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Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Little R & R

A Little R & R by Morgan Ashbury
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

When widow Rebecca Scott finally takes the vacation of her dreams as a 'dude' at a Colorado ranch, she never expects to lasso the heart of sexy rancher Rafe Lassiter. Time away from home and routine is supposed to give Rebecca the jolt she needs to plan the rest of her life. It is not supposed to be for sly innuendos, steamy kisses or sensual discoveries.

Rafe has always avoided the dudes, focusing his attention, heart and soul, on his ranch. Suddenly he finds himself playing host to the most appealing woman he's ever met. Before long, he yearns to corral Rebecca for good, but understands that taming this particular filly is going to require all the patience and skill he can muster.

Complicating his master plan are his brothers, her grown kids, and a secret hidden within the nearby Anasazi ruins.

Having decided to take a vacation for herself, widow Rebecca Scott heads to dude ranch in Colorado. Hoping for some time away for herself, she never expected to find a connection with one of the ranch’s owners, Rafe Lassiter. Rafe doesn’t care for the dudes that have come to the ranch over the years and usually tries to avoid them, but something is different about Rebecca. Instantly attracted to the widow, he makes it his mission to see that she enjoys herself and learns about ranch life hoping that perhaps she might make her visit a permanent one. Meanwhile, someone is using the ranch for some illegal activities unbeknownst to the ranch owners.

A Little R & R is an interesting read with many complex plots. The relationship between Rafe and Rebecca was well-done and I could sense the chemistry and attraction between the two. They seem to share an easy relationship with one another as if they had known each other for years rather than days.

In addition to the story of Rafe and Rebecca, there is also a minor secondary romance between one of Rafe’s brothers, Robert, and a young woman who works on the ranch. I would have loved to have seen this one developed a bit more or even had it given its own book as they are a fascinating pair. Rafe’s other brother, Travis, also shares a connection with Rebecca’s adult daughter hinting at possible romance between them, but the story ends before we can see what happens there.

Another storyline involved some illegal activities on the ranch, which didn’t really seem to fit the story. It didn’t really hold my interest as I was more focused on the romance between the lead characters.

While I did enjoy the book, I felt like some of the storylines were rushed or left unfinished near the end. There were quite a few loose ends that needed tying up, but perhaps that was the author’s intention. While there may have been too many plotlines, the wonderful relationship between Rafe and Rebecca is truly what make this a good read and help to make it worthwhile.