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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Trouble, Toys & Tempting Cowboys by Jennifer LaRose

Trouble, Toys & Tempting Cowboys by Jennifer LaRose
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (129 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Tiffany Stoler enjoys selling sex toys, but demonstrating them unexpectedly for a bunch of cowboys at a bachelor party puts her on edge. To calm her frazzled nerves, she gulps a few drinks—and ends up making a drunken fool of herself. Unable to remember a damn thing is devastating, and she’s mortified to discover she might have spent the night with Brock Halston. Over the following weeks, the smooth, handsome cowboy becomes more than a tempting distraction, giving Tiffany the confidence to explore her own sexuality.

Then her neighbor is found murdered, followed by one of Brock’s cowboy friends, and all evidence points to Tiffany. With her career, relationship and freedom at stake, she has no choice but to face old nightmares to claim her innocence. And Brock Halston is just the cowboy to help her do it.

Trouble, Toys &Tempting Cowboys is a gem in the erotic world. It's an incredibly hot book that also contains a very compelling story!

Tiffany Stoler is a great character. She's beautiful and sympathetic, but she's also determined and smart. Brought up in a difficult home, she breaks free and makes something of herself, while devoting a part of her life as a social worker to those who have suffered hardships as well. Seemingly to the contrary, Tiffany makes money on the side by selling sex toys, but part of the money she makes there is also donated to the welfare of the kids. Her part time job is what led her to meet a raucous group of cowboys gathered for a bachelor party.

Brock Halston is one of those cowboys. He's the strong, silent type, who is instantly taken with Tiffany. Initially protective of the young girl he calls "Tiff," their mutual attraction quickly leads to a steamy love affair.

Ms. LaRose's strength is, by far, her love scenes. She's creative and seductive, but also very intentional with her language. The scenes, though very hot, all have a purpose, and help to demonstrate and grow the connection between the two lovers. There's a great deal of time spent on the relationship between Brock and Tiff, and I enjoyed every step of the way, and came to like both characters very much.

My only wish is that some of the surrounding relationships, such as family and friends, were developed a bit more than they were. To expound too much would reveal the ending of the book, and the suspense elements were good, but it didn't feel like there was enough development in places. I do also wish the story had been extended a bit. There were some loose ends that weren't quite tied up and I attribute that to the abrupt ending. All the major questions were answered, but there were a few, "I wonder what happened to..." that I found myself asking at the end. It didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book, and would still recommend it to others for a great read, but perhaps fleshing out some of those missing pieces would make this four star story into five.

If you love a good "who dunnit," mixed with a strong, hot love element, this is definitely a title (and author) to pick up!

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