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REVIEW: Cowboy Fling by Sherry James

Dear Ms James,

cowboyfling_msr2.jpgYippee, hooray, happy days. It’s a plain, hot, contemporary from Ellora’s Cave and something I thought was a thing of the past: an EC novel that does not feature a storyline about joining a bondage club or suddenly finding oneself hooked up with a fated alien/vampire/whatever mate! Bless you.

Paige Holister had hoped that her wilder twin sister Dorie would forget about the pact they made five years ago. No joy. Now it’s their thirtieth birthday and time for each of them to pick three of the sexual fantasies they’ve written down and make them come true. Paige finds herself with three days to fulfill her fantasies or pay her sister $1000 for each one not done. Good thing for her that Dorie is a travel agent who can get Paige out to Wyoming in a hurry so she can 1) have sex with a cowboy 2) have sex in public (hopefully with a cowboy) and 3) have sex with a tied up (cowboy) lover. Timid Paige is just about ready to venture into the rodeo crowds when her cowboy lands on the hood of her rental car.

A little bit banged up from his fight with another man, Lane Hart checks out the sweet, young thang offering to bandage him up. The heat between them is mutual and when Paige propositions him for three days of hot, no strings sex, Lane can’t believe his luck. His only requirement is that she fulfill one of his fantasies along the way. But three steaming days and nights later, will these two take a chance on what they might have found together? And most importantly, did Lane remove his spurs?

A good online friend of mine loves cowboys, which is a problem for her since she’s English and they’re not exactly falling out of trees there. I think she’d love Cheyenne Frontier Days. But I think she’d split a gut at Paige’s dachshund.jpg nickname for her pet, Napoleon. Calling a dog Nappy even makes me cringe a little. Of course she could dress him up a little to fit in with the natives. But I do question why Nappy was in the story since he disappears for long stretches at a time. And did you have to make Paige so timid? Her change to the wet thong queen of Wyoming was awfully fast.

When I read a shorter, erotica novella, I tend to automatically suspend belief but with your story, that wasn’t as necessary. Love at first sight doesn’t usually work well for me but here it did. Though I was happy that the epilogue shows these two still getting to know each other and not rushing for the alter. I do wonder if after only four weeks of practice, Paige would be able to lasso Lane for their hot encounter in the barn but what the heck, I enjoyed reading about these two. B



Dear Ms. James:

Now for a different perspective. My first thought when I started this book was whether you could be a twin and be plain? Paige was described as plain compared to her twin. There was no mention that the two were fraternal twins so I felt that it was more appropriate to characterize Paige as feeling plain, rather than being plain.

I had a hard time buying the love at first sight. It would have worked better for me had there been some time lapse because I felt that there was some lingering feeling by Lane for his ex-fiance. He seemed so disturbed by the situation, it was too painful to talk about at one point.

I thought some of the language was a bit melodramatic and purpley:

By the desire he’d felt brewing in her body, and now the anger turning her eyes a deeper shade of green, he’d say there was one spirited filly lying deep in her soul, dying for the chance to run.

This short story was serviceable. I thought it was better when it was lighthearted given the brevity of the story. It’s hard to buy a couple falling in love, particularly when the one guy seems to be nursing a heartache. The story was compressed into three days and while I can see falling in love with a place, a huge life decision did not seem believable in this time frame.

I thought it was weird too that the dog was in there part of the story and then mostly forgotten about for the rest. What was the point of the dog? C+

Best regards,


Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Teddy Pig
    May 18, 2007 @ 16:13:42

    That was fast!

    You want to watch a strange dog incident movie watch Avalon

    The Basset hound is the cutest thing till he suddenly up and disappears only to reappear later.

  2. LinM
    May 18, 2007 @ 17:25:25

    I really like the double reviews. Intellectually, I’m glad that this is a review of an e-pub although the events of the last 3 weeks have left me disinclined to purchase any e-pub’s. I only wanted to comment on Jane’s opening remark:

    My first thought when I started this book was whether you could be a twin and be plain

    Uhhh — I don’t know why I have been blessed with so many relationships with identical twins (family, friends, school. work) but my own experiences say that personality trumps genetics every time. So I question “changing places” novels but I have no trouble believing that one identical twin is beautiful and the other is plain.

  3. Jayne
    May 18, 2007 @ 17:45:41

    This isn’t a “changing places” novel. Paige’s sister Dorie urges her to go out and fulfill her sexual fantasies but Paige doesn’t take Dorie’s place nor have a fling with anyone Dorie knows. It’s more an “emerging butterfly” plot.

  4. LinM
    May 18, 2007 @ 17:59:11

    My bad (in my daughter’s outgrown vocab) . Both reviews let me know that this was NOT a “changing places” story. I just wanted to comment that my own experience with identical twins make “changing places” stories very unlikely and “ugly duckling to swan” stories very plausible.

  5. Jane
    May 18, 2007 @ 20:36:28

    Ahh, and I like the changing places stories. Hee. Do you remember the Jude Deveraux book. . . . I can’t remember the name now, but it had the hot twins and how you knew which girl was the TROOO Love because she could tell the twins apart?

  6. Laura
    May 18, 2007 @ 22:55:54

    I looked at this and decided not to get it because of the dog. Not because it’s named Nappy, but….what kind of nitwit takes their daschaund(sp?) along on their big seduction/fantasy weekend? Out of town? What was the poor thing supposed to do, sit in the hotel room and watch? At least she didn’t have it in a sweater, or a little sombrero.

  7. Jayne
    May 19, 2007 @ 06:48:14

    And what’s worse about Nappy is that Paige lives in Georgia and the story mainly takes place in Wyoming. So that’s one transcontinental flight in baggage for him. Then, at the end (after 3 days), Nappy ends up back on a plane while Paige stays in Wyoming for four more weeks. Two long flights for this poor dog then he’s probably going to have to do it again once Paige moves out West.

  8. LinM
    May 19, 2007 @ 07:18:17

    Do you remember the Jude Deveraux book. . . .

    Nope – I had a 25+ year romance reading slump – missed the 80’s, 90’s and the early 00’s. Spent 2005 glomming a lot of backlists but the Deveraux book most recommended is “Knight in Shining Armor” and that didn’t catch my fancy so no Deveraux.

    So that's one transcontinental flight in baggage …

    What she didn’t buy the dog a ticket? I’ve flown beside pets in the main cabin – now I wonder if you can still do this?

  9. Charlene Teglia
    May 19, 2007 @ 15:58:56

    This looks fun. Giddyup!

    My favorite Deveraux book is The Raider. Nothing like a hot man in a mask!

  10. Nicolette Rivers
    May 19, 2007 @ 18:19:37

    LinM —

    Dogs can ride in the cabin if they can fit in a small carrier, and the traveler — the human one, that is — needs to advise the airline in advance as they might have limits on how many pets they allow in the cabin. Usually under 6 or 7.

    Interestingly enough, if you buy your pet a space in *cargo* the airline can refuse last minute if the weather is deemed unsuitable — extreme heat or cold.

    Um, and the book sounds interesting, even if the dachshund was probably traumatized by all the naughty.

  11. Shannon Stacey
    May 19, 2007 @ 20:39:42

    Charli, did you see the Barbie and Ken they made from The Raider? So funny!

  12. Charlene Teglia
    May 19, 2007 @ 20:52:00

    What? No! Where’s the link? I need linkage!

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