She never expected to feel the vibrations all the way to her broken heartstrings.
The Boot Knockers Ranch, Book 6
Diapers and baby food are uppermost in Skye Blackwood’s mind—at least until she’s alone at night. Two years is a long time, and her toy collection isn’t all that satisfying. Especially since her battery-operated lovers came from Booker, her ex.
Everyone said they married too young, and they were right. He could be a bigger part of their daughter’s life, though, so she tracks him down—and is shocked to discover he’s working at a Texas sex therapy ranch. She reserves a week of something tall, dark, and cowboy for herself, planning to use her down time to talk to Booker.
When Skye steps onto the Boot Knockers stage, Booker doesn’t hesitate to pull the plug. A giant misunderstanding may have ended things between them, but no way is he letting another cowboy into her bed.
Once alone, their animal attraction flares back to life. But time hasn’t healed the emotional wounds that still run deep. And renewing their old bond could be the biggest mistake they ever made…
Warning: Contains smoking-hot sex scenes with toys, without toys, with an extra partner, and just one-on-one. Suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cowboy lovers. Sorry, you’ll have to supply your own batteries. Better buy a case. Oh, hell, just buy stock in the company.
Book Six in the Boot Knockers Series, Cowboy Not Included features Booker’s story. I’ve been looking forward to his story for a while, but I wasn’t prepared for how much angst would be included. Skye is Booker’s ex-wife. The other ranch hands had no idea he used to married of has a toddler. Skye concocts this plan to vacation at the ranch with her daughter in order to get her ex to be a part of their lives. She doesn’t want to fall for Booker, again, but we all know what happens when a heroine plans to not fall at a sexy cowboy’s feet.
Booker’s sex toy collection is used…..and holy hotness are the scenes steamy!! The two talk about where they are in their lives and what they both want in the future. However, things aren’t fully resolved by the end of the book! Darn you, Em Petrova!! (I say that in the most loving way…I LOVE this series)! I NEED the next book!!
If sexy cowboys, kinky and steamy sex, and former loves reconnecting is your thing, then run and get this book! I promise you won’t regret reading it and the rest of the series.
Not surprisingly, I loved Cowboy Not Included. I have yet to read one of Petrova’s books and not loved it. What did surprise me was the fact that I really didn’t care for Skye. I have a problem with people – male or female – whose knee-jerk response/accusation is that their partner is cheating on them, especially when there is nothing to support it. There is a big difference between a flirt who has a smile and compliment for others and a lech who makes passes by touching, caressing, and engaging in suggestive language. Booker is a flirt and nothing that goes down in the present or their conversations and memories about the past indicate that he was a lech. So while I felt badly for the situation that Skye found herself in – and by no means do I absolve Booker on his failure to do what he should have – she created it with her mistrust and insecurities. I do give her props for her decision to track him down and even more when she decided to avail herself of his employers’ services. What red-blooded heterosexual female doesn’t want a hedonistic week with her very own cowboy … or two?
How do I give a book five stars when I don’t care for the heroine? Because I adored Booker. Did he do the right thing when he walked away from Skye and Findlee? No. But he did what his wife demanded and he stayed away because he didn’t think he was good enough to be a part of his daughter’s life. Although he “abandoned” them physically, he provided for them financially – even more than Skye knew about. I must admit that I found his caveman response at the meet and greet swoon worthy, especially knowing that he was going to get an earful from Skye once he got her squared away. And boy did he ever! But the thing about them being exes was that they knew how to push one another’s buttons – the bad ones and the GOOD ONES!!! Despite their best efforts to shield their hearts because they each realized that at the end of the week they would again part ways, their chemistry was so intense it was impossible for them to keep their walls intact. And the addition of a third partner – one of the other Boot Knockers – made the already hot-as-heck sex scenes scorching.
While I enjoyed the reigniting of the romance between Booker and Skye, it was watching Booker get to interact with Findlee and learn more about his daughter that was sweet as heck. I liked that it gave him the resolve he needed to reinsert himself back into his daughter’s life – realizing how much he’d already missed. I have to hand it to Booker though, because I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving of Skye for again jumping to conclusions that he was cheating on her – it’s certainly not the kind of relationship I would want. The epilogue was awesome as it not only gave Booker a new purpose and a new lease on life, but it also gave him the opportunity to do the same for people close to him. Cowboy Not Included was another great addition to the Boot Knockers Ranch series and I look forward to catching up with all the cowboys again soon.