Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rope 'Em by Delphine Dryden


Returning home to help out with his brother’s dude ranch is cool with Ethan. After all, he’s as comfortable in the saddle as he is roping a calf. But what’s really jangling his spurs is a chance to indulge his kink in the ranch’s monthly Giddyup event. Did someone say suspension bondage? Yee-Haw!


When Victoria realizes her family’s number one goal in sending her to college is to get her hitched to a husband, she drops out one semester shy of graduation. But paying her own way turns out to be the hardest lesson of all. Thankfully she’s found her way to the Hilltop Ranch. A place to get away and refocus. And get herself all tied up...


Sure, Ethan’s pretty handy with that length of rope. But it turns out the expensive design school wasn’t a total waste for Victoria. Bringing an “academic” approach to their play—and Ethan’s hobby—is opening up new possibilities. Like maybe the chemistry between them is something more than a game...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
I enjoyed this book, but I felt as though there was something missing.

Victoria is an extremely naive and sheltered woman even though she has been living on her own for the past four years, attending art school in Rhode Island. Over Christmas break, she overhears her father telling someone that she has failed to obtain the one thing he sent her to school for: A Ring.

Not knowing what else to do, she decides to quit school, sell all her stuff, and try to make it on her own. Her problem: she doesn't know how to do anything. She's been pampered and taken care of her entire life. Not because she didn't want to learn, but because her parents didn't think she was smart enough to learn how to do things.

Ethan is a vet with a rope fetish. Living at Hilltop, he's able to indulge in his most wicked fantasies during the "Giddyup" weekends. "Giddyup" is what they call the private parties the ranch throws once a month for their kink-minded friends and customers.

When Victoria gets to Hilltop, she's in for a world of learning and she doesn't mind. She just wants to be useful, that's something she's never been. Ethan is stunned when he first sees her, but even more so when he learns she is into the scene.

I did enjoy this book, but there a few times that the timeline got a little tangled up for me, and I want to read more about the Hilltop Ranch.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
Trigger: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

Ethan and Victoria have an interesting start to their relationship. Ethan is trying to figure out where he goes from here. He has a degree in vet science, works as a large animal vet, but his passion isn't really there anymore. He wants to be dying the rope for BDSM events, living on the ranch, and just is not sure if taking over the large animal vet practice is the right move.

Victoria is floundering. She overheard her father discussing how he felt about her and it was less than flattering. Not only was he judging her, he was essentially saying that she was just a drain on them. Her life is in crisis. She quits school, packs up her car, and essentially hightails it out of her current job because her boss is a creep.

Victoria's know-it-all sister tries her very best not to continue to make decisions for Victoria – just like everyone else has done for her. When Victoria is left to help on a farm until she figures out what she wants, she feels like herself for the first time in a long time.

While Ethan and Victoria get to know each other, you can really see them working out their own issues. I liked how they were able to lean on each other, but also to decide on their own. There was not a lot of conflict in the story, there were some great sexy scenes, and in the end, you get a happily ever ending.

I think this was a very sweet story.

This little gem takes BDSM romance in a refreshingly original direction. Free from nearly all of the more tired genre tropes, this story had me looking at rope and rope play in a whole new light.

When Victoria decides she needs to leave her pampered life and become self-supporting, she finds an unlikely fresh start on a Texan ranch. At the start of the story, Victoria has no idea just how privileged she actually is. But as she adjusts to the real world, she becomes a much more sympathetic and engaging character. Her naivety is bloody annoying at the start of the book, but I really enjoyed her journey towards independence.

Ethan has spent his whole life training to be a large animal vet. But now that he’s finally qualified, he finds himself more interested in making, dying, using, and selling rope. His passion is contagious and I found myself more interested in ropes than I’d ever anticipated.

The relationship between these two is pretty unique. They share a kink – she likes to get tied up and he likes to tie people up using beautiful patterns and his own handmade ropes. Unusually for a romance, theirs is a very believable colleague to hook up to more relationship that felt real and honest. And unusually for BDSM, the kink didn’t involve any of the exaggerated and overdone D/s and impact play I’ve come to expect and dread from the genre. Here, the rope bondage kink is specific and the author explores it in wonderfully sensual detail.

This story manages to be both sexy and playful. The relationship between Ethan and Victoria is fun and almost angst free. The angst in this story comes from two people who are both giving up their safety nets to follow their passions. I loved their relationship and I really loved the whole Hilltop Ranch community. I can’t wait for the next story in this series!

Delphine Dryden majored in English at the University of Texas at Austin. She has written contemporary and erotic romance for Carina Press and Harlequin, and mainstream steampunk romance for Berkley Publishing. Her writing has earned an Award of Excellence and Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews, an EPIC Award, an IPPY Gold Medal, and a Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. She was the also the inaugural winner of the Science in My Fiction contest.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rope 'Em (Giddyup #2) by Delphine Dryden to read and review.

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