Tangled Past

Tangled Past

by Leah Braemel

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ISBN-13: 9781426891687
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/13/2011
Series: Texas Tangle Series
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 102,786
File size: 839 KB

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Texas, 1887

"Danged devil's rope." Jackson Kellar checked the stallion's withers where the barbed wire had nicked it. "It ain't too bad though, Nate. Shouldn't be a problem for the trip back home, less it festers."

"Good. McLeod was right about this fellow being high-spirited. It should be a treat to ride him." Nate ran a hand down the horse's neck and crooned softly until it gentled. Nate had mighty talented hands when it came to soothing the beasts. Or any other animals he came across.

Jackson included himself on that list.

Aware of the McLeod field hands watching them, Jackson positioned himself between the horse and the hands to check his six-shooter. Something about the look of some of those men left him uneasy. Once assured the gun was loaded, he surveyed the ranch. Long strands of the barbed wire outlined the fields and pastures, where a decade before this valley had been open. Not that it stopped the cattle rustlers from tearing down the silver barriers. Rumors he'd heard in town questioned just which side of the McLeod fence the rustled cattle were herded.

A flash of pale blue hurtling at Nate had Jackson whirling on his heel. He cocked and aimed the Colt until he realized Nate's attacker was a shovel-wielding woman.

He holstered his weapon and watched the she-devil swing the shovel at Nate with an admirable ferocity. From the way he was deflecting the blows instead of landing his own, Nate must have figured out she was of the female persuasion. If the woman was as pretty from the front as she was from the back, Jackson couldn't blame him.

"Need some help there, Nate?"

"Nope, I got it." A grinning Nate dodged the shovel, and again when it returned for a yet another go-round. She'd put so much oomph into it, she lost her balance. Seizing the opportunity, Nate snatched the shovel and tossed it to Jackson, who caught it one-handed.

Danged if the she-devil didn't ball her hand into a fist and catch Nate with a right hook that snapped his head back.

"You sure you don't want some help?"

"Naw, I got it." Nate caught the fist as it whizzed past his face a second time, pulling the hellion against him. "Now, see, ain't this more cozy, darlin'?"

"I'm not your darlin'." She jammed her knee into a part of Nate's anatomy that no knee had a right being anywhere near.

The color drained from Nate's face, and he dropped to the ground with a croaking sound that had Jackson wincing in sympathy.

With a growl, Jackson caught Nate's attacker from behind. He banded his arms around her, trapping her arms at her side. It didn't stop her from hauling her foot back to continue the assault.

"That's enough of that. He ain't goin' nowhere for a while." He swung her out of the way before she kicked Nate into a patch of prickly pears.

She struggled against him, her behind rubbing his cock. From the way she was cursing him six ways from Sunday, he doubted she was aware of how the danged thing was rising up to salute her efforts.

"Your mama know you use language like that?" Jackson asked, keeping an eye on Nate, who was turning a disturbing shade of green.

"My mama died last spring." She stilled, her voice dropping to a whisper.

"Well now, I'm right sorry about that. But you can't just go around attacking folks for no reason."

"No reason?" The hellcat started struggling again. "You're on my land, stealing my horse. If I'd had my gun handy, I could have shot you and no one would have stopped me."

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Tangled Past 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
warpeD More than 1 year ago
So there is a one-star review by anonymous written by somebody that does not like to read this kind of novel and confesses to not reading this book, but has decided that a review was necessary. I DID read this book and I enjoyed it and I am a regular customer of Carina Press. A blurb is not supposed to carry all of the emotional weight of a story and there was certainly more to this story than the two paragraphs that the other reviewer bothered to skim over. This is a product of Leah Braemel and a prequel to an earlier work Texas Tangle (another book that I liked). This was a good erotic, historical romance and I loved the characters. The story takes place in the 1800's but I am pretty sure that it was not meant to revolve around the history of that time, but the relationship and the danger that came from it. It is a beautiful story of three people that love each other- like it was meant to be.
meg_an_aggie_in_frisco More than 1 year ago
It is 2:15am. I could not go to sleep till I finished this western tail. The emotions Ms. Braemel portraits is just wonderful I was expecting the steamy intimacy, but it was the family and friendship bonds that were an unexpected bonus. I would defiantly suggest the book if you enjoy escaping to the west. What is better than chaps? Storyline: Heartfelt Intimacy: Steamy (MM, MF, MMF/MFM) Enjoyment: Read in one evening Book length: 48,000 words Kindle length: 2520
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A shotgun wedding can leave a bad taste in a woman's mouth but not for Sarah McLeod. After wielding a shovel and jamming her knee into a part of Nate Campbell's "anatomy that no knee had a right being anywhere near"; and then being caught in the barn that night with Nate and a naked Jackson Kellar, Sarah soon finds herself standing in front of a preacher saying wedding vows. Nate and Jackson are lovers during a time when their love for each other was considered taboo. Caught fooling around in the barn by Sarah then forced to marry her when her father shows up, life becomes complicated and Jackson finds himself saddled with a wife. Watching the three working out their feeling for each other was the highlight of the story, and it was very exciting to see their emotions surface and the bond between the three grow. The tension and heat that the three threw off kept the excitement going to the end. From Jackson's slow, sweet and caring lovemaking to Sarah, to Nate dealing with listening to the two of them knocking boots at night and waking up to the same sounds in the morning. Even though the out come was predictable (this IS romance after all), the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me entertained. I like the personalities of the three main characters, and thought that Ms. Braemel did a beautiful job in making them come to life within the story line. Even though the plot was not full of tension and mystery it had some pretty hot sex scenes full of love and tenderness which made up for the lack of nail biting anxiety. I would recommend Tangled Past to all my friends who enjoy the sweeter side of erotic romance. Definitely a story that will remain in my library to be read again. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
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Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts off immediately with Nate and Jackson at the McLeod ranch getting attacked my a crazed shovel wielding Sarah. She see's Nate and Jackson taking off with her horse and assumes that they are stealing it. After a good kneeing to Nate's groin, Jackson secures Sarah and gets her to calm down before he explains that they bought the horses from her father. Later that night while in her room she overhears her father, brother and farmhand discussing their plan of attack on Jackson and Nate to steal back the horses that they sold them. In an attempt to warn them she runs out to the barn and walks in on them. Jackson realizes that Sarah has discovered them and quickly takes action insisting she tell him what she saw. With that, her father and brother walk into the barn and see a naked Jackson hiding Sarah behind him. They of course jump to conclusions when they see not only a naked Jackson but a half naked Nate with his daughter and quickly marries her off to Jackson, a man that she doesn't even know. The story revolves around the three of them while they adjust to their new lives. I loved the relationships between all of them. Jackson wants to do right by his new wife and leaves his past with Nate behind him as he tries to connect with his new wife. Sarah knows that Nate and Jackson love each other and feels like she messed things up between them. Nate, poor Nate, is left on the outside looking in. He does get involved and whacks Jackson upside the head a few times when he upsets Sarah or doesn't do something right. Which I thought was sweet because he loved Jackson but he cared about Sarah too and wanted to make sure that Jackson was treating her right. The whole thing didn't seem fake or unbelievable. That is saying a lot since this was my first Menage a trois book. I really enjoyed the story behind it and reading as the three of them settled into their new roles with the hand they had been dealt. Favorite quote..."Something inside him shattered when she rested her head on his shoulder and snuggled closer. Despite what she'd been through, what she still faced, she trusted him. A complete stranger. She was a gift, one unexpected, unlooked for. One he would treasure forever." - Jackson
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Great Read! Very enjoyable love story!
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Could have been steamier
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Enjoyed it
Frenchie160 More than 1 year ago
Love the relationship between Nate & Jackson, then add Sarah to the mix makes for some hot sex & a great story. Leah Braemel has a great writing style, can't wait to read more.
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