Hard to Handle by Desiree Holt

Hard to Handle by Desiree Holt
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (131 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Anal sex
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

The chemistry between horse wranglers Bailey French and Hondo Labar was hot enough to singe the air even before their unexpected meeting at Rawhide, a private bondage club. Their extreme edge play at the club feeds their sexual needs, but Hondo wants a relationship outside the club and Bailey refuses to acknowledge him as more than a fellow wrangler. When a riding accident puts her in his care, can she finally trust her heart as well as her body to a man who would Master her forever?

As with every Desiree Holt book I have read thus far, “Hard to Handle” is also a well written and intriguing love story with the edge-play being extremely erotic.  With her descriptive written expression, I felt Ms. Holt’s words helped me feel as though I was there in the room viewing the love scenes firsthand. It was definitely ‘Hard’ for me to get a ‘Handle’ on my libido with these scorching romantic scenarios.

Bailey French is working in an almost all male environment as a horse wrangler thus making her more determined to be as strong and work as hard as any cowboy. She likes her personal life a bit on the edge to help her unravel the stress of her working life. She is attracted to one of the other ranch-hands, Hondo Labar but knows in her heart that she would never succumb to his advances because she has a strict rule, “NO dating fellow workers!”

Hondo Labar is extremely interested in getting together with Bailey, but she refuses all of his advances at work. What a lucky day for him when he has an accidental encounter with Bailey at a private bondage club and he convinces Bailey to give him a try. The two discover they have the same sexual desires and the chemistry is explosive, but what will it take for Bailey to risk her heart when Hondo would like to play for keeps?

Ms. Holt had her characters come to life with the emotional twist and turns we have come to expect with her stories. Even if a reader is not into extreme BDSM, I still believe Ms. Holt can make her readers relate to the various personality traits portrayed in her different personae. While I will say this might be a bit extreme for those who are not looking for an exciting sexual ride, Ms. Holt definitely does not disappoint as she always leads her characters to a discovery of true love and that is what good romance novels are all about!

As I have stated in the past, Ms. Holt’s books are an automatic buy for me because I know I am getting a wonderful story that ultimately touches my heart. I highly recommend her books to anyone looking for a “bite’ in the BDSM dynamics of storytelling.

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