Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review - Dirty-Talking Cowboy by Stacey Kennedy

Dirty-Talking Cowboy
by Stacey Kennedy
Series: Kinky Spurs, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2018

Emma Monroe has returned to River Rock, Colorado, after the death of her grandmother. Now she’s inherited a farm full of abused animals and she’s working as a waitress at the local hotspot, Kinky Spurs. The last thing Emma wants in her life is a man, as she’s still recovering from a recent heartbreak. But when a sensual and powerful cowboy, Shep Blackshaw enters her life, Emma begins to want things she shouldn't.

Shep knows sex shouldn’t be on his mind. He’s got a world of responsibility on his shoulders. He’s attempting to save his late father’s cattle ranch, Blackshaw Cattle Company, from foreclosure. But Emma’s heated reactions to his touch make ignoring her impossible. She’s the perfect distraction to make him forget that his father’s company is a sinking ship.

While their nights only heat up, soon emotions become tangled into the mix. Shep’s not only giving Emma the hottest nights of her life, he’s also healing her heart. With every encounter, she forgets her heartbreak. With every naughty adventure, she stops mourning the life she left behind. And with every dirty word whispered from Shep’s mouth, she stops thinking of all the reasons why she shouldn’t fall for him. But when the past comes to claim Emma, she’ll need to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life she’s grown to love with Shep. How will she say no to forever with a dirty-talking cowboy.

From the title of this one right through the prologue, this book was set up to give a fun-filled, steamy read – and although this one packed tons of heat and some kink, it also had lots of sweet and a real nice romance to go along with all those sexy times and left me smiling at the end.

I just loved Shep and, after reading this one, the title fit him perfectly! But there was also a whole lot more to him. He definitely knows what he wants and loves to be in control, but what struck me most about him was his outlook on things, especially when it came to his past serious relationship that ended:
“Sara is who she is. I can’t control her behavior. But I can control not allowing that drama into my life.”
Although I did like Emma, there were times when she did get a tad bit annoying when dealing with her recent break-up. She’s been totally burned by her ex, who also happened to be her boss, so I get her taking time away to figure out what she is going to do with her life now that her career has been impacted – but boy I wanted her to have a bit more anger at Jake. With her grandmother passing away and leaving her the ranch, she has the perfect opportunity to regroup and figure out a plan – and then she starts rethinking everything once she realizes that Shep may be just more than a no-strings attached fling.
Emma swallowed the coffee in her mouth. In this new friendship she’d found with Harper, she admitted, “With Shep, it’s so natural. He’s…”

“Perfect?” Harper offered.

Emma nodded with a laugh. “He’s perfect for me.” No one was perfect, but sometimes two people fit together in the most perfect way.
The writing flowed smoothly and, even though the romance developed quickly, nothing seemed rushed or forced. This was a great start to this new series and I am definitely intrigued by the other characters that were introduced that will be featured in the next installments of this series. I just loved the whole premise of the Kinky Spurs bar and look forward to more in this series.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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