"A steamy Western of love lost"
Since her husband left her without any source of income,
Carly decided to make a living doing what she likes to do:
have sex. After a year, she had many repeat clients,
usually cowboys who would ride out to her house in the
prairie. Unfortunately, she learns from a friend that
Preston, her husband, has returned to town and brought his
new wife. Preston still loves Carly and wants to rekindle
their relationship, but he is jealous of the men that share
her bed. Carly is attempting to stay clear of Preston's
advances, but when the man she still loves so actively
pursues her, saying no becomes much more difficult.
I do not say this often about books, or novellas in this
case, but this story was much too short. The book was not
long enough to clearly explain the motivations behind the
characters, specifically Carly and Preston. Although some
back-story was available, I felt these two characters were
one-dimensional and all of the secondary characters had no
depth since there was not enough time for the story to
carry so many perspectives. Also, the ending was rushed
and the highly dramatic ending had no punch. If the book
was longer, I feel this would have been an excellent story.
Overall, a good premise, but much was lost due to the
shortness of the novella. I believe this story would have
been better as a full-length novel.
Reviewed by Katie Seely
Posted July 7, 2009
Preston left Carly when she needed him most. For over a year, she's been alone. With a farm to manage and no money for expenses, she turns to a woman's profession and conducts business from her prairie home. There's a reason for it. Her doors are open to the strange desires of familiar men.
When Carly discovers Preston is coming home, she hears the news from one of her customers. He tells her Preston is bringing a woman to Stockton, but a woman isn't the only thing Preston brings home.
Will Preston and Carly finally find their way back to one another or will the past continue to keep them apart? Find out in this explosive third book of the Branded trilogy.
Genre: Series, Romance, Western, Historical, Gay/Lesbian, GBLT, Ménage, Cowboys, Cowboy, Indian, Indians, Quintetto, M/M, M/F/M
Flame Rating: 5 Flames - Devil's Breath: Caveat Emptor. May include graphic violence, offensive language, and/or exotic sexual practices