Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Broken Fences by Kelly Gendron

Broken Fences (TroubleMaker, #1)** 4.5 out of 5 Stars **

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**

Colden Saint James, Dusty Owens, and a single night of passion had equaled to poor old Mr. McAllister's broken fence.  Add six years, a troublemaking photo, and there's not a fence in Texas that's gonna be safe...

It took Dusty Owens two years to land Colden "Saint" James, even if it was for only one night, but the very next day, he was gone.  Now, years later, the "Saint" has returned, but he's no longer the do-gooder rookie cop Dusty Remembers.  

Dusty Owens always had a way of making every single one of Colden's man parts go all hard.  He'd been so close to falling for the girl before he'd left Odessa.  Now, due to a troublemaking photo, Colden must return to his hometown to keep her safe.  Trouble is, he's a different man--not to mention the change.  Well, it's gonna cause all kinds of problems where Dusty Owens and all of his man parts are concerned.

MY REVIEW...



You know it's gonna be a good book when the first line has you thinking "What the ..."!

The loud squeal may have jilted her heart, but it was the flying pig that stopped Dusty Owens dead in her tracks...

Yeah, I was hooked...and laughing hysterically.  Broken Fences was an awesome book and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I grabbed me from page one and I was hooked from that point on.  I read late into last night and finished up this morning.  You have a heroine who's smart, funny, and takes no prisoners where anyone is concerned...especially Colden.  You have a hero who has been in love with the same girl for years regardless of the distance and years spent away from each other.  He's just ruthless enough that he'll do what he has to in making her swing his way.  These two were made for each other but circumstances outside of their control tore them apart before they even had a chance to really get started.  The sexual chemistry between these two is off the charts.  I was fanning myself at times!  The book is written in dual POV so we get both sides of their story.  At times I wanted to throw my Kindle because all he had to do was tell her how he felt.  I wanted to shake her at times too because she's to dang stubborn for her own good.  I loved the ending even though it left a lot to be desired.  I felt like it just ended and I didn't get to see what happened.  I was happy with it though.

Things I loved:

  1. The humor and banter between Colden and Dusty
  2. The pace and excitement in the book
  3. The quotes
  4. The ending...to a point
I'm giving Broken Fences 4.5 stars because it's a great book and a quick read that leaves you feeling happy with a smile on your face.  If you're looking for something quick with enough excitement and drama to keep you entertained and drawn in then take a chance on this baby...it's worth it!

BOOK SUMMARY...

Dusty is pretty.  We don't get a great description but you can tell from the way Colden talks about her.  She owns a bar and works hard.  She's smart, witty, sassy and a complete smarta**.  She's got no problem letting someone know how she feels.  Her only regret is Colden.  He's the guy she fell in love with and lost the day after he took her innocence.

Colden is a 30 year old undercover cop working with the FBI to bring down a gun smuggler.  He has green eyes, a sexy smile, and tattoos everywhere.  He's a lot different than the young man who left home 6 years before.  His life has made him into a man and a strong and alpha male at that.  Now he's cocky and has no problem asking and then taking what he wants.  He's overly protective to the point of being possessive when it comes to Dusty.  He always has been but it's worse than ever.  He's been in love with Dusty for years.  He's also dominate and controlling in all things including the bedroom.


First a little history...

Dusty chased after Colden for 2 years and after one night of making him insanely jealous he gave into what he always felt for her.  His life, her life, her virginity and a fence would never be the same.  She'd finally gotten the man she wanted only to find out he was gone the next day.  He was called away on assignment never thinking it would be 6 years before he made it back home.  She's crushed when he leaves but begins to move on when his brother tells her that he's married with 3 kids.

The book begins when she's confronting her cousin's fiance who happens to be Colden's younger brother.  Someone tells her to take it easy on him and when she turns around she comes face to face with the man who left her behind.  They somehow end up making a bet based on who can ride the mechanical bull the longest.  If he wins she has to grant him one wish.  He does end up winning but doesn't make his request known in the beginning.  These two have insane chemistry and he's not even trying to hide it.  He wants her and much to her dismay she wants him just as bad.

He's shows up at her door at 2 am to claim his wish.  He tells her he's in town for two weeks for his brother's wedding and while there he will be staying with her.  I laughed at this because this guy has no problem just barging into her life.  We find out that he's really in town to protect her and has been for 4 days.  His cover has been blown with his assignment and because he broke protocol and carried a picture of the two of them around in his wallet, she's in danger.  The picture comes up missing.  He did this because he couldn't let her go.  She's been his since the day he laid eyes on her but she doesn't know it.  He also finds out that she thinks he's married and she feels safe because he won't overstep because of his wife.



He's not married and he doesn't tell her this until the next morning when he has her trapped on the counter between his legs.  Things get out of hand and they almost have sex on the table before he realizes what he's doing and backs off.  He doesn't take kindly to her vendors at the bar hugging her either.  His thoughts had me rolling.  He's all "who does this guy think he is that he can touch what's mine."  She hasn't figured out that he never wanted to leave her and that he's as much in love with her now as he was then.

Things get out of hand again between them in an opera house.  She pretty much comes undone with him on the stairwell.  Once they arrive back at her house for what promises to be an interesting night she finds her door unlocked.  It doesn't take her long to realize that Colden isn't exactly what he says he is.  There's a guy in her house that's there to kill them both but Colden handles the situation.  In the process of doing so he scares her to death and her only thought is trying to get away from him.  He ends up having to shoot out her tire as she escapes.  This is after she's made him tie himself up while pointing his own gun at him.

He pretty much kidnaps her and goes on the run for a few days.  She's terrified of him and tries to get away but he's not having it.  They end up holed up in a no tell motel a few hours away from home.  The first night he realizes that she's not scared of the situation but of him and he can't take it.  He tells her to be scared of what he feels for her but no him.  They spend a few days in the motel where they of course end up having explosive sex that has been building between them since he walked back into town.  Even with the sex she knows she can't have him.  As he takes her home he decides he's going to tell her exactly how he feels about her.  He has to check in with his boss first but promises to return in a couple of hours.  Plans change and he ends up on a plane headed back to where he came from.  She's devastated that's he left her again.

He's not gone long and when he returns he goes straight to her.  She angry but they end up having sex on the pool table in her bar.  These two really can't keep their hands off each other.  She's angry the next day as they attend the wedding but he can't really talk to her.  He tries on the dance floor but she ends up walking away from him.  After the reception they end up having more sex on her desk and then she breaks down and cries while he holds her.  She is hurting because she realizes that she's in love with him and he's leaving the next day.  He doesn't know what's going on and instead of making her tell him he just drives her home and tells her he's not going anywhere anytime soon and they will talk the next day.

The following morning she has to give her statement to his boss and while they are talking the picture Colden carried in his wallet falls to the floor.  She gets a good look at it and the way he's looking at her in it before his boss explains about the photo.  When she arrives home he's working on a fence in her front yard...symbolic of fixing what he broke.  When she asks him about the picture he tells her it's a picture of him and his wife the first time they met.  Then he tells her he's in love with her and always has been and he's not going anywhere without her.

That's where it ends.  I liked the ending but I would have loved an epilogue a year or so down the road with them married and some babies or something.  It was still awesome though!

My Colden / Dusty

 
Favorite quotes:

"You've gotta be kidding me!! Are you Rambo or something?  What other deadly weapons are you carrying around in those pants of yours, St James?"
"Wouldn't you like to know, Dusty girl."