Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Turn and Burn by Lorelei James

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.
My Review:

This is my first experience with Lorelei, but I was looking for a hot realistic cowboy romance and she came highly recommended.  A big thanks to UTC for pointing me her way, because this was one satisfying book!!
After reading the premise, I was doubting the hottness because..well...vets don't really hit my hot meter.  lol..Boy was I wrong!!  The opening where Tanna lays out her runs of a one night stand had me clapping my hands and falling in love with her!  I love kick-ass and take names heroines, and Tanna delivered on both!  She knew what she wanted and was looking to straightened her head out, not fall into love and use that as a way of avoiding real life.  She was a hot mess, but no one could fix what was wrong with her but her.  Fletch just happened to be the one to help her along....A LOT.

Fletch had been looking for a Miss Right-Now when he walked into the bar and spied Tanna creatively fighting the boys off in her little corner.  He was just waiting for his chance at a possible amazing score.  He was love and leave them kind of guy.  Women never were much on his way of life and the fact that work consumed his life.  Relationships were not in the cards for him.  But after one incredible night of passion and one morning waking up alone, he realizes that he may have let something special slip out of his hands.

They meet up again and the sparks fly!!  Fletch becomes anger, Tanna defensive and they reach a solid standstill.  Fletch is undermined by two of his best friends and Tanna becomes more of a reality, instead of just a fantasy.  Fletch has the summer to woo her back on to his team and get her back into the saddle.  Can he heal and watch her go?   Did the relationship stand a chance?

I liked Fletch because he was a hard worker and loved his job.  He was dedicated, honorable, and an all-around stand-up guy.  I loved Tanna because she was a wild, no-apologies, and in your face kind of girl. The characters were both lovable, and this is my first book in the series and had no trouble following along.  I will be reading more of this talented ladies work!  I can't wait to catch upon books 1- 4!!  Great series!!


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