Book Review | Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh

Not the Novellas for Me

POSTED ON December 1, 2017 BY Austine IN Book Review

Book Review | Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh
Rugged Texas Cowboy
by Lora Leigh
Published on December 5, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 304
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romance

Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life—until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .

Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

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Content & Trigger Warnings: graphic sexual content

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Rugged Texas Cowboy is a bind-up of two novellas within the Cowboys and Captives series and while I’ve found I enjoy a good cowboy romance every now and then, these weren’t the books for me. 

In Cowboy and the Captive (the first novella), I was immediately interested in the story of Melina standing in for her twin for a legal matter. The whole idea of twins swapping places always catches my attention because you know there’s going to be some sort of trouble and Melina has a history of taking the fall for her sibling. But I was immediately turned off this story when kidnapping became an involved part of the plot. Additionally, I would classify this novella as erotica more than a contemporary romance and as a reader, I do draw the line at erotica. I prefer a stronger story element with my romances, personally, so I just wasn’t well-suited to this novella at all.

After reading the second novella, Cowboy and the Thief, I realized this book was just not going to be for me. Period. Another erotic romance, so already not interested, but additionally, it was like I was reading an entirely different book. Different series. All of it. The novellas just didn’t click together, both plot-wise as well as writing. I wasn’t interested in the premise, the characters, any of it, so the second novella was one big flop.

These were the first works by Lora Leigh that I’ve tried and so far I’m not a fan. I haven’t decided if I’ll check out her other books but these weren’t for me. However, if you enjoy erotic romances involving cowboys (sort of) and want a quick read, the novellas of Rugged Texas Cowboy might just be for you!

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