The Cowboy Poet by Claire Thompson

The Cowboy PoetRate: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Genre: Cowboys, BDSM
Publication day: November 5, 2010
Length:  252 pages
Publisher: Romance Unbound Publishing

Tyler Sutton can run all he wants from his past, but he’s still got himself to contend with. Dark secret dreams of sexual submission continue to haunt the magazine reporter. The embers of his hidden yearnings burst into a bright flame of reality when Tyler meets Clint Darrow, the cowboy poet.

Clint, the foreman on a West Texas bull ranch, hides his dominant sensual nature behind the laconic, quiet persona of a true Texas cowboy. When the pair is thrown together in a search to uncover the culprit of a series of thefts at various local ranches, the connection is immediate and fierce. As they begin to explore their attraction for one another, Clint senses Tyler’s need for sexual surrender. Clint must exert every ounce of self control to keep from pushing Tyler too far, too fast. When passion overtakes caution, the firestorm of desire that erupts between them threatens to burn everything in its path.

My View: This book was another recommendation and I received it as a gift in a holiday exchange. Unfortunately, it didn’t live to my expectations. I do need to point out that the book was published in 2010. When the popularity of BDSM in mainstream books was just in its very first stages.

My main problem were the MCs. I didn’t connect with them. For me, it felt as if they were together because they happened to be in the right place at the right moment, and no other options were available. Their relationship moved fast, from lust to love, without real growth. In the end, the MCs relationship was too easy to be credible or completely enjoyable.

The plot points in the story were solved without much trouble as well. This was more of a feel-good story than anything else. Some scenes ended abruptly, and others were faded to black without a look-back. Even the BDSM scenes felt crop down to the basic– tight, fuck, and come– wash, rinse, and repeat. And the threesome was entirely unnecessary.

Overall, a simple, BDSM, Cowboy story. Sweet and comforting.

What I liked the most: The BDSM scenes. They were well-written and most, served a purpose.

I wanted more of: A connection between the MCs. After their initial meeting, they lost their spark.

Who should read it: Perhaps fans of cowboys and BDSM, but I will not recommend it.

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