There’s more than one way to feed a hungry man.
Ugly Stick Saloon, Book 10
Brody McFarlan left home eight years ago after he and his younger brother had a falling-out over a girl. When a frantic phone call sends him racing home, he’s astounded to learn the truth. Mom isn’t sick, she’s threatening to sell the ranch—unless he and his brothers get busy settling down.
With Mom on strike, Brody uneasily settles in to help—and find a replacement cook before he starves.
Fired from her last job, Jessie Taylor is forced to ride out on her horse, leaving her car behind. Hot, tired and homeless, she stumbles onto the Ugly Stick Saloon, grateful to pick up a spatula in trade for a burger to fill her belly and a much-needed rest for her road-weary mount.
One bite of Jessie’s tasty burger, and Brody offers the rough-and-tumble blonde a job and a stall. It doesn’t hurt that she’s sexy as hell, and he hungers for a taste of her sweet pink mouth. The only bur under his saddle is the grudge he still carries…and the fear that his brother will once again swoop in to steal the pretty filly right out from under him.
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.”
In cahoots to break up a romance…they wind up rekindling their own.
Ugly Stick Saloon, Book 11
Colin McFarlan’s back is against the wall. Two brothers have caved to their mother’s threat to sell the ranch if they don’t get married and give her grandkids—now it’s his turn. Too bad the only woman he’s ever loved is the one who came between him and his brother Brody.
When Fancy returns to Temptation, he’s determined to steer clear of the gorgeous real estate agent, who looks good whether dressed up in a pencil skirt or dressed down in cowboy boots.
Fancy Wilson made mistakes. Getting engaged to Brody was the first. Weeping in Colin’s arms—and falling into his bed—on the night she and Brody broke up was the second. She’s not adding to her sins by falling for Colin all over again. She’s had enough heartache.
Yet when Colin asks her to help break up a romance between his mother and the notorious town heartbreaker, she can’t resist. But soon they’re scrambling to undo the damage they’ve done…before it destroys their last chance for happiness.
And another one bites the dust! The third and youngest of the McFarlan brothers finds his happy ending in Boots and the Heartbreaker, but not before he nearly mucks it up so badly even I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to fix it. With only three weeks before their mother’s deadline, Colin finds himself reconnecting with the last woman he should – his brother’s ex-fiancée and the reason for their estrangement … Fancy Wilson. While both Colin and Fancy resolve to avoid one another so as not to repeat their past mistake, all it takes is them being alone in the same room together and all bets are off … as well as their clothes!
The attraction between Fancy and Colin is magnetic. When they’re in one another’s orbit and there are no buffers around them, they cannot keep their hands off one another. Seriously HAWT!!! So hot in fact that I can’t help but wonder how they managed to keep their hands off one another as long as they did when they were hormonal teenagers – engagement be danged. Jackson does reveal more about that incident and that enabled me to “forgive” Fancy and Colin for their behavior and made it easier to understand why Brody would be able to forgive Colin and encourage him to pursue Fancy – that Brody and Jessie are doing so well doesn’t hurt either. Under the guise of working one another out of their system, Colin sets out to make Fancy his because now that she’s back in town, he realizes why none of the women he’s been with in the past eight years came to mean anything – they weren’t Fancy. The more time they spend together, the less able Fancy is to resist Colin. Until he lets his suspicions about her uncle courting his mother get the best of him and he makes one humdinger of an accusation that not only crushes Fancy, but also brings an end to his mother’s newfound relationship as both Fancy and her uncle prepare to leave Temptation, Texas once and for all.
Boots and the Heartbreaker was a great way to spend a couple of hours, especially on the heels of Boots and the Rogue. Colin has an uncanny ability to put his foot in his mouth and does so repeatedly. While most times it is amusing, it can also be quite damaging to his relationships. I really liked seeing the signs of reconciliation between Colin and Brody as this trio of brothers were clearly meant to be close. But the ending. Oh that ending was awesome. Reminiscent of an old soap opera, Colin attempts to undo the damage he has wreaked and having to face his mother, while having Fancy banging down the door, as declarations of love, marriage proposals, and ultimatums were bandied about all in a matter of minutes – I kept waiting for the “DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!!” music to play. It really should have felt like an over-the-top scene and yet it was perfect for the madhouse that Colin’s actions had created and Jackson played it perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed Boots and the Heartbreaker and I really hope that Dusty finds love soon because that man is too nice to continue being a wingman for the women in his life.