Author: Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/20/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.
Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.
All they need is a bit of rope.
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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This is a re-edited second edition of a previously published title.
I enjoyed Roped In and I really loved the message it set. I loved the way the authors set things up and how they did not try to do too much for what the word count could support. I liked the way this one turned out and would love to read more about these men in the future and I would love Jackson’s story.
Roped In was all about compromise and how it can shape every aspect of life. There was Jackson and Graham’s friendship and roping partnership and how these men had to find a way to work out their issues. I found it fascinating to see these men struggle, not because I enjoyed the pain, but because it was done in a way that really brought out these men’s inner personalities. Their struggles really gave the reader good insight into each man and helped set the stage for forward movement of not only this book, but any future books that these men would be a part of.
But even more than the compromise between Jackson and Graham was the significant compromise between Kaz and Graham. I really loved the way the authors handled this. This may be a second edition, but the ideology is still so very relevant today. The idea that we must push past the initial hurt and anger and open our hearts to the learning is a big thing. Kaz and Graham had many issues, but they showed the reader that life does not need to be all or nothing. That we can make things work if we listen to the other side and maybe, just maybe, there will be something we can learn that will help our side as well.
I also really liked that Kaz and Graham’s relationship was not perfect right away. Yes, there was an instant attraction and very intense connection, but it was NOT instant love and instant perfect relationship. They freely admitted that things moved too fast and that they needed to take their time and learn on another. And in the end, their relationship was mostly believable and totally satisfying for me.
I am glad I picked this book up. I waffled on it for a bit, but in the end, the storyline pulled me in and left me entertained and wanting more. I need to see if Jackson’s story is already written. If not, will it be? I hope so.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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