"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

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Branded by Love
(Branded: Book 3)
by Destiny Blaine

eXtasy Books
June 1, 2009
Available: June 1, 2009
ISBN #1554873002
EAN #9781554873005
116 pages
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