Thursday, September 27, 2018

Buck Wild by Lauren Landish


From Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Landish comes a hard-riding romance of cowboys who run wild—and the women who tame them…

Bull rider James Bennett lives for those eight seconds of exhilaration. A rodeo cowboy in his prime, all he wants out of life is something to straddle. That’s why James is feeling a little restless, spending his summer off working his family’s ranch. That is, until a spirited and gorgeous veterinarian-in-training shows up and puts the cocky wild boy—and his ego—in place. Though she’s a feisty one, James is always up for a challenge.

Sophie Stone has to admit it: James Bennett is a checklist of cowboy hotness—ruggedly handsome with piercing blue eyes, a hard-muscled body, and just enough swagger to make her toes curl. She thought she was done with her bad-boy phase, but exceptions must be made.

How can Sophie possibly say no to man who makes her heart buck like a bronco? And when their summer fling comes to an end, how can she possibly say goodbye?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Sophie is a strong woman who knows what she wants and is working hard towards her goal of achieving it. When she decides to spend her summer before vet school working with a local rural vet, she is so excited, but doesn't expect to get a summer fling in too.

James is working hard at fixing the fence surrounding his family's ranch. After recently losing his father, James is back home during his break from the bull riding circuit. Home... James doesn't really feel like it's home yet. He is just here to help his brothers. But when a feisty vet puts him in his place and brushes him off, James finds himself intrigued.

These two have a slow burn chemistry. They continue to explore what they might have and when feelings start creeping into their arrangement, both will have to decide how to handle those feelings. The romance has almost a young adult feel to it. These are cute characters and I really hope that the other brothers get their own stories too.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first in a new series (although with links – see below). As there are three Bennett boys, we are pretty much guaranteed some more cowboy fun – well, not sure Mark understands the concept of fun, but it will be entertaining seeing him learn!

Here we find James home from the bull-riding circuit during the off season, helping out at the family ranch. It is the first year without his father alive, and the information we get about the family and the impact of his death is very moving. James has never really felt he belonged and is looking forward to returning to competing. So when he finds himself attracted to the vet's intern, Sophie, he considers a fling a definite possibility – luckily so does she.

Of course, as they spend more time together, they take advantage of the obvious chemistry and have a lot of fun together. I really liked that they were equal in these feelings and were very open to enjoying themselves. Inevitably, as time passed, they both realised they knew each other rather well, and maybe the lightheartedness was not quite so light.

I loved the side characters in this story, most especially Mama and Doc – they added a realism to the situation and grounded the pair. The story involving their neighbours will also presumably re-emerge in future books; it was sad, strange, but hopefully cathartic.

I am looking forward to seeing what happens next, and which brother gets his turn at a happily ever after.

(As an aside – any fan of Lauren Landish will have recognised Sophie's brother, Jake, and his wife, Roxy, from her book Heartstopper, which was fun bonus!)


Lee’Anne☆☆☆
I’m usually a fan of Lauren Landish’s but this one fell flat for me. Though I really liked the two main characters, the story was just slightly boring and moved at a very slow pace without much happening. Sophie is a veterinarian student who is interning with a small-town doctor for the summer. Her very first ride along is to a farm owned by the Bennett brothers. James is immediately an ass to Sophie when he doesn’t believe she can handle the difficult birth of a horse calf and Sophie snaps right back at him. Sophie being one to stand up for herself was my favorite part of this book, she’s definitely a fierce and independent character and I really liked her. We do get quite a bit of steam from this story and James and Sophie definitely have chemistry. All in all, this isn’t a bad read, I just found the brothers a bit immature and I don’t think I’ll be reading more from this particular series.



Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Landish welcomes you into a world of rock-hard abs and chiseled smiles. Her sexy, contemporary romances—including her wildly successful Irresistible Bachelor Series—have garnered a legion of praise from her readers. When Lauren isn’t plotting ways to introduce readers to their next sexy-as-hell book boyfriend, she’s deep in her writing cave and furiously tapping away on her keyboard, writing scenes that would make even a hardened sailor blush. Lauren lives in North Carolina with her boyfriend and fur baby. For all the updates and news on her upcoming books (not to mention a whole lotta hunks), visit her website or follow her on social media.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Buck Wild (Bennett Boys Ranch #1) by Lauren Landish to read and review.

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