Western Ties by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Full Length (198 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Foxglove
How strong are the ties that bind?
Compass Brothers, Book 4
Leah Hollister’s sex life needs a swift kick in the pants. Small-town Compton Pass, though, isn’t the place to explore her need for bondage. When she gets an invitation to a BDSM party out in LA, she wastes no time booking a flight.
Her plan to play anonymously is shot to hell when she runs into high-school crush Sawyer Compton—and he lays immediate claim to her.
Sawyer Compton commands total control, in and out of the bedroom. He never thought Leah could handle his darker urges, but one look at the white bracelet that marks her as a sub ripe for the picking, and he knows exactly how this night is going to end. With Leah in his bed.
Leah didn’t expect to enjoy the comfort Sawyer’s familiarity brings, even as his touch takes her to unimaginable heights of pleasure. When bad news from home sends him reeling, she’s more than prepared to offer him anything he needs: her body, her friendship. Even her heart—if Sawyer can loosen the reins over his own to accept her love.
Western Ties is the final book in Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon’s Compass Brothers books, and it's a most emotional and yet supremely satisfying conclusion to this family epic. It's filled with passion, family devotion, disappointment, tragedy, and the feeling of coming home.
Leah Hollister has feels her sex life is less that it could be. She jumps at the chance to explore her fantasies away from those who know her. The last person Leah expected to see at the BDSM party was her old school crush, Sawyer Compton. When Sawyer claims Leah for the weekend, things start heating up quickly. When bad news comes, life comes to a screeching halt, and Sawyer and Leah return to Compton Pass, Wyoming. Can Sawyer forgive his brothers for what he sees as a betrayal? Leah will have to be there for Sawyer, knowing she wants much more than he’s offering. Can they find what they are looking for in each other?
I love how throughout this series, Ms Carr and Ms Rylon stressed the importance of family, and acceptance of each other’s strengths as well as their weaknesses. Nowhere is this more evident than in this last book, Sawyer’s story. The Wyoming world the authors built is perfect for the scope of these books. I loved the small town feeling imbued in these stories. All of the family was involved in this one, more so than the others. Each character has a role here, but it's definitely Sawyer and Leah’s story in the forefront.
Leah Hollister is the small town kindergarten teacher, who feels her life is boring and bland. She wants more from life. She's felt for some time that she might be less vanilla in her desires, but has no one in Compton Pass with which to experiment. I like Leah, with her determination to reach out for what she wants to get more from life. I could feel her chagrin when the one person she never expected to see claimed her at the party. It doesn’t help that Sawyer was her best friend growing up, she isn’t sure she can give up control to him.
Sawyer Compton may be the youngest Compton, by a few minutes, but he's definitely a force to be reckoned with. All the Compton boys are alpha males, but Sawyer has a dominant streak a mile wide in the bedroom. Strong, handsome and sexy, he can get any woman he wants. But when he sees Leah at the party, something clicks inside, and he's determined to make her give up control. He sees in her what he has been looking for; a strong and independent woman, but one who can give up control at the right time. I liked watching Sawyer as he slowly came to terms with all of the emotions thrown at him; passion, betrayal, pain, and finally acceptance. I also enjoyed watching as this strong and dominating man began to understand what one woman could mean to him.
Western Ties is a story of a man coming to terms with the things life does when you least expect it. I love the path Sawyer has to take, although it's gut wrenching at times. Ultimately, this story is one of familial love and how it overcomes even the worst of tragedies, making each person involved stronger. Yes, this is Sawyer and Leah’s happy ever after, but this one shows sometimes it takes a lot more than two people to get to that place in life. Yes, there is lots of hot and sometimes kinky sex, but there is so much more between these two characters. There's a lifetime of friendship and understanding, with a big dose of comfort and support along the way.
Watching as Sawyer discovered he has loved Leah far longer than she realized was one of the joys in this. But I have to warn the reader-this will use more than one box of tissues, and lots of ice before the end. It's best if read Western Ties after the others in the Compass Brothers series for the full story of this family.