Rate: 3.5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Cowboys; BDSM
Publication day: June 20, 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.
Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.
All they need is a bit of rope.
My View: Roped In is a light BDSM cowboy story. Graham knows he’s attracted to men and thinks to be in love with his rodeo partner, Jackson. The only time they tried something, Graham backs out. He doesn’t want to ruin their friendship, but in reality, he has trouble accepting his sexuality.
When Graham meets Kaz at a rodeo protest, he’s instantly attracted, and a couple of conversations later, they’re giving a relationship a try. It’s more of an insta-lust than anything else, and Kaz uses ropes to help Graham focus on what he wants. There’s a connection there but not deep enough to want them to stay together.
Personally, I think I was more invested in Graham’s and Jackson’s relationship than in Kaz entering the picture. I love how natural Graham and Jackson worked and their feelings for each other. Maybe Kaz could have been the guy to bring them together, a third on the relationship? But not what I wanted for Graham.
The story is well written, and the rodeo and BDSM elements are well integrated. The story resolution was cute and gave the MCs their HEA even when it felt a bit rush. Overall, this story is more about sex and Graham’s self-discovery than a real emotional connection.
What I liked the most: The friendship between Graham and Jackson.
I wanted more: Of a connection between the main characters.
Who should read it: Any fans of kinky cowboy stories.