“Boots and Twisters” by Myla Jackson

 photo Boots-and-Twisters-by-Myla-Jackson1_zps95c727f8.jpgTwo ranchers are about to get Lucky—in more ways than one.

Ugly Stick Saloon, Book 7

Lucky Albright’s unlucky streak is so long and wide that she’s been run out of one town and it looks like it may happen again.

When she finds herself out of money and out of gas in Temptation, Texas, a part-time job from the kind owner of the Ugly Stick Saloon gives her a glimmer of hope that this time things will be different.

Trent Jameson and Isaac Moore have always believed you make your own luck, but a black cloud of disaster seems to hover over their new hand. Under a tumbling stack of hay, Isaac discovers what Lucky’s hiding beneath baggy clothes and a tough exterior. Enough sexy curves to satisfy both men’s appetites.

But it isn’t long before Lucky’s history starts wreaking havoc all over town. It’ll take a force of nature to help the ranchers convince the law, the Garden Club—even Lucky herself—that now is no time to hit the road.

I received this copy as part of a blog tour/from the author Myla Jackson, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

I LOVED the book. In fact I couldn’t put it down from start to finish! I adored Lucky, she was a strong female character, which I require in a book for me to enjoy reading it!

Lucky runs out of gas in the parking lot of the Ugly Stick Saloon.  She’s anything but lucky.  In fact she had been ran out of her home and the town she lived, when the people there thought she was bringing horrible luck to them!  Which bad things HAD been happening. Such as the library burning down and someone running their truck into the side of a historical building.  Lucky just happened to be in the area of all the things that were happening.  Did this mean it was her fault or she was bad luck? It doesn’t really go into detail, so we are left to wonder the events that led up to these incidents.

When she runs out of gas, she’s parked behind other vehicles. So she proceeds to rectify that, which in turn sets off a chain of events!  When it’s all said and done, she knows she needs to approach whoever it is she wronged, to make things right.  That’s when she meets Trent.  At first people thought she was a man, since she was dressed as one.  Trent however seen right through the facade and pinned her to the wall.  They were both extremely attracted to each other, but Lucky was on a mission to find someone specific.  Trent said he’d let her go for a kiss. Would Lucky pay his price? Or did she have other means of getting away?

Once she had finished with Trent, she found the owner of the Saloon.  One thing led to another and there were a LOT of unlucky events, but Lucky was able to find work as a ranch hand on a ranch owned by an equally sexy man, named Isaac.  He offered her a place to stay as well.  He had a co-owner of the ranch, who she’d meet later.  Lucky had been so alone and she felt such a strong connection with Isaac. But he was now her boss….

My final thoughts: I flippin’ loved this book!  I’d definitely read more from this author.  However I have to be honest and say I DID have some issues with the story.

  1. In the beginning, Lucky is written as a character with little sexual experience, yet she really comes alive fast!
  2. The “Sweet Tea and Grits!” moments…ugh.  It makes her sound ridiculous and an over exaggeration of her being a southerner.  I found it to be a distraction from the story.
  3. After the tornado.  What happens, while the biggest prude of the town, who called her a whore and everyone else, watched.  I understand things had changed, but I find it hard to believe they’d changed THAT much! I felt the audience should have been removed from the area beforehand.

Other than that…I LOVED IT!!

~Robin Malone


Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 6: It’s the issues I mentioned that bring down this score.
  • Characterization – 8
  • Style – 8
  • Threshold Quality – 8
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 40: This would “technically” be a 4 Star rating based on the score. But this is the toughest rating I’ve ever had to give.  I don’t feel it is quite a 5 Star book. Had it not had the issues I’d had with it, then it definitely would’ve been rated a 5 star.  However it did.  But it’s also not a 4 Star book. It deserves better than that.  Therefore I am breaking from tradition and giving it:

4.5 Stars!