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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hard Lovin’ by Desiree Holt

Hard Lovin’ by Desiree Holt
Publisher: Elloras Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (80 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Clematis

Erin Braddock, daughter of wealthy and powerful rancher Rance Braddock, has been to hell and back. So has wandering cowboy minstrel Grady Sinclair. But the moment they meet, chemistry ignites, erasing everything else. The sex is scorching, explosive, addictive. They can’t get enough of each other. The same talented fingers that coax seductive music from Grady’s guitar coax powerful orgasms from Erin’s body.

Seduced by his music as well as the sinfully sexy man himself, Erin runs away with Grady. Each night she sits in the bar listening as his come-to-me voice promises erotic delights he more than delivers on when they’re back in their room. But one day soon the past will catch up with them.

Erin just needed to get out. Constantly tortured by memories of horrific abuse at the hands of a madman, she’s been struggling just to regain her balance since escaping him eights months ago. Tonight, on the eve of her wedding, she has finally come to realize she’s been fighting to survive yet again, struggling just as desperately to get out from under the suffocating weight of good intentions and protectiveness. Stirred by the haunting music and lyrics of a handsome troubadour, Erin returns alone to the bar to hear him sing and play once more.

Grady has no problem when it comes to pouring his heart out in the music he loves, but is convinced that that’s all he has left of any worth to offer anyone. He aimlessly seeks the means to forget a tragic past, the only respite his lyrics, the next gig, the next town, and between the next pair of warm thighs.

When the sultry beauty with the sad eyes returns to the bar alone, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her. Suddenly, both are captive and captured, equally eager as to escape their mutual demons, getting lost in one others' bodies for a while.

This is the first of Desiree Holt's considerable works that I’ve had the pleasure to read. But it certainly won’t be the last, if this beautifully love story is anything to go by.

It has a depth to it, with well fleshed out characters and a perfect plot that begs to be indulged in. A story that ‘feels’ like a country ballad, speaking straight from the heart, of love and loss, warts and all! From their instant, intensely passionate attraction and the heartache and past regrets they share to a HEA that left me grinning, Ms. Holt’s lovers, Erin and Grady, kept me spellbound and entertained. It was an emotionally satisfying read; I loved every word and walked away contented and happy.

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