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Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues [NOOK Book]

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It Happened in the Idaho Desert The rodeo clown: Brody wants the thrill of bullfighting and the wind at his feet. The actuary: Rita doesn't want anything to do with a busted up cowboy--and odds are, Brody will be. The mule: Socrates understands humans. And love, even if humans don't. Can Socrates lead Brody to Rita's heart? Will Rita let herself take the biggest risk of all?
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It Happened in the Idaho Desert The rodeo clown: Brody wants the thrill of bullfighting and the wind at his feet. The actuary: Rita doesn't want anything to do with a busted up cowboy--and odds are, Brody will be. The mule: Socrates understands humans. And love, even if humans don't. Can Socrates lead Brody to Rita's heart? Will Rita let herself take the biggest risk of all?
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Editorial Reviews

Huntress Reviews - Detra Fitch
A light-hearted and hilarious romp into a world of rodeo clowns, family values, and romance, this story kept my attention glued tighter than a cowboy to the back of a crippled bucking bronco. Whether you enjoy fast romances with big business or the slower pace of a laid back western, this tale is for you. All-in-all, a perfect book to cuddle up with during the colder months of the year. Excellent!
Crystal's Romance Reviews - Crystal Adkins
Jacquie Rogers, author of Faery Special Romances has really outdone herself with Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues. It was so touching, heartwarming, and very well written that I could not put it down. I read the book in two days. Jacquie Rogers has a way of writing fantasy romances that puts the city girl with the cowboy in a most spectacular way with this novel. 5 Hearts
Romancing the Book
Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues by Jacquie Rogers is one funny and romantic contemporary western romance book! With adventures, romance and comedy, Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues is a creative and unique romance read with a 'pick me up feel good read'!
Jo Webnar
What a hoot! Jacquie Rogers has an original and delightful imagination. This romance is completely different from anything you've ever read before. You'll find yourself laughing out loud at the match-making animals. The hero made my heart race, but I have always been partial to cowboys. When you want to curl up with a good read, pick this book. From the first page you'll be hooked, and there is no way you'll be able to put it down.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940043328519
  • Publisher: Highland Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,201,333
  • File size: 727 KB

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    Jacquie Rogers is author on the move

    Jacquie Rogers has struck me for some time as a talent waiting to ¿happen¿. One of the problems with being a unique talent, is it¿s hard to land with a publisher. Editors are often unwilling to take on oddball i.e. risky projects because they fear not hitting target with mainstream sales. Once this sort of author does, they usually rocket straight to the top of bestsellers lists. Rogers is that sort of author waiting to make the jump. And she will. Watch. With this delightful book, she is one step closer. Her quirky talent and strong voice bring this wacky novel alive. She had me smiling and laughing aloud-not many authors actually push me to full laughter, but Rogers does, allowing her to join the narrow ranks of Nina Bangs and Lynsay Sands. Set in the real town of Gasmere, Idaho, the clever author puts the town on the map with this romp through rodeos, matchmaking miniature mules, and people finding where they belong in life-and discovering it¿s not always where they thought they should be. <BR/><BR/>Brody is hiding out from the high-power, big-money world of Pettybottom Enterprises. And what better way to hide than in the guise of a rodeo clown! He loves playing the clown, figuratively and literally, loves the thrill of bull-riding, the roar of the crowd, thus he believes he knows where he belongs, and it¿s not behind some desk as CEO of a business that is dull and stuffy. He loves the small town life and the contentment he finds as far from Pettybottom¿s pressure as you can get. <BR/><BR/>Rita Markham is an actuary, a lady who crunches numbers. She finds stability, finds security in dealing with dull and stuffy facts. She loves big city sophistication. She might fall for the head of Pettybottom Enterprises, but never for a rodeo clown, no matter how sexy Brody is. Once, she shook off the dust of Gasmere, Idaho and her roots in the rodeo circle, and now wants nothing to do with another broken-down rodeo clown. But is the small town girl really that enamored with big city life, or is she, too, hiding from whom she really is?<BR/><BR/>Socrates the mule doesn¿t understand why humans have to make everything so darn complicated. He understands people, odd beings that they are, and even understands love, and totally perplexed why humans just don¿t get it. It¿s up to Socrates to save the day and make Brody and Rita see what is real and what is important.<BR/><BR/>The author¿s talent shines, giving a fast-paced, humorous tale that marks her as an author on the rise. It¿s sexy, sharp, witty and just plain fun!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

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    Great Book

    Jacquie Rogers has done it again, she has written a great book that is heartwarming and fall off your chair funny.<BR/> Brody is hiding from the corporate world of Pettybottom enterprises.<BR/>He loves the country and the rodeo circuit.<BR/> Rita the actuary escaped from the country and headed to the corporate world of Petty bottom Enterprises.<BR/> Socrates the mule The only one who understands love.<BR/>Will they get together... You will have to read this totally innovative comedic book. You will not be sorry

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Captivating

    Ms. Rogers has once again captivated me with her imagination and prose. I received an ARC, and had a very hard time putting it down. I love the setting in the story, my home state of Idaho . Yes Grasmere is a real town. Brody is a rodeo clown who is hiding from the corporate world of Pettybottham Enterprises. Enter the sophisticated, beautiful, and intriguing Rita Markham, an up and coming actuary for his family's business. This tough bullfighter's knees go weak when he goes to rescue the Markham 's apples from a stubborn mule named Socrates, and sees the beautiful Rita, When did she grow up? I cannot wait to read more from Jacquie Rogers. The book world has its newest star.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

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    A Refreshing Read

    Jacquie Rogers is an amazing talent. She mixes humor and heat, talking mules and romance¿and it works. When Socrates-the-midget-mule and his crew of trusty animals, a skunk named Guinevere, a hound dog called Beauty, the show dog, Perseaus and a baby porcupine named Miss Pretty Bottom decide to do some match-making, it¿s all over but the shouting. <BR/><BR/>The human¿s are helpless against their mechanisms¿and it doesn¿t hurt that they are really, really crazy about each other, though neither Brody-the-bull-rider or Rita-the-would-be-actuary are aware of it. Toss in a cranky old cowboy and Rita¿s very independent mother, and you have a wonderful mix of love, laughter and reading pleasure.<BR/><BR/>I love Ms. Rogers work. It¿s refreshingly different in a world of sameness. If you like your heroes handsome and strong, your heroines intelligent and soft, and your critters a tad odd, you¿ll love this book. It¿s a keeper.<BR/><BR/>Diane Davis White<BR/>Author, Moon of the Falling Leaves

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Hilarious and touching.

    Rita Markham's mother, Judy, always told her to never settle down with a cowboy. If a cowboy's life is not cut short, he is crippled early from the multiple injuries received from rodeos. Rita took those words to heart. Always good with math, Rita's MBA takes her to Seattle and she is working on her actuary certification. When considering husband material, Rita looks for someone with the same goals and interests instead of love. This is how she ends up with David Parr as her Fiancé. <BR/><BR/>When her mother is due knee surgery, Rita goes home for several weeks to care for her. The last thing Rita expects is to still feel anything for Brody. She had a huge crush on Brody as a teenager and had even offered herself to him, only to be turned down. Rita never understood exactly why Brody had turned her down since he went through women like tissue paper. Still, Rita cannot deny that the man still makes her knees go weak with his cocky grin. Good thing she has David. <BR/><BR/>Brody Alexander loves his ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. When he is not there, he is busy doing his favorite things in life, bullfighting and rodeo clowning. He cared too much for Rita in the past to allow her to give herself to him. Whether he would have encouraged it now or not is a moot point since she has a fiancé. Unknown to those outside his family, Brody's real name is Broderick Pettybottham the Fourth. Broderick owns seventy-five percent of a Fortune 500 corporation, but it is his sister, Caroline, and his mother that manages the corporate operations. His sister and mother have been trying to bring Broderick back to the corporation headquarters in Texas to resume his duties as CEO for quite some time. His interest in Rita just may be a way for them to succeed too. <BR/><BR/>Socrates is a mule. His adopted human is named Brody. Unlike humans, mules still exercise common sense. And Socrates has decided it is time for Brody and Rita to admit their feelings for each other, get married, and have some small Brodiettes. Aided and abetted by Guinevere, a descented skunk, and Perseus, an Australian Shepherd dog, Socrates begins making plans to bring the two humans to their senses before it's too late. <BR/><BR/>***** A light-hearted and hilarious romp into a world of rodeo clowns, family values, and romance, this story kept my attention glued tighter than a cowboy to the back of a crippled bucking bronco. Whether you enjoy fast romances with big business or the slower pace of a laid back western, this tale is for you. The menagerie kept me chuckling with delight throughout the entire story. Socrates is the main one in the animal spotlight, but the skunk just cannot help but outshine the mule often and the dog is a delight to behold. All-in-all, a perfect book to cuddle up with during the colder months of the year. Excellent! *****<BR/><BR/>Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    Loved it!

    Socrates the mule, yes one of those hairy donkey creatures has a plan for his human Brody Alexander. He wants to see his human happy, I guess you could say that Socrates, Guinevere the skunk, Perseus and Beauty, the ever watchful companions are Brody¿s fairy god watchers. The will do everything in their power to bring together not just one couple but two.<BR/><BR/>Rita Markum a retired barrel rider, now corporate city girl has returned to Grasmere, Idaho to care for her mother after surgery. She didn¿t expect to lay eyes on the man she fell in love with ten years ago, and have the feelings rush back at her. She also had to keep an eye on the old busted up cowboy Luke that seemed to have more than friendly feelings for Rita¿s mother Judy. After Rita approached Brody all those years ago, laying her body on the line for him only to get rejected, her heart still did that pitter patter beat when Brody was around.<BR/><BR/>Brody Alexander had a secret, he is one of the richest men around and is the CEO of a company that Rita desperately needed approval from. Everyone knew Brody as the bullfighter/rodeo clown, he loved the thrill and could not imagine being in a stuffy business suit and office for the rest of his life. But if it came down to it to keep Rita, he¿d sacrifice anything. But hopefully it wouldn¿t come to that, maybe Rita would come back to her roots and settle for the bullfighter that stole her heart all those years ago¿ she has no idea she¿s had his heart for just as long. But stubborn is as stubborn does, and no I¿m not talking about Socrates, I¿m talking about LOVE.<BR/><BR/>Jacquie Rogers, author of Faery Special Romances has really outdone herself with Down Home Ever Lovin¿ Mule Blues. I could not help laughing at Socrates¿ plans and antics, I was love struck by the way her characters truly wanted each other, and I admit that I loved this 10 fold more than Faery Special Romances. It was so touching, heartwarming, and very well written that I could not put it down, I read the book in two days. Jacquie Rogers has a way of writing fantasy romances that puts the city girl with the cowboy in a most spectacular way with this novel. 5 Hearts<BR/><BR/>Contact Jacquie: www.jacquierogers.com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    One of the best books I have ever read. I grew up not far from

    One of the best books I have ever read. I grew up not far from Grasmere and it made me miss home while at the same time making me laugh. I have since passed this book on to many of my friends to read and it has now made three full circuits around the world through the mail. Everywhere from California to New York and North Dakota to Texas, as well as England, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Russia, etc. I have only just had it finally mailed back to me and I am ready to read it again. I also can't wait for another quirky and witty book to be put out by this incredible author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Loved the animals in this book. They made me chuckle. This sto

    Loved the animals in this book. They made me chuckle. This story is romance with the help of the animals and some hiddin secrests.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    Beautiful romance!

    Review by Caffey:
    Brody's mule Socrates is a leader of the rodeo crew of animals and guides his crew as a team to lead Brody into a romance. Each chapter starts with the mule's thoughts and ideas on putting plans into place to put Brody and Rita together. With a whole bunch of laughter throughout the book from their antics, there is never a dull moment! Topping that with a romance of Brody and Rita, who also bring laughter and comedy into the story with their romance, there is another tender romance and story about Rita's mom Judy that was so fitting and important in this book. Brody too has a past that no one knows of and never wants to be known, but things start to crumble little by little that is making him face this all. Brody's love for the outdoors, his animals, his ranch and his career as a rodeo rider is one that he wants to remain in, while Rita wants to run from. Also fitting was a single character Phyllis that I can envision in a future book with the things she did for her community and the children. Here's hoping her story will be told some day too.

    Even with the great elements of the animals in this book, there is an outstandingly written romance of Brody and Rita that is a huge part within this book. Being an emotionally involved story and romance many feelings will be felt for both Rita and Brody as they are surrounded by and continue to endure issues from their past as well as growth in their relationship. This all makes for a very moving romance. When together, Brody and Rita's romance was very intense throughout the book. The tension of the romance was also growing and building as they slowly let down the resistances that were keeping them from being together. With Rita's facing her past with her dad, previous rejection and jealousy of Brody, their love grows as they both faces the truth as well as understanding of what their future holds for them. There was no way to give this book, Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues anything lower than an A. It had so much in this book that the reader will be thinking about this book, scenes and characters for days and weeks to come after reading it. Again, a beautiful romance!

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    Feel Good Book With Delightful Animal Characters

    Socrates the cogitating mule, has come to the conclusion that his bullfighting, thrill-seeking, stealthily wealthy owner, Brody Alexander, needs a very special woman to make him happy, even if a lovely lady barrel rider did once steal his heart.

    Therefore, Socrates, Guinevere the skunk, Perseus and Beauty, put their heads together.

    Corporate career girl Rita Markum has come back to rural Grasmere from the big city to take care of her mother, Judy, during her convalescence following surgery, only to find that her mother has a suitor.

    The last thing Rita expected was to catch sight of the rodeo clown from her past, Brody Alexander, and realize that she was just as much in love with him as she had been ten years before when her awkward attempt at seduction ended with him brushing her off.

    Lovers' misunderstandings, stubborn pride, and hurt feelings might keep Brody and Rita apart, but if there's anything more obstinate than a lover who feels scorned, it's a mule. A match-making mule.

    Down Home Ever Lovin Mule Blues by Jacquie Rogers, is a highly entertaining and well written story, which is what we've come to expect from the author of "Faery Special Romances". Ms Rogers' stories are funny, sweet, moving and heartwarming. I recommend this book for any time of year when a reader wants a light-hearted, feel-good story with a distinctive Happy Ever After.

    Rowena Cherry

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