"Ky has never met a women like Cooper, she's his perfect match, a gorgeous little spitfire, but the skittish thing tries to evade all his approaches and insistently calls him a friend, but he has a plan to get out of the friend zone, but even if he does there seems to be much more to Cooper than meets the eye. And why is his ranch now suddenly under sabotage, and from who?"
Pages: 185 pages
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Published: August, 2011
Form: E-book (from my personal library)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Texas Heat #1
Amazon: Buy / $5.47 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see US price )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $2.99 (Nook)
Secret Cravings Publishing: Buy / $4.99 (E-book)
Excerpt: Excerpt & Adult excerpt
Cooper's husband is dead, the sadistic wife beater is not missed. She escapes the town run by her ex's goonies to a small town in Texas where she swears to begin a new life, a good one, without him. But all the remarks hurt worse than the broken bones and starting fresh doesn't come easy… after all if her deceased husband was right she’s no more than an ugly cow.
After living in isolation in small cabin for few weeks she finally meets her neighbor, the handsome Kyler who she's been watching for a while now driving by his house, as she rescues him from a possible rattlesnake bite, just to get bit herself. Ky demands he needs to take care of her and take her to the hospital, and very very grudgingly she finally agrees.
Ky has never met a women like Cooper, she's his perfect match, a gorgeous little spitfire, but the skittish thing tries to evade all his approaches and insistently calls him a friend, but he has a plan to get out of the friend zone, but even if he does there seems to be much more to Cooper than meets the eye. And why is his ranch now suddenly under sabotage, and from who?
“Just last night, I lay in my bed so very lonely.” She touched his forehead, teasing a lock of his light brown hair. “I thought of you.” A small laugh escaped her throat. “Do you know that I watch for you when I drive by your house, hoping I will see you?”
He held her close and feathered little kisses all over her face. Soft. Sweet. His breathing was coming a little faster. “Yeah. And I would watch you go by. I had worked out this whole fantasy in my mind about who you were and what you looked like…” He took her bottom lip in his mouth and nibbled on it, laving it with his tongue.
“I used to imagine what we would do together. When you walked into my life, I was floored. You are the most beautiful woman I have ever known. I can't tell you how hard it was to hold myself back. And when I found out you were my mystery woman, Cooper—you'll never know what that did to me. Right from the start, it seemed as if I knew you—that we could skip the preliminaries. I guess you've noticed how I talk to you; the sweethearts, loves, babes. Cooper, I don't talk like this. I have never spoken to another woman like this. But with you, I can't help it.” All the time he was talking, he was stealing kisses, drawing designs on her skin with his fingers, getting her ready for his loving.
Slowly, he slipped one hand to her back and released the clasp on her bra. Cooper's breath hitched in her throat. “I love how you talk to me. It makes me feel safe.” Ky didn't stop to analyze her statement, his eyes were on what he was unveiling. He scooted himself down on the couch, until his face was even with her breasts.
I think I've found another favorite author! I absolutely fell in love with Trouble! I loved broken Cooper and Ky for wanting her just as she was never knowing just how broken she was. I haven't read a novel on domestic abuse since Stephen King's Rose Madder, and as much as I loved that book I loved Trouble even more! Maybe Trouble kicks Rose Madder's ass because let's face it S.K doesn't really write deliciously hot love scenes - Sable Hunter does!
I truly enjoyed the plot it was intricate in subtle way not robbing from the romance but adding to it. I loved how broken Cooper was, she'd been beaten, abused and tortured, physically and even more damagingly, mentally - but still she had a kind character, she had compassion for animals which she viewed as not hostile, where she tend to think people thought the worse of her. Which I can somewhat relate to myself, having been bullied at school, hurtful words for years on end cause damage.
Ky was the absolute rock of the book! He was there for Cooper every step of the way without any knowledge of what she'd been through. He wanted her, loved her and cared for her, this was touching enough to get any girls eyes to water, that kind of unconditional love. Not that the love was just pure, oh no, there was plenty of passion and sexual tension, Ky trying to control his and Cooper questioning both of theirs.
This is one of those books that you just got to read, you'll feel for Cooper, you'll root for Ky to figure it all out and you'll be at the edge of your seat when the suspense aspect of the story kicks in. I know I was! More than once I went "watch out he's right there, oh god, look, no don't go there!".
I highly recommend this book to you if you love broken girls getting whole again, dizzyingly passionate love story, suspense and of course a hot cowboy, with a twin! Which reminds me I have the 2nd Texas Heat book, My Aliyah: Heart in Chains to read next week. ;D
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