A sexy category romance novella from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
He'll unlock her wildest fantasies...
Private investigator Curtis Jagger has always had a thing for Alix Harris. She was the darling of their high school—gorgeous, popular, class president...and, he suspects, just as naughty as she is nice. Now Jag has the opportunity to show her what she's missing. To show her that sometimes being bad can be sexy as hell...
Alix has always done what she's supposed to, and it's gotten her exactly nowhere. Determined to please herself—in every way possible—she accepts Jag's mysterious invitation to his ranch. In front of Jag's camera lens, Alix finds freedom far beyond her expectations. A freedom where she takes the reins and rides out every wicked desire.
But in one week, Alix will have to return to her real world where politics reign. A world that can’t include Jagger, or she’ll lose everything.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie), pizza, and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband. She is the author of the Blue Bay Crew books, including Demolished.
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A Playing for Keeps Novella
By Cathryn Fox, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Cathryn Fox
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Alix Harris walked the length of the barn, yelping when a blade of straw cut into the soft flesh between her sandaled toes. Rivulets of perspiration trickled down her cleavage in the stifling heat, plastering the bodice of her dress to her skin. God, she was so not in the mood for this today. She plucked at the expensive fabric, the slight stirring of air doing little to cool her overheated flesh or lighten her mood.
Hot, sweaty, and hardly dressed for a working dude ranch, she haphazardly tucked a long strand of hair back into her once-perfectly-coiffed ponytail. She shook her head, her thoughts rewinding back to a week ago, to when she'd received a hand-delivered invitation promising her a week of R&R at a ranch in cowboy country. She'd had no intention of going until — well — she'd rather not think about the events that drove her to the airport and then to the other side of the country. The second she came face-to-face with the boy from her youth — the one who'd been a bit of a geek back in the day, but still managed to invade her private thoughts at night — she knew what this reunion was really all about.
Honestly, what else could it be? She'd caught the hunger in his glance when she'd exited the plane, noticed the way his eyes darkened as they traveled the length of her body, gazing at her like she was a tall glass of water and he'd been in the prairie sun too long. She also noticed his sidekicks, Coop and Mac, who were standing on the tarmac waiting for Julia and Jess — girls she knew from years ago and who had received the same invitation as her — to disembark. What kind of guys tracked down women from their past to offer them a free vacation without wanting something in return? None. She was used to a world of tit for tat and could only assume Jag wanted the former.
She barely knew Curtis Jagger back in high school, and she was a little shocked to discover that he'd brought her here to live out some juvenile fantasy with her. In their teens, they'd traveled in different circles, and even though the president of the audiovisual club had grown into a gorgeous man with a banging body, it didn't mean she was going to hang around and become his plaything for the next week. She was so done with men, and rocking the headboard a time or two — or ten — with Jag was the last thing she needed right now. No matter how sexy he looked in that damn Stetson, or how long it had been since she'd been touched.
Don't even get me started on that.
What she needed to do was turn around, get on the next plane back home to Nova Scotia, and figure out what the hell she was going to do with her life.
Why would I want to do that? To run another political campaign for her fiancé? She snorted. What a way to put her hard-earned politics and international relations degree to use.
If only life came with a redo button. Even if it did, she doubted she could change hers, anyway. With a father who was mayor and a socialite mother who backed him unconditionally, she'd been groomed for the public life since the get-go.
Dammit, she was so tired of being a doormat, tired of doing what everyone else wanted her to do. She scuffed her Jimmy Choos on the barn floor as she paced. Maybe she should just say the hell with them all and stay here for a week and enjoy a few fantasies with the hot cowboy. What is that they say? An eye for an eye? Wouldn't that put her fiancé in his place?
With her back to Jag, she continued to pace, and a laugh caught in her throat, even though there was nothing funny about any of this.
"Hey," a deep, masculine voice said from behind. "You okay?"
Alix spun around, and when she found Jag watching her with rich, smoldering brown eyes, there was nothing she could do to stop her mind from traveling down an erotic path. One where limits were pushed, boundaries were crossed, and satisfaction was guaranteed. Her gaze traveled over his broad shoulders and wide chest, going lower to take in the jeans that hugged him to perfection. Her body stirred in a way it hadn't in so very long. Maybe having a wild week with him was exactly what she needed to do.
Except that is so not like me.
Or maybe it is, and I've just stifled that side of myself for far too long.
"Alix," Jag said again, taking a measured step toward her. "Relax. I promise you, everything is going to be okay."
With his hands shoved deep in his pockets, his grin was sexy and laid-back, but his easygoing nature did nothing to relax her. She sucked in a quick breath and ignored the need taking up residency between her legs as her voice lodged somewhere in her throat.
He slanted his head, his dark eyes full of heat and humor as they moved over her face. "You really don't remember me?"
"No," she lied, not wanting to admit to anything or let him think she was going to play into his fantasy. She cleared her throat and tried for normal. "Should I?"
He took another step forward, and apprehension surged inside her as the clean, spicy smell of his skin drowned out the aromas inside the barn. She filled her lungs with his scent. If he smelled this good, how would he taste? Her mind raced, envisioning her tongue on his hard body, licking, teasing, and savoring the saltiness of his skin. Oh God ... Her sex clenched, and she shifted uncomfortably. In an attempt to take the edge off, she squeezed her thighs together, cursing her body for its unwanted reactions. When her attempts proved futile, she starched her spine and worked to purify her thoughts before she became completely unhinged.
What the hell is wrong with me?
"I used to sign the club's audiovisual equipment out to you back in high school," he explained. He watched her for a moment, like he was waiting for a lightbulb to go off inside her head. She folded her arms and stared at him, hoping to give him the impression that she had no idea what he was talking about. "That's okay," he said. "I'm not that guy anymore." He paused and pressed his thumb into a muscular chest that her traitorous fingers suddenly itched to touch. "I'd really like for you to get to know the guy I am today, anyway."
Too bad really, because the Jag from her youth was sweet and caring, always going out of his way to sign out expensive video club equipment to her when she needed it for one of her student council functions, or simply because she wanted to borrow it for her own personal use. But because he was from the wrong side of the tracks, and she had a reputation to uphold in society, her parents forbade her to associate with him, even though he was so much nicer than the privileged boys from her circle.
Tired of being yanked around by everyone in her life, she said, "No games, Jag. Tell me why you really invited me here." She held his gaze and smoothed down the bodice of her designer dress that belonged nowhere near a ranch, but she'd raced to the airport so fast she had no time to go shopping for something more appropriate.
"We were sort of friends once and I was thinking about you a few weeks ago." He gave a casual shrug. "I thought we could reconnect, get to know each other better." His lips twitched, but there was something very honest and open in his eyes as he looked at her.
"How will we do that?" she asked bluntly.
He waved his arm toward the towering Rocky Mountains with all their riding trails. "Ride the trails, go rock climbing, swimming. Whatever you want," he said.
She was no fool — or maybe she was. Either way this was about sex. And as tempting as his offer sounded, she couldn't do this. She had obligations and responsibilities. As the mayor's administrative assistant and daughter, she had duties to uphold at home and shouldn't have run off without letting anyone know. She shook her head. Dammit, she never should have tucked tail and gotten on that plane.
"I need to go home."
She stepped outside the barn and panned the huge estate. God, it really was beautiful, but she didn't belong here. No more than he belonged at one of her political functions.
As the midday heat engulfed her, she folded her arms to shade her pale, unprotected skin. Wouldn't Mother have a fit if she knew I was standing in the sun unprotected? She could almost hear the lecture now. Appearances are everything, Alix.
"When is the next plane?" she asked.
Instead of answering, Jag stepped up behind her, pulled off his Stetson, and settled it on her head. Shaded by the wide brim, she lifted her head and looked into his eyes. She was about to thank him, but the second their gazes collided she caught the heat and hunger in his eyes. Every reason she had for leaving suddenly seemed so insignificant.
He squinted against the sun, all traces of humor gone from his face. "Why did you come?"
Angry tears pricked her eyes as she thought about the events that led up to this moment. She turned, offering Jag her back. She didn't want him to see her cry. Hell, the last thing she wanted to do was cry again. She pinched her eyes shut, but there was nothing she could do to expel the image of her fiancé kissing another woman.
There they were, arms around each other and lips locked in a way that left no mistake the two were lovers — or that she was pregnant. Yeah, she saw the bump, the way his hand rested on it in a protective manner. Tucked under a towering tree, in a secluded area of the park, they hadn't seen her taking pictures at first. Alix had been snapping photos of the sunset, enjoying nature at its best, until she spotted them. Her chest tightened, squeezing the air from her lungs. She'd never felt so betrayed, so used. If it weren't for her and her father's connections, Nelson wouldn't even be a member of the legislature.
Her hand went to her stomach. She'd been nothing but the dutiful fiancée and had given him everything she could. The one thing she couldn't provide, he went ahead and found with another woman. It was just last week they'd talked about the venue for their wedding. Did he really think he could have her and a mistress and child on the side? She wiped her face, swatting at the liquid on her cheek. The lying, cheating bastard didn't deserve her tears.
When his glance met hers, she should have confronted him. She should have smashed her camera over his head. But she ran home and swore off men as she threw her clothes in a suitcase. And now here she was, halfway across the country. Her life was a total freaking mess as she faced a man who'd always been so damn sweet to her — one who already had her reconsidering her vow to avoid the opposite sex. But wouldn't that just complicate her life more than it already was?
A strong palm landed gently on her shoulder and turned her around. "Why did you come?" he asked again, the tension between them palpable as he dipped his head to meet her gaze unflinchingly.
"I just ... I was ..." She exhaled slowly and looked at the ground. "Look, Jag, you asked the wrong girl for the wrong thing on the wrong day."
A rough, calloused hand cupped her chin and lifted it until she was looking directly at him. "I didn't ask you for anything."
She drew a shaky breath and eyed him suspiciously. "You just said you wanted us to get to know each other better, so I assume that this" — she stopped to wag her hand back and forth between them — "this setup is about sex. Some juvenile fantasy you must have been harboring about me." She shook her head, panning him from head to toe. "I mean, come on, look at you. Everything about you screams sex." As soon as the words left her mouth she gulped and tried to get them back. "Wait. I mean ..." Ugh.
He grinned, but it wasn't conceited or egotistical. In fact, it was warm and tender, full of gentle understanding. She stared up at him. The Jag from her youth was no longer that awkward boy with a camera permanently strapped around his neck, nor did he wield his good looks and magnificent body like a weapon or think he was above reproach. He certainly wasn't a man from her world. Which made him that much more appealing.
Her purse began buzzing. She unzipped it and pulled out her phone. Caller ID revealed it was her mother. She squeezed the phone until her knuckles turned white, and with eyes tired from all the tears she'd shed since catching Nelson, she stared at the screen.
"You don't have to answer it," Jag said quietly.
She grunted. If only he were right. But he just didn't understand how things were done in her world, especially with her mother. Dutiful daughter that she was, she slid her finger across the screen and tried not to sound as shaky as she felt. "Hi, Mom."
"Alixis, where are you?" she asked, her voice boarding on hysteria.
"I'm" — she paused and looked up to find Jag staring at her — "out of town. Visiting a friend."
"A friend? Who? Where are you?"
She pinched the bridge of her nose. She could only imagine what her mother would say if she knew she was here with Jag. Maybe she should tell her, and while she was at it, let her know she was thinking about having wild, crazy sex with him. Then again, she didn't want to send her into cardiac arrest.
"No one you know," she said.
"Nelson called and said you weren't home or answering his calls. He was very worried about you."
I just bet he's worried. About his career, her father's political pull — losing it all.
"I'm fine," she lied, pretty sure she'd never be fine again. A beat of silence reigned, then she asked, "Did he say anything else?"
"What else would he say?"
"Nothing," she said, feeling defeated. There was no point in saying anything. Her mother had stood in the shadows of her father's affairs, and likely expected Alix to do the same.
"Then get yourself home right now," she demanded, her voice so loud she had to pull the phone away from her ear. "You know Nelson has that very important fund-raising dinner and speech tomorrow tonight. How would it look if you weren't by his side? And your father needs you in the office tomorrow. You have responsibilities. I don't know who you think you are, or what's gotten into you, but you can't just take off whenever you feel like it."
Her gut squeezed, the sense of duty that had been pounded into her since birth swimming to the surface. "I know. Okay —"
Jag moved closer, lightly cupped her elbow, and gave it a reassuring squeeze. "What do you want?" he asked.
Her words fell off as she took in the concern in his eyes. Oh God, he'd heard. Embarrassment clutched her, but as he continued to stare at her, he tightened his grip. Like a match to tinder, the strength of his touch, and the power behind it, sparked something inside her and set off a chain of events that filled her with rebellion.
What did she want?
How come no one had ever asked her that before? She rubbed one temple, feeling like she was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and that she could collapse at a moment's notice.
"Alix, I don't know what you're up to but it's your duty ..."
There was that word again. "Duty." Except to her it wasn't just a word, it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
"I have to go," Alix said quietly, her calmness belying the storm going on inside her. Even though her mother was still lecturing, she powered down her phone. Much like an ostrich that shoves its head in the sand, she dropped her phone into her purse, zipped it shut, and ignored everyone and anything except this man staring at her. One who wanted to know what she wanted.
Jag rubbed her wrist with his thumb. "I want you to know, this week is about you. Anything you want, I can make happen. You're the one calling the shots."
She swallowed, hard. Her whole life she'd been a good girl, taught to behave in certain ways, inside the bedroom and out. But she was tired of that, goddammit, and maybe a week with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks was just what the good girl needed before facing her life back home. It wasn't like there could be more between them, or she'd fall for him in the end. They were different people from different worlds.
Am I really considering this?
She took a step back, from Jag and the whole situation closing in around her. "Well, you should probably know that I've sworn off men," she blurted out, still unsure about this whole setup. "In fact, I'm thinking about switching teams."
His grin widened, his dark eyes smoldering with passion and laughter as he raised his hands in surrender. "Okay. So you're playing for the other team now. That doesn't mean you can't hang out here and relax, does it?"
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Actual rating 2.5 out of 5 stars Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to express my feelings for this book and this series. On the one hand I loved it and couldn't wait to find out what happened to each couple, but on the other the books are each so dang short, novella length, that everything happens at warp speed and there's really not enough time for these stories to evolve and give you that wow factor we're all looking for. Sure they kept my attention enough for me to still be here for number three. But if I'm being honest...I should've called it good at the end of the first one. Oh my stupid-must-know-how-everything-ends brain. Sadly, Sweet Ride is actually my least favorite book in the series. Because while I said all the books happen at warp speed, this one does so in triple time. Alix goes through this crappy situation and instead of digesting it all she hops on a plane via a mystery person, plays hard to get with Jag for about five minutes, then blinks and puts her good girl aside for some wild sex with a guy she barely knew in high school. Oh and they fall madly in love in about a week. Sigh. Look. It takes a damn good story to get me to overlook insta-love. And even then, 9.5 times out of 10, I'm still kind of irritated with the situation. Had this book been longer I probably could have come close to forgiveness, but still I don't feel like it would've been solid enough for it, in my opinion. I'm not saying they're completely terrible. I mean, Alix and Jag had some really amazing chemistry. I just wish there had been more substance to their relationship besides just incredibly hot sex. Something to make me sit here and say "yes. I believe in the two of you!" That doesn't happen though. I'm really not sure if there's anything more positive to say from my reading experience. Alix was an okay character, but probably my series least favorite. While on the opposite side of the fence, I thought Jag was wonderful and would definitely be my favorite. So you can see I was pretty conflicted. I guess if you're looking for a really quick filler book in between something bigger and you don't mind people diving head first into love faster than you can say yeehaw, you'll probably have fun reading these books. I'm, unfortunately, all insta-loved out for the year. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.
To say I loved Jag would be an understatement. He was perfect. Perfectly sweet, perfectly tempting, perfectly protective, perfectly hot and sexy. I loved the way he brought out Alix's true self and supported her. They were a great couple to read. I have read all three stories in this series and enjoyed them immensely. The premise of the series, second chances with the one who got away, was fun and interesting. Ms. Fox kept my attention and I devoured this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Alix is the dutiful daughter. Raised in a political family, she has always done just as she was told. All that ends when she catches her fiancee kissing his pregnant mistress. Angry, she hops on a plane to accept the invitation to visit a ranch for some R&R. Jag is the geek from the wrong side of the tracks. He has decided to try to reconnect with the girl he crushed on in school. When she arrives they are both drawn to each other and decide to make the most out of Alix's week of rebellion. This story was smoking hot and sexy. It also has some moments of sweet romance. What woman can refuse a man who always wants to know what it is that *she* wants? This holds up well as a stand-alone, although it is part of a series. A great short, steamy read.
Who doesn't wonder sometimes if that one crush could have been The One? But not many people actually reach out to find out and that's why I enjoyed all the books in this series, even though my favorite is the second book. Alix Harris has spent her life wrapped up in the bonds of duty, tied up by the expectations of her parents and every choice has been made with her father's political career in mind, even the choice of her fiancé. When she discovers her fiancé's betrayal, the invitation to a private ranch becomes a lifeline and Alix takes the opportunity to get away from everything for a while. Curtis Jagger had a crush on Alix in high school but she was out of his league in every sense of the word. Rich, gorgeous and popular while he was as geeky as can be, but now he has a chance to explore that connection further and encourage her to embrace her naughty side and reach out for her desires. I think that this book, while enjoyable, glossed over the issues that came up because of its length. There was more focus on the physical connection between Jag and Alix and the emotional parts barely skimmed the surface. I wanted more from the characters and the story itself, more depth to their connection, more time for them to delve into the chemistry between them. However, if you're in the mood for a quick, steamy read, then SWEET RIDE is just the book you need. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Another fun read! Curtis Jagger, AKA Jag invited Alix Harris as his “one that go away” to the dude ranch. At first she denies remembering him, but she does. She’s tired of always being the good girl that her parents expect, and Jag’s offer is coming at just the right time. She decides to throw caution to the wind and live a little! ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
4 star Jag, Tyler, and Coop decide to send invites out to the one that got away. Jag’s private Investigative Company will track down the girls and they will come up with plans to win the girls over. What could go wrong? Each woman gets an anonymous invite to working dude ranch for a week of R&R. Will the woman even show up? If you have not read the below I would recommend reading these books(s) also as they are part of this series: Slow Ride (Playing for Keeps, #1) Wild Ride (Playing for Keeps, #2) This is Alix and Curtis (Jagger)’s short story. Jag sends an invite to Alix. Alix has always done things her family asks her to but after being betrayed she decides to accept the invite. Now she is getting off a plane to a surprise. Jag is hot and was from the wrong side of town when they were younger. Her family would not have even allowed them to be friends. Can she really spend the week with him? What is she falls for him? Will she have to let him go? Or once the weeks over are they over? Can she really have a fling and not fall for Jag? Can Jag win over the one that got away? I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
As the title says this novella was sweet - and definitely with a good amount of titillation. "Sweet Ride" is more risqué than "Slow Ride" but not nearly as provocative and steamy as "Wild Ride". For some reason this installment of the Playing For Keeps series seemed rushed and the heroine's character growth was almost like a band-aid being ripped off. Her back story was deep and complex but I guess it seems that their week at the ranch went by a lot quicker than the other couples in the series. Jag is an patient, indulgent and sexy hero. Cathryn Fox allows her characters to playfully unfold and show their vulnerabilities and the acceptance of their sexuality. "Sweet Ride" feels as though it lacks the complex emotional back story between the couple in the first installment of the Playing For Keeps series. It also does not have the untamed sexuality of the second novella in the series. In straddling the line it kind of loses a little of its oomph. Don't get me wrong this is a fine novella for the series but I would have ended it with "Wild Ride" - and left it with a BANG! Although the novella has a fabulous DO NOT MISS happy ending it left me wishing for a little more. To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1O0eLNo This novella was provided by the Publisher for a honest review.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* I thought the story was a bit rushed, especially the sexual relationship. There wasn't really any buildup to it. Alix, who was kind of sexually repressed and hadn't seen Jag since high school (where they were more like acquaintances than friends), told him she wasn't going to have sex with him but then did a complete about face a couple hours later. The sex was hot but I didn't get any chemistry between these two characters. I did read Wild Ride in this series which I feel was a better story.
After a slow start with an awkward scene, Slow Ride jumps off the grid with steamy sex that draws you in waiting for more kinky, panty melting pleasure to happen. Alix needs to break out of her shell, Jag is just the old friend to help her. Who wouldn't love a week long ranch trip with a steamy cowboy, some kink and love.
3 stars Sweet Ride was a good read. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters were likable and had fantastic chemistry. Overall if you're looking for a quick and hot read I recommend Sweet Ride and the Playing for Keeps series.
Curtis "Jag" Jagger is a private investigator during the week, and spends his weekends the cowboy way working on his dude ranch that he co-owns with his buddies. While his charm with the ladies has proved to be quite successful, he still feels like his love life is lacking, and in need of something a little more permanent. So when his friends devise a plan to rekindle relationships with their lost loves he decides to join them and invite Alix Harris. She was the most popular girl in school, and the one he has admired from afar for far too long... Alix Harris has lived a sheltered life, and been under her parents thumb for the majority of her adult life. Her parents expectations are high, and she has never really had the freedom to make her own decisions, even when it comes to who she should marry. Her parents have picked the "perfect" mate for her, and they believe him to be a wonderful addition to their family, only problem is he has eyes for more than one woman. After Alix discovers that her fiance has been cheating on her she dumps him and decides to swear off men completely... that is until she receives an invite for a week long getaway from a very tempting cowboy... This series has been quite the literary treat for me, the story lines were very inventive, exceptionally written, and wickedly satisfying!! Ms. Fox knows her cowboys and has created three very charming cowboys that are sure to steal your heart, and leave you blushing a time or two! Definitely a refreshing and entertaining approach to second chance romance, HIGHLY recommend you add them to the top of your reading list! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
The final installment in Fox's Playing For Keeps series is wickedly sexy and jam-packed with promises of fulfilling dark fantasies. Coop & Mac have each claimed their one that got away. Now it's Jag's turn. Can the boy from the wrong side of the tracks claim the high society, high school queen? He couldn't back then, but what about now? Jag is not the nerd he was in high school. He's a sinfully sexy private investigator. And it seems that he did some private investigating of his own before inviting Alex down to the ranch for a week of no holds barred live out your fantasy sex! It seems he has perfect timing as Alex has just learned that her fiance has a very pregnant mistress that he's been keeping on the side. In spite of having always done what was expected of her, Alex decides to take a chance. And when Jag decides to call her bluff, they dive into a week of fulfilling her darkest sexual fantasies. But all good things must come to an end, right? When the week's over, Alex must choose whether to return to her cheating ex-fiance & high society life or live out her fantasies many times over married to Jag. Sweet Ride is a wickedly erotic read that will have you seeking a cold shower - or a hot cowboy! While I enjoyed Jag & Alex's story, I would have liked to see more personal growth and relationship development between them, outside the sex. I think the lack thereof has more to do with the short length of the novella than anything else. It may also have to do with the fact that I lost my heart to Coop in book 1! As always, Cathryn Fox delivers another smokin' hot cowboy story . . .one I'd like to ride off into the sunset! A Must Read! *Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for an ARC of this book via Netgally.
Awesome conclusion to Cathryn Fox's Playing for Keeps series. Jag has always been interested in Alix, but he was from the wrong side of town. When he and his friends made the plan to anonymously invite the girls that they thought got away from their youth, he thought of Alix. Alix got on that plane without thinking. She just knew that she had to leave town fast and the invitation was her way out knowing that she had no idea who or what waited at the other end. Getting off the plane and seeing Jag made her question her whole life. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Once again, another great read by Cathryn Fox. I have absolutely loved this series and highly recommend it to anyone that loves great cowboy novellas. These have all been a second chance romance type read but the way that Cathryn Fox presents these stories is very unique and you will be so glad that you read them! Jag is a private investigator by day but he works on his ranch that he co-owns with a couple of friends on the weekends. He is definitely a swoon worthy cowboy. Jag has always had a thing for Alix, but she was always the one he could never get in school. He admired her from far away, but she was one of those girls that her parents had everything planned out for her and she was expected to follow along with what they wanted for her. Alix's parents have picked out what they think is a suitable husband for her and they are about to get married when Alix finds out that he is cheating on her. Alix needs a break from everything and when she gets the invitations from Jag to come to his ranch for a week, she jumps at the offer. Jag treats Alix with respect and pretty much like a princess on his ranch. He does everything in his power to make her realize what else is out there for her. When things heat up for Jag and Alix, there is no turning back for the two of them. When Alix's fiance shows up and tries to take her back home, she has to make a decision as to whether to stay at the ranch or go back with him. What is Alix going to do? Break the heart of Jag once again or turn from what her parents have planned for her and go after what her heart really wants? You need to read this sweet and steamy novella to find out! Such a great read and I have enjoyed all of these novellas in this series. I can't wait to see what Cathryn Fox has in store for us as readers!!
Private Investigator Jag (Curtis Jagger) has a reputation for catching cheaters. And on the weekends, he has a reputation for being a sexy-as-sin cowboy. He, along with his best friends, Coop (Chase Cooper) and Mac (Tyler Mackenzie) have invited their long lost loves up to their dude ranch in Canada for a week long vacation; to indulge their deepest (dirtiest) fantasies and see if any of that original spark is left. The premise of each of the three books is similar. I liked that. I knew what I was getting into and liked that the secondary characters were already familiar to me. That being said, Jag was probably my least favorite of the three. His story felt a little too short and a little rushed to me. Dont get me wrong, I really liked the book but I liked the other two better. In my mind, Jag should have started the series, then Coop (book 1) and ending with Mac (book 2). Because HOLY SMOKES, Mac is hot. I love the fact that Jag was so sweet and patient with Alix. And I loved that fact that Alix was quick to overcome the damage that her very recent relationship had done to her. I just wish there was a little more depth to this book. It was a definite 4 star read and I look forward to more from Cathryn Fox. My fingers are crossed for more sexy cowboys! She does those so well ;)
Sizzling! * *A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! ** Sweet Ride, written by Cathryn Fox, is a sizzling romance filled with two passionate characters Curtis and Alix. The chemistry between the two is hot and sexy! Lots of steamy scenes! It's a quick read, well written and fun to read! It’s the third story in the Playing for Keeps series.
Alix is the good girl always doing exactly what she's suppose to do. Disillusioned by recent events, the mysterious invitation to visit Curtis Jagger's ranch for a week of relaxation sounds perfect. Jag is determined to show Alix how sweet life can be if your just a little bit bad!! This super sexy steamy book is the perfect quick read. I definitely recommend it.
This is the third story in a series of standalones featuring three high school friends and their bid to have a second chance with girls they had a crush on as teenagers. They've got a ranch together, and have issued invitations to the three women to come for a week of fun, and in hopes of finding out whether the sparks are still there. This particular story is about Jag, a geek in high school and Alix, a society girl, who, while she may have been polite to Jag at school, never really saw him as boyfriend material (nor would her family have accepted it). But while she's still been under her family's thumb as the daughter of the mayor, finding her fiance cheating on her changed everything and she's accepted the invitation for the week away, hardly recognizing the handsome studly cowboy she sees now. Jag is determined to give Alix whatever she needs, whether it's friendship or more and Alix realizes that finally having someone accept her for who she is, is what she's been missing in her life. There are some sexy scenes between them, and when their one week is up, Alix is ready to commit to more, and so is Jag. It was a quick, sexy read and an enjoyable end to the trio of stories. 4 stars.
Cathryn Fox is an author that takes sensuality to a whole new level. Her books take you on a journey of escape. Reading her stories are like stepping outside of yourself and experiencing emotions that are surprising and satisfying. I received an ARC of Sweet Ride in exchange for an honest review. A short, sweet shock to the system. What her stories may lack in depth they make up for with seductive characters and sticky situations.