Studs in Spurs - Unridden
By Chrissy Dionne
Nov 1, 2009 - 6:51:00 AM

According to erotic author Jenna Block’s literary agency there’s no market for straight contemporary romances – too bad she didn’t clue her in before she’d written her latest manuscript.  Apparently the industry trend has shifted and publishers want more cross-genre, out of the box stories.  One publisher has an open call for cowboy themed storylines, but Jenna’s a New York gal, she knows nothing about cowboys so it looks like she’s going to have to do a bit of research. 

Slade Bower and Mustang Jackson are professional bull riders.  They’ve traveled the circuit together for many years and share everything – including women.  Things are changing for them though.  Mustang still loves hunting for women and the seduction but Slade’s become bored and disinterested in any of the females who grace their bed.  Heck most of the time he doesn’t even know anything about them – including their names.  He’s ready for something different – and Slade is determined to help him find exactly what he needs to restore his happiness.


Jenna knows nothing whatsoever about cowboys though she has plans to write about rodeo cowboys.  There’s only so much the library, internet and a few televised equestrian competitions can tell you, couple that with the new found knowledge that the sex scenes in her books are boring and Jenna’s questioning if she even has a future in writing.  She’s due to attend a romance writer’s conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma and as luck would have it there’s a professional bull riders’  competition taking place there while she’s at the conference.  It’s the perfect opportunity to research cowboys up close and personal to make sure her characters are as authentic as she can make them.  Of course, that’s not going to help with her boring sex scenes.  She’s not quite sure what she’s going to do about improving them but there’s a writer’s session called ‘Sex it Up’ so hopefully she’ll get some tips she can use.  She certainly never imagined that the rodeo cowboys she selects to answer her questions would also prove so inspirational in her sexual scenes as well.  Jenna certainly never dreamed she’d lose her heart or build such unforgettable friendships in just a few short days.


Cat Johnson is one author whom I’ve sincerely enjoyed watching grow in strength through each new story she has published.  UNRIDDEN gives readers a more realistic look at the lives of professional bull riders as well as allowing you a peek at the trials and tribulations of an erotic author.  I got a real kick out of the characters in this story – even the secondary characters have a unique flair and personality that makes each and every one of them take on a life all their own.  Jenna’s relationship with Slade and Mustang really captured my heart.  Each man is vastly different yet they work well together and I could fully understand why it’s nearly impossible for any woman to resist them.  UNRIDDEN is the first title in Ms. Johnson’s STUDS IN SPURS series so I’m now quite anxious for the next title, BUCKED, to be released.


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