A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Tuesday, September 16, 2014



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 that 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.

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About Jessie Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.


She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more. 


When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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Saddles and SinSaddles and Sin by Jessie Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Saddles and Sins by Jessie Evans is a 2014 Self Taught Ninja Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a contemporary western romance featuring Robert, a good ole boy trying to make it as a country singer. His manager, Marisol is dreaming of taking a client all the way to the top of the charts, so she has to maintain a proper work relationship with the tall, dark, and handsome cowboy. Despite all the groupies and hangers on, Robert only has eyes for Marisol.

Despite the promising outlook with this music career, family comes first for Robert. So, when his brother calls explaining he needs help with the ranch after a flu outbreak, Robert heads home with Marisol in tow.
Once Robert arrives home, he must contend with his mother's rather frosty reaction to Marisol, sick kids, and tending to the ranch. He also begins to pick up some bits and pieces of Marisol's personal life and it becomes clear that something in her past has her feeling like a deer in the headlights when it comes to opening up her heart to Robert. A big fat case of once bitten, twice shy. But will she let her fear ruin her chances with Robert? Marisol isn't stupid, she knows Robert is special but she also feels like with all her emotional baggage , he deserves better. But, she will never know for sure how things will work out until she opens up to him.

This is short and sexy romance, with one of the sweetest heroes. Robert was super level headed and exactly the man Marisol needed in order to give love a try. Marisol does have some baggage and her fear overrides everything she tries to do right. But, never underestimate the power of love.
I never get tired of these types of stories. Sometimes a person has a past that is so painful it prevents them from taking that step which could bring them peace and happiness, but the risk seems so great they can't let go. Most of us have something in our past we are embarrassed or ashamed of so I think we can all relate just a little to Marisol's dilemma. There aren't really too many Robert's out there in real life, so thank goodness for book boyfriends! 3.5 stars

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