Boots and the Rogue by Myla Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Having reviewed Boots and the Bachelor a few months back, I was excited for the chance to read Boots and the Rogue. It had been a couple of years since I had read any books in the Ugly Stick Saloon and I just happened upon the series again at the start of the McFarlan brothers being lovingly blackmailed by their mother to settle down and start a family – otherwise she was going to sell the ranch. After watching Angus reconnect with a woman from his past and fall in love, I was excited to read about the next brother, especially once I realized that it was the prodigal son’s story.
After receiving a call from his brother, Brody McFarlan rushes home in fear that his mother is dying. While he is relieved to learn that his mother is fine, he learns that the reason why Colin lied to him to get him back to the Rafter M Ranch is almost as dire. Dumbfounded doesn’t even begin to cover Brody’s reaction when he finds out that his mother plans to sell the ranch unless her sons demonstrate that they are indeed interested in their heritage by establishing a long-term relationship. Although he has no intention of getting involved with a woman, Brody plans to spend his time at the ranch convincing his mother to let go of her foolish notion so that he can return to Seattle and his brothers can continue to work the ranch. But when he meets Jessie at the Ugly Stick Saloon’s barbecue, he finds that leaving Temptation, Texas isn’t as high on his list of priorities as it was. Unfortunately, past betrayals make it harder for him to admit what he wants – Jessie and Texas.
Boots and the Rogue was a heck of a lotta fun to read. Jackson combines just the right amount of story and sex to keep the book entertaining in oh so many ways. I was stunned by the details of what led to Brody leaving home and cutting ties with his brother, Colin, years earlier. That said, I’m looking forward to reading Boots and the Heartbreaker next because I suspect I will learn even more about that situation. The passion between Brody and Jessie is all consuming and this leads to several intense scenes – one of which was interrupted in time to keep it from becoming public. I really liked Angus’s reaction to his brother’s talent when he happened upon him painting because I believe it’s what enabled Brody to come clean to his mother and Colin and begin entertaining the idea of a future with Jessie in Temptation. I thought the ending was perfect for Jessie and Brody and I’m now off to read the next book in the series so I can see Colin get his happy ending. As Mrs. McFarlan said, “Two down. One to go.”
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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