Tuesday, April 23, 2013

[ARC Review]: "Straddling the Line"

Straddling the Line by Sarah M. Anderson
Publisher: Harlequin (May 7, 2013)
Series: The Bolton Brothers, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Category)
She Only Wants to Belong
CFO Ben Bolton has enough on his plate running his family business. But when lovely Josey White Plume enters his office, his priorities shift. He refuses to let such a compelling woman walk away. The chase is on.

All her life, Josey has sought one thing: to fit in with her Lakota family. She has no time for some sexy rich guy's pursuit. But she can't stop thinking about Ben—wanting him…kissing him. Yet falling for a wealthy outsider will destroy everything she's worked for—unless she can find a way to straddle the line between his world and hers.

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Josey White Plume stands in two worlds---yet neither one fully embraces her. She's too "white" to be accepted by her Lakota tribe, yet not enough to fit in outside of the rez. What's a woman to do? She has to find a way to live in both worlds, to find out who she really is. Her family and people are important to her, but so is being able to fit in.

Ben Bolton can understand where Josey's coming from. Oh, sure, he may not have the exact same problem, but he, too, knows how difficult it can be to straddle two lines. In his case, it's a balance between keeping his family together and standing up for what he wants, living his own life. Easier said than done when he has a father who's word is law, an older brother who prefers to let his muscles do the talking, and a younger brother who is an annoying pain in everyone's ass, not caring about the family business or how it really runs. After meeting Josey, he realizes that it's time for him to stand up to them all...either they come to an understanding, or the family is broken forever.

I really enjoyed Straddling the Line! A quick read, it set up the Bolton family, and I look forward to seeing Billy and Bobby find their HEA (though I'll admit, at this point I'm a little uncertain about Bobby---in this book, at least, the only thing I wanted to do to him was kick him out the door...but I'm willing to keep an open mind, I think Anderson may be able to turn him around.)

I loved Josey, loved watching her struggle to keep her two heritages strong. It's not easy, and I felt for her. We all want to be accepted, in one form or another. Ben was great, too. He was the right combination of a bad-boy type, complete with the motorcycle, but he was also responsible and reliable, trying to be the rock foundation and glue for his family, taking the place of his mother.

3.5 STARS! Sarah M. Anderson delivers another great contemporary, proving that she can write great tales whether it's cowboys or bikers, Native Americans or just your typical guy next door. This was my third book from her, and I know that I'll be reading many more! For a quick read, one that's both sweet and a little sexy, be sure to pick this one up!

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Have you read any of Sarah M. Anderson's books? Which one has been your favorite so far?


Until Next Time,


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Mary D. said...

I think A Man of Privilege is my favorite so far. A Real Cowboy is a fun, sexy book too.

The_Book_Queen said...

I haven't read A Man of Privilege yet, but I plan on doing so soon. I agree, A Real Cowboy was a fun book to read! :) Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

Wickedly Delicious said...

Great review. I have not read any of her books.

Lover Of Romance said...

I just love a good "bad boy"...they are so yummy!! :) Nice review! Hope you are having a great week. Happy Reading