At the Cowboy's Mercy

Emma Jay
At the Cowboy's Mercy
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Release Date
September 2012
Book 1 of Taming the Cowboy
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Western Romance

Kennedy Stacey couldn't be more down on her luck. Her father, a rodeo cowboy, recently passed away after a long, expensive illness. The medical bills, combined with his habit of gambling and the fact that she had to quit her job to take care of him,has left her homeless and with no place to go but back to the rodeo. She tracks down Luke Delaney, one of her father's proteges, and asks for help.

Luke Delaney thought of Red Stacey as a father. Kennedy didn't call him when Red was sick, so he didn't get to say good-bye to the man he loved like a father. He can't forgive her for that, and turns her away.

But when she turns to his brother Liam for help instead,Luke steps forward, partly because of his concern of how his brother the player will treat her, and partly because he knows her father would want him to.

Since she's homeless, she has to stay in his tiny RV. At first close quarters lead to sparring as they fight their attraction--and she fights to have some kind of independence when she's leaning so heavily on him. But nature can only hold out so long, and despite their better judgement, they give in to their desires.

But Kennedy is afraid he's taking her body in payment, and he's afraid of the feelings he has for her as he gets to know her again, the feelings he hasn't let himself feel since they were sixteen years old.

Book Review by Lara Lee Sweety (author,reviewer)
Nov 13, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
AT THE COWBOY'S MERCY by Emma Jay will bring out the hot cowgirl or cowboy in you. This novella length story is an erotic romance that will have you looking for a nearby rodeo of your own.

Living under the same roof with Kennedy Stacey, Luke Delaney falls in love with her at age eighteen. Kennedy succeeds in breaking his heart the evening he finds her in bed with his brother Liam. Fast forward eleven years later, Kennedy has lost everything she's ever known. Destitute, she finds Liam and Luke at a rodeo in Texas. She begs for work and shelter.

Luke stops Liam from taking her in, knowing their past, and searching for his future. While Luke harbors resentment toward Kennedy, he can't fight the feelings he still has for her. He introduces her to a simpler life than the one she thought she wanted; they fall in love in the process.

Emma Jay does a good job of building the characters. You find yourself rooting for the dark and brooding Luke and Kennedy's story of loss tugs at your heart. The sexual heat between the two explodes in a satisfying manner. The author's creativity shines here better than anywhere in the story.

The story deserves a four rating, however because of the need for extensive editing, I had to give it a three. There are numerous errors that will be an easy fix. When there are so many that it takes me out of the story, it's difficult to enjoy. Fixing the formatting errors will make it a much better read. I had to reread several sections in order to be able to follow who was speaking. The story progresses well otherwise.

Despite the need for editing, it's worth the read. A snappy edit could make me fall in love with the story. I think we would all enjoy seeing where the author could take Liam and I'd like to see what's in store for Kennedy and Luke down the road. You will enjoy the steamy interludes between the characters.

Update: Further investigation reveals this IS part of a series.
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