Nix Review – Turn and Burn by Lorelei James (4.5 Stars)

Posted August 8, 2013 by Nix in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.


Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy


Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs

FTC  stuff. I am a massive fan of this series so I requested it from Netgalley. I don’t know the author personally nor was I paid for this review.
This book starts off hot and heavy. Our hero and heroine meet in a bar, have a very sexy conversation and head to a motel for a one night stand. Our heroine doesn’t know the name of the man she’s walking out on the next morning and neither do we the reader. Of course, it could only be someone she is going to meet again so when we learn the identity of our sexy vet, we know the shit is about the fan…..
This book is starts off erotic but then heads more towards hot romance. The writing is as awesome as ever and I ended up really enjoying the romance between Tanna and August(Fletch), even if both of them had character flaws that made me want to butt them.
Fletch was my biggest annoyance in this book. He started with the alpha-hole possessiveness before he actually had a right to. She had made him no promises of anything but he pretty much declared her his territory and then decided to scare anyone else off her in any way he could. It wasn’t endearing. Once he starts his relationship, he actually finds a clue and I started to like him. He seemed to know when to push and when to back off intuitively and I found he really started to come into his own as a hero.  His mission to help Tanna cure her fear of horses was lovely to read about and the man sure is hot in the literary sack J I found myself becoming a little protective of the good ol’ vet when Tanna pressed the self-destruct on their relationship so he definitely grew on me.  
Tanna was a pretty good heroine. She was smart, strong and funny but she wasn’t looking for anything serious with Fletch. She went to the ranch to try to figure out her future and watching her try to heal her fears of horses was quite heart-breaking; she literally couldn’t go near them.  I understood her reluctance to start a serious relationship with Fletch, but her methods of keeping him at bay quite annoyed me. There was no need to hurt him in the ways that she did and it really was quite irritating.
In this book, we also checked in with the other pairings that have happened over the course of this series. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna need a family tree for this one soon like I did with the rough riders series; they all keep reproducing!

Overall, this was a steamy addition to the series which I did really enjoy. With a stubborn heroine and a dominant hero, this one was bound to be a fiery read. 

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