Turn and Burn by Lorelei James (Blacktop Cowboys #5)

Turn and Burn by Lorelei JamesAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: NAL

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be. Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

I love the cowboys that Ms. James creates; they are sexy and alpha and usually find themselves in trouble when they met that special woman. Family is usually involved that bring more enjoyable characters to the scenes.

Tanna Barker is a little on the wild side, she grew up in Texas and was a spoiled young girl that had a doting mother who took care of her when she was home during the rodeo off season. She is moving to Wyoming to get her head together and contemplate what she is going to do with the rest of her life. Her world collapsed two years ago when she was crushed under a horse while barrel racing, soon after her mother died her father sold everything and disappeared from her life. Not only is she unsure, she is unable to be near a horse without being terrified.

Tanna is in the mood to have fun, so while having a drink at a bar she creates a bit of havoc with the locals while getting them to buy her a drink, she gets “caught” by a tall good looking cowboy and they have some hot and steamy anonymous sex that they both remember days later.

Fletch is the local veterinarian, a workaholic that just fell into this job that does not seem to be a passion for him. He is however passionate about the woman he met recently and is surprised to find her working at the Spit Rock Ranch helping the Gilchrist’s for the summer. As they meet again sparks fly and the summer is filled with possibilities.

This is a wonderful story about finding yourself, Tanna feels disconnected to others and desperately to want to belong somewhere. You can really feel the pain in her, not only her physical pain since she is still working through some issues with her leg, but also emotional, she grew up on a horse and now that she is scared to go near one she is devastated. Fletch is also finding himself, not sure what he wants yet he seems to bury himself in his work. I like how although Tanna says she is only there temporarily and does not want a relationship, she is still attracted to Fletch. The first few pages are scorching, and then the story mellows as the two get to know each other and find that they like being together, I enjoyed the pace immensely, they do find some humor in their relationship as they establish friendship rules and have a tendency to break them.

I thought Fletch was possessive from the start, he hated anyone being around Tanna, even before he knew her name and as they got better acquainted I could understand his alpha tendencies because – hey they are cowboys from Lorelei James and she is all about those alpha men. I liked how you can tell he really wants to help Tanna get over her fears, yet he almost resents what will happened if she is triumphant, she would be leaving to chase that buckel.

This is a great addition to the series and I so enjoyed visiting Wyoming again through the eyes of these fun characters. I enjoy seeing the couples from previous books, how happy they are as the years go by. As always this author is an auto buy for me as she creates those men and women in the western world that you just enjoy reading about.

I give Turn and Burn by Lorelei James 4 stars!

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