Friday, June 8, 2018

Dirty-Talking Cowboy by Stacey Kennedy

Emma Monroe has returned to River Rock, Colorado, after the death of her grandmother. Now she’s inherited a farm full of abused animals and she’s working as a waitress at the local hotspot, Kinky Spurs. The last thing Emma wants in her life is a man, as she’s still recovering from a recent heartbreak. But when a sensual and powerful cowboy, Shep Blackshaw enters her life, Emma begins to want things she shouldn't.

Shep knows sex shouldn’t be on his mind. He’s got a world of responsibility on his shoulders. He’s attempting to save his late father’s cattle ranch, Blackshaw Cattle Company, from foreclosure. But Emma’s heated reactions to his touch make ignoring her impossible. She’s the perfect distraction to make him forget that his father’s company is a sinking ship.

While their nights only heat up, soon emotions become tangled into the mix. Shep’s not only giving Emma the hottest nights of her life, he’s also healing her heart. With every encounter, she forgets her heartbreak. With every naughty adventure, she stops mourning the life she left behind. And with every dirty word whispered from Shep’s mouth, she stops thinking of all the reasons why she shouldn’t fall for him. But when the past comes to claim Emma, she’ll need to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life she’s grown to love with Shep. How will she say no to forever with a dirty-talking cowboy.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

Emma has exiled herself to her late grandmother's farm after quitting her job after her former boss and lover had thrown her under the bus for their romance. He had let his boss talk about her and insinuated that her promotion was due to their affair.

Shep Blackshaw likes the look of Emma, the new waitress at the Kinky Spur. He's not sure what the city girl is doing in Colorado or how long she's staying at her grandmother's farm, but he knows he wants to get to know her better and once he does, he doesn't want her leave.

The characters in this book are well written and the sparks between them jump off the page. Both Shep and Emma are complex characters and both are dealing with issues that affect more than just themselves.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Emma is hurting after giving her heart to someone she thought was in a relationship with her that was equal. After learning that it wasn't equal, or on the same level that she thought it was, she was heartbroken. Throw that on top of the fact that her grandmother has passed away and she's kind of a mess. Emotionally, she is jumbled. She is a city girl living on a ranch and trying to take care of animals, which she doesn't really know how to do. When she is working at the local bar, she is able to put on a brave face and interact with the locals.

When Shep walks in and sees Emma, he knows that despite everything that's on his plate, he wants to put Emma on there too. His father has left him kind of a mess and it's up to him and his brothers to figure out whether or not the business that has been in their family for a while is worth saving or if they should sell and get out.

Shep and Emma have sparks that mesh well together. They intrigue each other and perplex each other in equal measure. While their communication isn't stellar, it helps create the complexities in the story. Both have things that they need to work through, but it's only together that they will become their best versions of themselves.

This is the first book in a new series, and I have no doubt that there are more great stories to come. We are immersed in the Colorado cowboy scene from the very beginning, and it took no time at all to be centred in the location, with the key protagonists, and keen to learn more.

Emma has had her world turned upside down and as we learn how and why, it is clear that she had a lucky break that she had to come to her Gram’s farm and regroup. She is a young woman who has worked so hard for her ambitions that she has rather forgotten the beauty of the simple things, and being back where she spent her summer holidays is teaching her again. Irrespective of the wonderful romance, I found this hiatus in her rushing around to be very well written, and even when Jake looks to be about to ruin everything, she proves that she has learned the lessons about trust, love, and home.

Shep is pretty much the perfect man – certainly for Emma – and whilst he is reluctant to admit that she is his perfect woman, even to himself, he also behaves with great charm and honesty. The connection that they make is strong and true – and comes from their battered hearts.

I enjoyed the business elements, although it seemed difficult to believe that they were all so oblivious of the state of the farm business, but I enjoyed how it was turned around, and had no doubt that Emma's skills would be engaged in the revival. The two other brothers, who will no doubt get their chance at love, are very different to Shep, so it is going to be fun watching them fall... especially Nash, as he needs bringing down a peg or two!

If you enjoy hot, sexy cowboy romances, then this will be just your thing. If you have not tried one before, then this would be a good place to start!

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than forty romances, including titles in her wildly hot Kinky Spurs, Club Sin, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love… in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dirty-Talking Cowboy (Kinky Spurs #1) by Stacey Kennedy to read and review.

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