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Series: Lonesome Point Texas #2
Publisher: Self Taught Ninja Press (Self-Published) on September 16, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…
Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions in Austin, and returns home to Lonesome Point to help out. Fortune and fame are all well and good, but family and friends come first. Besides, he’s ready to enjoy some off-the-clock time with his manager, a woman who has him dying to show her what a good man can do to a woman when he’s given permission to be bad.
Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager. A scandal with one of her clients nearly destroyed her, but now she's close to launching an artist who will make her career. Robert Lawson has it all—talent, charisma, and a naughty side the flicks all of Marisol’s kinkier switches. But Robert is off limits. She refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch, doing her best to convince Robert to ditch the saddle and embrace his future as a star.
But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if fear is stronger than love, or if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Bubba Lawson may love Lonesome Point, but his dreams are of a career in music, not tending cattle on the family’s ranch. And lucky for him, everything seems to be working out his way, with people taking notice at his gigs, a chance to open on a big tour, and a firecracker of a manager who’s earning more than just his respect.
Marisol Medina learned to be strong because she had no other choice. Getting involved with a client was her road to shame, abandonment by her family, and something close to rock bottom, but she’s built a decent name for herself since then. She’s certainly got an eye for recognizing talent, and Bubba’s got it by the truckload. If only he didn’t catch her eye in completely inappropriate and dangerous ways.
“Three fourths of the population of Austin was composed of different shades of bottled blond…” Because this story takes place in an alternate universe ಠ_ಠ
Okay, now this cover fit. True, it’s not much different than the one for Leather and Lace, but where that book starred a bald biker, this one’s actually about a cowboy. Between the cover and the fact that we met Bubba in the last book, I actually had some clue what to expect this time.
I had the feeling I’d love Bubba’s story; I just didn’t know how much.
Bubba’s had his heart in singing for a while but didn’t have the confidence to give it a real shot until now. However, he knows his family may not be so supportive, given what the music industry has put them through in the past. Even so, he heads off to Austin, hires a manager, and books gigs that seem to be making people take notice. It’s the manager that’s his real problem, though, since his mind is on anything but business when he looks at her.
Marisol can’t help noticing her client, either, and even though she knows better than to get involved, it’s hard when he’s not only insanely attractive but also genuinely good of heart. He’s all “yes, ma’am,” and “no, thank you,” and too nice to tell off the women throwing themselves at him, even though they make him uncomfortable. But when a kiss to ward off the fans kindles something much hotter, it’s clear he may not be all gentleman after all.
The chemistry between Bubba and Marisol is incredible, but her misgivings and his need to respect her no matter what have them dancing around this thing between them more than either of them can stand. However, a trip back to Lonesome Point gives them plenty of time to be alone and work through those walls, and it’s clear neither of them is intent on a simple fling.
Marisol’s past really surprised me, though at the rate that kind of thing happens, I shouldn’t have found it so out of the ordinary. If anything, though, it made me feel even more sympathetic toward her, knowing that what happened isn’t something she’d ever be able to get away from. Of course, the way that Bubba handled it made it almost okay and certainly cemented him in my mind as one of my favorite romance novel heroes.
The only problem I had with the story was the fact that Marisol’s big secret seemed to be a non-issue after it was revealed to Bubba. It’s not that I wanted him to have a problem with it, but with his career taking off, you’d think it would come up again. Surely someone would see Marisol with the up and coming country music star and put two and two together, and certainly Shane, disgusting pig that he was, would have wanted to capitalize on that. I can’t say I’d have liked it to come back to bite them as often as I’m sure it would have in the real world, but I’m not sure such a serious subject can just be swept under the rug the way this one was.
In any case, the story was both hot and sweet, with Bubba being every bit the good boy his mother raised him to be and every bit the alpha male women dream of. Marisol was kind and smart and understandably skittish, and that just made them perfect for each other. Also, either I was too into the story to even notice the same editing issues the last book had, or someone finally got their money’s worth from the editing firm because I didn’t find myself trying to dodge the weirdly added commas this time. Between the great characters, the strong romance, and the editing improvements, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to break down and pre-order the next book in the series.