A Texas Taming

Lydia Blythe
A Texas Taming
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Release Date
August 2011
Book 1 of Sage
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Western Romance

Tough horse doctor Ellie O'Shea has a hard lot in life. Her mother died early, leaving her to maintain her family's ranch. The frightening nature of her mother's death has kept her off the backs of the animals she loves, and her demanding circumstances have kept her from the happiness that's right under her nose.

Fortunately for her, the Mackey brothers, alpha Brett, intuitive Ash, and the youngest, Paul, have other ideas. They've finally decided what to do about their clashing desires to have Ellie for their own: they will share her. Now, they just have to make the headstrong woman realize how much they truly love her. Little do they know, though, that Ellie has already fallen hard for rodeo rider Gray Porter, who also just happens to be their houseguest!

Now it's Brett, Paul, and Ash versus Gray as these four stubborn cowpokes vie for Ellie's affections. But when the Mackeys' estranged brother Derby shows up, it's going to take a lot more than stubbornness to win Ellie over—a mix that includes not least of all, a mountain lion, a little cross-dressing, a wild ride across a canyon's back, a lot of love, and not a few nights steaming up the ranch house windows.

Book Review by Rebecca
Jun 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
225 people found the following review helpful
With such a big undertaking of five men and one woman, Lydia Blythe had a lot of ambition when conceptualizing A TEXAS TAMING. Unfortunately, readers will find an under-developed story focused on characters with little depth.

Independent horse doctor Ellie O'Shea has a great deal of responsibility. Her parents died early, leaving her the family ranch and a terrible fear of riding the very horses she cares for. Ellie's fright of riding horses is overcome in a rather anti-climactic manner towards the middle of the book. This scene was disappointing because so much could have come from it but it just seemed rushed.

Her need for control and simply her sole focus on keeping her family ranch has kept her away from the potential happiness right under her nose – literally, since Brett works with her sister, Mellie (I know, don't get me started on the name choice!). When perhaps a low-blood sugar episode or maybe it was a poisoning – I'm still not sure that was established – Brett makes his move.

Having decided to share Ellie since they all love her, the Mackey brothers - alpha Brett, intuitive Ash, and young Paul use her vulnerability and a snow storm to make her see how much they truly love her. Into this enters rodeo star Gray, who joins in too. Ellie goes along with this surprisingly well despite what an independent woman readers are told she is. Now perhaps she had feelings for these men in the past – I'm not sure but could maybe assume this. Regardless, she accepted this too well. It was a quick-developing relationship with little validity.

Then as I am struggling to accept this, the fourth Mackey brother Derby returns to town and wants a piece of the relationship. I liked him as the author gave us a bit more about him than the other brothers but it's entirely awkward. Little character development happens for any of the men aside from Brett who seems to lead everything. In a ménage, it is important the author give equal footing to every man, and that just didn't happen.

This story line has so much possibility – emotion with Ellie's first horse ride, suspense with a roaming mountain lion, humor with a little cross-dressing, and a lot of potential love with some steamy sex. But it just never happened. I want to give the benefit of the doubt since it's the first book in a series but honestly, I won't be reading the next one.
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