by Stacy Gail

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You want my hands on you, Celia. Making you shiver, making you moan, making you scream. Admit it.

Celia Villarreal had wanted those things with Ryland Brody, Bitterthorn’s golden boy—and wanted them badly enough to make a fool of herself one idiotic night months ago.

Naughty children shouldn’t touch what they don’t own.

Rejection always stings, but putting a move on Ry had devastating consequences. Now her regret burns as bright as her need—until Ry, as glorious as ever, makes her an offer that might finally be her ticket out of town.

I’m not your enemy, darlin’. If you give me half a chance, you’ll see that I can be your hero.

When working together leads to grinding all naked-like with the very cowboy who’s seen her at her worst, Celia is afraid she’s made a mistake.

Until the truth comes out.

This is who we are from now on. Say it. Feel it.

Once Ry’s past motivations come to light, Celia must decide if she can give him another chance or turn her back on Bitterthorn—and the one man who’s always wanted her—for good.

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This book is approximately 60,000 words

Edited by Angela James

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488099533
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/02/2018
Series: Brody Brothers , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 212,419
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

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Branded 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Stacy Gail is a new author to me and this book is about Ryland Brody and Celia Villarreal. Ry was an arrogant jerk, but he grew on me slowly. Celia got on my nerves a bit with her constant harping on her behaviour towards Ry at her birthday party; we kept hearing about it and it got a little frustrating at times. I can only imagine the loneliness that Celia was feeling as she slowly realised that people in her home town were avoiding her and treating her as though she had the plague. Celia has always had a bit of a crush on The Brody Brothers and when Ry offers her a job that could ensure her dream of moving to the city, although hesitant at first, she decides to take the job. There was certainly a great deal of emotion and angst in Branded, throw in the sizzling chemistry between Ry and Celia and you are in for a ride. The story was well written and the characters were strong. The supporting characters were just as interesting and I look forward to reading more from Ms.Gail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved the previous books set in this town, but really struggled with this one because the main man Ry was so overly controlling that I had a hard time reading it. Due to his actions Ciera's identity is shredded as she goes through months of doubt and torment before everything gets worked out. If you like extremely dominant and controlling men then this might be for you. I hope the next brother's story is better, because I do love the town and other characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this romance, so good.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love a good, sexy cowboy? Ryland Brody is exactly that and more. He’s always gotten what he wants, when he wants, and doesn’t really take into thought what anyone else thinks. When Celia Villarreal has a few too many drinks and makes a fool herself Ryland takes it into her own hands and teaches her a lesson. Too bad the attraction between them is still there. Did I like Ryland? Nope, not really. He was cocky, obnoxious, and selfish. Although, he was good to Ceclia, when he wanted to be. I don’t think he realized how he was acting, how his actions made a difference to those around him. I hated how to had to rid her of the Brody worshipping before he could be real with him. What the heck… rid her? Brody worshipping? Isn’t that something that true love should control, that he should trust her to be able to handle? He never really redeemed himself to me and I was left with a semi-sour taste in my mouth about him. Celia could have been a strong character. She did call Brody out many times on his actions but she let it go way too many times. She had the mentality that this was just how a Brody was raised and that he couldn’t help it. I wanted her to freak out on him, put him in his place, not forgive and forget so quickly. He knocks on the door, breaks the door down, and she swoons at his feet. UGH! I really wanted to love these characters, I wanted to be invested in their lives and be happy when they found the HEA but it just didn’t happen for me.
DarGee More than 1 year ago
What is a girl to do when it seems the entire town has turned against her? One night of drunken fun, and an incident with one of the towns favoured families seems to have backfired on Celia pretty bad. So bad, tired of all the loneliness, the snubs, the lack of welcome she had always felt, she is taking steps to leave town. Before she can execute her perfect plan, the object of her mistake is pursuing at every turn. It isn't easy, and both are pretty prone to giving in to their tempers, but the way they compliment each other is so much better. It is a hard lesson for Celia to learn, and growing up is never easy, but even Ry recognizes he isn't the easiest person to get along with. Once these two work through things, utter perfection, and Celia learns being branded as Ry Brody's isn't all that bad!
Loupy More than 1 year ago
What a down right adorable story. At least that’s one way of describing this fun flirty romantic storyline the author has given us with Branded. If fact, for me, the story and characters were so well written I felt like I knew the townsfolk and exactly how they were thinking and feeling as I read along. You gotta love a storyline where the man knows what he wants and goes after it to the point “No” is just not acceptable. Which is exactly what Ryland, the eldest of the Brody brothers does. But the rich bossy rancher has one problem, Celia, the object of his desire. You see, Celia wants nothing more than to avoid Ry and move away from their small country town after the drunken life altering mistake she made involving him at her birthday celebration. A mistake that has made her the pariah of the town even months afterwards. Can Ry convince her to give him a chance or will he finally hear that “No” the rest of the world can’t seem to say to him? This is a wonderfully written RomCom with a sassy sexy strong female (Celia) and a very handsome, bossy cowboy (Ry) leading the way. In my humble opinion it’s a story you don’t want to miss out on. I highly recommend grabbing up this wonderful book that is packed full of southern charm, hospitality and romance. Not to mention it sets the tone for the series to come, and this reader can’t wait for the next Brody to fall. I give Branded 5 stars and a Hardy 2 Thumbs Up!!!
belllla More than 1 year ago
In this book, we read about Celia and Ry story. Celia is thinking about moving from hometown because she doesn't see the future or a possibility of having a boyfriend since she made a fool of herself on her birthday. And all the sudden the one who humiliated her in front of the town is very interested in her job and her as a person. A quick hot read between great characters. easy lovely story enjoyable to read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love hot alphas then look no further! Granted, Ray maybe a little over the top but he has his reasons. Great read and I can’t wait for the next one!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying this should be an interesting series if this book is any indicator. It's a fun read and you can't take the story too seriously. Especially Ry Brody. Took me a while to warm up to Ryland and his bossy pants self and what he did to Celia. That you have to read the book for. Celia I liked, talented and really trying to make a life for herself and get the hell out of Dodge, she's had more than enough of small town life. Since her last birthday and one too many drinks which she did something to embarrass herself. But no one should have to put up the the repercussions this poor gal did. Nonsense and it yanked my chain something fierce. So Celia is building her portfolio and applying for jobs in Dallas and Houston to get away from town and hopes for a better and more interesting future. She's got her act together. Too bad every time she turns around now she runs into Ryland. The man responsible for her needing to leave town. She's avoiding him like the plague. She's still got her small group of friends that look out for her and lives in a great little place helping Pauline with her garden, Celia loves digging in the dirt. I can relate. Celia lives on their property in a renovated barn. She can work from home but goes to Lucy's cafe because the wifi is better. That's where Ry corners her with a business proposition and as much as she tries to wiggle out of this dinner invite, she can't out maneuver Ry because he's the master manipulator. Is he ever. Still burns my can when I think about it. There's a difference between being alpha and being a dick and this man treaded that line, leaning real heavy on the dick side. When you hear Ry's backstory, you can kind of understand where he's coming from, the things he shared with Celia were pretty foul, family life was not a pretty picture for the he and his 3 brothers. I'm looking forward to reading the next one which we get a peek at the end of this one. These Brody men spell trouble in the best kind of way. **arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review**