A First Review for SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER

I just had to share my first review for SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER from Happy Ever After Reviews.

Ren’s Review 

Ashley Carmichael, known as Ash, is an actress who knows that her shelf life is about to expire. She is working as a waitress in the local diner when Zack Delaney comes into her life. Ash is also licking her wounds after emerging from a volatile relationship. 

Zack is a tall, dark and handsome hunk of Cowboy beef in his tight jeans and knowing blue eyes but he is carrying his own painful secrets. He breezes into the diner where he meets Ash, insults her and is left with his foot in his mouth after their initial encounter.

Later that night, they meet up again in a bar where Zack makes a peace offering. Now, under different circumstances, their attraction is immediate and they share a night of passion with the understanding that it is only for that one night. When Zack walks out the next morning, Ash is convinced that she will never see him again.

A chance meeting in a darkened alley puts Ash smack in the middle of Zack’s illegal activities and he finds himself caught up in lies to protect Ash from discovering the truth about him. Ash is fascinated yet repelled by what she knows so far. She then sees another side to Zack and her compassion elicits feelings in him that he thought were gone forever. In each other’s arms, they find a tenderness that has been missing from their lives, a feeling of excitement and connection. It takes a weekend getaway for the two of them to start wondering if there is a chance that they could make it work. 

I really enjoyed this story as it moved right along, allowing the reader to see the relationship develop between them. The sexual tension does not let up at all and fulfills the Happily Ever After theme. Shackled by the Cowboy Drifter should not be missed!


4 1/2 Tea Cups!


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They also gave it a heat rating of 4. Their smoking hot rating!!
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SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER
Cowboy Bad Boys

JAN BOWLES
Copyright © 2010





Chapter One

Zack tensed his muscles. Something didn’t feel right. Those footsteps had been following him down this dark street for a few minutes now, and they were getting too close. Just as he was about to turn around and confront whomever it was, he felt a rush of air. A heavy blow smashed across his temple. He crashed to the ground, the left side of his face making painful contact with the pavement.

With barely a moment to think, a crushing pain slammed into his ribs and he doubled up. He reached inside his jacket and pulled out the Smith and Wesson. In some discomfort he hissed through clenched teeth. “You can stop right there, amigo.” Luckily his breath began to fill his lungs once more. He edged to a nearby wall and braced his back against it.

He eyed the dark, swarthy man warily. Caught in the process of stealing his bag, his assailant stood frozen to the spot, like some cartoon character with one arm reaching forward.

When Zack wiped his free hand across his mouth, blood stained his fingers. Yep, this asshole had damn near caved the one side of his face in.

Waving the gun at his attacker, he spoke again, “Now, we can either do this the hard way, or the easy way. Just back off and get the fuck out of here before I change my mind.”

His swarthy nemesis appeared to contemplate the situation. Beads of sweat dripped down his face as he looked first at Zack and then the bag.

“Like I said, I don’t care if I have to blow your fucking brains out. You’re not the first, and you won’t be the last.” Zack eased himself into a standing position. Thankfully, his ribs didn’t feel broken. “What’s it to be?” He’d reached the end of the line. It would all be over if he let him get away with it.

The man smiled. “Adios, amigo.” Slowly he retreated, holding his hands in full view. Eventually, when he’d reached far enough away, he turned and disappeared quickly down a side alley.

Zack stuffed the Smith and Wesson back into the waistband of his jeans. He’d been right to bring it with him. Tijuana was full of bandits. Reaching down, he scooped up his hat, dusted it down, and picked up his bag.
He caught his reflection in the shop window. Blood oozed down his cheek, and he wiped it away with the back of his hand. He hardly recognized himself anymore. Just when had he become such a mercenary bastard? Deep down he knew the exact moment he’d changed. His life had simply been blown away. Now all that remained was a hardened, empty shell.

Even Renee wouldn’t know him now. He remembered the last words he’d spoken to her. “Don’t worry, baby, everything will be fine. Just trust me.” Unfortunately, life didn’t always work out so perfectly. As bitterness consumed him once more, he turned away in disgust at his reflection.

* * * *

Ash watched the tall cowboy enter the diner where she worked. Dressed in jeans, a white shirt, and a tan leather waistcoat, he found a seat and looked around for a waitress to take his order. He was too far away to see clearly, but she could already tell he had a great physique. The man could move mountains with those muscles. He removed his hat and placed it on the seat next to him then pulled a menu from the stand. As he was on one of her tables, she looked forward to getting a closer view.

Finally, she finished taking the order from a particularly obnoxious family. Their two children just wouldn’t sit still. They’d made faces at her from the moment they’d walked in.

After placing the order with Ron on the grill, she turned to Maisy, a waitress on another station. “I swear it, if they don’t start treating me with a little respect soon, I’ll drop the ice cream they’ve ordered straight into their laps.”

Her friend chuckled. “Now don’t let them get to you, darlin’. You need to concentrate on the dish that just settled into table five. I’d drop ice cream into his lap anytime, and I’d lick it off him for free.”

Ash giggled. “Me, too. Only I’d pay to do it.”

Maisy raised her eyebrows. “You’ve been single for far too long, girl.”

Ron leaned across the counter. “Are you girls gonna stop gossiping and do some work?”

“Don’t make out like you’re hard done by, Ron. I know you just love all the juicy gossip.”

“You bet. It brightens my day listening to you two.” He slapped four burgers on the grill, and they sizzled loudly.

Taking no notice of Ron, Maisy motioned to Ash with her hand. “Shoo. What are you waiting for? Go take his order. I’ll serve the The Munster Family for you.”

With pad and pencil ready, Ash walked up to table five. He was still studying the menu, so she let her gaze wander from the tip of his cowboy boots, past the tight fitting Wranglers, to his strong muscular chest.
This guy did some serious workouts. She could clearly see the six-pack abs under his tight-fitting clothes.
Girl, you need to get a grip and stop salivating.

Maisy was right. She’d been without a man for far too long. Nine months seemed an awful long time to be single, but then hadn’t she been burned badly by Rob? She hadn’t looked at another man since they’d split. Well, not until now.

Ash noted his black, wavy collar-length hair that fell about his temples, the strong jaw line, the way his large hands held on firmly to the menu. His skin the color of warm teak appeared rugged and weather-beaten. He looked to be in his mid-thirties. When his eyes finally locked with hers, she swallowed hard. Bright blue and striking against his well-tanned skin, they simply took her breath away.

“What can I get you, cowboy?” Her voice sounded shaky even to her own ears, and she hoped he didn’t notice.

“I’ll have ham, with eggs over easy.” She assumed from his drawl he was from the South. So he wasn’t a local. Too bad, the guy was just probably passing through.

“Say, do you have any grits?”

She shook her head, pointing with her pencil. “Only what’s on the menu.”

“Hmm, then I’ll have hash browns and coffee.”

He nodded as she repeated his order back to him. He seemed to notice her for the first time, his gaze slowly travelling from her hands to her face. She had a sudden feeling that he’d ripped the clothes right off her.

“Is that an English accent?”

“Yes,” she answered. Now that he’d turned toward her, she noticed the cuts on the one side of his face. The man looked dangerous, and just a little exciting.

“Don’t tell me. You came to seek your fame and fortune in Hollywood but ended up waiting tables instead.” With an amused expression on his face, he leaned back in his seat and waited for her to answer.

If she hadn’t been so annoyed by his glib observation, her jaw would have dropped open. He had her life story to a T in just five minutes flat. She gave him a tight smile. “Yes, we’re a sad bunch. Like the song said, ‘All the stars that never were, are pumping gas and parking cars.’ Guess you now know why I work in this sleazy diner, serving dumbass customers.”

Before he could say anything, she lifted up her notepad and continued, “I’d better place your order, cowboy.” With that, she turned and walked away.

* * * *

Zack chuckled to himself as the waitress went to take an order from another table. She sure had bristled at his personal remarks. He could tell them a mile off. The perfect white smile. A toned body to die for. With her chestnut-highlighted hair all cascading onto her shoulders and her perfect manicure, it hadn’t taken him long to work it out.

She’d certainly piqued his curiosity with her refined English accent. The little pocket rocket couldn’t be more than five-foot-three. Very attractive and petite, her large, green eyes had stared him down.

He shook his head and focused back on more pressing needs. Business had demanded that he leave Mexico in a hurry, so he hadn’t slept for two days. He’d rest this afternoon and then write up his report tomorrow. He checked his watch just as Little Miss Perfect brought his coffee to the table.

“Is it so obvious that I look like an out-of-work actress?” she asked.

He shrugged as his gaze wandered over her. Typically, she wore far too much makeup. “Aspiring actresses have this fake look about them.”

Her eyes narrowed on him, and her mouth firmed into a thin line. “Perhaps you should revise that comment, cowboy,” she stated sarcastically.

“What I mean is, they look manufactured and over-the-top.” Hell, now he’d gone and said something far worse. See where losing sleep had got him? Thank God she wasn’t out to kill him. “I’ll rephrase that—”

“Mister, perhaps you should just quit while you’re ahead.”

He nodded, his gaze coming to rest on the name badge pinned to her chest. “I think you should just forget that I said anything—Ashley.”

Without looking at him, she answered, “Don’t worry, cowboy, I already have.” Spinning quickly on her heels, she walked away. Now that didn’t happen very often. A haughty English woman had really put him in his place.

Terms of Endearment, adding romance to a story

Following a recent blog I did on naming the hero and the heroine of my books, I have thought about the terms of endearment used to enhance the love between the main protagonists.

The usual ones appeared to mind straight away. In my latest book SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER, the hero Zack Delaney often uses the term, baby. In other books I have written, such as LOVE LESSONS WITH THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE, I used darlin' and honey to further enhance the heroes character. In another book DARK SECRETS, I used the term sweetheart quite often to amplify the romance between the main characters.

Where I live, the term duck is often used to convey feelings of affection. I couldn't possibly imagine writing a romantic scene with that term. Other ones I noted are baby cakes, chicken, cutiepie, dumplin', dearest, darling, honeybun, kitten, love, lover, lover boy, lamb chop, poppet, precious, pumpkin, sexy, sugar, sweet thing, sweetie, sweetie pie, the list goes on.

What strange terms have you come across? Any you'd care to share?


Please leave a comment I'd love to know your thoughts. Jan x

Release Day for - Shackled by the Cowboy Drifter

It's release day for SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER


What's on your wish list?...A cowboy?...A cowboy drifter?



Bad boy Zack Delaney comes fully armed, with handcuffs and guns at the ready. In his line of work he needs both.  Can Ash Carmicheal tame the cowboy drifter? Or will he use her and leave her Shackled by love? Available now at Bookstrand HERE  

Why not add SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER to your wish list today, and enjoy a hot ultra sexy read.

Blurb:



Ash Carmicheal, an aspiring actress from England, is down on her luck. However, when she meets Zack Delaney, a gorgeous cowboy drifter, at the diner where she works in Long Beach, California, things start to look up.
Why can’t two lonely people enjoy each other's company with no strings attached?
Only trouble is, Zack Delaney is not all he seems. An undercover operative with the FBI, he is closing in on a drug cartel. Getting involved with Ash is not an option. In fact, it could prove downright dangerous for her. When Ash sees him dealing drugs, he cannot tell her the truth about his work, yet the attraction between them still remains.
They may have shared one night of unbridled passion together, but do they have a basis for a lasting relationship? Or have they both been burned too much in the past?
Note: This book contains anal sex.
A Siren Erotic Romance
To read an excerpt or to buy click HERE

Coming 9th September to Siren-Bookstrand

What's on your wish list?...A cowboy?...A cowboy drifter?

Bad boy Zack Delaney comes fully armed, with handcuffs and guns at the ready. In his line of work he needs both. 

Can Ash Carmicheal tame the cowboy drifter? Or will he use her and leave her Shackled by love?

Available for pre-order now at Bookstrand HERE

Why not add SHACKLED BY THE COWBOY DRIFTER to your wish list today.


AVAILABLE: Thursday, September 9th
[Siren Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romantic Suspense, light bondage]
BLURB: Ash Carmicheal, an aspiring actress from England, is down on her luck. However, when she meets Zack Delaney, a gorgeous cowboy drifter, at the diner where she works in Long Beach, California, things start to look up.
Why can’t two lonely people enjoy each other's company with no strings attached?
Only trouble is, Zack Delaney is not all he seems. An undercover operative with the FBI, he is closing in on a drug cartel. Getting involved with Ash is not an option. In fact, it could prove downright dangerous for her. When Ash sees him dealing drugs, he cannot tell her the truth about his work, yet the attraction between them still remains.
They may have shared one night of unbridled passion together, but do they have a basis for a lasting relationship? Or have they both been burned too much in the past?
Note: This book contains anal sex.
Pre-order from Bookstrand HERE