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Friday, July 10, 2009

Buckling Down by Moira Keith

Buckling Down by Moira Keith
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Heat: Hot
Length: Short (16,500 words)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Buttercup

When two hearts are on the line, it’s double or nothing.

A Wild Ride story.

Levi McKenna heads to Las Vegas with one simple goal: win the rodeo and cement his place in rodeo history. Then Lady Luck throws a wild card into the deck—Sydney Hart. Time and distance haven’t dulled the sharp edge of their attraction, but thanks to a long-ago promise, she will always be forbidden fruit dangling just out of reach.

Sydney wants to believe in fairy tales and happily ever after, but her past relationships leave her doubting such things exist. She’s ready to give up on love…until Levi walks into her bar. The man who’s always held the missing piece of her heart. Love may not be in the cards, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t flirt.

Neither expected passion this hot, this fast. Yet once the cards are dealt, the only thing left to do is play them out—and see if they have a winning hand.

What happens when a heartbreaking, bull-riding hunk, Levi McKenna (who wants his best friend’s sister in the worst way, but can't have because he made a pact with her brother to steer well clear of her) and an “asshole” magnet, Sydney Hart (who only wants to find Mr. Right but always ends up broken-hearted) cross paths again? A ride wilder than the mechanical bull in your best Country Western bar.

Buckling Down is a story about two people are meant for one another but due to a silly childhood promise to an overprotective brother and best friend and the honor to uphold said promise, they never quite see fate clearly until karma and circumstance finally open their eyes.

When Levi McKenna lands in a Las Vegas cowboy bar with his rodeo friends and is given a lap dance by the bar’s singer who turns out to be Sydney Hart, his best friend, Dusty’s, sister, he’s in for the ride of his life. Forget Devil--the bull that cost him the National Championship last year. So much for keeping a cool head focused on winning the national this year. Tired of one night stands and PR relationships, women were the last thing Levi wanted to contend with. Sydney tosses all his discipline out the window and seriously tests his friendship with Dusty.

Sydney Hart, newly dumped by her latest “asshole” boyfriend vows to give up on men. She attracts all the worst out of men and now she not only dumped another but he wouldn’t take no for an answer and ignores all restraining orders as well. Now Levi has sauntered back into their lives looking way better than a cowboy has a right to. What’s a girl to do? Go through life afraid of getting hurt or take just one more chance?

Buckling Down is an excellent grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a fast eventful read. Emotions are right on and the characters are lovable and well fleshed out. The love scene is delicious. I read this in one sitting. The only negative thing I have to say about this one is Lisa, Levi’s personal assistant is a strong character at the beginning and has some family issue and drops out of the story without clear explanation. It left me questioning what happened to her. Other than that, Ms. Keith is a wonderful story weaver, and I will certainly look for more from her. Incidentally, I don’t typically read ‘cowboy’ stories but I did enjoy this one.