Spurred On: Stripped Down #3 by Sabrina York

Spurred On: Stripped Down #3 by Sabrina York

One of my favorite authors, Sabrina York, returns to the blog today with the sexy cowboys of Stripped Down.  Please read on for my review of this new title and an excerpt from 

Spurred On

Since the introduction of the Double S Ranch, I’ve wanted Cody’s story –and watch him as besotted as the others who have found love, in rather unconventional ways, in this series.  He’s got that whole “it’s not for me” vibe working when it comes to relationships, and believes that love is not, and never would be, for him. Cody is just about everything that you would hope for: finding a way to support what he loves with something that, while not his first choice, fits on his ranch, and allows him to make some much needed cash. And, with having the ‘hen party weekends’ full of women looking to fill cowboy fantasies, and plenty of options, he’s managed to scratch the itch without getting too close to anyone.

But, this book makes a couple of turns to get us to the REALLY good stuff. First, the timeframe of Cody and Sidney’s story closely follows the first book (Stud for Hire), in which Logan and Hanna found their moment.  And we are jumping back to the planning of the bachelorette party that was the main event. See, Hanna’s party was planned by her sister, Sidney, and when she appears at Cody’s ranch to finalize the details, Cody is thrown back to the last time he saw her, and the damage she did to him when she left him.

And oh the tension between these two is strong: poor Sidney realizing she’s still angry with Cody, and that perhaps, maybe, oh, okay, she does still care and he’s grown up to be one heck of a specimen.  And, yes, she knows the reputation that follows him, with discarded conquests scattered across the stableyard like old straw. But, she really never was able to forget him. And, he will be key to her showing Hanna just how wrong her upcoming marriage is.  Poor Cody, never quite sure what hit him, when he realizes that he never forgot or stopped wanting Sidney, but he’s got to find a way to show her…..

Heart, heat, humor all mix together to bring the story to light. Cody and Sidney who, despite their inability to just say what they mean at first, are truly adorable, and even as everyone seems to be embroiled in ‘something’ else, they manage to take center stage.  Bringing the whole series together with opportunities to see (again) characters and couples from earlier books, fixes these friends and lovers in your heart, and on your shelf.  York’s ability to keep a lightness and balance in her tales, even when real issues and concerns arise make for wonderful and engaging moments, peppered with unforgettable dialogue, laugh out loud moments and plenty of steam.

 

Spurred On: Stripped Down #3 by Sabrina York

Title: Spurred On
Author: Sabrina York
Series: Stripped Down #3
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Romance, Western
Published by: InterMix
ISBN: 9780451488213
Published on: 17 January, 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 247
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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From the author of Cowboy to Command and Stud for Hire comes the third deliciously sexy Stripped Down novel.

Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch where the hot, toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make your naughtiest fantasies come true...

As the owner of the Double S Ranch, Cody Silver knows what women want—all except the one that got away. So when his high school girlfriend Sidney Stevens comes back to town for her sister’s wedding, Cody will do whatever it takes to prove that he’s a changed man.

After their explosive breakup, it took a long time for Sidney’s broken heart to heal—and she’s not about to risk it again. She’ll tangle with Cody and live out her simmering fantasies, but when the time comes she’s going to walk away satisfied.

But love has a way of ruining the best laid plans, and Cody and Sidney are about to learn that what you want isn’t always what you need...

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

Read an Excerpt

Cody saw her coming and couldn’t still the trill of excitement in his gut. He ignored his brother’s smirk, but couldn’t help noticing that Cade gave her a wide berth. In fact, when she bounded up the stairs, Cade slipped off the stage altogether, giving the two of them a modicum of privacy. More when she took his arm and yanked him behind the curtains.

He was pretty sure she was going to kiss him.

Until she snarled and said, “What the hell were you thinking?”

What was he thinking? He was thinking she was going to kiss him. But, yeah, given her snarl, probably not.

“About what?” That he had to ask seemed to infuriate her more.

“Warning him off.”

“Who?” He knew damn well who.

“Mr. Green.”

He gulped. “Do you . . . like him?”

“What?”

“Do you like him? He is . . . good-looking, I guess.”

He didn’t expect her to smack him. Or maybe he did, because he’d braced himself for it.

“That is hardly the point. You didn’t need to scare him like that.”

He set his teeth. “Didn’t I?”

“He’s just a dancer.”

“He was touching you.” He couldn’t help leaning in, dominating her space, breathing her scent.

“People touch each other.”

Her declaration made his nerves fizzle. “Goddamn it. I’m tired of watching you flirt with all those men.”

“Hardly flirting.”

“You were flirting with Logan.”

“What? When?”

“On the hayride. I was watching you.”

“I wasn’t flirting.”

“Weren’t you?”

“I was getting to know him.”

“Not what it looked like.”

“Hardly matters. It’s none of your business.”

“It is my business.”

“It’s hardly the point. Besides which, what were you thinking, serving Logan up to Tibby on a silver platter?”

“That wasn’t supposed to happen.”

“But it did.”

“I was distracted.”

Something in his tone caught her attention. “By what?”

“How am I supposed to focus? Watching you flirt with men all night long?”

She cocked a brow. “I thought that was the point of this party.”

“You know damn well it’s not.”

“Then what is it?”

He stared at her. God, she was magnificent. He couldn’t help himself. He cupped her cheeks and brought her closer.

Her eyes widened. Her nostrils flared. Something that might have been fear, or excitement, flashed over her features. “Is this your kiss?” she asked in a whisper.

“Yes,” he said. “This is my kiss.” And his mouth closed on hers.

It was glorious. Not just her taste or her heat or the little sound she made, a muffled cry of surprise or delight.

She responded.

Responded.

Like a wildcat in heat.

It was delicious, delightful, delirious. He felt his sanity reeling, receding.

“Because if this is your kiss,” she murmured against his lips, “you should know that—”

“Shut up,” he growled. “Just shut up and kiss me.”

And she did. Holy fuck. She did.

As he deepened the kiss, walking her farther into the shadows, she fisted her fingers in his hair and kissed him back. It was a savage exchange. As though they’d both been starving for this and simply couldn’t get enough.

 

About Sabrina York

Sabrina York is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a 2017 RITA® Nominee for her Historic Romance Susana and the Scot, as well as an author of over twenty-five novels, which range from sweet and snarky to scorching romance.

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