When Valerie McMasters’s uncle dies,
she returns home to the Bar M Ranch, promising her youngest
sister she will stay for a month while Jolene sorts things
out. After that, Valerie is determined to go back to her
life as a doctor in Dallas. The Bar M holds too many
memories, and plenty of them are in the form of Mason Parks,
foreman of the Bar M and Valerie’s ex-husband. The fire
between Valerie and Mason has always burned bright and hot,
but Valerie can’t be what he needs. Mason doesn’t quite
agree with that assessment and he’s determined to seduce
Valerie into wanting to stay at the Bar M – and with him –
forever. But the decision has to be Valerie’s and Valerie’s
alone. Will the lovers get their second chance at happily
I’m a complete sucker for reunion
romances and Jaci Burton does it right in “Bound.” I loved
how patient and understanding Mason is. There’s no doubt he
loves Valerie, but he also knows he can only push her so far
and that at some point she has to be the one to come to
him. I definitely wanted her to, and because I was invested
in their romance, I couldn’t stop reading “Bound” until
Valerie and Mason’s erotic reunion was complete.
Brea is the ordinary McMasters sister.
She’s not brilliant and witty like Valerie, nor is she tough
and outgoing like Jolene. Brea would rather stay in and
read romances when she’s not working on her computer. That
doesn’t stop her from daydreaming about Gage Reilly. Brea
watches Gage from afar while he trains horses at the Bar M.
But will she be able to handle it when he focuses all that
gentle dominance on her in the most delicious of ways?
“Branded” is probably my favorite story
of the three. I love seeing a wallflower heroine come into
her own, and that’s exactly what happened in “Branded.”
Brea’s shy and a bit insecure, which endeared her to me.
What I loved about Gage was that he sees Brea’s spirit and
strength and encourages her to come out of her shell.
“Branded” had a wonderful mix of character growth and
romance. To me it was the hottest, most romantic story of
Jolene McMasters has been pretty much
running the Bar M for years. Her love of the ranch,
hardworking nature, and take-charge attitude are a large
part of what makes the Bar M successful. With the Bar M,
Jolene has pretty much everything she wants – except Walker
Morgan. For five years the two of them have been dancing
around each other and with her sisters newly returned and
finding love, Jolene isn’t going to wait for Walker to make
a move forever. It’s time this cowgirl ropes her man.
“Brazen” is probably the most
aptly-titled story of the three. Jolene is every bit as
forward as the title suggests, but Ms. Burton never sends
her over the top. I admired Jolene for her confidence, for
knowing what she wants and going after it. She and Walker
are a perfect fit, except for his refusal to get involved
with his boss. Walker has his reasons (which I will not
spoil) for resisting his attraction to Jolene. Still, I
looked forward to him finding happiness with Jolene and I
finished “Brazen” a well-satisfied reader.
Bound, Branded, & Brazen is a wonderfully
sexy journey of three sisters finding the joy in home,
family, and true love. It’s packed with Ms. Burton’s
signature fiery eroticism, but it’s the heart more than the
heat that makes Bound, Branded, & Brazen
memorable. I adored this book and look forward to
re-reading it again (“Branded” in particular) in the near