Boots and Wishes by Myla Jackson

Boots and Wishes by Myla Jackson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (130 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Married to the love of her life, Audrey Anderson is ready to get this baby show on the road. Except six months of timing sex around her ovaries’ cycle has not only dampened their spontaneity, it hasn’t worked. She’s still not pregnant.

Jackson would love to give Audrey half a dozen children, but he can’t stand the heartache in her eyes as each month goes by with no “plus” sign on the test strip. Hell, he’s ready to call it and concentrate on just being a happy couple.

When a runaway mother arrives at the Ugly Stick with a newborn in tow and needing a job, Audrey, ever the tender heart, takes them in-at the saloon and her home-despite the baby’s presence being a constant reminder of her own empty arms.

Baby Mia turns out to be a blessing in disguise, but just as life settles into a rhythm as pleasant as a cow pony’s lope, the runaway mama’s painful past comes roaring after her with the force of a prairie tornado, threatening to destroy anything in its path, including Audrey and the Ugly Stick Saloon.

I admit that I haven’t read all of the Ugly Stick Saloon series, but Audrey Anderson and her compassion and her struggle to have a child, they all resonated with me, making this a very enjoyable novella read for me. The author even managed to throw in a believable villain and subplot of menace that propelled the story forward and it worked even in the limited amount of story the author had to work with.

The only issues I had were because of my lack of previous knowledge, so I didn’t know all the characters that came out to play, yet that didn’t really detract from the story. Audrey and Jackson are very much in love, and it showed in all of the interactions. It was refreshing to read a story with an already established couple, and I’m sure for fans who read their story, it was a nice reunion with characters I’m sure they loved before.

Overall, it is a quick read, that is both well written and paced well, and it left me with a warm fuzzy happy holidays feeling even though it’s way past Christmas. I highly enjoyed this story and will definitely pick up more Ugly Stick Saloon stories in the future.

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