Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
She Only Wants to Belong
CFO Ben Bolton has enough on his plate running his family business. But when lovely Josey White Plume enters his office, his priorities shift. He refuses to let such a compelling woman walk away. The chase is on.
All her life, Josey has sought one thing: to fit in with her Lakota family. She has no time for some sexy rich guy’s pursuit. But she can’t stop thinking about Ben–wanting him…kissing him. Yet falling for a wealthy outsider will destroy everything she’s worked for–unless she can find a way to straddle the line between his world and hers.
Orange County Choppers meets Harlequin romance. Straddling The Line is an excellent contemporary romance that combines the thrilling aspect of motorcycle men and the romance of star crossed lovers.
Living in two worlds is something Josey has resigned herself to not being good at. She doesn’t belong in the white world because she’s half Lakota Indian. She doesn’t belong in the Lakota world because she’s half white. Neither world seems to accept her even though she tries hard to do good in both. Highly educated and strong willed, Josey has taken on the job of getting sponsors for the building of a school on her reservation hoping her Lakota family will finally welcome her back with open arms. Another disastrous relationship with a white man is all she needs…but a one night stand? That she can handle. And she plans to with Ben Bolton.
Millionaire motorcycle enthusiast Ben is tired of never living up to his families expectations. He may not build the motorcycles but he’s the glue that keeps his family business together and yet he’s always treated like he’s expendable. When Josey shows up asking for donations to help build a school on her reservation Ben finds himself in uncharted territory. He wants the woman because she sees his true self. The drummer in a band. The businessman. The carefully controlled man. She sees it all and yet still wants him. Problem is, he sees all of her as well even as she’s trying hard to hide herself and not let him completely inside.
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance and thought it had a lot of layers to the story. The emotional connection between Ben and Josey was immediate even if they managed to fight it for awhile. Neither one of them realizing that they were alike in more ways then they were different. Ben’s hard exterior gives way under Josey’s influence to reveal a man who has a huge heart and who doesn’t think twice about using his own resources to help the Lakota children in need of school supplies. I appreciated the fact that that Ben’s alter ego was a drummer in a cover band. Could the man get any hotter? A millionaire motorcycle business who moonlights as a rock band drummer? COME ON, You’re killing me here! And he’s got brothers??!! Gah!
Josey was a bit of a harder sell to me. She’s feels she doesn’t fit into either world and yet she gives up on both worlds when faced with a hill to climb. Sure she put everything into building a school for her people but at the slightest upset she tries to run back to the white world. The same world she ran from when her white man boyfriend dumped her months before. I didn’t get her. For someone who wanted to truly belong she seems sporadic in her attempts to feel like she belongs somewhere. She runs every time things get hard. As evidenced by the ending of Straddling The Line where she attempts to once again take off. I wanted to shake her. Neither world was going to accept her until she accepted herself and everything that makes her who she is, including both sides of her heritage.
As always in an Sarah M Anderson book, the author strives to bring light to the plight of the Lakota tribe. While I appreciate that and of course feel that education is instrumental in understanding the daily struggles these people have….I hope at some point she branches out a bit. All the books have a similar feel to them and I worry that at some point readers will get tired of the same troupe. Anderson has a great voice that draws readers into the story and engages them in a heartfelt emotional roller coaster but if all the books start running together I’m not sure where it will leave this fantastic story teller.
I am really looking forward to book two of this series, Bringing Home The Bachelor, due out this September. Anderson has sold me on this dysfunctional family who despite all odds, really cares for each other and the business they have created.
I give Straddling The Line by Sarah M Anderson 4 stars!