Title: Roped In
Graham and his roping partner Jackson have ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. And then there’s Jackson.
Graham and Jackson have been friends since they were boys. But ever since their drunken sexual encounter the year before, things have been awkward. Graham’s accepted that he might be gay, but no matter how attracted he is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off.
Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. And Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.
All they need is a bit of rope.
Author: L.A. Witt, Marie Sexton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Finding Master Right, Capture and Surrender, After the Fall, Static, Never a Hero, Winter Oranges, Damned If You Do
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: June 20, 2016
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Romance, Male Male Romance, Western Romance
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The decision to read Roped In was an easy one. I’ve read and enjoyed books from both L.A.Witt and Marie Sexton. The blurb let me know I was in for an opposite attract which is always enjoyable. The rope added just enough kinky naughtiness to make this one hot read.
From early childhood Graham has had Jackson as best friend. Ten years ago they became roping partners and started winning rodeo championships. Last year everything they have known is thrown off balance when advances were made, nothing was followed through, and then in the aftermath it is swept under the rug and not discussed due to a drunken excuse. Graham knows he is gay. Graham knows he wants another man in his arms, in his bed, he just doesn’t know how he will ever find the courage to stay in that bed once the clothes start coming off.
Ridding the world of animal cruelty is a high priority to college student Kaz. He fills his belly with animal free food, his bathroom is stocked with cruelty free products, and he wants to see the local rodeo scene free of calf roping. Spending his weekends protesting the rodeo was not supposed to lead him into a relationship where he is doing his own roping but that is exactly what happens when one pissed off cowboy explains to Kaz that he is being just as cruel to some of the animals that he is protesting on behalf of.
There is a whole lot of hotness packed into this very sexy novella. Roped In also falls into what Vanilla Vanessa likes to think of as BDSM light. Kaz and Graham are having fun with their sex. No one has some traumatic past and can only get off when dominated. Graham has had some problems going further in his homosexual explorations and Kaz has figured out the perfect way to help Graham past that hurdle while enjoying all that their bodies have to offer one another. Very sexy times for sure.
In the end I need another book in this world. There is another character here (Jackson) that I think deserves to get his own happily ever after. Granted he needs to figure out what he wants first, but I think I’d like to read his bumpy road to a happily ever after.
About Marie Sexton
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.
Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.
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About L. A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author , but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell or . Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Marie: I live in Colorado. I’m married with one kid, one dog, and one very stupid cat. I love cheese, wine, and shoes. I also bleed orange and blue.
Lori: I live in Spain, also married and in possession of a stupid cat (three of them, actually). Like Marie, I love cheese, but wine is not my thing. And…GO SEAHAWKS! *sticks tongue out at Marie*
Jacque: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
Marie: Probably John D Fitzgerald, author of the Great Brain books, which I loved as a kid. I think he taught me to love 1st person, slightly unreliable narrators. Alan Dean Foster, who I read voraciously as a teen, and (more recently) Sarah Monette.
Lori: Stephen King, Sara Douglass, Brian Jacques… they’re all about as different as humanly possible, but reading their books helped me expand my horizons and realize there were no limits to what I could write about. (When you’re a kid and a fledgling writer, that’s not nearly as intuitive as it sounds. Especially after years of being told by teachers that I “couldn’t” write this or that.)
Fredz: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Marie: I often start in the middle of a story and work both directions at once.
Lori: Similarly, I write out of sequence. I usually start at the beginning, but then flit around until the whole thing comes together. I usually finish the ending long before I finish the beginning.
Deb: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Marie: Read, sew, ride roller coasters (there aren’t enough of them in my life), or veg in front of the TV (which I do more than I should).
Lori: I travel a lot and I’m an avid (former professional) photographer. Also looking forward to adding horseback riding to my non-writing activities; still shopping for the right horse.
Fredz: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
Marie: I’d really like to go back and find out whether or not Lizzie Borden was guilty.
Lori: I want to go back a million years or so, step on a beetle, and then come back and see what’s changed.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
Marie: Somewhere in between, actually. I can’t outline to save my life, but I can’t fully pants a story either. I usually don’t start a story until I can envision the beginning, a bit of the end, and (more importantly) several critical plot points along the way. I often start in the middle of the book, and work both directions at the same time. There’s still room for the characters to surprise me (which they occasionally do), but I need to have some idea in my head of where I’m going.
Lori: Ideas literally come from anywhere. I’ve gotten them from billboards, conversations, nonfiction books, documentaries, photos, dreams, daydreams, dares…anywhere. I do outline, but usually wind up changing the outline as I go. My one and only concrete writing rule is that if the characters and outline disagree, the characters always win.
Christina: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?
Marie: I only have one WIP at the moment, and I’m going so slow on it, it barely even counts as “in progress.” It still has a gay character (two, actually), but it isn’t romance, and if it ever gets published, it won’t be under either of my current pen names.
Lori: I’m working on the second book in an upcoming military series. Book one, Just Drive, will be out from Riptide this fall, and the current WIP, Afraid to Fly, won’t be far behind. Also working on some prequels to my menage books, some co-written projects, and a BDSM contemporary that I hope to self-publish before the end of the year.
Deb: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
Marie: I like to redeem my antagonists, so at this point, Jackson from Roped In still needs a story, and Chase from Lost Along the Way needs a story. I’ve also contemplated a sequel to Blind Space, and a third Oestend book. But, my muse if fickle. I can’t promise any of those will ever happen.
Lori: I agree with Marie – we definitely need to write Jackson’s story. And I’ve frequently gone back and thought “Hmm, I should write more about this character.” There are two in-progress sequels to my Mafia book, If The Seas Catch Fire, because I realized Dr. Rojas and Brigida both need their own books. The Wilde’s series has been an ongoing process of “now HE needs a story.”
Christina: If you could speak to any one type of animal, what would it be, and what would you ask it?
Marie: I’d choose to speak to cats so I could ask mine what the fuck her problem is.
Lori: I’d go with cats too, mostly so I can convince Fluffy to stop biting me.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
Marie: The only things I’ll be attending this year are events in Colorado, where I’ll have a vendor booth (along with several other local authors of LGBT fiction): Denver Pride, NoCoPride, and the Colorado Regional Gay Rodeo.
Lori: I’ll be at Euro Pride Con in Berlin on June 11-12 (I’m actually one of the keynote speakers, so color me terrified). After that, I’ll be at the UK Meet in September, and that’ll be it for 2016. I wanted to go to GRL, but two trips to the States in one year is a bit much. Maybe next year!