Cat Johnson
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Samhain Publishing
Release Date
November 2009
Book 1 of Studs in Spurs
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Western Romance

Studs in Spurs, Book 1

Slade Bower and Mustang Jackson are living the high life on the professional bull-riding circuit. The prize money is big, the bulls are rank and the women are willing. But something is missing. For Slade, waking up in a different city with a different woman each morning is holding less and less appeal. Even Mustang's creative attempts to shake things up don't help. Then along comes a big-city author who's like nothing they've ever encountered. Something about her makes Slade sit up and take notice—and Mustang is always up for anything. Romance writer Jenna Block has a problem—her agent thinks a cowboy book will jump-start her career. A born New Yorker, Jenna doesn't do cowboys, not on paper, and definitely not in real life. Luckily for her there are two cowboys ready, willing and able to take her out of her comfort zone in every way that counts…and some ways she hadn't counted on.

Warning: This story contains two hot cowboys, one very lucky woman, hot ménage sex and lots of bull.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 13, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
232 people found the following review helpful
UNRIDDEN is a steamy, sexy and fun read that made me want to look into going to some bull-riding competitions. It was a great read-comical, sexy and just plain fun. It's the first book in the Studs and Spurs series, and whew, what at great start! This book got me drawn into the world that Cat Johnson created, so that there is no chance that I could even imagine not continuing with the series.

Jenna is a romance writer who has just been told by her agent that her newest book doesn't have what the publishers are looking for. Cowboy romances are what's in right now. She's got six weeks to write a new novel about a Cowboy and being a suburban girl from New York has given her no experience in that area. To top that, she got a review for her last book that said her sex scenes are boring. Boring! All that AND she's about to turn 35. Luckily, she's going to Tula, OK for a writers' convention, so she's hoping to get some inspiration for her book there.

Enter Slade and Mustang, two of the hottest bull-riders on the circuit, both in the competitive standings and in burning up the sheets with a different girl each night. These two like to share, but Slade is becoming disinterested in having a faceless girl at every turn. So, when Mustang spots the sexy Jenna standing out in the crowd, in her turtleneck no less, they knew she was different. As the three embark on a tryst while they are in Tulsa, Jenna gets more than just the idea for her book. Her heart may be on the line.

The character of Jenna was smart and sexy, and I liked how she took charge of her sexuality and went after what she wanted. No excuses, she wanted the men, so that's what she did. Mustang was such a sweetheart in this. He sees the relationship spark between Jenna and Slade, and he tries to be a good friend and steer Slade in the right direction--even when it feels like he's dragging him there. Slade is wonderfully sexy and brooding. He's not happy about having the feelings that he has for Jenna and makes some mistakes because of that.

The love scenes are erotic but not overly graphic. I think that the author left some things up to the imagination of the reader, and I actually liked that better for this book. It wasn't very long (only about 100 pages), so I'm glad that the majority of the pages weren't taken up in the extremely graphic details of menage sex.

The world-building was great. I learned a lot about bull-riding. Under the guise of Jenna learning for her book, the author really educated the readers as well as drew them into this world of bucking bulls and tough cowboys. We also got a look into the world of romance writing. From the convention to the interactions with Jenna's agent, those glimpses into Jenna's life added to the realism of the book.

Then there were just scenes that were funny: Jenna's reaction to a review that she was reading while in the airport, her original description of how she was going to write a cowboy book (she'll have him just ride a horse a lot, HA!), and Jenna going out with a group of her writer friends to the bar in Tulsa. Those were just a few of the moments in the book that had me chuckling to myself.

My only complaint about the book is that I wanted a bit more development in Jenna and Slade's relationship. I know that there was an instant attraction, but things seemed a little rushed at the end when they decide to be together. I just wanted to see more of them being together outside of bed before they thought that it was love. However, I do believe that the way that Mustang "bowed out" of the menage was done very well. I usually don't like books where all three people don't end up going on to happily ever after, especially when they came together from the beginning as a threesome. But the way the author wrote the scenario, the reader gets the sense that this is the way that it should be. I really enjoyed going on this journey with Jenna, Slade and Mustang. I look forward to continuing the series.
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