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Series: Blacktop Cowboys #7
Genres: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Second Chance
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Also by this author: Caged
Flower child, vegetarian and humanitarian Harlow Pratt and gruff and strapping cattle ranch foreman Hugh Pritchett have been taunting each other for years. Hugh thinks she’s nothing but a spoiled rich girl, and he’s had enough of that life with his ex-wife. Harlow thinks Hugh is an ill-mannered trouble-maker who wouldn't know fun if it bit him on his tight denim-clad butt.
When they’re forced together at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, everything changes. They might be polar opposites, but working out their differences skin to skin, in the dark, seems to help their incompatibility a lot. But when trouble from both their pasts comes calling, Harlow and Hugh have no one else to lean on. Can they trust one another enough to make it through the hard times together… or will their tentative truce fall apart?
Wrapped and Strapped is a ride ‘em cowboy kind of romance and another sexy sweet read by Lorelei James. I’m a huge fan of James and this book is another to add to the growing list of must reads from her.
Hugh is a sexy as sin cowboy. Rough around the edges in all the best ways. He’s been burned by love in the past and the last thing he wants is another broken heart by a lecherous woman. After one night of mindless passion with a horrible end, Hugh is left with regrets and no way to set things straight.
Harlow is a beautiful character inside and out. She’s selfless and does everything she can to help where help is needed. Traveling to dangerous places, sacrificing her own safety and comfort all for the sake of bettering the world. I really loved her drive to make the world a better place. I connected with her character on many levels. She’s consistently let down by her family and feels like the black sheep. Like she will never live up to their expectations or standards. Getting a front row seat to how she deals with these challenges and overcomes obstacles was up-lifting.
When Harlow returns to Split Rock Ranch, she is forced to face the one man who could break her heart. Determined not to give him an inch, but desperately attracted to Hugh, she just can’t stay away. When they fall into bed, against the wall, on the floor, and any other surface around the game changes and they realize how much they really have to lose.
This book is an emotional rollercoaster. So many feels I can’t even explain how some parts of this storyline impacted me. While Hugh is a complete jerk and earns his nickname ‘Grumpy’, he is also loyal, protective, and has a heart of gold. Not to mention an animal in the sack.
If you like sexy cowboys, Wrapped and Strapped is a definite must for your TBR.