Southern Comfort – Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon

Posted July 13, 2011 by Nix in review / 1 Comment

Southern Comfort by Jayne Rylon, Mari Carr
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2011-07-12
Genres: Cowboys
Pages: 193

Caught between desire and a promise...Compass Brothers, Book 2

Seth Compton knew from the first that his boss’s daughter was all wrong for him. She was too feisty, too damned independent and, at seven years his junior, too damned young. When she comes home with a college diploma and fiancé on her arm, though, he can’t quite remember all the reasons he held her at arm’s length.

It’s not just his jeans-tightening reaction to her all-grown-up curves. Something doesn’t feel right about her impending marriage, and he won’t rest until he’s stopped her from making the biggest mistake of her life. The morning after her wild bachelorette party, Jody expected a hangover. The surprise? Waking up tied to a bed with sexy-as-sin Seth. He’s got some wild idea about proving they belong together, but she’s not buying it. Besides, she has a promise to keep that’s too close to her heart to risk, especially not with a man who, until now, made his disinterest plain.

No one ever said Seth backed down from a challenge. She’s going to make him work for it? No problem. Luckily for him, he has plenty of rope...

Warning: This story contains a bondage lovin’ cowboy who kidnaps and hogties a cowgirl to his bed and does all sorts of naughty things to her. Fun, right?

Southern Comfort is the second in the series to the Compass Brothers series. I haven’t read the first in the series, but by golly, I will be doing now!

Jody has grown up with a “crush” on Seth. Since the day he began work on her Father’s ranch, she has adored him, and as the years past the crush turned into something deeper. Seth has stayed clear of her for numerous years, heeding the stark warning that her Father issued to him, irrespective of what his heart tells him to do. Recently, he has decided that, after many years of blue balls, the summer that she finishes college is the summer he makes his move. Unfortunately, after years of constant rejection, Jody comes home that summer with a surprise for him; she has gotten engaged to her best friend Paul. Seth realises that something is amiss with the rushed impending nuptials and sets about trying to win back her affections. Little does he know that, although Jody isn’t in love with Paul, she has made a promise to a friend and she takes that vow very seriously.

I want a Seth. When we meet him, he has been a very good boy for nearly 3 years. He promised Jodi’s daddy that he wouldn’t touch her until she finished college. This meant that no matter how hard she tried to seduce him, he resisted. Unfortunately for Seth, there is only so much rejection a girl can take. Jodi comes home a woman determined to move on with her life. Yes she loves him, but she isn’t a masochist, and he has hurt her one too many times. Marrying Paul has nothing to do with her feelings for him, but it is an easy way to keep him arms length if he lets her. Unfortunately, Seth isn’t an ordinary Cowboy. Seth is a Dominant Cowboy, and a Dominant cowboy in love at that. He isn’t going to give away what he has decided is his easily, especially when he decides that the marriage must be a sham.  How can she hope to resist a full-blown Dom Seth charm attack?

Seth is so sexy. From his bad-boy attitude to his honest declarations of affection, I adored him. I don’t know how in the hell Jodi was not supposed to fall in love with him, I was by the end of the novella!  He pushes and he pushes (as Doms do!), but he never pushes her to a place where she is uncomfortable or distressed. He tries to make her see what she will be missing with her marriage, but he never tries to take the decision out of her hands. My favourite scene is one involving a webcam and some restraints; it was so funny I laughed aloud, but I want you to find out the details for yourselves 😀 What I loved about him the most was his reasoning why they couldn’t be together; it was so unselfish yet realistic that it made me swoon a little. He didn’t want her to be something that she wasn’t for him.

Jodi was amazing. She didn’t ever deny her feelings, yet knew they were no good for her. When she came back to the ranch, she was determined not to give in to temptation and try to seduce him, yet he was determined that this time she would be the seduced. She didn’t stand a chance, and I honestly loved her more for the fact that she knew that was the case. She was funny and feisty, yet completely honest and caring with him too. I loved them together, yet there was the small problem in the shape of Paul and of course, a whole load of misunderstandings to deal with!

The sex scenes were blooming amazing. He is hot and he likes domination; I was going to love him! One of the most refreshing things was the fact that she was so sexually inexperienced, yet had no sort of hang-ups about what she shouldn’t enjoy. The fact that they both enjoyed themselves, made me enjoy the scenes more. Together they were evaporating the ink on the page!

The blurb of this book hooked me immediately. Cowboys?  A mild D/s theme? Yes please! 😀 However, this book is so much more than I imagined. I liked the whole cast; from the Mother that appeared in only a couple of scenes down to the main cast, everyone was likeable and well written. It was sweet, funny, sexy and also made me cry! I can tell I’ll be following the series.


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