Thursday, March 31, 2011

Roped and Ready

This book speaks directly to my fear of showing up somewhere that I very much do not belong. It also reminds me of that terrible dream lots of people have about showing up in front of a group of people only to look down and see you are only in your underwear. Pretty much, the heroine in this book ends up in a place unaware of its true purpose. Luckily, it all ends up happy (after all, it wouldn't be a romance without the HEA) but I was cringing during the scene she discovers the mistake. So I definitely could relate in that moment but from there on out, it was all fantasy to me because that's the end of our similarities. Oh, to be that young again...

Marie Tuhart’s Quicksilver Ranch: Roped & Ready is a deliciously erotic indulgence of one woman’s sensual discovery. With a rich back story and strong characters, the reader takes the journey with Becca Dalton as she discovers her sexual fantasies and experiences the delights of self-determination.
The book starts with Becca finding her fiancé in bed with her boss. She instantly wins over readers with her strength when she ends her engagement and quits her job, determined to interview for the job of her dreams and move on. Having been given a trip by her friend as an engagement gift, Becca decides to use it as a time to get away and focus before her interview instead.
Quick Silver Ranch is no ordinary dude ranch, if only Becca had known that before she arrived. During the first group meal, Becca's learns the exclusive ranch is only for couples wishing to explore their most wicked sexual fantasies. She’s embarrassed and ready to pack up and leave until Tyler steps in as her partner.
Tyler Carson, co-owner of the Quick Silver Ranch, was also Becca’s college lover. She’d been surprised to see him caring for the horses when she first arrives, and more surprised by her instant attraction for the man she hadn’t seen in years. When Tyler is willing to break his rule not to partner up with guests, Becca embarks on her journey to discover her sensual side. And discover she does… through seminars and experimentation, Becca finds that she enjoys sex far more than she had thought. Tuhart writes descriptive and erotic scenes that put the reader right into the page.
Even better still, the development of their love is built into the story so that it grows with each experiment and every scene. And as the week progresses, both Tyler and Becca begin thinking that one week at the ranch is not enough for them. Dreams of a future spiral inside each of them without sharing with one another their thoughts. In a true sign of love, Tyler chooses to remain silent rather than force Becca to choose between him and her dream job. Believing she is unworthy of Tyler’s love, Becca accepts she must leave him behind. Until Tyler’s business partner steps in with a solution, that is.
Lots and lots of descriptive sex scenes flow around a series of conversations that move the characters deeper into a relationship. Multi-dimensional and likable, Becca and Tyler are two people any reader may know in everyday life. Though I thought the title “Roped and Ready” misleading, the storyline itself was enjoyable and left me wondering if Tyler’s business partner will get his HEA too.

RATING: 4 chocolate-dipped strawberries

This review was originally done for The Romance Reviews:
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