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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Make Mine a Cowboy by Sandy Sullivan



Mesa Arraguso writes about hot cowboys for a living. Being a romance writer has it perks and its drawbacks. She spends a lot of time alone in front of her computer, but she gets to fantasize about incredibly hot men wearing cowboy boots and Stetsons. While visiting San Antonio, Texas for a writer’s conference, she finds herself stranded on the back roads of Bandera only to be rescued by one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever encountered, be it fantasy or for real.
Joel Young is a cowboy. From the top of his Stetson to the tip of his dirty cowboy boots, he’s cowboy through and through. Along with rescuing women when they do silly things like running out of gas miles from town on a dirt road, he spends his days herding cattle, fixing fences and breaking horses.
Can one handsome cowboy and a city-girl from LA find common ground is the Hill Country long enough to see beyond a quick fling?


As the water began rising rapidly she realized she needed to get the hell out of her car before it was washed away. In the distance she could make out several larger rocks. "If I can get on top of them, I should be safe from the rush. Of course, that means I'll be out in the rain getting soaked.” Fear rose, threatening to choke her with the lump in her throat. She rubbed her arms trying to calm the chills while deciding what to do. She really didn’t have much choice. Water ran in rivulets down the windshield. Lightning continued to flash and thunder rolled over the area. She sucked in a large breath as she bit her lip.
A moment later a tap, tap, tap on her window startled her out of her thoughts. She jumped and screamed as a face appeared near her door. Blue eyes with long lashes stared back beneath a black cowboy hat. Black hair ruffled slightly with the wind.
"Ma'am? Are you all right?"
"I'm fine."
"You need to get this car out of the water. You'll be washed away. It's rising fast."
"I can't. I'm out of gas."
"Open the door."
"Hell, no. Do I look crazy to you?" she asked, her voice shrill with terror.
"Trust me. If I were a serial killer, I wouldn't be out in this shit trying to find women to abduct. I'm going to help you, but you need to get out of the car first before we're both swept away."
Mesa bit her lip. Should she trust him?
"All right." She eased open the door to find the water almost reached the bottom of the car. The cowboy pulled the door the rest of the way as she grabbed her purse.
"We have to hurry," he said, offering her a hand to help her from the car. "Let me help you. This water is rushing pretty fast."
A red horse stood patiently several feet away with its head down, riding out the storm the only way horses knew how. A cowboy on a real horse out here in the middle of nowhere? Surely, it's safe. I mean serial killers don't ride horses, right?


He winced as she dabbed again. It had to hurt, she knew but all she could think about was kissing those full lips. She wanted to see his eyes dark with desire. Feel his hands on her bare flesh. Have those lips on other places of her body like her breasts, her nipples, or her clit.
“You okay?” he whispered, glancing up through those impossibly long eyelashes.
“Yeah.” Her heart pounded behind her ribcage.
“Your pulse is fluttering.”
“I know.”
“Why?” His voice continued in a soft, coaxing tone reminding her of how he spoke to the horse while she gave birth to her colt.
“It’s nothing, Joel.”
“Do you want me to kiss you?”
She closed her eyes and licked her lips. God, do I ever want you to kiss me. More than my next breath. More than a winning lottery ticket. More than…
The next thing she knew, he had twisted her around so she lay flat on the bed with him hovering over her. He bent down and brushed his lips against hers so softly she wasn’t sure if he’d actually kissed her.
“You shouldn’t be doing this.”
“I know.”
He kissed her again, this time with his tongue softly brushing her lips as if to ask for permission to deepen it. Her lips parted of their own accord without her even thinking beyond how his lips felt against hers. The dip of his tongue tore a moan from her mouth. She tangled her hands in the front of his western shirt, wanting nothing more than to remove the barrier between his skin and hers.
The fire burning in her gut prompted her to return kiss for kiss, touch for touch.

Angie J's Review:

I received this book ARC from the author for an honest review.

Raise your hands if you have read a Sandy Sullivan novel?  Shew!! Then you all know how hawt they are right!!!???   GREAT because this book defo doesn't disappoint at all.  I also loved the BDSM aspects of  Joel and Mesa sexual relationship.  I find BDSM super hawt to read!!! *blushes*

This story is about independent minded, strong willed, romance writer, Mesa who runs out of gas in the middle of a thunderstorm WHEN a flash flood is about the hit.......not good right?  Did I mention she freaks in storms???  Bad sitch for Mesa until *tap tap tap* on her car window is a hot, sexy cowboy (Joel) who offers her help.  The chemistry is uber thick.  Both Mesa and Joel can feel the sexual tension.  They try to fight it because the family has a strict "no screwing guest" rule on the dude ranch they run.  Mesa writes erotic cowboy novels so she decides to stay for a few days at the ranch.  Well friends what do you think happens?  OF COURSE they can't stop the attraction and damn is the sex hot.  Then typical male Joel tells Mesa she is "almost the best he has ever had"....oh yes ladies he was a total douche at that point.  Well Mesa was not thrilled...hell would you be????  They fight and then have some make up sex and then her time to leave has arrives.  Their week is over.  Both are totally head over heels in love with the other BUT are tooo afraid to admit it.  So what happens you ask????  Hrmmmm guess you better just buy the book to find out. I will say i was yelling a little bit at BOTH of them for being soooooo dang stubborn!!!!!

My favorite parts of the book are when Mesa and Joel have a "food fight" of sorts while they have an argument about a misunderstanding.  I also love love love Joel's matchmaking mother Nina.  She is a driving force behind this family of 9 boys.

I love the set up at the end of the book for Jess.  He totally needs some love because he is a broken, unhappy cowboy. When you read about his ex-wife you will wanna hug him for his heart ache but also kick him in the balls for being an ass!!   I cant wait to see him get his butt kicked by love AND see what a true loving relationship with a woman will do for him.

About the Author:

 Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her
husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play
with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of
Nashville. Country music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux
and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed
the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and
spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys
so you'll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots.


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