a companion for his partner’s pregnant wife, miner Jake Thompson never thought luck could change this fast. First, his royal flush lands him a ranch. Then a punch in the face. Now the rancher’s daughter, a woman with a body made for sin, is trying to seduce him into giving up his winnings. Jake has a better idea: her for the ranch. And to ensure she makes good on the bargain, there’s a catch—she has to keep his interest, or the deal is off.

The three set off on the two-day trek to Jake’s claim, experiencing wondrous delights in the cool mountain air. Then reality sets in, leaving Jake saddled with a mail-order bride, a deflowered virgin, and an unexpected desire to make things right with KC…forever.

Duty Bound is the second book in Myla Jackson’s Bound and Tied series. It is a historical, set in the mining town of Idaho Falls in 1860.

Thanks to a lucky poker hand, miner Jake Thompson is now the proud new owner of a Texas ranch. What he’s going to do with a ranch, he has no idea: he’s a miner, half owner of a claim with his partner Zach.

When a young boy punches Jake out because of the win, he tries to come up with a plan on what to do with the unwanted property. When the owner’s lovely daughter, KC Matheson, offers herself to Jake in exchange for the family ranch and the money Jake won, he has to make a decision.

KC has never been a girly girl; she’s the oldest of seven girls, and a ranch hand of some expertise. Zach Braun and his pregnant wife Honor have sent for a companion for Honor to help during her pregnancy, and KC turns to this woman, Rosalyn, for lesson in how to be a woman. Rosalyn is everything KC isn’t: soft, feminine and sensuous, and has the experience to help KC convince Jake to accept her offer.

Rosalyn is running from something, but she agrees to help, and the lessons quickly become so much more, as Rosalyn plays the seducer, under the guise of lessons. Once they are on the trail headed for the mine, things heat up between all three and before long, KC becomes a woman in the true sense of the word. When Jake realizes what he has done, he is ashamed and pulls away from KC, causing her much heartache. Can Jake convince KC to stay, after what he did? Will Rosalyn stay at the mine to help when Honor has the baby? What will happen when all the secrets are finally revealed?

I want to be honest and say I don’t usually read historicals, but this may change if I can get them with the quality and romance Ms. Jackson has put in this one. I liked the diversity in the three main characters, and how they each filled a need in the others.

KC Matheson is a sassy, independent female. She has been working on her father’s ranch her whole life, and hasn’t got a single feminine wile in her body in the beginning. I enjoyed watching her decide she would do whatever it took to save her family’s ranch--even give herself to a stranger. Her awakening at the hands, and mouth, of the sensuous and beautiful Rosalyn is intriguing, and very hot. I enjoyed watching as she blossomed into a young woman, on the edge of awakening her passion.

Rosalyn is beautiful, sensuous and experience, and very feminine; everything that KC is not. I loved watching her seduce KC, and teach her what pleasure was, and gaining her own pleasure along with it. She was honest about her needs, an unusual attitude in that time period. But Rosalyn is running, from what or who, we never really learn. I loved when she realized that Jake and KC were perfect together, and what she did to make it happen was delicious.

Jake is a strong, rough and honorable man. He had plans to return the ranch, even before KC hatched her plan, but realized he would need to work with KC to help both her father and KC herself save their pride. He is almost destroyed when he realizes that the woman he made love to with such passion was a virgin, and his guilt drives a wedge between them, until he comes up with a way to make it right.

The passion between the three main characters is hot beyond belief. The scenes when Rosalyn is ‘instructing’ KC in the finer points of seduction are hot beyond belief. It is never crude or ugly, and I loved the way Rosalyn was always empowering KC to become stronger and yet more feminine. My favorite scene is also the one that causes the rift between Jake and KC: the seduction on the trail when Jake ‘deflowers’ KC, not realizing she is still an innocent in spite of her words to the contrary.

There are a couple of humorous twists in this one, and there is a wonderful happy ever after for Jake and KC. I hope that, somewhere down the road, Ms. Jackson will give Rosalyn her own story so she can find her heart’s desire. I think those who like western romance with heat will love this one.

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