Winter’s Thaw by Mari Carr, Jane Rylon


Winter’s Thaw by Mari Carr, Jane Rylon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (164 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. Sometimes it’s better.

Compass Girls, Book 1

Sienna Compton has it all figured out. Her life’s goals are set and it is all systems go. At least, it was. Until her long-time boyfriend Josh threw a ringer into the master plan, requesting a “break” from their relationship. Now she’s left alone during the long, cold Wyoming winter, questioning what her heart has always believed to be true love.

Daniel Lennon is facing an uncertain future. When a tragic accident leaves him unable to pursue his career as a professional bull rider, he finds himself at Compass Ranch, working to help Sienna’s father, Seth, build his horse breeding business. One look at Sienna has Daniel envisioning things he never imagined wanting—a permanent home, love, marriage—and he’s willing to use all the red-hot tricks in his sexual arsenal to melt the ice surrounding Sienna’s broken heart.

When lust turns to genuine emotion, can Daniel convince Sienna to take a chance on something different and unexpected? Can he persuade her to consider a new path, one that will lead her directly to his arms…forever?

Once again, the marvelous writing team of Mari Carr and Jane Rylon, have given the fans what they wanted. A much beloved family is finally coming full circle with a new generation of Comptons. The new series features the four daughters of the Compass brothers,and I’d call it a new beginning. You got to believe me when I say that when it comes to the Compton girls…the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Longtime fans are sure to be saddened, at what is sure to be another bittersweet ending to an enduring love that has spanned the arc of both series. Like always, I can’t give too much away, but I’d like to think of those tears that I’m sure will be falling, as a sign of two old lovers finally reuniting for eternity.

Compass Girls Book #1
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Sienna is Seth’s daughter, and at first, I thought she was the most boring of the four cousins. She basically let her douche bag boyfriend walk all over her. Then, luckily for her, the douche bag suddenly wants to take a break from each other. FYI… he wants to screw around with some other sweet things while he’s still keeping his longtime girlfriend on the bench. At the suggestions of her much spunkier cousins, Sienna wises up and turns on to the sexy new cowboy her dad just brought home.

Luck was with Daniel Lennon the day he came to Compass Ranch. Right away, the sexy cowboy sees something that he likes. But the bosses daughter makes it clear that she is off limits since she’s almost engaged to another guy. But you know how those cowboys are….they see something they want and they’ve just got to have it. Daniel is no fool, so when Sienna gets dumped, he takes a chance and turns on the cowboy sexy to get her into his bed. It wasn’t too hard, that fire had been sizzling for a while. Pretty soon, they were burning up the sheets in Daniels bed. But Daniel’s not just looking for a little snatch on the side. He wants to claim Sienna’s heart for his own. He’s playing for keeps and he uses all his charm to win her away for real.

My thoughts: I’ve been a longtime fan of this writing team since first reading the Compass Brothers series. As soon as I heard the news that they were once again teaming up to do a series on the daughters….well, I just knew I had to have all of the books. I knew they would be out of this world delicious. How could they not ? But would they really compare to those steamy stories I remembered reading ? So, just to be fair, I went back and did a quick re-read of the entire first series, as soon as I got this book to review. Oh my…. those books were still as hot as I’d remembered. So, I know you’re all wondering… so, yes! Winter’s Thaw is every bit as sexy and romantic as those first books were. And just as I did before, I fell fast and hard for the cowboy hero.

Needless to say, I fell in love with Daniel right from the start. No surprise, cowboys are my weakness. And Daniel was one sexy cowboy ! I loved how he took charge.But he also had a tender side that was clear as day in those scenes with Sienna and little Doug. And those love scenes. Good Lord Almighty ! The writers damn sure write some steamy love scenes. Reader beware : You might have to take a cold shower before you get to the happy ever after.

On the other hand, I didn’t like Sienna very much at the beginning of the story. I’m not a fan of the doormat heroines. But I liked her just fine once she let go and found her wild side. Sienna proved that she was a true Compton by showing up at Daniel’s place wearing a sexy negligee. She took that first step and guess what…she was hiding a very naughty side under all that sweetness. Still, because of my fixation with the sinfully sexy cowboy, I couldn’t help but be mad at her for playing fast and loose with Daniel’s heart. Of course, I can’t give away the ending…but for a minute there, my heart dropped right along with Daniel’s.

As always, the dynamic duo of Mari Carr and Jane Rylon, have given the readers another wonderful series. I loved the first series, the Compass Brothers, and I’ve been faithfully awaiting this new series ever since hearing that they were working on it. I think they’ve created some extraordinary characters, with the four daughters, and I can’t wait to read the other stories. Just like their fathers before them, each cousin has a uniquely different personality, which indicates four very different and exciting stories. Sadly, there seems to be a bittersweet, but common thread, that will most likely span all four stories. Get ready for a lot of tears and I’d advise that followers have a few tissues on hand while reading this series. I know I’ve already shed a few just with this first book.

I enjoyed this long awaited book immensely. It had everything. It was fun and exciting. And it was emotional and heartfelt. It was overflowing with sexual heat. It was sweet and romantic. The characters were vibrant and made me love them, even when I didn’t like them. The love affair between Daniel and Sienna was passionate but it also sold me on the endurance of that love. It was the compelling storyline that made me made believe in that love. And those accolades are all due to the brilliantly talented writing team of Mari Carr and Jane Rylon.

I loved this story and I’m sure that I’ll be reading it many times again. Just as I still enjoyed the quick re-read I did of the Compass Brothers series before starting this book. This one is a must read for contemporary readers who like their romance on the spicy side.


  1. Mari carr and jayne rylon sont une équipe du tonnerre !
    Bravo les filles!


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