Re-Release Review: Roped In by Marie Sexton and LA Witt

Roped InRoped In by Marie Sexton and LA Witt
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 20th, 2016 (original publication date: April 20th, 2014)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Graham and his roping partner Jackson have 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. And then there’s Jackson.

Graham and Jackson have been friends since they were boys. But ever since their drunken sexual encounter the year before, things have been awkward. Graham’s accepted that he might be gay, but no matter how attracted he is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. And Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.

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Wendy’s Review

I should probably start out by saying that after reading Winter Oranges and Trailer Trash, I’m not capable of bypassing anything written by Marie Sexton.  Roped In is Marie Sexton, with LA Witt.  I didn’t look much further than the synopsis and the authors, otherwise I would have noticed that the book is only 155 pages.  I think I still would have requested it, I just would have been prepared.

Roped In was really good, I thought.  There wasn’t any problem with a lack of chemistry.  There was an interesting plot, in regards to the protester vs the cowboy.  There was even the added conflict of long term feelings for the best friend.  Roped In had everything that a well paced, good, romance novel should have.  The only thing that was missing was page count, which of course meant that it had no chance of being well paced.

In the wide world of books, I’m not usually a novella or short story reader.  When I do, and I find that I’ve enjoyed them, it’s rarely romance.  I’m just far too cynical to believe that two people can meet and fall madly in love in 155 pages.  In Roped In Graham and Kaz have only had one night together, and already Graham is talking about how he’s not sure he can give him up, and how much Kaz already means to him.  I wanted to buy it, badly.  Like I said, the chemistry was there.  The sex was scorching.  It just felt so fast.  Too fast.  In the end, the reader is supposed to believe that what was happening with Kaz and Graham was so earth shattering that Graham was finally going to let go of his long time crush and I didn’t really believe it.

Still, other than the fact that the book just wasn’t long enough to support the content, the writing was really good.  The characters were really interesting, and the romantic scenes were on point.

It makes me feel really confident that the next Marie Sexton full length book will be exceptional.

Thank you to Riptide Publishing via Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3 Stars = C

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