Freight Trained by Sarah Curtis
Published by Self-published on July 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Tragedy had Coleman Garrison fleeing to the rodeo at the tender age of 17. Years of dedication and an I don't give a f*ck attitude turned him into a champion. Then tragedy changed the course of his life once more.
Buying a ranch on the outskirts of a small town, he planned to spend the rest of his days training horses, removed from society and the temptation of letting anyone close.
And then he saw her.
Tired of substitute teaching and unable to afford to move from her parents home, Abigail O'Neal jumped at the chance to start a new life away from the big city in the small town of Jasper Falls.
Shy and socially awkward, she wanted the chance to be a different version of herself. But breaking out of her shell turned out to be harder than she thought.
Until she met him.
Who knew Abby's resemblance to a dead woman would make her the target of someone's sinister deeds.
Can a hardened cowboy and a shy little mouse beat the odds, preventing tragedy from striking again?
***This is a full-length, standalone, steamy contemporary romance with a HEA. Due to sex and language, it is recommended for persons over 18.***
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Freight Trained was a sweet, steamy hot read with a touch of suspense. Abby had just moved to her estranged late grandmother’s house she’d just inherited and landed the teaching job she’s always wanted.
Now all she needs is to lose her socially awkward persona and her new life is all but set. As with any small town, news of a newcomer spreads fast and before she knows it Abby already has a posse of girlfriends, a hunky cowboy throwing her smoldering looks and some crazy wacko after her.
Cole has had more than one life-altering tragedy happen to him and he doesn’t think he can take anymore. That’s why he just keeps to himself and his horses, no relationships, no risks. Then again, one look at the beautiful new girl in town is all it takes to get Cole ready to take a chance.
“I plan on eating more than just your cookies.”
I really enjoyed reading it. It was just the kind of light, easy story I needed while battling a bit of bronchitis (sorry for the TMI). Everything went just as I hoped it would with little to no surprises. I liked both Abby and Cole well enough. Abby at first came off as a bit insecure in her lack of experience and while I could relate to this it bugged me just a little. I also found her slightly incongruous at times when her thought process and her later actions wouldn’t add up, or so it seemed to me.
Cole was one hunky, obsessed and slightly OTT alpha-hole. He had some big issues to work through but I liked how he wanted to be upfront with Abby because he knew once she accepted him there wouldn’t be any backing out.
Truth be told, as I talked about it with Spice, the whole relationship had a bit of an Alexa-Riley/Jordan-Silver-type feel to it. And I’m definitely not complaining about it. The suspense aspect, though, I felt it fell a little flat, I think it was easy to work out what was happening and that took a bit out of the excitement away from the story. Or it was the cough medicine… that’s a possibility too.
I laughed, smiled, awwwww’ed and wanted to punch Cole in the nuts. I definitely liked this steamy story about a sweet girl and a hunky cowboy
“When I fuck you for the first, it’ll be in a bed, and it’ll be when we have time ‘cause, Darlin’, I plan to take you nice and slow. I’m gonna strip you bare and put my mouth on every inch of your skin. Then I’m gonna make you beg, make you scream, make you come.”
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 “I can make cookies too” Stars
Freight Trained was an incredibly sweet read with a demanding, alpha hero who had some serious demons from his past he was fighting, and a super naive, innocent teacher with a stalker after her.
Although not my favorite type of heroine, Abby’s sweet ways slowly won me over, but at times I felt she was a bit too naive and innocent to be believed. This was explained away by her overprotective parents and her super shy ways.
I had a harder time with Cole. He was definitely a bit wishy washy at first. Then he was all in, and I really started liking him. He had a little of the Jordan Silver type hero in him that for some reason I just adore. In real life I’d hate it, but in my fantasy world the alpha-hole caveman routine works for me. Unfortunately, Cole screwed up and he did something I had a hard time getting past and it was too close to the end for me to truly get over it.
Even with Cole and his faux pas, there was a lot to like about the book with the dirty talking alpha cowboy, and the sweet little sexy school teacher. I especially loved that she didn’t turn from the innocent virgin to a multiple orgasming sex kitten on her first go-round. Thank you, Ms. Curtis, for giving us a somewhat believable virgin deflowering scene.
What I Struggled With
- Cole’s last screw up, especially when he took Lucky. That was just wrong.
- What was up with the Deputy Sheriff?
What I Liked
- Cole could dirty talk with the best of them.
- The Sheriff – I just wanted to give him hugs. He needs his own HEA.
- The town. Loved the characters, especially the girls.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Sweet Little Innocent Stars
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