Unbridled and Unbranded

Elle St. James
Unbridled and Unbranded
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Publisher
Bookstrand
Release Date
November 2011
ISBN
1619260930
Series
Book 5 of Double Rider Mens' Club
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Western Romance

SUMMARY
Callie Warren wants to sell her struggling ranch and live overseas as an artist, but a devious neighboring rancher endangers her lifelong dream. Old friends Bo Parker and Rafe Latimer lend a hand at her place, and an erotic threesome relationship begins temporarily. Just until she leaves. She doesn't want to fall in love, but is powerless to resist their sexually charming overtures.

Bo, recently back home after making his fortune abroad, is ready to settle down with his best friend Rafe, who's been running the family ranch. They're ready to settle down together with a wife, but the only woman they desire is hell-bent on leaving town. How can they convince her to stay when they both understand her drive to follow her dreams?

Can Bo and Rafe settle down and be happy without Callie? And will she come to resent them if she forfeits her dreams for a life in Colorado?

Book Review by Rebecca
Mar 08, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
Similar to other books in this series, UNBRIDLED AND UNBRANDED is an entertaining, simple read. While the others had a bit more storyline, Callie's story is unique enough to be interesting. Strands of the story that could've added more intrigue were just left hanging – didn't take away from the story but didn't add to it either.

Callie wants to sell the ranch she inherited when her father died. Always dreaming of living overseas as an artist but having been trapped at home to care for her ailing father, now is her chance. But her long-time enemy, a mean-spirited neighboring rancher, works to undermine her plans and purchase her ranch himself. Trouble with the bank, border disputes and stealing away ranch hands are just the beginning of what he's willing to do to sabotage Callie. And though he's willing to buy her land – or even marry her to join their lands - he's the only person she won't sell her family land to.

At her lowest point, having just lost her ranch hands during breeding season, she finds help with another local rancher. As it turns out, the ranch is run by Rafe, a man she had a one-night stand with years ago. To add another kink, the ranch's owner Bo, Callie's first love, has returned after making his fortune abroad. When they lend a hand at her ranch, they make no attempt to hide their mutual attraction and (of course) begin a deliciously erotic threesome.
While Rafe and Bo are ready to settle down together with a wife to share, Callie is clear their relationship is only temporarily until she leaves. She spends a lot of time working not to fall in love, but (of course) that is exactly what happens. And though she stands to inherit a large fortune by agreeing to terms in her trust fund, Callie still refuses to see a solution.

In the end, the men figure out how to make all their dreams come true without anyone losing. We arrive at an easy ending after pages of exaggerated agony with none of the characters able to find their path. And while we know at the end of a romance that there's a HEA, this ending was definitely not the obvious one.
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