Title: Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats
Author: Alysha Ellis, BA Tortuga, Nan Comargue, Wendi Zwaduk, Molly Ann Wishlade, Beth Carter
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Western
TBR Reviewer: Amy
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read!
Heat: 3/5 - Blush Worthy
In this anthology you get six different stories by six authors. Each story is most definitely packed with steamy scenes with a lot of cowboy goodness. Since the stories are so short there isn’t much more to them. They did a good job with describing and characterizing, especially the cowboys! I just wish there's more story and less sex. My favorite story is Tied and Taken by BA Tortuga. The mystery of these two and how they are brought together again by sheer luck is great!
Searching for his sister for several years, Lachlan gets the notification that she and her husband are dead. Worse still is the fact that she’s left a little girl, his niece behind. Deciding that his niece needs to come home to Australia, he makes a trip to the states to rescue her from that rodeo family. Because what kind of life would that be for his niece, raised on the road with a bunch of lowlife rodeo riders? When he gets to the states, he finds things aren’t what he thought they would be. For one thing the ranch is a much bigger business operation and is anything but the cheesy lowlife rodeo family he thought. As is Holden, the man entrusted with the care of his niece, who sparks more than just an interest for Lachlan.
This story has it all, dysfunctional families, bumbling crooks and two men trying to figure out a way to be together and still run both of their business empires on two different continents. The cast of characters is varied. You understand both Lachlan and Holden, both men wanting to take care of Chloe. Lachlan’s parents are the kind that you want to hate, but you can feel for them as well. You want to shake them and tell them to knock it off when they keep trying to take Chloe. Holden’s family and the ranch hands are easy to love. This story took me on an emotional ride. I laugh, I got mad and at one point I cried. It is a wonderful story!
Emily and Cotton. There were not two more opposite characters possible in one book that could be attracted to one another but somehow they managed it. Emily, the Goth, tattooed and pierced, Master's Degreed City girl in Austin. Cotton, the down home, barely made it through two years at Tarlton, constantly wears blue jeans and cowboy boots, a Country boy who rides bulls for a living. Maybe their differences are part of the draw. Maybe their differences will tear then apart. Only time will tell.
LOVE the cover. Covers are often my first impression of a book and this one was an excellent first impression. As I began reading, thinking I would slowly begin getting to know both Emily and Cotton, I had a rather hasty up close and personal opportunity to get acquainted with them instead. Nothing wrong with it I suppose, just out of the ordinary. They have a fun, quirky and sexual relationship right off the bat and I found I could relate to Em in many ways. I remember feeling like the 'old maid' or that I weighed too much when all of my friends were 'Skinny Minnies' and it sucked. She handles it better than I did but to have someone handle it like Cotton and think that it is sexy to be Rubenesque, what I would have given for that! Another character I fell totally in love with was Cotton's momma Caroline. She was my kind of person, calling a spade a spade. I'll bet Ms. Tortuga had such fun writing her character.
The only thing that I really didn't completely like about the book was that practically the entire story related to Cotton and Emily having sex in some way or another - kissing, thinking about kissing, having just kissed and so on . Normally books of that variety make me really hot but this one didn't. When I really thought about the reason why, I decided it must go back to the fact that I can relate to Emily, so any of the problems Cotton and Em have are often tied to her weight, at least in her mind... and mine. I loved the way it got wrapped up though and I was so happy with the ending of the book.
Would I recommend this book? Sure, but not for everyone. First, you really should be over 18. Next, surprisingly, I'm not going to say that you have to like cowboys, just romance, especially when opposites attract.