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Title: Strong, Silent Cowboy
Series: Moving Violations #2
Authors: Lora Leigh, Veronica Chadwick
Publishers: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks
This is a contemporary second chance romantic suspense.
This is definitely one to avoid if you prefer not to have a significant portion of the story taken up describing, in detail, the couples’ “bedroom activities”. Sorry, but there was just too much of that for me and it actually detracted from what otherwise was a great plot. The plot itself has great potential, with plenty of mystery and a great community being protected by Jacob Donovan and the Culpepper brothers and their employees. Jacob is a strong alpha male, intransigent, overbearing, domineering and determined to protect those he cares about – which includes Sallie Hamblen, especially when her life is in danger. He’s also definitely not silent and seems to take pride in having marked Sallie with a huge hickey to show she was his. She’s not really a pushover, except where he’s concerned!
The “but” in this review is because it felt as if someone decided the story needed padding out to make it the required length and, rather than giving more details about the intriguing mystery and elements of suspense or life on the ranch ,they just went back to sharing too many hot and steamy scenes described in too much detail and taking over too much of the book length. It also seems very strange to call the hero a cowboy in the title of the book and then never hear anything about him actually working as a cowboy in any way other than living on a ranch and introducing Sallie to one horse (which he doesn’t ride!) You may well not agree with me and thoroughly enjoy the whole book, but, as usual, I’m being honest and it wouldn’t be great if we all liked exactly the same things!
Thank you to St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and, obviously, honestly reviewed.
From #1 New York Times bestseller Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick comes a second chance at love and bodyguard romance Strong, Silent Cowboy, a Moving Violations novel.
“Leigh’s books can scorch the ink off the page.”—RT Book Review
He Will Do Anything…
Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.
To Keep Her Safe…
Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night…all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.
#1 New York Times bestseller LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.
VERONICA CHADWICK was the author of Rude Awakening and The Warlord’s Gift, along with One Tough Cowboy and Strong, Silent Cowboy, co-authored with Lora Leigh.