Author: London St. James
Length: Novel, 250 pgs
Genres: Menage, Western, Contemporary,
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 stars - a good read
Heat: 5 - orgasmic
I should have stayed in Dallas!
That 's exactly what editor-turned-ranch owner Sutton Calloway is thinking after multiple assaults on her person, livestock and property at Paradise Ranch threaten to overwhelm her. With her parents gone and her grandmother recently passed, Sutton inherits her childhood home and leaves her city job to take over the reins (pardon the pun) of a Texas cattle ranch called Paradise. The pretty, blond and shapely Ms Calloway takes on big trouble not only in running the huge operation but fending off rival landowners as well as two (count 'em) two ridiculously sexy locals that won't keep their hands off her. So many obstacles are enough to make a gal 'take a no-time' (rodeo talk) and walk away from Paradise forever.
Okay, I gotta go 'native' on this one, and say that those of y'all who can't get yer fill of stereotypical country jargon, music, clothing and cowboys are gonna love this story. Can't rightly say I'm one of them, but reckon I can see its appeal to those that do. I've read this author's work before and chose the book on that basis. When I was just about to 'take a no-time' for myself after stumbling across 'a passle o' typos' (This review is based on an advanced reader copy, however.) I'd say things got interesting "in the bedroom department" except that most of the hot action takes place just about everywhere except the bedroom! When I say hot, I mean hot dawg diggity damn hot...as in 'I ain't never seen the like o' such mud-wrasslin, lip-smackin, out-behind- the-woodshed dirty doins' afore. Tarnation, its enough ta make a body plumb furgit all about the dang typos. Y'all might need a skinny dip in the local swimmin' hole after reading a few of these scenes. (I really did love how the author wrote these scenes!!)
While its not inconceivable, in Texas anyway, that a gal might have to return to the farm and be solo among an all-male population, its a bit much to believe Sutton's perfect looks, body, wardrobe, etc. etc. makes every male character within eyeshot fall weakly to his knees for her. Needless to say its not long before things start "falling" off Sutton, mostly her clothing and her virtue. Her two main squeezes however, Kale and Flint have some great character development and things in their own tortured pasts that draw them to Sutton. The pair make a classic "good-boy, bad-boy" combination, tearing our heroine in two directions.
If you can get past the country rhetoric, Trouble in Paradise has a good flow and enough action to hold up its 250 pages. The troubles Sutton faces are real enough and readers can sympathize, in the end, with both her dilemma and her situation. Speaking of ends, the conclusion of this story may leave more than a few readers 'a-cussin'.