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Guest Review: Eastern Ambitions by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon

Posted December 17, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of Eastern Ambitions by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (Compass Brothers, #3).

Sam Compton always yearned for more than a simple country life. More money, more nightlife and more excitement. As an independent Wall Street trader nicknamed “The Cowboy”, he amassed a small fortune flying by the seat of his pants, taking risks that rewarded him well, but he soon comes to realize his two older brothers have found something that makes them richer than Warren Buffet. A little jealous, and plenty guilty for leaving them to shoulder their family’s burdens, he returns to Compton Pass where he finds the woman keeping the books fires his imagination. Too bad she’s too prim and proper to consider the kind of sex that fires his blood. At least that’s what he thinks until he discovers her in the middle of a cowboy sandwich along with two of his boyhood friends.

This novel is third in a series of stories about four brothers, all of whom left their hometown and family ranch for various reasons. It was as if they couldn’t get out of there fast enough. All had life goals that couldn’t be realized at home, or in the case of the first brother, circumstances that made his remaining there untenable (Northern Exposure).

Sam is the Wall Street whiz kid, a man who has mapped out his life carefully and is following that plan to a T. What he hadn’t planned on was the betrayal of a woman who had her eye on his promotion and when the dust settled, Sam came home. Not only was his career seemingly in ruins, but there was the matter of his dying dad. The last person he expected to see was a woman with a whole truck load of issues but whose loyalty was strongly connected to his family. Her beauty and independence fascinates him, but the last thing Sam needs is another female problem. He is also fully aware that he has a dark side and has accepted that it will be an unusual woman who can accept those parts of him.

This third novel is quite different than the first two–the characters are really different, so their stories will have a different “flavor.” The first two brothers have a considerably different “take” on life, while Sam has developed into a man who keeps his life carefully in order, who keeps his goals will in mind, who is the kind of poker player who keeps his cards very close to his chest. While he has accepted a lot about himself, he isn’t foolish enough to believe that others can accept those things about him. So he just quietly keeps his own counsel. Thus this has a much more hidden quality to it and is not the “wild West” kind of story. For that reason some reviewers have had a bit of a negative response to the story. I am not one of them. I applaud writers who tell a character’s story however it develops and are willing to allow that story to just be what it is.

Ms Carr and Ms Rylon have lots of writing miles under their collective belts and both know how to allow their stories to be character driven. Thus this tale is very much lower key than the first two books but I think it packs the same kind of erotic and romantic punch. The heroine knows her own needs and while she may come across to some as a “loose woman,” she is a woman who knows herself well and is willing to seek satisfaction in a way that is safe and consensual. All her relationships are built on friendship and affection, and what Sam ultimately discovers about her is that she has a heart that is loyal, genuine, and as big as the state of Texas. Thus, this is a very hot book and is full of local color and the feel of a modern ranch operation.

This is one of those erotic romances that is fun to read and has some parts that will steam up the reader’s glasses. Yet it is, bottom line, about the inner journey for two people who need to find their other half, who don’t necessarily expect to find love, but who find out that there is more to loving and accepting one another than they first believed. I enjoyed the book–I love the work of both these writers–and I think it will be one that romance fans will find to be a really delightful read.

I give the book a rating of 4 out of 5

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Review: Driven by Jayne Rylon

Posted June 6, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of Driven by Jayne Rylon

Lynn Madison transformed from repressed corporate drone to bold seductress overnight when her online friends at “Tempt the Cougar” encouraged her to take charge of her destiny. Their advice haunts her as she drools over the hottest Italian stallion on the planet while stranded in an airport.

Sebastian Fiori is a master of speed. A rally car driver, he’s used to winning on and off the track. He sees no need to put on the brakes when a sexy sophisticate revs his engine. After spotting Lynn’s decadent menage novel, he decides to take her for the ride of a lifetime—with his navigator Mark along for the ride. Storm delays would be far more upsetting if Lynn’s young stud wasn’t offering a first-class ticket to indulge her fantasy. Neither of them expects their rendezvous to last beyond their transatlantic flight on his private jet. But sometimes there’s no escaping the forces of nature.

Older women with younger men—not your socially accepted norm, no matter where you live, and certainly kept under wraps most of the time. And yet, society’s verdict that “over 40 women” are over the hill sexually and nearly every other way, is ridiculous to most people and especially to the over-40 women in question. The Tempt the Cougar group is here to tell everyone that women of experience are just as exciting if not more so that the young nubile things that may tempt a man away from his hearth and home, who are often not much more than a gorgeous body. Maybe that’s what is desired, but for women like Lynn Madison, there’s lots more living to be done.

Encountering Sebastian Fiori in an airport after their flight is downed by bad weather—the entire East Coast is essentially shut down—was causing lustful longings and fantasies that Lynn didn’t feel she could encourage at the moment. She was launching a new endeavor—writing travel guides for single women which were honest, realistic, and based in first-hand research. She was due on an international flight in five hours and it didn’t look like she was going to make it. Until Sebastian, a rally car race driver with an international reputation and solid sponsorship, invites her to share his limo to their departure city. It didn’t take Lynn too long to make up her mind, especially after it became clear that Sebastian’s eyes were as filled with desire for her as her’s were for him. Who cared if he was 12 years younger than she. After encouragement from her Cougar email pen pals, she accepts his invitation and then his further invitation for their transatlantic flight. Only one caveat: There would be three of them on the private jet and they wouldn’t just be swapping recipes for Italian gourmet dishes!

This is one of those sizzling hot romances – a woman who is beginning to doubt her feminine worth who takes the opportunity to experience desire and passion, to fulfill her sexual fantasies with two gorgeous men. Sebastian is a really caring man, ill informed about the need women have to be in charge of their own futures, but really seeking to be helpful and thoughtful. His rapid learning curve in that department is testimony to the personal integrity he possesses. His warm and loving Italian mamma has taught him well. Lynn is bright and beautiful, determined to make her future more meaningful than her past, and is willing to risk some emotional wounds along the way. Mark, Sebastian’s navigator, is a good friend and companion and a darling “playmate.” All in all, these three people are warm and caring and it is story that is fun and passionate and a good way to spend a short period of time with a fun group of people.

This is a short story, lots of sex, fun dialogue, international travel, some menage action, and an opportunity to share a good story.

I give this story a 3.75 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place

This book is available from Ellora’s Cave. You can buy it here in e-format.

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