Bridled and Branded

Natalie Acres
Bridled and Branded
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
June 2010
Book 1 of Bridled
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

Lynlee Lewis is an old-fashioned girl who might as well take the lead in a modern day romance. She met a boy, when he was just a boy. She fell in love, but he barely noticed. Now, Lynlee wants to place a woman's brand on Blaine McCain, but will his past prevent her from staking a claim?

Lynlee's storybook romance isn't without its villains and obstacles. Add in the fact that Blaine rarely travels behind a bedroom door without company and Lynlee wonders why she's so taken by the cowboy in the first place.

Throw in a deadly situation and Lynlee finds herself in the midst of danger when a knife is shoved against her throat. Worse still, the man behind the blade is traveling with a wife who is no stranger to Blaine McCain. And they want to turn Blaine's life upside down with a package full of problems.

Book Review by Michelle R
Nov 24, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
275 people found the following review helpful
A suspense filled cowboy short-story full of danger, intrigue and yummy cowpokes. Yee Haw.

Lynlee and Blaine have been friends since childhood. The two of them may have been in denial about their feelings for each other, but the rest of their families could see the writing on the wall. Traveling the rodeo circuit, he is still pulling her pigtails every chance he gets just to enjoy her mock indignation. It's not until a knife is pulled, and Lynlee almost loses her life to the ex of one of Blaine's past flings, that the two of them wise up and give in to the years of pent up lust.

This story in the series read kinda flat for me. I'll admit the elements were all in place--a kidnapping, a best friend who protested the relationship, even a surprise pregnancy. But none of the very things that should have had me on the edge of my seat achieved that goal. Instead, everything seemed to have a neat and tidy resolution so we could get back to the sex. And that's what book one really was to me… fornication with a bit of storyline thrown in.

Now, I'm going to still tell y'all this is a worthy read.

It's short… just endure it. Pretend like it's the forward of the actual book, because to me, that's what it was. Book two is where I found myself teetering on the edge of my chair, toes curled, loosing track of time. It too is about Lynlee… and Blaine… and his family. His brothers. Many of whom are ALSO in love with Lynlee. Now see here m'dears--THAT'S GEWD DRAMA!

I found myself giggling at the ridonkulous during book one. So, when the grey skies gotcha down, this is the one to pull up on that ereader. Laugh with me friends. Then treat yourself right to book two, Bridled and Saddled. Mmm. Lynlee, sugar, you are one lucky lady.

Contemporary cowboy romance lovers, if you are ready to get your EXTREME ménage on.. this one is for you! Enjoy!
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
268 people found the following review helpful
Childhood friends becoming lovers is a sweet romance I enjoy reading. Ever notice how childhood friends sometimes become open adversaries in their late teens, especially if they are the opposite sex? For Blaine and Lynlee, this is the case because they are fighting their attraction for each other. I'm not sure why they feel the need to pretend it doesn't exist as it is clear to everyone around them. They want each other and fortunately more for than just one night.

The sex scenes in this book are smexy and fun. What I didn't find believable was a virgin immediately diving into a threesome where she's taking both front and back. While this scene was hot, I giggled at the absurdity of it. Lynlee has never fully been with a man although she's an experienced cocksucker. Blaine, it seems, has nailed every woman with a heartbeat. Not only that, he's completely indiscreet about his sexual shenanigans – even the ones where he is sharing with his male buddies.

While the sexual slutfest from Blaine and his buddy Rhett doesn't shock me, it does disappoint me that they aren't sexually librated enough to interact with each other. It's all okay for the women they poke and grind with to provide a bit of girl on girl action. However, there is no mention of Blaine sharing the same sexual expression with his male partners. This lack in connection is why the story isn't rated higher for me. I find that as I read more and more ménage books, it's more satisfying to have a true triad instead of a sexual play partner.

Still, this story is a smexy ride with a bit of the past coming up to try and destroy Lynlee and Blaine's burgeoning relationship. The conflict is anticipated because really, after boinking any slut in sight, does Blaine really think he can get away with never having an "accident"? Thankfully this does not deter Lynlee and we conclude with a happily for now. I recommend this erotic romance for cowboy lovers and those who want a fast hard smexy ride.
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