Easily, one of my favorite books of the year, I’m excited to be sharing my love of this little romance (that could and did), an excerpt, and a tour-wide giveaway.
Saddles and Sin (Lonesome Point #2)
By Jessie Evans
Published September 16th, 2014
Self Taught Ninja Press
Source: Received from author in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You, Ma’am!)
About the book:
Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…
Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions in Austin, and returns home to Lonesome Point to help out. Fortune and fame are all well and good, but family and friends come first. Besides, he’s ready to enjoy some off-the-clock time with his manager, a woman who has him dying to show her what a good man can do to a woman when he’s given permission to be bad.
Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager. A scandal with one of her clients nearly destroyed her, but now she’s close to launching an artist who will make her career. Robert Lawson has it all—talent, charisma, and a naughty side that flicks all of Marisol’s kinkier switches. But Robert is off limits. She refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch, doing her best to convince Robert to ditch the saddle and embrace his future as a star.
But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if fear is stronger than love, or if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.
Bubba… what the hell? How could I love a guy named Bubba? Well, for starters, his God given birth name is Robert and that’s how I refer to him in “fantasy land” *snicker*. And so does Marisol, who at first I wasn’t sure I was going to like as a match for Bubba. But as I got to know her and Bubba in this sweet AND spicy love story, I quickly learned that Marisol deserved all the love and attention Bubba wanted to show her.
Bubba is an amazing character. We met Bubba in the the first book of this series, Leather and Lace, and I quickly fell in love with him then. He’s Mia’s best friend and who doesn’t love a guy who can be a girl’s best friend? He’s the kind of guy who will do anything for his friends, as he proved by protecting Mia’s life. But this boy raised on a cattle ranch and working the electrical lines has dreams of becoming a singer. And he can sing.
So after hiring a manager and sneaking off to Austin, he’s doing a few small shows, recording music in a studio, and auditioning to open for a major country artist’s tour. Unfortunately, he has to keep his dreams on the down low for fear of his family finding out. They would not approve of his singing career. But Marisol is sure of Bubba’s talent and is banking on it. She’s also kind of crushing hard on Bubba and the last time that happened with an artist she managed, she got burned… bad!
I really, REALLY enjoyed this story. It had depth, sweetness, and heat all at the same time! For only being a 189 page ebook, Ms. Evans managed to fit in Marisol’s backstory (she has the crappiest family, IMHO), Bubba’s family dynamics, and whether these two were going to be able to get together even if they work with each other. And Bubba is about the sweetest guy on the entire earth. I’d say it was because he was written by a woman and yeah, that’s true. BUT, but, but!! I can picture a real life guy being like this! Really! Okay, maybe not quite as perfect but pretty darn close!
Ohhhh, the heat. I really do like Ms. Evans’ writing. She does the romance well (slight understatement). I always enjoy stories where we can see personalities evolve, grow, and thrive through a healthy relationship. My favorite way to read that is with a dual POV and we get that here. YAY!
I told you Ms. Evans packed a ton of story in 189 pages!
Should I even bother mentioning there were no lulls or dull spots in the pacing of the story? Guess I just did… 😀
Seriously, this series has become a fun favorite of mine this year. If I’m ever cranky, sad, or bored, I can just pick up Saddles and Sin, open it up, start reading, and I’m quickly smiling again. My favorite go to scene? The ending, of course! I would never admit out loud that it’s the hidden spring/pool scene… never!
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.
She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.
I am so tickled to have an excerpt from Saddles and Sin to share with you today! I think it’s a fantastic example of Ms. Evans’ writing style in her books. This is Bubba’s POV and it’s actually pretty far in the book 🙂
The kiss started off soft and sweet, with so much heart in every brush of skin against skin that Bubba’s throat pulled tight with emotion. But then Marisol’s tongue slipped between his lips and he tasted the smoky sweet taste of her, and his body began to respond the way it always did when this woman was in his arms. Soon his heart was slamming against his ribs, he was hard enough to transform his jeans into a medieval instrument of torture, and it felt like the world was going to end if he didn’t get her naked and underneath him in the next sixty seconds.
“Hold that thought,” he growled against her lips, reaching out to squeeze her thigh before starting the truck and pulling back onto the road.
“I hope you live close by,” Marisol said, her breath coming fast.
“Right around the corner and down a hill,” he said. “We’re going to be in my bed in five minutes.” –
“I don’t care if we make it to the bed,” Marisol said, sending another jolt of awareness surging between his legs. “Bent over the back of the couch is fine with me.”
“Keep talking like that and we might not make it past the foyer,” he warned, letting his foot shove the gas pedal closer to the floorboards.
“The foyer is fine.” Marisol leaned in, whispering the words against his neck in a voice so fucking sexy it was almost enough to make him come right there. “The floor there can’t be much harder than the rocks by the pool.”
Ms. Evans is giving away a signed paperback of Saddles and Sin (US) and four silver western-themed charms (INT). This is a tour-wide sponsored giveaway.
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