Boots and the Bachelor (Ugly Stick Saloon, #9) by Myla Jackson


Boots and the Bachelor A cowboy takes a woman and her son under his wing…and teaches their hearts to fly.

Ugly Stick Saloon, Book 9

Angus McFarlan’s mother can’t be serious. Sell the ranch? Yet Mom has a point. Bringing the Rafter M out of bankruptcy has kept Angus and his brother too busy to date, let alone have children to inherit the legacy.

The last thing Angus wants is to get half-naked for the Ugly Stick Saloon’s Annual Cowboy Auction, but it’s a jump start into the dating scene. His buyer turns out to be a Dallas businesswoman, all legs and curves—a challenge to unwrap from that sexy, buttoned-down suit.

CEO Gwendolyn Graves has no time for a relationship. All she needs is a male role model for her young son, Dalton. She never thought her bachelor cowboy would impose conditions of his own. Like make her agree to spend time with him. Alone.

As Angus teaches Dalton what it means to be a man, he and Gwen discover a passion that ignites flames they thought they didn’t have time to fan. And soon find themselves learning how to open their hearts and be a family. Just when they start thinking longer term, Dalton’s father re-enters the picture—and trouble isn’t far behind.

Warning: Quiet, sexy cowboy and woman in a tight suit get all unwrapped and tangled in the sheets in Texas.

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 I loved Boots and the Bachelor! I read Boots and Chaps years ago and remembered enjoying it and all its naughty glory, so I jumped at the chance to revisit the Ugly Stick Saloon once I realized this could be read as a standalone. Boy am I glad I did because Angus and Gwen’s second-chance romance was the perfect combination of funny, sweet and sexy.

I found it absolutely hilarious that Angus’s mother got him and his brother entered into the charity cowboy auction without their knowledge. This is one of those books that I wish came with pictures because I can only imagine that the look on his face when his name was announced was PRICELESS!!! Add to that the looks on his face when the town’s gray-haired librarian bid on him and when he was “SOLD” for the highest bid ever of $5000. Yes, definitely would have loved pictures with this book. But once we get past the extremely amusing auction night, the book really gets good when Gwen arrives for her first date – which she intends to actually be between Angus and her five year-old son Dalton. However Angus has other ideas and insists that in order for him to fulfill the “dates” with her son, she has to abide by their four dates.

I actually didn’t mind one bit that Angus intended to use their dates to get Gwen in bed or to convince his mom that he was serious about her ultimatum because Ms. Jackson was nice enough to let us peek inside Angus’s head, which made it clear that his feelings for Gwen were just as strong now as they were seven years ago. However, I was shocked that they actually talked about their summer together and learned rather quickly about the miscommunications and assumptions that led to their losing touch with one another. I was actually glad that the author didn’t drag the misunderstanding out and gave them the chance to reconnect sooner. Not to mention, it paved the way for the conflict involving Dalton’s father and I absolutely LOVED how Angus took care of that bottom feeder. Because of their history and the obvious connection they still had, Gwen and Angus’s decision to pursue a relationship did not feel rushed even if it did occur rather quickly. The timing just felt right for them. While the sex is unquestionably hot, the romance between Gwen and Angus is even hotter because of Dalton and the instant family they all have the potential of gaining. Even though I read Boots and the Bachelor as a standalone, I hope to go back and read some of the earlier books in the series to catch up on what’s been happening at the Ugly Stick Saloon. But after that ending, I sooooo cannot wait for the next book in the series.
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Angus’ mom threatens to sell the ranch if he and his brothers do not get married in the next two months. Gwendolyn is the owner and CEO of a cosmetics company and needs a strong male role model. As past lovers, they reconnect at the Ugly Stick Saloon during Girls Night and Gwen bids on the hunky cowboy so he can show her son how a man really acts. Angus has his own demands in mind and wants to spend some one on one time with the busy women whose heart he broke many years ago.

This is a charming cowboy romance with a couple that has a past. Angus is strong, sexy, and pure alpha cowboy. Gwendolyn has been hurt in the past – by Angus and by her ex-husband – and does not have the time or desire for a relationship.  She is strong and knows what she wants, but is having a hard time raising her son as a single mother. When his father comes back into their lives, things get complicated when he demands custody of the son he has never met.

I love how protective Angus is. He broke Gwendolyn’s heart so she would follow her college dreams and become the woman she is today. After his father passed away and his mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer, he knew he had to step up and move back to the ranch to care for it and his mom. He really is a sweet cowboy, even if he can be a bit pushy at times. Gwendolyn has issues because of her past, but she still has such strong feelings for Angus. I love how this story progressed and they reconnected after years of being apart.

This is a sexy, but sweet book for anyone that loves a good contemporary cowboy romance. Even though it’s number nine in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

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