Review: Wrangled and Tangled by Lorelei James

Thursday, November 3

Title: Wrangled and Tangled*
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Blacktop Cowboys #3
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Erotic Romance
Publisher: NAL/Penguin 
Format: Trade paperback, e-book
Date/Year: November 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Booklover1335

*This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Wrangling a sweet-talkin’ cowboy can be dangerous business…

The West was not so wild for Janie Fitzhugh. Living with her rancher husband, Abe Lawson, in rural Wyoming nearly broke her spirit, so she left. But eight years later, she returns to Muddy Gap to take a job at a new resort. When an unexpected danger arises, Abe seizes the chance to protect Janie and prove he’s a changed man.

Janie’s employer at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, Renner Jackson, has gotten himself tangled up in a devil’s bargain trying to finish the construction. His new partner’s daughter, Tierney Pratt, is a spoiled daddy’s girl and off-limits–no matter how drop-dead gorgeous she is. But Tierney’s got her own secret reasons for keeping the rough-and-tumble cowboy at a distance.

When things get down and dirty at the resort, Abe and Renner must saddle up and fight to rope in the women they can’t imagine living without…

My Musings:

Wrangled and Tangled is the third book in Ms. James'  Blacktop Cowboys series and features her own brand of sexy cowboys that fans have come to love and she rewards readers with not one, but two couples which means double the fun!  I had expected this book to be Abe Lawson and his ex-wife Janie Fitzhugh’s story, but we get a bonus with the additional love story of Renner Jackson and Tierney Pratt of the Split Rock Ranch.

Janie and Abe fell madly in love when they were both young and not necessarily ready to deal with the responsibilities of life together.  Running a ranch, raising Abe’s two younger siblings as well as learning how to live as a married couple strained their relationship until Janie felt that she needed to leave.  Both Abe and Janie have moved on with their lives, but both have regrets about the failed relationship.   But when given the chance to rekindle their love, Abe takes the bull by the horns so to speak and is determined to win Janie’s heart again...which should be easy to do since deep down she still loves him.  Through the course of the book Janie and Abe learn to talk to each other, express their needs, remember what drew them together in the first place and learn to love each other as flawed and mature adults to find the perfect love that held so much promise for them all those years ago.

Renner Jackson is the owner of the Split Rock Ranch.  He loves his land and has dreams of running a successful guest ranch, but needs money as well as know how to make it a reality.  Tierney Pratt is the daughter of the man who loaned money to Renner, and uses the connection as a way to distance herself from her father, his company and the world she despises.  She moves to Wyoming to start a new life out from under the shadow of her manipulative, domineering and ruthless father.  Renner sees her as a smart, yet spoiled little rich girl with tight purse strings, geeky glasses that are surprisingly sexy, and a sassy mouth which he can’t stop fantasizing about.  Sparks fly from the beginning between the two, but not in a good way, because Renner constantly makes assumptions about Tierney based on a past relationship with another woman, assumptions that couldn’t be further from the truth as Renner eventually finds out.  Renner learns to see Tierney for the person that she really is, and Tierney learns to trust in herself, in her heart and that some chances are worth taking despite what the balance sheets may say.

Wrangled and Tangled is everything that I’ve come to love about Ms. James’s romances. Abe and Renner are so damn sexy you’ll want to move out West and find a cowboy of your own.   And fans of the series will also be happy to know that there are cameo appearances with characters from the two previous books Corralled and Saddled and Spurred, especially the ladies from the salon that Harper used to work at.  They are a hoot and a half!

This book is in one word  I enjoyed every single word and page.  The banter between Renner and Tierney is smart, sassy and sexy and is full of snappy one liners.  Here is one of my favorite parts of the book that kind of illustrates this point:

Setup:  Tierney bought a knock your socks boots off dress to wow Renner at a party  They've been secretly seeing each other, and have been considering making their "relationship" public:
"Any kiss I'd give you would leave no doubt in anyone's mind that we're lovers, Tierney."  He spoke by her ear.  "What you don't understand?  I'd love for every man in this place to know you're mine.  That I can kiss you any goddamn time I please.  I'd happily rub it in their faces that you're goin' home with me.  And that sexy little fucking dress will be on the floor by my bed tonight."

She froze.  "The dress did all this?"

"No.  You did this."

"How much have you been drinking?" she demanded in a fierce whisper.

He chuckled.  "I'm drunk on you.  Absolutely intoxicated.  Totally wasted on nothin' but you."

Yeah, Renner is real good with words...and a whole lot else ;)

This book is not as emotionally deep as some of the author’s other romances (which is ok), and I think that has a lot to do with the focus being on two couples rather than just one in the same book.  In fact I really enjoyed the fact that this story was a bit more lighthearted while still dealing with all of their issues.   When I first realized that the story would have more than one romantic focus I was a bit worried that both couples wouldn't receive a satisfactory happy ever after in just under 300 pages, but let me reassure you that neither story feels short changed.

Wrangled and Tangled has it all and does not disappoint...hunky cowboy heroes, smokin’ hot lovin’ that has become a trademark for Ms. James’s erotic romances, as well as sassy, sexy dialogue with humor, heart and happy endings.  I loved it and can’t wait for the next book One Night Rodeo (Celia and Kyle’s story? which  promises to have lots of fireworks) but unfortunately it's not scheduled to be released until August 2012 :(

Have you read Wrangled and Tangled?  If so I'd love to know what you thought about the book!


Overall: 4.50  (There's a tiny part of me that wishes Abe and Janie would have had the book to themselves, but watching Renner and Tierney fall in lust then love was way too much fun to lament it too much)

Sensuality level: 4.25  (yeah, Abe and Renner know their way around the bedroom, and the office, and the laundry room...and a few other places that are guaranteed to turn up the heat.  Though Abe's not as kinky in this book as I expected him to be based on the hints in Corralled and Saddled and Spurred, the addition of Renner makes up for a big way)

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The_Book_Queen November 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM  

*Fans herself* Okay, after that little teaser quote there, I'm going to have to control myself...otherwise I might do something crazy like charge a large amount of money to my card today in order to buy all James' hunky cowboy books! :D I mean, I really want to read them, and I've had them on my list for a few months now, but after your review.... Yeah, I think I may have to buy them ASAP. So what if I have to eat Ramen noodles for a few weeks to balance out the cost? LOL. *Wink*

Great review!

Booklover1335 November 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM  

Ramen noodles for a few weeks would be ok as long as you supplement it with a healthy dose of cowboy :)

Maybe if you haven't read any of her books you could start with just one, but don't ask me which one you should start with...that would be like naming your favorite child...just can't be done. Though her Rough Riders Tied Up, Tied Down ranks right up there as one of her best. And All Jacked UP, I really loved that one too...and the Samhain books you can get digitally for less if that helps any :) Eventually you will end up breaking down and buying them all because they are like chocolate or potato can't eat just one!

Kathleen O November 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

OMG I wish I was the girl in the dress. Or out of the dress. Have to go take another shower now and I think this one will be on the cool side...
I have not read any of these books...YET!!! But they are on my tbr list for sure...
I think these wil be good to read on a cold, cold winters night, when I need some warmth running through my blood. These book would sure heat you up pretty quick I am sure....

Booklover1335 November 3, 2011 at 1:30 PM  

I want to be the girl in the red dress too Kathleen. And yes, Ms. James' book will definitely keep you warm on a cold winter's night, but beyond the heat I think you will love the characters and their love story just as much. Very few writers write good erotic romance, and Lorelei James is one of those few!

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