Scoundrel by Rebecca Goings
Publisher: Carnal Passions
Length: Short Story (115 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia
Shirley Bloom has always taken her beauty for granted. Some think she’s spoiled, while others avoid her all together. But their judgment of her character cuts her to the quick. She longs for marriage and a true, everlasting love, however her beau has put off his proposal for far too long.
Enter Luke Austin, a foul-mouthed, sexy-as-hell cowboy who isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind. And what’s on his mind is her--underneath him, on top of him, he doesn’t care, as long as he gets to brand himself one headstrong filly.
When his raging passion merges with her own, they’re forced into a shotgun wedding neither of them saw coming. Now, Shirley laments that her chance for a true, everlasting love is gone forever.
Although they look like an unsuitable match, looks can be deceiving. The pretentious merchant’s daughter just met her match in the wildly unpredictable Luke Austin. He knows what kind of woman she is and it has nothing to do with the scathing glares or rude remarks she gives him. She just needs someone to appeal to her passionate side and show her what kind of man she really needs. Luke never had much use for propriety and firmly believes in saying what you think and taking what you want. Shirley unknowingly issues a challenge that has this wild cowboy looking to finally brand her as his.
Having believed most of her life that men only went after her for her looks, Shirley receives quite an awakening from Luke. His crude and vulgar language might not sound so appealing to the ears, but other parts of Shirley’s body are listening too and they really like what they hear. His pursuit of her is aggressive and soon Shirley succumbs to his advances with an abandon that has Luke quickly reciprocating. Luke unnerves her and before long, she finds herself begging for things she never knew she wanted and from a man who couldn't be more of a scoundrel.
Ms. Goings has an incredible knack for transporting a reader to whatever time or place she creates and without much thinking on the readers’ part. Suddenly you’re just there and it’s all live and happening with a fluidity that is a testament to Ms. Goings’ writing abilities. The pacing is perfect being neither too fast nor slow. Luke’s “filly” metaphors in reference to Shirley are absolutely hilarious and yet describe her and their relationship development perfectly. While they fulfill their lust for each other, the eroticism increases with every intimate moment and helps to create a heightened emotional suspense.
After reading this story, the reader will definitely walk away with a greater appreciation for the current times we live in. The propriety and social customs as well as the double standard on women is true to form in this story. I would absolutely recommend this story to historical romance fans and to those who haven’t read a Rebecca Goings original.