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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hardcore Cowboys by Stacey Espino

Hardcore Cowboys by Stacey Espino
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (157 pages)
Other: Mild BDSM , M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Kennedia

Samantha has one week off work to explore the country, never expecting a snowstorm to nearly take her life. Nor does she expect to find love and salvation with the three Carson brothers. Her cowboy saviors have no problem sharing, pulling her deeper into their world of erotic pleasures each day she remains on their ranch.

Wyatt and his twin brothers, Cord and Val, need inspiration in the worst way. When Samantha comes into their lives, she gives them a purpose and fulfills all their desires. There's no way they can let her return to the city. But can they convince the independent brunette to let them take care of her—forever?

Yeehaw and giddy up, three cowboys for one city girl! Hardcore Cowboys is a ménage a quatre story, the first in Stacey Espino’s Ride ‘Em Hard series. Three cowboy brothers from the Alberta plains and one city girl meet under unusual circumstances and the sparks start to fly, after the guys save her from freezing to death.

Stacey Espino gives a detailed account of her characters in this story especially what is going on in their minds; however I found it difficult at times to keep up with her as she jumped from on character to the next often. I give her credit though; it has to be difficult to write a story with four main characters in a romance rather than the usual two.

I really liked Samantha, and could identify with her frustrations with her job and the monotony of her overall life. Samantha just wants something to change and to have some adventure in her life, and does she ever get that with this story. Ms. Espino makes the heroes, the Carson brothers, Wyatt, Val and Cord, of this story real. Yes they are the usual hot cowboys we all want, but at the same time they are very human, with doubts about where their lives are headed and what they really want for their futures.

I found this story was a little difficult to settle into because the author spent a lot of time setting up the scene and bringing all four of the main characters together. Once Samantha and the Carson brothers were together, though, the book moved along at a brisker pace. Ms. Espino did a good job of developing the relationships between Samantha, Wyatt, Cord and Val. They all had different feelings about their relationship and the dynamics but at the same time they all wanted the same thing. Samantha is conflicted, she is not sure whether the brothers really want her as a woman or just want to take care of her out some sense of cowboy nobility.

Ms. Espino writes very descriptive love scenes that were hot and exciting; however I was disappointed that there were so few of them. The ménage scenes were well written and tastefully done. There are some light BDSM elements in this story, mainly spankings and some bossing around during the sex scenes but not enough to turn an erotic reader off even if they do not usually read BDSM.

Although this story takes a little time to get moving, it was a good romance with two of my favorite things: cowboys and a ménage. For those readers who enjoy romantic stories about cowboys and like a little erotic action without too heavy of a plot this is the book for you.

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