Branded by the Texas Rancher

Jan Bowles
Branded by the Texas Rancher
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Release Date
October 2010
Book 2 of Cowboy Bad Boys
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Western Romance

Twenty-eight-year-old English schoolteacher Rebecca Wade moves to Texas, leaving behind an unhappy past. Keeping to herself, she vows to steer clear of men. When she meets bad boy rancher Jed Monroe, the father of one of her pupils, she immediately disapproves of his carefree ways and irresponsible attitude.

With Jed working on her house in exchange for his daughter's extra tuition, Rebecca is determined to stay aloof. But how can she remain detached when just the mere sight of Jed Monroe causes the sexual woman within her to emerge?

Jed has only one thing on his mind and that's Rebecca. The ice maiden has lit the touch-paper inside him. He will stop at nothing until she becomes his.

Can the Texas rancher bring out the simmering passion within Rebecca? Or will she be too scared to let go?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jan 28, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
292 people found the following review helpful
Jan Bowles sure knows how to write an erotic romance!

BRANDED BY THE TEXAS RANCHER is a hot erotic romance that set my heart rate soaring. The author knows how to blend the sensual content with the right amount of plot to make the story not only erotic but interesting, and I couldn't put it down.

Rebecca has come to Texas from England to start over. After a failed engagement, a harsh upbringing and only unpleasant sexual memories, she's ready to find the woman she was meant to be. She's a teacher at the local school, and one of students, Annie, needs help with her lessons. She proposes the extra help to Annie's father, Jed, but he states he can't afford to pay her for the lessons. Rebecca suggests that she trade the tutoring for work on her house, and Jed readily accepts.

As Jed is working on her house, Rebecca can't help but notice that the sexy ranch owner stirs feelings in her that she never thought that she could have. She tries to deny the attraction to him, but it's impossible. The prim and proper schoolteacher intrigues Jed because he sees the sexy woman underneath. Unable to deny the attraction any longer, they begin a sexual relationship. But when they develop feelings for each other, they have to decide if it's just going to be sex or something more meaningful.

This erotic novella was really enjoyable. The plot was one that was both interesting and realistic. Rebecca is a woman who's had her self-esteem stripped away from her by a degrading father and then an uncaring fiancé. She's ready to make a new life for herself in America. She meets a man who's pushing all of her buttons and she's finally able to find the sensual woman she never thought she could be.

Jed is a single father who's lived mostly for his daughter. But Rebecca calls to him, and he sees what she is hiding under all of her stuffy clothes--a vibrant, sexual woman. The chemistry between Jed and Rebecca is tangible. He's a sexy alpha male and much different than any men she encountered in England. And when they finally come together, the sex between them sizzles.

The sex scenes were steamy and erotic, but underneath, there was a tenderness that hinted at a greater depth to their feelings than just sexual. I do want to note that there is one sex scene that has anal sex in it just in case there are those who would rather not read that.

The plot was gripping and realistic. I liked the way the author handled the fact that Jed was a single father. He never neglected his duties as a father, and little Annie did provide some obstacles in their relationship just as it possibly would in real life. I think that added a dose of reality to the book that made it that much more enjoyable. I felt that the relationship was a bit rushed in the end, but that didn't detract from the story for me at all.

So, realistic plot, great characters, including a sexy alpha cowboy (YUM), and very hot sex. I don't think I could ask for much more. I've enjoyed all of the books I've read by Jan Bowles so far, and I look forward to reading more of her in the future!
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Book Review by Rebecca
Apr 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
280 people found the following review helpful
Jan Bowles' newest Cowboy Bad Boys book, Branded by the Texas Rancher, was a simple, quick read. With nothing terribly interesting to the storyline, the book was just okay.

Rebecca moves from England to teach school in Avery Grove, Texas after her fiancé broke off their engagement shortly before their wedding. Working to overcome his claim of her frigidity and her own childhood as the daughter of a bitter preacher, Rebecca wants a fresh start. Though the author gives glimpses into her past, more substantial background would have added depth to the character and help the reader gain a warmer connection.

Rebecca meets Jed through his eight-year-old daughter Annie, who is one of her students. Because Annie has learning difficulties, Rebecca tutors her in exchange for her father completing odd jobs around her newly purchased home which needs a lot of attention. Jed and Rebecca both feel an attraction towards one another. Despite Rebecca's need to fight the attraction, slowly a relationship develops. Their chemistry is a bit awkward at first, but the story picks up as their relationship evolves.

Secondary characters were essential in the relationship between Jed and Rebecca but their roles in the book were minimized. Revealing more about Jed's daughter, his friends and Rebecca's neighbor would have built on the story. I felt their absence, wondering how their interaction would impact the story.

While the basic premise interested me enough to want to read the book, the plot isn't particularly well developed. There isn't enough conflict to keep it exciting and the climax isn't potent. I followed the storyline easily but didn't feel it. The author seemed to be telling the story instead of showing me the story. This could be a fascinating book with the premise about an English woman transplanted into Texas society. But it lacks depth. It is okay – a simple read – but don't expect too much.
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