Cat Johnson
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Samhain Publishing
Release Date
December 2010
Book 2 of Studs in Spurs
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Western Romance

This cowboy is looking for more than just an eight-second ride.

Studs in Spurs, Book 2

Mustang Jackson does two things well—ride bulls and love women. So the injury that takes him out of the arena leaves him only one way to make a living. Unfortunately, getting paid to be a stud in front of the camera isn't as fun as private conquests. When he catches sight of little Sage Beckett, minus the glasses, braces and pigtails he remembers, doing time in his hometown suddenly gets a lot more interesting.

Sage had a crush on Michael long before he started using that ridiculous nickname "Mustang". Though from what she's overheard about his string of buckle bunnies, the man more than lives up to it. In the past he always looked right through her. Now that he's home again, she's determined to capture and tame this wild stallion, no matter what it takes.

She intends to satisfy her curiosity and move on, but with every touch she's less sure she'll ever purge him from her system. Once corralled in her arms, Mustang finds himself thinking that domestication may not be so bad after all.

Warning: Contains one well-hung cowboy riding much more than just bulls, some ménage action in front of and behind the camera, some whips and chains and some red-hot cowboy loving.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 13, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
205 people found the following review helpful
Cowboys, and Porno, and Love...Oh My! This has got to be one of the most original erotic romances I've read all year. Get ready for a Bucking good time!

In BUCKED, we are taken back to the world of professional bull-riding right from where UNRIDDEN left off. I will say that I devoured this book as I couldn't wait to see what trouble Mustang was going to cause next for himself. Mustang, the resident cowboy ladies' man, is hurt in competition and taken out of riding for at least 3 months. He has to have surgery on his riding arm, so he decides to go home to convalesce.

Home...that's a dirty word to Mustang. He doesn't like to go there mainly because his father thinks he should be working with him at the local Prison instead of traipsing around after bulls. But he's pleasantly surprised when the first person he sees when he comes home is the girl-next-door who is all grown up...and hot!

Sage has always had a crush on Mustang, so when she knows that he's going to be coming home for a few months, she knows that she's got to take the chance to be with him. She's a woman, not "Little Bit", as he so lovingly called her, anymore.

Mustang knows that he's no good for Sage, but he can't resist her. Harder still, he thinks he's falling for her. But when Mustang's quest for monetary independence lands him in less than stellar situations, he must decide whether to keep his unsavory deeds from her or come clean and risk losing her forever.

This is the second book in the Studs and Spurs series, and although it could easily be a standalone novella, I would suggest that in order to really get into the world of series, you start with UNRIDDEN, the first book in the series.

Mustang was touted as this ladies' man in the first book, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how little he fought the relationship that he had with Sage. It seemed as though it just fell into place for him. Sage is very young in this book, she makes mention of the fact that she's not old enough to drink, and she's in college, but she seems to be mature in a lot of ways. She's always been a source of support for Mustang, and I feel like he was able to let her in easier because of that. Mustang was the one who seemed to be immature in this book. He got himself mixed up in a pornography company because he was desperate for money and really didn't ask the most basic of information before signing on. He also didn't have the guts to stand up to his father and let him know that he didn't want to take the job that he was offering him. It seemed as though without the bull riding circuit, he was just floundering. And I guess in a lot of ways he was, except for when he was with Sage.

On the other hand, Sage was the good girl that did everything right, but with Mustang, she got to live out a bit of wild side and seduce him. In that way, they seemed perfect for each other.

The plot of the book is definitely interesting. I for one wasn't expecting Mustang to get into porn. I know that he loves having sex and all, but I had to laugh out loud when he first showed up on that set. I think that the author did a great job of making those scenes mechanical and unsexy. They were also a bit hilarious, especially the description of the first one that he did (yes, the fool did TWO).

What I didn't expect was the sweet and loving sex scenes between Sage and Mustang. He treasured her body and always treated her like she was special from the beginning--which was a much different Mustang that we were used to seeing.

My only complaint is that I feel like we didn't get to see enough of the relationship develop between Sage and Mustang. It was as if just when they got started on the right track, the story ended. We get the sense that they will work it out, and they will be ok, but there were so many things left up in the air, I just wanted a bit more. Will Mustang be able to ride again? Will Sage change her major and be able to go on the road with him? I'm hoping some of this will be addressed in the next book.

I enjoyed the comedy of errors which was Mustang's fledgling career in the adult entertainment world, and also catching up with Jenna and Slade from the first book, as well as young Chase, the rookie of the year. But what I loved most was watching Mustang fall in love and not fight it. Seeing the man get so off course but getting exactly what he needed gave the book an appeal that all romance lovers will enjoy.
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BOOK INTERVIEW on January 2011
Cat, thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to answer these questions about your book. We're really excited to have the opportunity to do this. "Let's Buck", Y'all!

Thanks! It's my pleasure to tell you more about my series.

Q: Why did you decide to write a series about bull-riders? How did the idea come about?

It kind of came about by accident--or perhaps it's more poetic to call it serendipity? Or maybe desperation? LOL Anyway, here is the story. My editor at my former publisher (Linden Bay Romance, which was acquired by Samhain Publishing a few years ago) asked me for a menage book. I told her I'd think about it, but until I had a compelling idea for one, I wasn't going to try.

I had been concentrating on writing military romance and was in constant contact with a deployed soldier for those. One day, my military guy says, "Hey, my Bravo team leader used to be a rodeo cowboy before he joined the Army. Can you use that idea for a book?" I said, "Uh, yeah!! And why didn't you tell me this before?!"

From that one kernel of an idea, the story of Rough Stock (my first cowboy menage) emerged--2 cowboys, both in love with the farmer's daughter. One becomes a rodeo champion, the other joins the Army. However, I had my cowboys be saddle bronc riders because I own horses and, silly author that I am, I thought, how hard could it be to write and research rodeo? Right?

Wrong!! I found I could only find so much info online. I knew I'd get killed by readers who knew the sport if I wasn't accurate in the book so, as an act of desperation, I did a People Search on Myspace for "rodeo cowboys" and I found one. He was a student at Oklahoma State University, had been on the rodeo team at his junior college (NEO) and was willing to answer my questions. He got me through writing Rough Stock, though he was a bull rider and that's what he knew most about. So it was a no brainer that the next book, another cowboy menage, should be about bull riders!

That was also about the time that the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) was really coming into its own as a televised sport, so I found I could watch hours of bull riding on television, and take notes while listening to the announcers. It really helped with the writing.

Q: How did you end up with the idea to have Mustang go into porn?

Ha! Well that I have to attribute to my original bull riding cowboy consultant, too. (Hope he doesn't read this!) You see, bull riding is expensive with the equipment, entrance fees, transportation, etc, and college is expensive as well. He's cute and in shape, so he'd been offered a nude modeling job by a local photographer, as well as an opportunity to make some really good money making "movies". Though the promise of the easy money was very tempting, my bull rider in real life turned it down. However Mustang, my character in BUCKED, did not.

Q: That's really interesting! Please tell us something about Mustang that we don't already know at this point.

Wow, good question! Hard question. LOL. Well, I think you've seen a glimpse of this trait in him already, but Mustang (in spite of his horndog ways) is truly a romantic at heart and he is quite a matchmaker. He enjoys pushing people together when he sees they should be together, even if the people involved don't see it yet themselves. He's incredibly intuitive in reading the people he cares about, such as the other bull riders. We saw this a bit in UNRIDDEN (Book 1) when he saw that Slade was falling for Jenna, and he's at it again in HOOKED (Book 4), which I'm writing right now.

Q: Which character do you think was easier to write: Mustang or Slade (Mustang's best friend who was featured in the first Studs in Spurs Book, UNRIDDEN)? Why?

I think Mustang was easier, mainly because he's fun, and funny, and he's ruled by his id. He's tired, he sleeps. He's hungry, he eats. He's horny, he finds a woman. Slade was difficult because of the two cowboys, he was the brooder. It's hard not to overwrite those dark, brooding traits. You don't want the reader to want to smack the character.

Q: I read on your blog that you sponsor a real-life amateur bull rider. How did that come about?

Well, now we are back to that first cowboy again. I was at a book signing with a group of fellow local authors and the subject of sponsoring an Army unit came up. But by the time I'd driven the 2 hours home to NY from Scranton, PA, the idea of my sponsoring my rodeo cowboy instead had me so excited I couldn't wait to ask him. That was Mike, who is currently not riding (life, jobs and health insurance issues all got in the way). But the funny thing about using my sponsorship of Mike for book promo was that I started to come up in online searches that bull riders looking for sponsors were doing.

In the past few years, I've had 3 riders approach me for sponsorship, 2 amateur and 1 professional. So now I am sponsoring another young Oklahoma amateur bull rider. He's driven and determined, and enjoys the promo aspect as much as the riding, it seems. There are apparently now Let's Buck bumper stickers all over Oklahoma, and he just got a Let's Buck tattoo--yeah, a REAL tattoo. THAT'S dedication, right?

Q: Amazing! What can you tell us about the future of Mustang's bull riding career? Things were still up in the air at the end of his book. What is going to happen?

Well, you will all know when RIDE (Book 3) releases December 28th that Mustang is back on the bulls and competing again. His injury of the snapped ulna (the actual injury that Mike sustained when he was riding) was definitely not enough to permanently keep either Mike or Mustang from riding. These riders are a tough breed. They ride with a torn this or a broken that all the time. They break their backs, and after they heal, get back on a bull. One professional rider unwired his broken jaw himself and then rode. They are insane, yes, but they're also tough, tough guys.

Q: Sage, Mustang's love interest, was definitely a different type of woman than what Mustang is used to, how did you know she would be so perfect for him?

I knew that with Mustang's vast experience with women, just anyone wouldn't do to capture his heart. She had to be special. She definitely had to be different. In a sea of so many buckle bunnies after him, the girl that tamed him would have to stand out from among the rest. Two things made Sage perfect for Mustang. First, the fact they'd grown up together. She knew him better than anyone else in the world. Better than his parents, and even better than her older sister who'd dated him because Sage, as the shy quiet little sister, was there listening to Mustang throughout his difficult younger years. The second thing that made Sage so tempting to Mustang was her innocence (so different from all the women hopping into bed for threesomes with him) and the fact she should have been off limits because of his respect for her grandmother. You know a man can't resist what's off limits.

Q: The Studs in Spurs series has very apropos titles that could be interpreted several different ways (wink,wink) such as UNRIDDEN and BUCKED. How do you come up with these great titles?

Haha! I get such ribbing from my friends who like to throw those titles out there while they're introducing me to people as a porn writer. Real sweet of them, huh? But anyway, yes, I choose the titles very carefully based on two things. First, you've already hit on--every one of the titles can have a double meaning, a slightly naughty meaning. However, the second criteria and most important for me is that every title is something you will hear during an actual bull ride. Turn on a broadcast of a bull ride and you will hear the announcers talking about this bull being "unridden" in so many outs, or this rider being "bucked" off. I want to choose terms that are specific to bull riding.

Q: If there was one thing you could change (including deletions and additions) about BUCKED as it is now, what would it be, and why?

I think I would have taken the time to expand the ending a bit. The conflict within Sage regarding the revelation of Mustang's porn career could have been explored more. She accepted it because she understood his motivation, and she knew he was no saint before her, but it really can't be easy to accept the man you're in love with was having sex on camera with strange women and then joining you for dinner and a make-out session just hours after. If I had it to write over, I'd expand her feelings about that. Not that the ending would have changed. Those two were meant for each other. They'd work it out.

Q: Chase, the young bull rider who won the rookie of the year title in UNRIDDEN and was also seen in BUCKED, is one of my favorite characters. Please give us a sneak peak at what's going to happen with him.

Ah, Chase. He brings out the cougar in me. I just want to eat him up! Yes, Chase stars in RIDE (Book 3) and what I can tell you is that sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Chase is competing in the final in Vegas, has a few drinks at a party with the other riders, and wakes up in his hotel room with a stripper in his bed and a pair of new gold rings on the nightstand. If you know Chase, you'll know this--he's probably one of the few men who would not only try to make the marriage work, but might actually have a shot at doing so!

I hope that Chase fans realize that I have two free reads out starring him. One is "8 Second Ride" which is just a single, fast-paced glimpse into a day in the life of the young rider. The second is "The Rookie" which is actually a deleted scene from BUCKED. It is the scene where Mustang (and a slightly unwilling Chase) pick up a woman in the bar and bring her back to Mustang's trailer for a threesome. It was written as part of BUCKED and I chose to cut it out. Why? I wasn't sure I wanted the readers to watch Mustang having sex with another woman (on page) right before he reunites with Sage, who will become the love of his life. Meanwhile, I have him doing all sorts of stuff later during his short-lived porn career, but that was unavoidable, and for him, unenjoyable, so it felt different for me.

Anyway, check out the FREE READS page on my site at http://catjohnson.net for these downloads and a few others.

Q: What can fans expect from you in 2011?

I am within a few thousand words of completing HOOKED (Studs in Spurs, Book 4). The old characters you love from the first 3 books will be there, but the star is a veteran bull rider we haven't met before. So I hope to have that scheduled for release in 2011. Also, more installments of my Red, Hot & Blue series are coming, so keep your eyes peeled for news at my site. Between eBook releases and paperback releases, there is always something coming on the horizon.

Thanks so much for having me here.

Thank you, Cat! We've enjoyed your insights into Mustang, Sage and the ins and outs of bull riding.

To celebrate the fact that BUCKED (Book 2) is finally in print and that RIDE (Book 3) is now out in eBook, Cat is happy to offer a prize of one free download of the eBook that started the Studs in Spurs series, UNRIDDEN, to one lucky winner.

Mechanics of the contest:

You can do either or both of the following to enter the drawing:

2. Write a comment or question to Cat below in the comment box (3 chances to win) from now to January 31;


2. Check out our contest page from January 5 to 7 to enter your email address (1 chance to win).

The winner will be announced in the comment box on February 3.
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