Golden Angel-Their Harlot Bride

Today we’re back in Bridgewater, this time with Golden Angel. Today we have Clive, Sassy, and William in Their Harlot Bride.

We start in a London brothel. Sassy is working there, but her madam has just sold her debt to the nefarious Lord Carmichael. That, of course, makes everyone thing that Carmichael now owns her. If you ask Sassy, it’s not true. Only one person owns her, and that’s her. And if she was going to be involved with anyone, it sure as hell wouldn’t be Carmicheal. He likes to hurt women. A lot. The last time she was with Carmichael, she was out of action for several days because of her injuries. So, Sassy is bound and determined not to let that happen again. She grabs a fire poker, smacks him the face with it, robs him, and leaves. Then she heads to NYC. Until she finds out people are looking for her. At that point, she finds a mail order bride ad that sounds perfect.

Clive and William have been friends for a long time, ever since Clive saved William from getting beaten up. Now they live in Bridgewater and are ready to take a bride, so William sent out an ad for a bride. He’s terribly excited. Clive is less so. So they are waiting for their lovely bride to get there on the train. William is so very ready to have a wife to love. Clive is… more reserved. Then, Sassy gets off the train, William pretty much falls instantly in love, or at least deep like, and Clive is a little worried. There seems to be something that she is keeping secret, but that doesn’t deter either of them from marrying her. And the fact is, Sassy is keeping secrets.

I thought that Sassy was really brave. It took a lot of courage to do what she did, well, and desperation. I mean, beating the Lord and stealing from him is desperation, running away to NYC and then Montana is courage. I like her determination and how she seems to be so happy to be in Montana. She’s a very happy person, overall, I think.

Of Clive and William, I think they are both good and honorable men, but it took me a hot minute to warm up to Clive. He is very closed off, and it is hard for him to trust. William is a very sweet man and is very open to life. I think they complement each other really well. Except for Clive’s temper.

OK, that’s all for this one. Nothing below the picture today.

Celeste Jones-Their Blushing Bride

Celeste has decided that she’s going to join the save a horse, ride a cowboy (or 2) movement and join in the Bridgewater Brides world with Their Blushing Bride. You know me, I’m always up for a good menage, so the Bridgewater world is perfect for me. The only thing that would make anything better is if one f the books was MMF instead of just MFM. Don’t get me wrong, I like MFM just fine, and I’ll read it every day of the week and twice on Sundays, but there’s just something about MMF that’s just really attractive to me. But, that’s neither here nor there, so let’s talk about this one.

Miss Lily Snow is minding her own buisness in Butte Montana, walking along the street with a pair of children, when the wind steals her hat away from her. Two super hot, gorgeous cowboys rescue her hat and give it back to her. She barely has a moment to talk to them before the children catch up to her, and so does their father.

Rye and Keane are childhood best friends. Rye, being the 3rd son of a lord, spent his years doing all that British nobility stuff. Keane became a soldier and went to Mohamir and then to Montana. He wrote his BFF Rye to come out to Montana and told him all about the Bridgewater marriage plan. So, off they are to Butte, to find their bride. Which they do, when an errant blast of wind knocks her hat off her head and right into their path. Of course, they figure that she’s married, because she’s with two kids and a man comes up and joins them as she and the kids are walking away. They were only able to talk to her long enough to find out her name, Lily Snow, and they think that their chance with her is gone forever.

I think that Lily is a lot bolder than you might expect a woman in that particular era to be. You tend to think about late Victorian women to be uber proper and all prim. Well, Lily is not that. That’s not to say that she’s just all free and bold all over the place, it’s just more that she doesn’t let things really inhibit her. At least, that’s what I think. It also appears that she has a really sweet, good heart, and is one who just seems to be friendly with everyone. I wish we got to know more about her, but the book is pretty short, and a quick read, so we don’t get to know her or the guys as much as we might otherwise.

Rye and Keane both seem to be honorable men. They definitely want to make sure that ladies in distress don’t stay in distress any longer than neceessary, as is obvious by the fact that they rescue her hat for her. They are both sweet too, they may have some alpha male tendencies, but they really seem to very sweet on top of that. I like both of them.

No spoilers today, because it’s a really quick and easy read with just enough sass, steam, and sweet. Go check it out!

Raisa Greywood-Their Wanted Bride

So, Vanesa Vale has a series called Bridgewater. It’s a MFM menage. It takes place in Montana, mostly in the 1880s, but I’m pretty sure that there are contemporary stories too. I’d have to go check, but Amazon is being a PITA for me right now. Anyway, Vanessa has opened up her world a little bit and now there are several new authors stepping in. Their Wanted Bride is the first of those books, and Raisa’s offering to the world. (It’s currently up everywhere but Amazon, because apparently they are being a PITA for everyone).

In this world, there is a small country near Egypt called Mohamir. In that country, it is the custom for 2 men to take the same woman as a bride. Some American men went to Mohamir and fought a war, and liked the idea, so they brought the idea home to Bridgewater, Montana. Now, it’s accepted and expected that every marriage will be 2 men and 1 woman. Into this world come Justin and Caleb.

The guys have been best friends for their entire lives. They’ve gotten up to all kinds of tomfoolery and hijinks, as kids do, when they are kids. As they got older, they discovered the fun of taking a woman together, and then they heard about Bridgewater. Now they have a cattle ranch, and they’ve decided it’s time to take a bride. Or, rather Caleb did, and he convinces Justin to go along, not that he had to work all that hard. He placed an ad in a newspaper that said, among other things, seeking a bride who has her own horse and saddle. Caleb promises that they’ll have a bride by the time the weather turns.

Meanwhile, back in Kentucky, we have Madeline, who is living with her wicked step-mother. Her father died a few months prior, and her step-mother is bound and determined to marry Maddy off. Let me tell you, the evil step-mother is truly evil. She’s caned Maddy so hard that she now has scarring. And she’s working with a nasty scumbag in town to marry Maddy off. Maddy doesn’t know about that until she rides her beloved horse, Prince, into town and the jerk-off tells her that the evil bitch has sold Prince to him and the only way that Maddy can keep the horse is if she marries him. Maddy refuses to do that, and in desparation, looks at the mail order bride ads, and finds one that suits her, in Bridgewater Montana, so she sneaks away and makes her way there.

Maddy has balls of solid titanium. I mean, damn. I think that she is brave, bold, courageous, and strong. She has no problem doing what she thinks is the right thing. She is definitely a Raisa heroine. I really liked her a lot.

I like Justin and Caleb a lot too. They truly care for and cherish Maddy. Not only that, they support her and let her be her. In this case, it means that they understand that she wants to work and that she has skills that can help them out. She’s more than just their wife, she’s also their partner and helpmeet. That’s what Maddy wants to be, and they can see that, even if they would rather have a wife who doesn’t have to do anything and one who would let them take care of everything for her. Very great guys.

OK, that’s all for this one. It’s a quick read, with super sexy cowboys and a woman who keeps them on their toes.

Renee Rose & Vanessa Vale-Fierce

Fierce is the5th book in the Wolf Ranch series put out by the very talented Renee Rose and Vanessa Vale. In this one, we get to meet Charlie who gets together with part-time ranch hand and acting sheriff, Levi.

So, back at the ranch, the guys are waiting for a vet to bring a mare that is going to be bred to one of the Wolf Ranch studs. Levi is grumpy because the vet is going to be there for 2 weeks, and is going to be staying in the bunkhouse the entire time. Levi isn’t all that thrilled about having to share the bunkhouse with a human for 2 weeks. He had some issues with his human grandparents, and that soured him for humans for the rest of his life. But, Rob is his boss and his alpha, and what Rob says goes, and Rob said that Charlie will stay. Then, the truck hauling Seraphina, the mare, drives up, and all of a sudden things change.¬†You see, Charlie the vet isn’t Charles the vet, she’s Charlotte the vet.

Charlie’s boss wants his best mare bred to the best stud, which would be Eddison at the Wolf Ranch. Because he is so particular, he wants her to stay there and hand breed the mare, and supervise the entire thing. When she pulls up and gets out of the truck, she surprises everyone, since she wasn’t what they were expecting to see. When there is some discussion as to where she will stay, she tells everyone that she will just go back into town and stay at a motel there. But Levi has something to say about that idea, and he says that she will be staying at the bunkhouse, with him, and only him. Johnny, the other ranch hand, gets kicked out to stay with his parents.

Levi is attracted to her, but he isn’t sure that she’s his mate, because he’s only half wolf, and he’s never shifted, so he doesn’t have that instinct, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have plans for Charlie. But Charlie, for as much as she would like to have plans for Levi, also has some problems in CO, and they aren’t going to go away anytime soon.

I love how strong and confident Charlie is. She’s worked hard to get to where she is, she’s good, and she knows it. Of course, with the fact that she’s Black and a woman, she has to be better than good, and has to always be professional just so no one dings her. But, she is good. And she’s funny. She’s also very caring, which you can see when she talks to her Pops and deals with the horses. It’s more than just a job for her. I really like her, and I was mad that she was put in a bad place.

I totally understand why Levi is upset about having humans around. His family history isn’t conducive to liking humans. He’s a very good man too. He just wants to live his life. He hasn’t had any huge burning desire to go into law enforcement, but he seems to be good at it, and I think that he will do good for people, for more than just the fact that it’s a good idea to have someone in the know being part of law enforcement in the area.

I get why Rob did what he did, and it worked, but it was kinda dickish to do.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

Vanessa Vale & Renee Rose: Savage

Savage is the 4th book in Vanessa and Renee’s Wolf Ranch series, and the first one that isn’t one of the Wolf brothers, although it could be argued that the Wolf boys are Clint’s brother because after their parents died, Clint’s parents basically adopted the boys and helped them out as much as possible, so there’s that. So let’s get into the gig, shall we?

Clint helps out his pack as much as possible, as well as working on the ranch, but he has one really important and super-secret job. He’s an enforcer for the ruling council of the shifter world. There aren’t a lot of them, and their identities are all kept secret. That’s because they are the ones who handle the shifters who are endangering the secret of the shifters. So, he’s the one who gets called out when there is a shifter who is on drugs and killing humans. Clint has to go out and kill him. During that mission, it just reminds him that he can’t have a mate, because the fact that he had been an enforcer would put his mate at risk. What Clint doesn’t know is that fate has other plans for him.

Becky is a nurse, and she’s Audrey’s best friend. At Audrey’s bachelorette party, Clint and Becky hooked up after Clint got his nose broken protecting her. It was some wild and crazy fucking, and Becky was totally down with it. And then they both walked away. And it seemed like everything was good, except she couldn’t stop thinking of him. Then she found out that she would never be able to stop thinking about him because that one night had one huge repercussion. Clint’s little swimmers got through the condom and knocked Becky up. She hasn’t seen him (mostly because he’s been gone), and she’s not sure that she’s going to tell him she’s pregnant. It’s not that she wants to hide from him, but there are several reasons why she has to do it.

Clint is a good and honorable man. It really tears him up to do his job, but he really does it because he knows that the job has to be done. He’s also a good man because he wants to protect the people in his care. I think that he needed to stop holding onto some of his secrets sooner, because the truth will set you free.

Becky is incredibly strong. She’s had to be, and I’m really impressed by her. She has to handle some stupid shit, and she does, well. I think that having some backup is definitely good for her, but I feel like she could probably go through a lot more on her own, but it’s good she doesn’t have to.

I love this world, and I’m looking forward to more in it.

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Ugh, Creepy McCreeperson is creepy and stalkery AF.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Amelia Smarts-Taming Tori

Have you been aching for a historical cowboy spanking story? If you have, I have the perfect solution for you. Amelia Smarts is back with hot cowboys and naughty seamstresses in Taming Tori.

Victoria is the town seamstress. At only 19, she is a successful businesswoman and takes great pride in her work. She’s also standoff-ish, snippy, and just a little too full of herself. She also seems to only think of herself and just basically ignores the rest of the world. That makes it sound like Victoria is a bad person, and she isn’t, she’s just really disconnected from the rest of the town, and she has very definite ideas about things. When a new guy walks into her shop, she helps him to find a shirt and to find out more about the stranger. Of course, being Victoria, she’s a little rude to him, but they manage to figure that out.

Frank was a cowboy, but after a bad accident on a bronco, he got really hurt. He spent several days unable to move from the waist down. Now he’s mostly better, but he has a bum leg which means he can’t be a cowboy anymore or do anything that requires a lot of physical effort, because his body just can’t handle it. So, he goes looking in the paper to find a job. Only, instead of just looking under the physical labor kind of jobs, he looks at all the jobs and finds that there is an opening for a teacher. He may not have all the training to be a teacher, but he loves to learn, and he’s pretty sure that he can do it. So, Frank sends in a letter asking for the job. And he got lucky, the town offered him the job, and he decides to go to the town seamstress and spruce up his wardrobe, where he meets Victoria.

I like Victoria. She is prickly, but there’s a lot of fear behind all that prickle. She’s had to spend a lot of time taking care of herself, because her parents are dead, and she likes things just so. None of these are a bad thing, but when you put all of them together, you get someone who is a little prickly, sometimes rude, and disconnected from the majority of the people around them. I think that she has a good heart, she’s just forgotten how to let anyone see it because she’s had to be tough for so long. I do like her, at least most of the time.

Frank is definitely a good man. He really does want to make sure that the whole world is OK, and he’ll do everything he can to make sure that happens, from making sure that a hungry little boy gets some lunch to spanking Victoria because she’s rude. I think that he’s mostly got the adulting thing down, but things happen and he gets knocked off his pins for a minute, which makes him look at himself differently. Overall, I like him, but I did get a little mad at him at times.

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OMG, well. That had to be terrifying.

OK, that’s all on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Vanessa Vale-Wild

Wild is the second book in Renee and Vanessa’s Wolf Rance books. It’s currently live everywhere, except Amazon, who are taking their own sweet time. They’ll probably get to it sooner or later, but if you buy your books from anywhere else, you’re in luck. I’m primarily an Amazon girl, since I read on my Kindle, but I’ve found Kobo to be pretty easy to work with.

So, here’s our story. Audrey and Boyd, our couple from the first book, are just about to get married. Because of that, Marina, Audrey’s sister, and Colton, Boyd’s brother, are on their way to the ranch so that they can be there for the wedding. Except, there’s a huge fucking storm. Big enough that it causes a creek to flood over the road. Marina decides that she wants to experience the true fury of the storm, and goes to stand outside on a pillar to look at the creek and get rained all over. Then, Colton shows up.

Colton knows there’s something about her from the very second he sees her. His wolf recognizes her as his mate. He wants nothing more than to grab her off the pillar, take her to bed, and stay there for pretty much ever. Instead, he tells her his name, and they go back to a hotel together and spend a fantastic night together. In the morning, while Colton’s in the shower, Marina leaves, headed toward the ranch.

See, here’s the problem. Colton never asked her name, so he has no idea who she is or how to find her. Marina, however, knew who he was as soon as he told her his name, and she knew that she would see him again, real soon. She also thinks it’s nothing more than a fling. I think both Colton and Marina have lots of things to learn.

Marina has a sweet heart and she brings a lot of joy and light wherever she goes. I think that she is just bubbly and happy. Now, that doesn’t mean that she isn’t dealing with a shit ton of crap, because she is, but happy and joyful are her default setting, I think. I think that her father is a true asshole, especially when it comes to dismissing such a sweet young woman.

I think that Colton is a good man who lives a lot in his head. Of course his wolf is about this >< close to going completely off the rails, and he’s a little out of control because of that, but he spends a lot of time thinking about things, and about what he thinks is the best thing to do. I think that he should probably spend a little more time talking to Marina and seeing what she thinks is the best thing to do.

I can’t wait for the next one, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be explosive.

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That jerk is going to be a huge fucking problem, I know it.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Renee Rose & Vanessa Vale-Rough

Rough is the first book out of Vanessa and Renee’s new co-written series. You get the best of both worlds with this book. You get the cowboys that Vanessa writes and you get the hot alpha shifters that Renee writes. And if there is a lot of sexy tension? Well, both ladies are good at that, so yay!

Boyd is a super duper world champion rodeo rider. He’s also a shifter. His last name, Wolf, is the perfect name for him. Today, he’s back at home, about to be riding a bull for at least 8 seconds. But first, he wants to go find his friend, who happens to be seeing the arena doc because he broke his finger. When Boyd gets there, he discovers that the arena doc isn’t one he’d ever met before. She’s a beautiful woman. And oh yeah, she’s his mate. And human.

Audrey is new to this corner of Montana. She is an OBGYN who wanted to get out to the big sky, beautiful mountains, and clear air. Today, she is acting as the arena doc at a rodeo, which isn’t a hardship, because hot cowboys. Then in walks Boyd, who is the hottest cowboy in the history of hot cowboys. She goes to watch him, which works, right until he gets distracted and gored by the bull he’s riding. She runs to the rescue, and to take him to the hospital, which is where things start to be a problem.

I like Audrey. I think that she is truly concerned about the people who she is supposed to take care of. She worries about Boyd and his health, because he obviously was hurt badly, so she needed to go check on him. I think that she has a very sweet heart, and that she loves the magic of the world, even when she wants to say that she’s strictly a scientist, but babies being born is magic, no matter what.

I think that Boyd has a good heart, but he’s also got some issues that he has a hard time getting past. I don’t blame him, those things would be hard for anyone to handle, really, and I might have felt the same way. I think that he waited a little long to talk to Audrey about certain things, but love is kinda hard to work with sometimes.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of this world, because I want to see what happens with Boyd’s brother and if Audrey’s sister shows up.

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I personally think that Boyd’s brother and Audrey’s sister are going to end up together, so I’m looking forward to see if that happens.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

Amelia Smarts-Bringing Trouble Home

It’s been a while since Amelia had a new book. I guess that’s what happens when real life gets in the way. I’m not going to complain though, I am more than happy to read anything Amelia puts out, whenever it releases. So I was really excited to get to read her newest one, Bringing Trouble Home.

This one is set in late 1800s Texas. Amelia tends to write sexy historical cowboys, so this is very comfortably in her wheelhouse. The way that the story goes is that there is a young woman named Willow. She’s an orphan, and is just a bit of a hellraiser. She drinks, plays cards, chews tobacco, and oh yeah, throws bricks through the windows of people’s houses. After one too many times in trouble, the town marshall has had just about enough of her. So he’s going to do something about it. He calls on local rancher Heath. He wants Heath to take her in, give her a job, and teach her to live on the straight and narrow. Heath is a widower with two young children whose housekeeper just quit, so he needs someone who can help with all the cooking, cleaning, and housework. So, sure he’ll give Willow a job. Willow who has been running wild for years, even before her mother died. It’ll be a perfect fit, right?

I love Willow’s strength and determination. She has an awful lot of grit and that really stands her in good stead, I think. She’s loving, caring, and has such a good heart. She’s also impulsive AF, and well, you can probably guess what kind of treatment that gets from Heath, right?

Heath is a truly good man. He’s patient, loyal, calm, and caring. You can see how caring he is just by seeing how he treats his children, even when they are screaming at the tops of their lungs or telling him that they hate him. He never yells or loses his temper. A truly good man, who just wants to help people.

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I like what happens the second time that Willow goes to the shop. I really like how she handles things.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

The 3 Ms-Deliciously Decadent

Maddie, Morganna, and Meredith are back with some Deliciously Decadent stories. I love anything that any of them write on their own, Maddie has shown up here a lot, so you probably know that. None of the stories are co-written, but you are getting a bunch of stories gathered together by the 3 ladies, so it’s all good.

Most of these stories are pretty quick to read, like 10-15 minutes, or at least 10-15 minutes for me. There are a few, like Doctor’s Orders, by Maddie, and Creed’s Joy, by Morganna, that took me a little longer to read them. Not a whole lot longer, but some.

There are some that I would probably more consider a slice of life kind of story, because they are just quick peeks at the lives that the couples in them are living. I would Clarissa’s Stern Daddy and Lucy’s Little Weekend, both by Meredith in this category. We just get a little snippet of a larger story. It’s like someone took an hour or a day of your life and put it on a page. Both of these stories are really sweet and loving, and each shows a happy DD/lg relationship, even if Daddy isn’t necessarily all that happy right that second. There is no drama, no angst, just life.

There is one story that made me bawl my fucking eyes out, and it’s hard to do that in a really short story, and this one is. It’s another Meredith O’Reilly story, and she just wanted to kill me, I think. It’s called A Soldier’s Homecoming. On my Kindle, it runs from 58% to 62%, and took about 7 minutes for me to read. Yes, I went back and checked the percentage and the timing on it. I would tell you the page amount, but I don’t get that on most ARCs. I’m pointing out all those stats so that I can emphasize just how much emotion Meredith packed into this story.

Most of the stories are pretty contemporary, but there are a couple of scifi stories tossed in there, just for fun. You also get a nice pirate story in there as well.

All in all, this book is packed full of stories that you can read when you need a lift, or when you only have a couple of minutes, or you just want to read 3 great authors.

I wanted a picture of something that was delicious and decadent, and I think I succeeded.

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