Saddle Up

Saddle Up

by Victoria Vane
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Saddle Up by Victoria Vane

Award-winning author Victoria Vane lets loose the fourth in the Hot Cowboy Nights series

WILD HORSES COULDN'T BRING THEM TOGETHER...
With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy "horse whisperer" Keith Russo once had the world at his feet - until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.

BUT MAYBE THEIR PASSION CAN...
Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother's Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love.

Praise for Slow Hand:
"Scorching...witty...a red-hot cowboy tale...their sexual chemistry crackles." -Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492601227
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Hot Cowboy Nights , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 57,277
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of the Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Goodreads group and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog. She lives on the east coast of Florida.

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Saddle Up 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
As usual, Vane brings the cowboy way to life in a big way, mixing chemistry with romance, the outdoors with hard work, for an altogether rowdy good time. Her picturesque writing brings the setting forward in a manner that allows readers to see it, not simply read about it, creating the perfect backdrop for her uniquely plotted novel. The way that horses, and mustangs in particular, were developed really worked to further the tale without being completely off the walls. Both of the main characters were quite well developed. I actually quite liked getting to know them. I enjoyed how they were thrown together by circumstances that highlighted both their similarities and differences from one another. The chemistry between them, even if denied at times was impossible to ignore. I did find the fact that they both had tendencies to blame others for the way that their lives were currently turning out to be both ironic and a little tedious at times but, it worked for them for the most part. As a whole this was a fun romance with a twist. It was great to read as a standalone or as part of this series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
An exciting, well-paced, action-packed tale that is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. He'd cautioned her from the outset about snakes, scorpions, and even Gila monsters, but she never could have imagined that he'd be the greatest danger. SADDLE UP by Victoria Vane is the fourth book in the author's Hot Cowboy Nights series, but it works very well as a stand-alone read if that is your preference. I would not do justice to this book to describe it solely as a captivating cowboy romance as it's so much more than that! It's a gripping expose on the plight of the wild horses and the desperate efforts to save them. It's the story of a broken half-white, half-Shoshone man and his difficult journey to find himself and his purpose. It's the story of a woman who dreamed of making it big in movies only to find that life was not what made her happy. SADDLE UP is a compelling, well-written, solidly plotted western romance featuring a couple whose attraction burns hot and steamy, but whose future is untenable at best. Two days after finishing it, I'm still day-dreaming about it. Horse whisperer' Keith Russo was a man straddling two worlds. His native American grandfather named him 'Two Wolves' because he had a vision that a dark and light wolf were battling inside his grandson for control. Perhaps Keith had such a strong affinity with the horses because he struggled as much as they did to find his place in the world. Besides his bond-ability with the horses, Keith also had a way with women; He had quite the womanizing reputation and never lacked for a female to warm his bed. He made good money as an equine clinician spellbinding both the animals and his women clients until aspiring filmmaker Miranda Sutton's boss put an end to his career with a film that distorted the truth about Keith - because Keith wouldn't sleep with her. Keith blamed Miranda - but Miranda had only wielded the camera. It was her boss who did the editing and who had the personal vendetta against Keith. To add insult to injury, Keith's native American tribe shunned him after the film was released because the film wrongly depicted Keith as exploiting his heritage. The whole episode threw Keith into a downward spiral until Miranda entered his life once again when she took a job filming a round-up of wild Mustangs where Keith was the lead wrangler. Their attraction sparked immediately, but learning to trust each other and falling in love was a much slower - albeit never boring- process. The horses are never far out of the picture; I found myself wanting to save them all. SADDLE UP was an exciting, well-paced, action-packed tale. The strong characters - both human and animal - will capture readers' hearts. Be prepared for elements of danger that will have you on the edge of your seat. This is my favorite book in this series that I've read so far. That said, I hadn't realized that I'd missed reading the second book in this series until now, but I plan to rectify that omission quickly by reading ROUGH RIDER next! I highly recommend SADDLE UP to anyone who enjoys fresh, emotional, highly entertaining western romances. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Saddle up by Victoria Vane is yet another amazing "Hot Cowboy Nights",#4, but can be read as a stand alone. Set on a Montana ranch. Well written with captivating characters and a mesmerizing storyline. Cowboys, Indians, wild Mustangs, passion and romance. Keith Russo, (aka Two Wolves) a half Shoshone Native American, horse Wrangler, "horse whisperer", and hot, sexy cowboy. Miranda Sutton, always dreamed of making documentaries. But the wild mustangs have captured her heart. She wishes to turn her grandmother's Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary, but it's turning out to be harder then she thought it would be. Keith and Miranda both need the horses as much as the horses need them. From the beginning sparks fly between Keith and Miranda. Will they finally embrace their destiny and let love blossom. Or will they give up all? Can love build from lust and passion? Hot, sexy and emotionally charged. Please note, the love scenes are sexual but tastefully done. Ms. Vane proves her writing skills with each story, rather Historical or Contemporary romance, she is a masterful storyteller. Compelling, compassionate and entertaining. This series, just keeps getting better and better. Ms Vane never disappoints her readers. Her knowledge of a working ranch, mustangs and horses is proved in "Saddle Up". Another must read! Received for an honest review from Net Galley. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Saddle Up is book four in the Hot Cowboy Nights series by Victoria Vane. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Sourcebooks Casablanca, and by Victoria Vane. This was my very first book by Victoria Vane and I truly enjoyed it. It is beautifully told with breathtaking descriptions of gorgeous vistas with roaming wild horses. I could just picture it as the story unfolded. I could practically hear their hooves pounding on the earth. It is the story of two people that loved the wild mustangs so much that they wanted to dedicate their lives to helping them. But the mustangs in turn helped these two to find themselves, and each other. Keith Russo is half Shoshone. The name his Native American grandfather gave him is Two Wolves. It represented both sides of Keith that were in constant battle, his Indian half and his Caucasian half. Keith had a way with horses and became known as a sort of a horse whisperer, a behavioral clinician. He quickly became famous and traveled the world doing clinics but they slowly evolved into a sort of dog and pony show. A videographer was hired to video him at a clinic. When the videographer’s boss produced the video, it did not present Keith in a positive way which ruined his reputation and career. Now he has embarrassed his people and is forced back to being a horse wrangler. It is on such a project, when Keith was brought in to help with a mustang round up, that he is brought face to face with the woman that ruined his life. “You don’t even know who you are anymore, and you won’t belong anywhere until you do.” Miranda Sutton has never wanted anything but to be behind the camera, making movies is what she thought would fulfill her. After film school she is living in Los Angeles but has never felt more out of place. She was so excited when she got the chance to film the famous Two Wolves at his clinic. He was the most beautiful man she had ever seen. But she was so disappointed in his behavior. It was obvious he thought he was God’s gift to women. But her part in the project was over once she handed over the video to her boss to be produced. Now, a year later, she is more than unhappy with her life. She gets a call from an organization trying to round up the wild mustangs to save them from starvation and certain death. It is an imperfect solution but the only solution at the time. The government has mandated that the event be videoed to prove humane methods are being used. It is here that she comes face to face with the man she met a year ago. The man that seems to now despise her and blames her for ruining his career. “She’d seen him before as a charming and seductive showman, and now as a brooding, standoffish wrangler. She wondered which version was the real Keith.” As Miranda and Keith (he is now using his given name) are forced to spend time together and end up being stranded overnight in the desert, Keith slowly realizes that what happened wasn’t Miranda’s fault and his icey demeanor slowly becomes one of respect and attraction. Both Miranda and Keith are struggling for their places in the world. In each other, they each find a part of something they were both missing. But it’s the mustangs that give them both purpose. It is a slow realization, but helping these beautiful horses slowly seems to help both Miranda and Keith find the purpose they were seeking. “A man with no purpose is a man with no soul.”
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Sex and no substance. I have read a few stories by Ms. Vane in the past months and although I find them enjoyable and entertaining, many have lacked the depth needed to make them unforgettable. Saddle Up took me by surprise because it stayed true to the author but gave added layers into her talent as a writer. I received an ARC of this sensuous read in exchange for an honest review. It was hard not to cheer for these characters. The odds are not in favor of Keith and Miranda but it feels as if a higher force is pulling the strings, helping them along the way. Keith has to learn to accept his heritage and be the best person he can in order to find his happiness. Miranda has to blaze her own trail as well. The wild spirit of the animals loved by both, the beautiful surroundings that are as descriptive and turbulent as the characters themselves and this breathtaking story have me rethinking my original opinion. This time she got it right.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Victoria Vane’s Hot Cowboy Nights series is one of my favourite series ever because of the very complex characters, and SADDLE UP might be the best of the lot! It is an exceptionally engrossing book, and the Keith Russo is so charismatic, I felt like I had seen him in glossy magazines. Keith is one of the most enigmatic characters ever: he’s half Native American, and this has coloured his views on life, and what he has done for a very long time. He’s never had to work to charm a woman, but the introverted Miranda Sutton changes all that. Their relationship is far from easy, and not all is of their own doing, but what a fascinating road to romance this is! Character development is stellar, to say the least, I could not tear myself away from SADDLE UP; the story borders on hypnotic: I was so engrossed, I never stopped reading. What always surprises, and delights me, from Ms. Vane is how easy she makes it all seem: the dialogues sound so natural, the issues difficult but normal; nothing is ever over the top, but always so captivating. Keith and Miranda are the perfect complement to each other, but Keith is very reluctant to try and overlook his own personal issues; he is rather resistant to change, and stubbornness is his middle name. Miranda is a fabulous heroine: she appears nice and gentle, but she takes nothing lying down; she tells Keith off a few times, she doesn’t fall at his feet like he is used to. It intrigues him, but unsettles him as well. The chemistry between these two is off the charts, even when Keith can’t see straight for his inflexibility. I had the impression of reading a story about real people, they never seemed like fictional characters to me, and there is nothing that can beat that! Every time a new book in this series is announced, I wait impatiently, and SADDLE UP was worth every agonising second of waiting. Amazing! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from May 23 to 24, 2016 Book Info Paperback, 320 pages Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published June 6th 2016) ISBN 1492635103 (ISBN13: 9781492635109) Series Hot Cowboy Nights #4 Other Editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Award-winning author Victoria Vane lets loose the fourth in the Hot Cowboy Nights series WILD HORSES COULDN'T BRING THEM TOGETHER... With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy "horse whisperer" Keith Russo once had the world at his feet - until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler. BUT MAYBE THEIR PASSION CAN... Miranda Sutton always dreamed of making films, until wild mustangs captured her heart. But turning her grandmother's Montana ranch into a wild horse sanctuary proves harder than she thought. She needs someone who knows wild horses. Keith and the mustangs need each other. And while working together to save the herd, Keith and Miranda discover a passion as wild as the mustangs they love. Praise for Slow Hand: "Scorching...witty...a red-hot cowboy tale...their sexual chemistry crackles." -Publishers Weekly My Thoughts Sometime in the 80’s a friend of myself and my husband adopted a few of the wild mustangs that needed re-homing. What stuck in my mind about it was the fact the horses would never trust he or his family members and the reason the memory resurfaced when reading Saddle Up was the fact that those same horses did not in any way resemble the majestic spirited animals that this story seemed to have in abundance. Guess that is the difference between fact and fiction, also to be quite honest it made for better reading to be given a picture of the horses being quite exceptional rather than just ordinary nags. To my enjoyment this one was so different than the first three books in the series but it was also exceptionally crafted to appeal to those of us who love to root for the underdog, those of us who are enamored of people who stand up for what they believe in and most of all people who make their dreams come true against seemingly insurmountable odds. Both Keith and Miranda find what they have been searching for their whole lives, a purpose that makes them happily fulfilled and also one that makes a huge impact on saving the lives of wild mustangs who otherwise would not make it. The fact that the settings used as background were absolutely fabulously described added an element of beauty to the story that was as welcome as it was surreal at times. Especially when scenes where Keith and Miranda encountered some unexpected wildlife that created drama and tension for them as well as drew them closer to each other. From it's beginning to the emotion filled epilogue that ended this breathtaking journey Saddle Up will remain in ones heart for a long while as a book should that touches on more than just a beautifully written romance. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]