LEATHER AND LACE
Lonesome Point, Texas, Book 1
Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my…
Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret—she isn’t as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas’s founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an old Irish curse that had followed the Shermans to America. At age twenty-four, Mia is still terrified of the stories, because they aren’t stories. They are a warning about what will happen if Mia allows love and romance into her life. The curse struck Mia’s grandmother and her great-great-whatever grandmother, and Mia knows she could be next. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships.
Until the fateful day Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life …
Rancher turned restoration expert, Sawyer Kane, can’t believe his luck when the feisty owner of the lingerie shop next to his hotel turns out to be the curator of his latest project, a ghost town he’s been sent to restore. He’s looking forward to long, hot days talking history, and hotter nights with Mia, but the redhead with the killer smile seems determined to keep him at a friendly distance. But when a dangerous man from Mia’s past arrives in town, Sawyer finds himself drawn into her inner circle, and into the legend of Lonesome Point itself.
Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer may be the first to find out.
5 Absolutely Yummy Stars
I have to confess that to me there isn’t much that is sexier than a cowboy. I mean really, who doesn’t love a man that can fill out a pair of wranglers and a starched white shirt? Add some boots and a Stetson? Oh yeah…now how about a Harley riding cowboy? Even better! That is Sawyer Kane to a tee and man oh man is he all that and a case of chips!! Mia and Sawyer together were electric from their first collision; and from that first kiss that happens within the first few pages I knew this was gonna be one hell of a good read!! I wasn’t wrong because pretty much once I started I didn’t want to stop!
Sawyer and Mia both have some skeletons in their closet, neither is looking for serious but both know that there is electricity between them. However, Mia has sworn off relationships and really men; she’s convinced due to a supposed family curse that she’s just gonna live the life of a spinster. Though some of this desire is due directly to the nightmare (and I say this quite literally) that was her last relationship. Sawyer too had a really bad last relationship experience that left a bad taste in his mouth; but one taste of Mia makes him determined to get another!
So what happens when you combine a lingerie shop owner, a hot cowboy that specializes in historical restoration and a family owned ghost town? You get an amazingly good time of a read, that’s what! This book had a terrific combo of romance, intrigue, danger, undeniable chemistry, terrific meddling friends and stalker exes. It also had a steam factor that wasn’t to be denied! (Yay Jessie!) Mia Sherman was strong, but vulnerable and I really liked her a lot. She’s funny as hell as she pulls pranks on her friends and family; plus she’s a savvy business owner. But she’s also scared, which keeps her avoiding any kind of romantic entanglement. I loved her two best friends, Tulsi and Bubba! They both see the potential between Mia and Sawyer, and they are determined to not let Mia continue to hide. That was one of the things that I really respected about Sawyer, he both saw that something was haunting Mia and that her friends were vitally important to her. His making the connection with Bubba put their story really into motion; I mean when your best friend gives the endorsement how do you say no?
I know I’m gonna love this new Lonesome Point series from Jessie Evans. For me she just keeps telling them better and better, hotter and hotter. From bridesmaids to firefighters to thieves and now Cowboys, I’ve become a huge Jessie Evans fan and I hope you are adding this book (and her others if you have yet to discover them) to your TBR list.
Some of my favorite lines or passages from Leather and Lace:
“It was Sawyer Kane, looking good enough to sprinkle with salt, lick clean, and follow with a tequila chaser…”
“How can you lift me like I weigh ten pounds?” she asked, breath rushing out as his fingers dug into the strong muscles of her ass. “God, I love your hands. I couldn’t stop staring at them today.” “I love your ass”, he said. “And your legs, and your shoulders in that tank top, and the freckles on your nose. I’m a fan of every inch of you.”
+ This was so much more than getting off. This was power and submission, all mixed up together. This was her soul brushing against Sawyer’s, singing the same sweet, perfect song as they gave each other the gift of passion and abandon, a moment of perfection amidst all the heartbreak and disappointment in life…
+ This man did something to her, something crazy wonderful, and scary as hell…
“I haven’t felt the way I feel when I’m with you in longer than I can remember, Mia. Hell, maybe I’ve never felt it.” He paused, trapping her chin with his fingers, holding her prisoner when she tried to look away. “I know it wasn’t my first time, but tonight was special. You’re special, and when you look at me…” He shook his head. “I don’t know how to describe what you do to me, but I know I don’t want to hold you at a distance, and I don’t want to miss out on the right woman because the wrong one made me gun shy.”
About the author:
She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a tree house in the boonies. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and wandering the woods, glass of wine and camera both in hand, on the lookout for Bigfoot.
A southern girl, born and bred, Jessie loves writing Southern romances with just the right amount of sizzle, and hopes you’ll enjoy her stories set in the fictional town of Summerville, Georgia. Especially the “Always a Bridesmaid” series.