Monday, June 22, 2015

The Devil Wears Spurs by Soraya Lane

Title:  The Devil Wears Spurs
Series:  Texas Kings #1
Author:  Soraya Lane
Publication Date:  June 30/15 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Length:  336pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Always in the shadow of his over-achieving brothers, youngest brother Ryder fell in love with rodeos as a teenager and soon became the most successful bull and Bronco rider in the state. The ultimate playboy, Ryder likes to party hard, and he often makes bad decisions… including gambling. He's so used to winning that he doesn't hesitate to up the stakes one night, betting more than he can handle—his third of the King Ranch.

Chloe has seen Ryder on the rodeo scene, but she's also noticed him at the bar where she works. She's trying to work to save enough to put herself through college—she completed two years before she had to bail her dad out of a bad debt—losing all her savings in the process. Her father gambled all her life, and she had it tough as a kid, but the one thing she does know how to do is play—and win—at any kind of card game. When she finds Ryder in trouble, she makes him an offer—she will win his ranch back, if he pays her college fees and promises to walk away from gambling, for good. But while she's winning back Ryder's cash, what she doesn't count on is winning his heart.

My Review:

This was definitely a fun and racy novel. Lane drew me in with her intriguing characters and kept me hooked with her wildly original plotline. She brought ranch life, rodeos, and gambling to the forefront in a vivid way that you can’t miss.

Lane’s characters really make the story. The main couple both drew my attentions, but in very different manners. Chloe’s personality was so natural that I couldn’t help but like her. Her past made me feel for her, yet her current strength ensured that what I felt wasn’t pity. Ryder was another fantastic character, and the perfect leading man for this tale. He shows us how a rodeo cowboy can be so much more. And Lane doesn’t stop her character development with these two, she develops friends and family in such a manner that you’re dying to know more about them, wanting to know what their stories are and what the future holds for them.

Lane’s latest release is definitely packed full of chemistry and heat, but it’s also so much more than that. It was a truly enjoyable read that kept me coming back for more.

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