Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BRANDED by Candace Havens #NewRelease #Cowboy #HotAsHell #OneClick #CandaceHavens


by Candace Havens

Published:  September 19, 2016
Publisher:  Entangled ~ Embrace
Length:  210 pages
Genre:  NA, Contemporary, Cowboy Romance

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I have my hands full taking care of my little sister and covering for my uncle as ranch foreman. The last thing I need is a Texas princess like Callie Llewellyn getting up in my business and messing with my head.

All I can think of is getting up close and personal with those curves of hers. And being on the edge of discovery makes our quick-and-dirty encounters twice as hot. And that’s all they are—quick and dirty—there’s nothing deeper going on here.

There’s only one rule to keeping my job and a roof over my sister’s head: stay away from the boss’s granddaughter. But I’m not always great at following the rules.

An hour later, I’d showered. My bones were tired as hell. But my cock was hard.

I texted Callie: Where are you?

Studying. And I’m not talking to you. Stop texting me.

Didn’t blame her for being mad. I’d been a jerk. But this thing with her had only been going on for twenty-four hours, and I was already twisted up. Might be best to let it go. But that wasn’t going to happen.

What are you studying?


I snickered.
Come on. I’m sorry. I was an asshole. Why don’t you bring your books, and I’ll help you.

You don’t even know what it is.

I need to see you. We can just study.
She didn’t text back.
So I typed: You’re mad. So rant. I can take it.

WTF is wrong with you? You’re the one who told me you’d had enough. Then you kissed the shit out of me and took a phone call. And I told you I’m BUSY.

You wanted what I gave you. We’re not doing this on the phone. 30 mins. Bring your books and laptop.

Go F yourself.

I laughed out loud. Maybe it was a little sick, but I liked when she was all red up.

28 mins.

I shoved my phone in my pocket and took off for my uncle’s house. My sister was at her first slumber party. She’d become friends with one of the girls she’d met while helping Mrs. Llewellyn with charity work. They talked on the phone constantly. Her mother was nice, as was her father. The girl had spent the night at our house two nights ago. She hadn’t balked at the simple three-bedroom ranch house. They’d had fun and I hadn’t seen Addy that happy in a long time.

I’d talked to the parents again when they’d picked up her friend. Then before I let her go to the party tonight, I’d made Ads pinky-swear there would be no boys involved. And that she’d text me every two hours to check in.

I still hadn’t heard anything from Callie. So I sent her another text: Meet me at the ranch house. Please. See, I can be nice. Now get your ass over here.

The princess was about to go to a whole new school. And I couldn’t wait to play teacher.

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My Review

I have listened to Candy give her film reviews on 96.3 KSCS for more years than I can count so when I discovered that she also writes fantastic books, well, I had a new author to love.  That was several books ago.  Here is my review of her latest, BRANDED.

When something is branded, extreme heat is applied between the two items until a mark is permanently left.  Candace Havens couldn’t have chosen a more perfect name for this book than BRANDED.  The story of Callie and Cole was one of transformation that unfolds before our very eyes. They started out with some humorous misconceptions about each other but they began to right the ship, so to speak, almost immediately and the story had my heart beating right along in time.

Callie is funny, loving and smart-assy, just the right combination to push all of Cole’s buttons. Cole is every bit a cowboy—strong, hardworking, and handsome as well as a man of well-chosen words. Having the notion that they could never have a real relationship, their chemistry quickly evolves into something majorly hot and in a sense, hidden. 

I was really taken by surprise by how much their families factored into the storyline.  That added an additional layer of warmth and emotion that helped balance out some of the near-constant uber hot sex Callie and Cole eventually engaged in.  And that’s all I’m going to say on that matter. ::grin::  You’ll just have to read it for yourself. :)

I loved that the author told the story in dual pov's. It helped me feel like you are able to get the real thoughts and feelings of each character and really feel more involved in their journey. I liked the fact that it was a fast paced, easy and hot read, and although I found it somewhat predictable at times, a good book by a well-known author still equals a book well worth reading.

****4 Stars****

***ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Meet Candace Havens:

Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Her entertainment columns are syndicated by FYI Television, Inc. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

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