Hi there! Today I get to share my review of Jessie Evans’ newly release steamer–SADDLE AND SIN. It’s a contemporary romance featuring the hottest singing cowboy in five states (and Texas) and how he woos his Ice Queen manager into a Happily Ever After. #Loved.
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.
This is the second book in the Lonesome Point series, and I liked it better than the first.
Robert “Bubba” Lawson is reaching out for his dream. He’s always been a fave on the karaoke scene, but now he’s singing for real–booking gigs and everything. He’s keeping this on the super down-low because his mother is totally against performing, and especially against her sons growing up and moving away. Both his older brothers have built homes on their family ranch, but Bubba wants wings to fly. Oh, and he also wants his manager, Marisol.
Marisol got burned, professionally and emotionally, by a client/lover two years ago. Shunned by her family and plagued by internet video evidence of her folly, she’s sworn off men. Even Robert. Even panty-melting, heartstring-pulling, uber-lucious, destined-to-be-a-star Robert. Especially Robert, because he’s the real deal, both professionally and emotionally, and that scares the stuffing out of her pillows.
Okay. There are no surprises that Robert and Marisol do hit it. It’s more about how and when, and how they deal with it after. Marisol is loathe to give up any control in her regimented life, but she’s so attracted to the sensitive, hard-working, emotionally-available man who wants nothing more than to love and please her. Robert woos with the best of them: taking Marisol to his ranch to help with bull castrating. Yep, this cowboy is a real cowboy, fo sho.
I actually adored the ranching parts of this book. It felt fun and authentic. Marisol has more than a few tricks in her arsenal, and from the outset I felt compelled to cheer them on, knowing they would be each other’s best ally.
I got Marisol’s anguish–it’s brutal to have personal acts shared on porn websites. It’s rotten to be disowned by family. It’s empowering to isolate and cut away the hurting bits, but it’s exhilarating to be loved again, in spite of past mistakes. I so swooned for Robert. He didn’t bat an eyelash over Marisol’s sordid history. He loved her up, and down, and any which way he could get her. The smexytimes were G-O-O-D.
Bubba and Marisol made a great match and a great team, and this book is seriously just such a huge pile of beach-ready sunshine that I’m sure I’ll read it again. The Lonesome Point series is turning my head on cowboy romance. Or, maybe that was Bubba.
About Jessie Evans
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.
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