Monday, November 4, 2019

Review & Giveaway: Spun Out by Lorelei James

Publication Date: November 5th 2019 by Berkley
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

Years in the Army equipped Bailey Masterson for many things: target shooting, rappelling off cliffs, dodging grenades. She's lived through horrors that still give her nightmares. But nothing in Bailey's life-or-death training prepared her for caring for the tiny terror that is five-year-old Olivia Hale. Or how to control her raging attraction to Olivia's father, Streeter, the rugged, green-eyed cattle rancher who undermines her every move even when he stars in her dreams.

Streeter Hale has room for only two things in his life: his daughter and his job. He doesn't date. He doesn't get attached. Not anymore. So not only is Streeter stunned by Olivia's improved behavior after just a few days with Bailey, he's downright floored by his immediate attraction to the woman. But with secrets in her eyes and a body that doesn't quit, Streeter begins to worry that Bailey Masterson might just be the one woman to heal his fractured family and broken heart.

One thing's for sure--these two wrecked souls are spinning out of control as they desperately try not to fall in love...

My Thoughts:
Bailey’s supposedly on leave from the army, spending the summer with her sister, Harper and her kids after the birth of Harper’s newest, but Bailey hasn’t been completely honest with her sister.  Bailey’s not only off for the summer, she’s out for good.  The reasons are tough, and a year ago Bailey didn’t deal well with it, but she’s on the mend mentally, even if she’s keeping all of it to herself. Bailey ends up putting her skills as an army Sergeant to use when the parents of Split Rock see her potential for whipping their kids into shape, and she ends up commanding a kiddy bootcamp for the summer.

Streeter is a rancher at the Split Rock and doesn’t have much time for dating being a single dad since his daughter, Olivia, was six months old.  His wife’s death left him angered, heartbroken and confused, and he still can’t figure the whole thing out. As a parent, my heart went out to Streeter! Olivia isn’t your average five-year-old; the past events have left her with issues, and she’s a handful.  But Bailey’s style of no-nonsense handling breaks through to Olivia, putting Bailey on Streeter’s radar. Even more so when she moves next door.

Streeter and Bailey had some rough times, and I was happy that Streeter had Bailey to confide in. Baring intimate details that he never shared before and gaining some peace in the process.  He gained peace and a lot of sexy times, lol! Man, this one was spicy!

I wish Bailey had been a little more forthcoming, but I do understand why she withheld. I was glad when it all came out.  Depression and how it affects us was a major factor in this story, and I was happy to see the progress Bailey made being more open and honest with her family, and others and how healing that was. I really enjoyed Bailey and Streeter’s realistic and heartwarming journey to happiness!

As a side note, this can be read as a stand alone even though it’s book ten in the series.

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Berkley has generously offered up a copy of Spun Out by Lorelei James to one reader. The giveaway is open to US Residents only. Good luck!

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  1. I’ve only read one book by James (an arc I received earlier this year called I Want You Back) but I really liked her writing and story telling. I like the sound of this one and it seems like both characters have past hurts to deal with/overcome.

  2. I love the idea of a former sergeant running a kiddie boot camp. Fantastic! And, just reading the bit you had about Streeter up there had me getting misty.

  3. A kiddy bootcamp sounds like it would add an element of fun, comedy, and entertainment to a story! My heart would hurt for Streeter as well. I like a spicy romance, and it's a huge plus that this can be read as a standalone. Lovely Review Rachel.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. I've been interested in several books I've noticed from this Blacktop Cowboys series. This one catches my attention too with her being former military and shaping up the kiddies and him being a widower single dad. Glad to get your thoughts on it.

  5. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  6. Good to know this one can stand alone! :)

  7. I love Lorelei's books! This one sounds good!

  8. Maybe I should have mentioned cowboys as a fav genre ;)