Mad About Maddie

Sherri Thomas
Mad About Maddie
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
July 2011
Book 1 of The Double M Ranch
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Madison Preston wants nothing to do with the opposite sex. She only wants to teach the techniques of barrel racing, but doesn't have her own land to accommodate her dream. In order to earn enough money to buy her family home, she settles for training horses on the Double M ranch, but finds it hard to concentrate when a certain cowboy won't stay out of her way. Even her strong tongue-lashings do nothing more than encourage his sexual innuendoes.

It's going to take a special man to help Maddie overcome her fears of intimacy and abuse. Especially when that man is a hot-blooded, sex-driven cowboy and his very being is dependent upon male-female relations. However, that's exactly what Jake Dutson does, until, that is, she finds him in the arms of another woman.

All his life Jake Dutson wanted to take in and train abused horses. He has also wanted a place to call home, but being on his own since the tender age of sixteen he's never had that luxury, until now. He's determined to buy a house. He needs the land. What he doesn't need is an entanglement with a woman who has a tongue as sharp as a razor and doesn't mind using it. Believing he isn't interested in long term relationships, Jake's world is rocked when he discovers the only place he finds home is in Madison's arms.

Now he only has to convince Maddie their love is worth the ride.

Book Review by ReviewsbyMolly (reviewer)
Sep 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
173 people found the following review helpful
I love a good cowboy story, and I love a good author. When I get the two together, it's even better! I loved Sherri Thomas' work and her skills are superb. She really captured me instantly, drew me into the heart of the story and had me hanging on every word until the very last page. I couldn't put this book down for anything!

MAD ABOUT MADDIE is fantastically written. A story about a young woman who left town after being used and abused by her ex boyfriend, and returns home to work on the Double M Ranch. She's in charge of training the new horses that come in from being rescued. To her, it's a big surprise when Jake Dutson "rescues" her from the horse she's training. She's sure he's just a crazy stranger and doesn't trust him. After all, she was abused and is done with men.

So, why does she drive Jake absolutely mad? He's never felt this way about a woman before, especially this fast. All he wants to do is get his inheritance from his deceased father and get his father's girlfriend out of the picture. But he can't get Maddie off his mind. He wants her in a bad way and it's driving him mad. Can he show her that he's not like Steve? That he's in for the haul and he won't misuse or abuse her?

I loved finding out the answers to those questions. The characters really make the story pop, and fit their roles and personalities perfectly. I loved Maddie and Jake, but I loved the rest of the ranchers too, with Dex, Troy and Maddie's dad. Watching Jake prove to Maddie that he's completely in love with her and that she can trust him was fantastic.

I definitely recommend this book to every romance lover out there. There's the perfect amount of laughter, wit, and of course, passion. The sparks are flying and the characters weave their way into your hearts to stay. This is the perfect start to a fantastic series, and already, I am anxiously awaiting the release of book 2, Holding On. I can't wait to see what's in store for Dex.
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