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Thursday, December 10, 2015

5/5 Review: Wrapped and Strapped: A Blacktop Cowboys Novel by Lorelei James


 

Flower child, vegetarian and humanitarian Harlow Pratt and gruff and strapping cattle ranch foreman Hugh Pritchett have been taunting each other for years. Hugh thinks she’s nothing but a spoiled rich girl, and he’s had enough of that life with his ex-wife. Harlow thinks Hugh is an ill-mannered trouble-maker who wouldn't know fun if it bit him on his tight denim-clad butt.

When they’re forced together at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, everything changes. They might be polar opposites, but working out their differences skin to skin, in the dark, seems to help their incompatibility a lot. But when trouble from both their pasts comes calling, Harlow and Hugh have no one else to lean on. Can they trust one another enough to make it through the hard times together… or will their tentative truce fall apart?
 
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Wrapped and Strapped by Lorelei James has turned into a favorite of mine.  The range of emotions throughout this story was incredible.  It was hot and spicy one minute and tear jerking sad the next. 
 
Hugh Pritchett was a man who was on his way to healing when he met Harlow Pratt.  He went through an awful divorce after living in misery with a wife who broke him down.  She was vindictive, mean, and cold hearted.  When he divorced her and shed the weight he gained during that trying time in his life, he was on the mend trying to piece himself back together.  When he met Harlow, he had an instant dislike and for her yet the lust was just as strong.  He considered her the spoiled living off of her dads money, not really realizing how passionate she was about her humanitarian pursuits. 
 
Harlow Pratt, has arrived at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort with the intensions of looking after her pregnant older sister.  After losing their mother at a young age because of complications that arose after her pregnancy, Harlow has a fear that the same thing with happen with her sister.  In order to look after her without letting her know that was the reason she had said she needed a summer job.  That was where she met the broody yet handsome foreman, Hugh Pritchett.  
 
They start of on the wrong foot, always insulting each other yet lusting after each other.  Once they call a truce, things change.  They get to know each other and finally act upon their attraction.  Things go bad after and Harlow leaves.  Three years later fate brings them back into each others path.  Having to return to the Ranch to take care of her father, things start to heat up between Hugh and Harlow.  He was a jerk three years ago and is trying to make up for it.  They get closer to the point of falling in love with each other.  They must work out how to stay together.  She is a wonderer and never in one place for too long.  She does not see the ranch as her home.  What are they to do?
 
OMG!!!  I loved this story.  I recommend it to all western romance fans and those who are not, just might become one.  I found this story both sweet and spicy.  Both having to work on their issues from the past.  It wasn't long before they both realized that the only way they can completely heal from past traumas is to do it together.  Definitely worth more than just the five stars.