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Review of Can’t Resist A Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto #entangledpub #EAOtto

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By Elizabeth Otto

A Paint River Ranch Novel

 

He’s always been her weakness…

Injured and discharged, Marine Levi Haywood has returned to his family’s ranch to heal and start a new life. After all, once a cowboy, always a cowboy. The only problem? Life at the ranch has moved on since he joined the service, and suddenly his role in the family business is much less clear. And things get a lot more confusing when the woman he left behind returns home.

Carrie Lynn Waite has never known a time when she didn’t love Levi. They were childhood sweethearts, but because of her health, she was forced to move to the city, away from the ranching life. Now Carrie’s come home only to learn her family’s ranch is in trouble and Levi is back, along with an undeniable attraction she can’t resist. But some things never change, forcing Carrie to choose the future laid out before her…or the cowboy she could never resist.

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Carrie was about to shake out of her skin. Her teeth were actually chattering. He shouldn’t have agreed to let her come up here with him. If she ended up with pneumonia or something, he’d never forgive himself.

 

His oiled canvas jacket was mostly waterproof, the fleece lining inside warm and dry. He slipped out of it and put it between his knees, then unbuttoned his flannel and peeled it off.

 

“Take off your shirt.” He gave her a look, knowing she was going to argue. She’d always been good at that. She crossed her arms, but he didn’t give her time to be squirrely. “Take it off, or I will. Your bra, too.”

 

Her mouth parted, reminding him just how fantastic her lips had tasted. Dang, had that really happened? It seemed so surreal, to have her in his arms again…that taste so ripe on his lips.

 

“I’m not getting naked in front of you.” Yeah, because that had never, ever happened before. He still remembered, vividly.

 

“Then turn around. Just do it before you freeze.” His breath came out in a puff, the temperature having dropped with the rain and wind. In a short-sleeved Henley, the cold air assaulted his bare arms, making him shiver. If he was this chilly dry, she had to be downright frozen.

 

Gently, he gripped her shoulder. “Come on, Sunshine. Do as I say.”

 

Her back stiffened but she didn’t protest, just unzipped her coat and shrugged it off into a wet, heavy lump on the ground. A thin blue shirt molded the feminine structure of her back and into the dip of her spine. Levi traced her curves with his gaze. She unbuttoned her shirt and pulled it back, but it clung to her shoulders. With one hand, he grasped the neckline and pulled it down…slowly, the tip of his middle finger making a trail over her damp skin as he slid the shirt off.

 

Stepping closer, Levi was torn over wanting to pull her cold body into the warmth of his chest. The rain beat staccato on the rocks above, the patter splashing into the wet ground. Tracing her white satiny bra across her back, he grinned as a violent shudder when through her. How easy would it be to rekindle the fire between them? Not just this—though her form was something he wanted to explore slowly, intimately—but her heart, her mind. To know her again, all of her—how sweet would it be?

 

Letting her shirt drop, Levi used both hands to unhook the bra and toss it aside. Her arms came across her chest, the quick glance she tossed over her shoulder cautious. Levi settled his flannel shirt over her shoulders, held it in place as she shakily slid into it.

 

He could tell that she was fumbling with the buttons, so he turned her to help. Slowly closing each button, thanks to his cold hands, he tried not to focus on the rise of her breasts beneath the fabric. Her chest went still and he swore she was holding her breath.

 

The chemistry was still there. Holy shit, was it still there, and he wanted to grab hold of it and see how far it went. How would he ever keep his shit together as she walked out of his life? Levi ran his palms over the tops of her shoulders, down her arms.

 

What if he asked her for a second chance?

 

What would she say?

 

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Okay, FINALLY a heroine that I can relate to.  Seriously, I can.  Carrie has diabetes just like me.  Of course, I was diagnosed over 3 years ago and had it when I was pregnant so I can relate to what you can and can not do.  It sucks sometimes, but you can figure it out and manage it, too.  Carrie did this but at what cost?  Coming home to a ranch that is on the brink, being told to stay away and not do anything because of her diabetes.  Trust me, I would be kicking and cussing at any and everyone that told me to stay away.

Enter her childhood friend and the love of her life Levi.  Talk about a wounded soul, literally and figuratively.  I loved how Ms. Otto wrote about his struggles coming home after being a Marine.  Sure he had a lot to overcome but what veteran doesn’t and Ms. Otto doesn’t dumb it down for her readers.  I felt what he felt and it made the story that much richer and deeper for me.  It always helped that he was still in love with Carrie but like any man, didn’t know how to tell her.

What really endeared me to the couple was that they both wanted the same thing…the ranch.  Plus, another one of my favorite tropes is explored here…second chance lovers.  Oh man, I love this trope.  If I had one gripe is that in the beginning there was bit much of the back story between Carrie and Levi that could have been introduced a bit more slowly within the story.  But that’s the one time acquisition intern in me.  Sorry.  That said, Ms. Otto knows her characters and it shows.  Very detailed and deep in emotion, you can’t help but be totally involved.  I honestly couldn’t put the book down.  I just HAD  to know how Ms. Otto was going to play out their story.

I haven’t read the other books in the series but I don’t feel that you have to read them in order to get this story.  I like when an author writes a series but closes each book with the HEA that I crave and can move on to the next one or go back to the beginning and not feel lost.  Plus, she wrote a heroine that has a real problem that a lot of people can relate to and understand.  Again, it made Carrie more real to me and I was invested in her and her relationship with Levi and her dad.

Bravo for Ms. Otto tackling real issues from both leads and having me care about them long before the book was over.  Plus, I would be lacking in the trope itself.  These characters have it BAD for each other after all these years but there’s nothing like a swift kick to get them to realize that they need each other more than they can even comprehend.  *head smack to both of them*  Of course, I love that lightbulb moment when it comes happen.  Again, it’s the sucker in me for the trope.

Don’t miss out on another great Indulgence book and I will definitely be on the look out for more from Ms. Otto in the future.

5harlies

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About the Author: Elizabeth Otto grew up in a Wisconsin town the size of a postage stamp, where riding your horse to the grocery store, and skinny dipping after school were perfectly acceptable. No surprise that she writes about small communities and country boys. She’s the author of paranormal romance, and hot, emotional, contemporary romance, and has no guilt over frequently making her readers cry. When not writing, she works full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for a rural ambulance service. Elizabeth lives with her very own country boy and their three children in, shockingly, a small Midwestern town.
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Review of Tucked Away by Jennie Marts

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By Jennie Marts

A Hearts of Montana Novel

Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places…

Charlie Ryan’s cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She’s hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she’s inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs—and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.

Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn’t need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma’s ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can’t he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots…and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?

Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk‪…one night will change everything.‬

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jennieAbout the Author: Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing and is the Kindle Bestselling author of the Page Turners series, which includes the romantic comedies: Another Saturday Night & I Ain’t Got No Body, Easy Like Sunday Mourning, Just Another Maniac Monday and the two newest Between the Pages Novellas-A Cowboy for Christmas and A Halloween Hookup. Jennie is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two dogs whose antics often find a way into her books. She is addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes or friends.

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Excerpt: HERO MEETS HEROINE

The corner of the heavy dog food bag caught the strap of her purse, and she stumbled forward, falling off the curb and waving her arms to catch her balance. The loud snap of her heel breaking was followed by a curse word worthy of a sailor, and her purse went flying.

The dog food slid from his grasp. He reached to grab her as she pitched forward and fell into his arms.

The heady scent of her perfume surrounded him as she looked up at him, her chest pressed against his. “Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry.”

“No, I’m sorry.” His mouth went dry, and he tried not to look down at the front of her shirt where her blouse gaped open and the lace edge of her bra peeked through.

He held onto her a beat too long, then let go as she steadied herself. “You were just looking for some coffee, and I almost knocked you over with a bag of puppy chow.”

She laughed. A light, easy sound. “I think breaking my heel and being mauled by a giant bag of dog food is right on par with the way the last couple of days have been going for me. I’m just glad you didn’t impale me with the toilet bowl brush.” She reached down to pick up the brush that had fallen near her feet. It lay amongst the scattered articles that had fallen from her purse.

“Here, let me help you.” Embarrassed, he knelt to the ground and began collecting the oddest assortment of items: a fat wallet with receipts sticking out the sides, three tubes of lip gloss, a pink makeup bag, a collection of fancy bottles with French names printed on their shiny labels, more lip gloss, and a variety of feminine hygiene products. “What is all this stuff?”

She was busy cramming things back into the enormous bag but stopped to give him a skeptical look. “Really?”

“Well, I mean, I know what this stuff is.” He awkwardly handed her the items filling his hands. “But why do you have all this stuff in your purse?”

She blew her bangs out of her eyes. “It’s just stuff I need.”

He handed her a balled up pair of gym shorts and a hot pink sports bra. “What could you possibly need this for?”

“Those are my workout clothes.” She grabbed the garments from him and stuffed them in her purse. “In case I want to stop at the gym.”

“What gym? The only 24-hour fitness you’re going to find around here is chores on a farm. They go from sun-up to sun-down.” He watched in awe as she stuffed more things into the leather bag. He couldn’t believe how much she fit in there. It was like an endless cavern of space.

He heard her mumble something about one more thing she would have to get used to before she looked up at him and sighed. “I’m thinking about moving here. But this place is quite a change from where I’m from.”

“I can imagine.” More stuff had fallen onto the curb, and he collected another five tubes of lip gloss. Geez, how much lip care could one woman need? He caught himself glancing at her lips, wondering if they were soft as they looked.

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I really wanted to give this book 5 Harlies but I just couldn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I truly liked the story but there is too much going on at times that I felt like Charlie and Zack’s romance at times took a back seat.  I’m all for character development and a slow build when it comes to romance but for my taste there is too much in the background that took away from the romance.

Charlie is a heroine that I really liked.  She never gave up after the men in her life had left her disappointed.  I got her and wanted to be her friend.  She was a total fish out of water when it came to the ranch but with help and hard work, she got it.  Plus, come on…pink boots.  That’s so me and I would totally rock them, too.  She didn’t come to Montana looking for a man but she found one.  🙂

Zack, to me, was the typical hero.  Sexy, good looking, burned by a woman but he had some things going for him that I loved.  Devoted to his daughter Sophie and to his practice.  Oh yes, he’s a vet and while Charlie doesn’t know the back end of horse from her own, he was patient, somewhat, with her in the end.  If I had one thing to say bad about him, he was somewhat typical for me.

I know I’m really sounding like I hated the book but I didn’t.  Truly I didn’t.  The relationship between Sophie and Charlie is AWESOME!!!  When Charlie founds out that her grandmother Gigi and Sophie were friends and that’s how Sophie learned everything…it made perfect sense.  In fact the secondary characters were great and supportive of Charlie and Zack.

Overall, I really liked the book.  There was somewhat of a mystery going on, misunderstandings, hurt feelings and the family issues that Charlie has to go through.  She really grows in the book and by the end I was sighing.  Great characters, easy going plot (at times) and the setting was perfect.  I’m a sucker for fish out of water stories and characters that fall in love without even realizing it.  Its lighthearted, sexy and fun.  I look forward to reading more about the town and the other characters.

4.5harlies

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Book Trailer & Excerpt from The Heartbroken Cowboy (Cowboy Up 2) by Melissa Keir w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @melissa_keir

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Genre: Romance

 

 

Saddle Up with the best-selling authors who brought you Cowboy Up… And fall for Six more Cowboys ready to steal your heart!

 

Good Ride, Cowboy by Allison Merritt

Sometimes all you need is one good ride to clear your head.

 

Cowboy in Waiting by Leslie P. Garcia

She’d buried a hero. She wasn’t looking for another. But her cowboy in waiting was far from a hero…

 

Cowboy in Trouble by Autumn Piper

A cowboy on the run and a girl on the rebound make for a messy fling.

 

A Cowboy’s Heaven by Sara Walter Ellwood

From the hell of lost love, can they find heaven together?

 

Cowboy Proud by D’Ann Lindun

She left town to chase her dreams… He stayed and ignored his… Can they find their dreams together?

 

 

 

The first book, Cowboy Up featured cowboys from every walk of life-Border Patrol Agents, Equine Therapists, Farmers… Cowboy Up 2 features sexy men who are ready to steal your heart! <3

 

 

 

The hero of The Heartbroken Cowboy has his own issues. He’s a recovering alcoholic who allows stress to push him off the wagon. But he’s still determined to latch on to the one woman whose secret could send him back to the bottle.

 

 

 

Johnson O’Neill was a minor character in The Heartsong Cowboy (Cowboy Up book 1) and while he came off as a grouchy guy, he deserved his own happily ever after…but not without some work. In The Heartbroken Cowboy, we learn why he’s angry at women and cheer for him to find the one woman who will give him a run for his money!

 

 

 

 

 

The Heartbroken Cowboy by Melissa Keir

Love isn’t found at the bottom of a bottle…

 

Johnson O’Neill joined The Heartsong Ranch to escape his addiction. One night at a friend’s wedding, stress causes him to fall off the wagon and into the arms of the woman of his dreams.

 

 

 

Debra Donahue lost her husband to alcohol then pulled herself up by her bootstraps becoming a million-dollar selling real estate agent. One night with a sexy cowboy and a bottle of whiskey, Debra falls hard.

 

 

 

Can an alcoholic cowboy and a brokenhearted woman find love despite their fears? Or will the bottom of a bottle claim another happily ever after?

 

 

Excerpt

 

“I don’t drink, but could use a strong one, right now. Not this sissy stuff.” He lifted the glass to his lips, downed the contents, and shoved his now-empty champagne flute away before he leaned in toward her. The smell of alcohol on his breath hinted that he’d already had too much to drink. “Know anyone around here with some whiskey?” The dark sapphire of his eyes chilled her. This was a man used to getting what he wanted. “I’d even share.” His voice deepened and became husky with his offer and she shivered.

 

“I don’t drink with men I don’t know.” Debra stuck out her hand. “I’m Debra, and you are?”

 

The man grabbed another glass of champagne off a passing waiter’s tray and guzzled the drink in one swallow. “The name’s Johnson O’Neill. Now about that whiskey.” He reached out and drew her up to standing then tugged her in close to him. Wrapping his arm around her back, he moved her body in a slow two-step motion.

 

Debra gazed into his eyes. “You don’t have to seduce me for the whiskey.” She stepped out of his embrace and put her hands on her hips. She frowned.

 

“That’s not why I drew you into my arms. You were tapping your foot when I arrived—and I thought you might like a dance. A pretty woman like you shouldn’t be sitting alone.” He stretched his palm out again in a plea.

 

 

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Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog. Her stories feature small towns and happily ever after!


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Cowboy Up

 

Six men as tough as the west…Six women who know how to Cowboy Up.

 

A book bundle featuring some of the hottest Western authors around. Each story is unique. The bundle goes from sweet to sizzling with a story sure to please every fan of Western Romances.

 

Always, Cowboy by Allison Merritt

The past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future.

 

A Cowboy’s Heart by Leslie Garcia

Teenage lovers torn apart by betrayal. Have seventeen years changed everything—or nothing?

 

The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir

Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?

 

Cowboy Trouble by Autumn Piper

She’s decided to make some bad choices this weekend.

 

Chasing a Cowboy by Sara Walter Ellwood

He’s running from heartbreak. She’s chasing after love… Their hearts will never be the same.

 

Cowboy Bred, Cowboy Born by D’Ann Lindun

Freedom or family? Only love can make the choice.

 

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