The latest First Reads Goodreads giveaway novel this pedometer geek reader had the pleasure of reading was Dirty-Talking Cowboy by Stacey Kennedy. The novel was read in a Kindle e-book format, but it is available in book form as well. This is the extended review.
By Stacey Kennedy
Published by St. Martins Press and Swerve, 2018
This contemporary romance begins in a cowboy bar called Kinky Spurs (loved the name). Kinky Spurs caters to a wide age range of people (those in their twenties and thirties) as the author puts it. To this reader, that statement was laughable as it is hardly a wide range of ages: however, that didn’t deter this reader from enjoying the book.
Green-eyed Emma, the female protagonist, has taken a part-time job at Kinky Spurs as she deals with the death of her beloved grandmother, Grams, who left her home and the farm of rehabilitated abused animals in her will to Emma. She is also nursing her own heart, which was broken by a man, Jake, and cost her a dream job in New York.
Enter Shep Blackwell, one of the owners of the Blackwell Cattle Company. Like Emma, he is mourning, but for him, it is the loss of his father and finding out he and his brothers and mother have inherited a business that is hanging on by a thread. Again, like Emma, his heart has been broken.
In a nutshell, there are two vulnerable and grieving people who meet up in this romance that all begins in the Kinky Spurs bar. From the moment Emma meets Shep Blackwell, sparks ignite in this spicy contemporary cowboy romance. Both have been burned by a previous love and both are grieving for loved ones, but can they set aside those issues (especially the trust issue) to find love among the lust?
For lust it is along with a little bit of kink (some minor bondage and domination) as the pair becomes involved after an accident with the newest animal, a horse soon re-named Bentley. For Bentley has been abused causing his own trust issues.
Without giving away any potential spoilers, this is a sexy romance, but there is some conflict as well. There are some sexual scenes and language, but most are not too graphic. The author introduces enough other characters that there is potential for spinoff stories for several other couples. Shep has two younger brothers; the Kinky Spurs staff is comprised of several other women, who are starting to connect with the brothers. There was even an excerpt of the next book in the series included.
Per usual, many of the What-the-tuck trends showed up in this novel as well as some typos; however, it was overall a fun read, and this reader looks forward to reading more from Stacey Kennedy in the future.
Quotes: “Sex was an endgame.” (26%)
“There are many reasons for someone to apologize, Emma, but again, feeling how you feel is not anything you should ever apologize for.” (47%) This quote seemed relevant to many women who apologize for every little thing including their feelings…okay, may be speaking only of myself here.