Published by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc on 2006-02-01
Waiting tables in a bar full of no-good cowboys isn't Lacy Mason's idea of fun. But between her daughter's illness, endless doctor bills, and her college tuition, she needs the money. What she could really use is a night of no-holds-barred passion and no-strings-attached sex. Too bad she has sworn off cowboys for life.
A guy walks into a bar.
Full-time executive and retired cowboy Wyatt Anderson is drawn to Lacy from the moment he sees her. But she's an enigma. Daring and assured one moment and hesitant the next, it's as if something haunts her. Only willing to give him one night, Lacy clings tightly to her secrets. Unfortunately for her, what Wyatt wants, Wyatt gets.
And he definitely wants Lacy.
Part time waitress Lacy is working all the hours she can to pay for her very ill daughters medical bills. Her ex-husband doesn’t support them so her wages are split between paying the rent on her hovel of an apartment, paying for full time care for her little girl and paying the tuition fees for her engineering degree. In a nutshell, Lacy’s life sucks. One night, into the bar walks Wyatt, the tall dark cowboy described in the title. He decides he wants one night with Lacy and he manages to wangle his way into her bed, as she realises she really needs to cut lose. Unfortunately, Wyatt underestimates Lacy’s charms and one night just isn’t enough for him. Can he convince the sworn Cowboy hater to allow him into her life? When he becomes a support mechanism she has never had before, she starts to soften to the domineering Cowboy. Of course, there are lots more obstacles before the path to true love becomes clear!
Have you seen the cover? I mean wow…that’s art 🙂 . I won’t lie, the reason this book went to the top of the pile is that set of drool worthy abs. All that aside I did like this book. Lacy is everything a good romantic heroine should be. She is sweet, strong and independent (I hate stories where the heroine made out to be less of a person because she doesn’t have a man). She has had her fingers well and truly burnt by her loser-boy ex and Wyatt can never be anything more than a one-night stand because she will never put herself, or her daughter, in that position again. Wyatt doesn’t do much to help change her mind. He is a bit of a domineering arse at points and to be honest the reason that the book got three stars is because of his character. He constantly bosses her around, makes decisions for her unilaterally and has some strange compulsion about not wearing condoms because he wants “to feel the leather when I ride” (WTF? Seriously?!). I don’t have a problem with Alpha/Dom type male roles, but Wyatt made decisions about absolutely everything without ever consulting Lacy about whether she wanted him to. This, to me, isn’t the mark of a good partner so I had issues with him.
For all his faults, he is truly there for Lacy in a way she has never had before and I wanted to shake her for not accepting him. She sees him as a distraction that she doesn’t need, and seems to see herself as a woman with needs last. Wyatt’s stubbornness eventually starts to break through the lead lined walls she has erected. He sees that she’s drowning under the weight of all her responsibilities and worries, and is the only person in the entire book to show her any concern. The woman is truly alone and I have to say I had a few teary moments along the way. I couldn’t imagine having to struggle the way she obviously does, and who can blame her for getting some moments of pleasure with a hunky stranger. The sex scenes were well written, frequent and incredibly erotic (look out for a scene with his silk ties…I liked that one 😀 ). I have read a few of this authors books and one thing she is good at is making the chemistry sizzle!
I enjoyed the book but Wyatt’s attitude stopped me loving it. Lacy was a beautifully written character and, by the end of the book, I really wanted her to get her HEA. The ending was lovely and I am truly glad that Wyatt became the man I wanted for her.