Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hard to Handle by Desiree Holt

Title:  Hard to Handle
Series:  Rawhide #5
Author:  Desiree Holt
Published:  May 31st 2013 by The Wild Rose Press
Length:  131pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  erotic romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The chemistry between horse wranglers Bailey French and Hondo Labar was hot enough to singe the air even before their unexpected meeting at Rawhide, a private bondage club.

Their extreme edge
 play at the club feeds their sexual needs, but Hondo wants a relationship outside the club and Bailey refuses to acknowledge him as more than a fellow wrangler. When a riding accident puts her in his care, can she finally trust her heart as well as her body to a man who would Master her forever?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This was definitely an intriguing, fast paced yet approachable novel. Hotl’s story was well developed and easy to follow without being heavy. I appreciated that it was a light and easy read that packed a large punch. And OMG on the Nez Perce & Apps. No one knows this outside the breed/history buffs. It shocked me and warmed my heart to see this well researched tidbit thrown into this racy novel.

I quite enjoyed how Holt’s focus was on the main characters. The supporting cast was kept small, only being developed in the way that they interact with those characters. The main couple is developed quite well in the present, with just a hint at their past. As a reader, you get to know them as they know each other. My biggest issue with the characters was the fact that the female lead never bothered to tell the male lead a large piece of information that affects him directly. Although understandably something difficult to talk about, being as open as their relationship was becoming that info was essential.

Overall, this was a brilliant standalone novel that also fits into its series. It was a brilliant introduction to this author, spurring me to read more of her work.

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