Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Picture Perfect Cowboy by Tiffany Reisz

Jason "Still" Waters' life looks perfect from the outside—money, fame, and the words "World Champion Bull-Rider" after his name. But Jason has a secret, one he never planned on telling anybody... until he meets Simone. She's the kinky girl of his dreams... and his conservative family's worst nightmare.

Picture Perfect Cowboy is a standalone category-length western romance set in Reisz's million-copy selling Original Sinners universe. Although several fan-favorite characters make cameos, Picture Perfect Cowboy is also the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: A heavily-abridged version of this novel was previously published in the out-of-print Exposed anthology as the novella "The Watermark." This new edition also contains a bonus short story.

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Book 8.5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I absolute love Reisz and her writing style, anything Original Sinners is usually a must read for me!! But I found Picture Perfect Cowboy to be a bit too "instructional" and overly PC. I constantly felt that Simone was having to defend her position as a submissive and explain to us readers that she's still a strong female. I understand the story was about a newbie dom, Jason Waters, and his inner struggle to reconcile his need to dominate women with his strict family "you don’t raise a hand to a woman" upbringing. To me, it just came off a little too educational at times and a lot less hot. I will say that when they were finally IN a scene and Jason was doing his thing, that was good reading! I did like Simone's feisty character and personal style. Her guiding Jason along in his new pursuits was written sweetly and I did fall for him a bit. Oddly, for some reason, I even found Nora and Soren to be off character, not sounding how they have in other books??!! There is this bonus flogging scene at the end that I was really hopeful about, but even it fell flat for me. Well, you can’t win ‘em all and it's still better to be in Nora and Soren's world than not.

Who doesn't love Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series? I was very excited to immerse myself in the Original Sinners world again. Picture Perfect Cowboy was different than what I expected from this author and series.

Jason is a famous, award-winning, ex-bull-rider from a very conservative family. Being well-known has its drawbacks, and Jason knows all about trying to be the man your family expects. When Jason meets Simone, the big-city girl in small-town America, something just "clicks"...

I like these characters but wasn't fully invested in them, I just didn't connect. I liked seeing the dominant come out to play, I enjoyed reading about him finding his "rhythm". The instructional component of his learning was a bit of a bore, the lack of confidence was just so different than the other dominant types in Tiffany Reisz's books. Simone was the star in this story: she's a professional submissive but isn't a wallflower. She's basically the instructor, but it felt like they were both holding back.

I'm not sure if it's me or the story, but I just couldn't get into it.

This is part of the Original Sinners family of books, and as a huge Tiffany Reisz fan I was delighted to get a chance to read it – as anything Nora and Søren makes me happy!

This is a definite departure from previous stories, in that our two favourite characters really only appear briefly, even if Simone refers to them regularly as she instructs Jason in the ways of all things kinky. I rather liked that the submissive is the one not just with the power, but with the knowledge. Jason is very lucky that she is so masochistic that she feels she can trust him even as a newbie. The connection may be instant, but it is fun and light-hearted. It is not a hardcore BDSM story that is for sure.

I found myself somewhat confused by Jason's state of mind in regard of his father's puritanical upbringing. After all, he had been on the bull riding circuit for a long time, and clearly was a successful business man too, so to be so held back by the views and abuse he suffered at his father's hand? It was a weakness which belied his otherwise dominant desires.

Overall, this was a sweet story, with just a touch of Original Sinners to keep us fans interested!

First, I have to say that I love, love, love the Original Sinners stories and knew I wanted to devour this book just because Tiffany Reisz wrote it. But I found my mind wandering at times while reading. I did love Jason and Simone, but it wasn't up to the Original Sinners standards to me.

With that being said, let me tell you what I did love.

Jason is a retired bull rider who had to move to Kentucky to be his own man. Away from his strict, proper family. And the feelings he is having and things going through his mind make him feel guilty. When his friend gets hurt and can't do a calendar photo shoot, Jason does it for him. When she shows up at the library, he can't believe he is about to get naked and have his pictures taken. When he sees Simone, he can't believe how beautiful she is and what she talks about. He invites her back to his ranch for a lesson in kinky fun.

Simone is a professional photographer and a professional submissive, and someone who needs to show Jason just what he needs to let the demons he is fighting go. When she spends several days with him, they both are falling for each other quickly. And she is loving life in Kentucky living on Jason's ranch.

When Simone goes back home to New York, will the demons move back into Jason's mind? Can Simone make Jason see that life is perfect for them with a little kink and a whole lot of love? Will Jason let his family's opinion lose the one woman who is all he will ever need?

If you are a Tiffany Reisz fan, read this one but keep in mind it is more of a softer side of the Sinners than an Original Sinners book. It was good, but not great to me. So read it and I hope you enjoy it as I did, I just didn't love the whole story.

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book Reviews Best Erotic Romance 2012 winner The Siren and the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning The King. Her novel The Saint won the Romance Writers of America RITA® for best Erotic Romance in 2015.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Picture Perfect Cowboy (Original Sinners #8.5) by Tiffany Reisz to read and review.

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