Two to Wrangle by Victoria Vane #AfternoonDelight

Two to Wrangle by Victoria Vane #AfternoonDelight
Two to Wrangle

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Series: #2 Hotel Rodeo
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Lyrical Shine
Released on February 16, 2016
Pages: 125
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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After where things left off in the first book, I was eager to plunge in and get the rest of the story on Ty and Monica.  Things came to a head between this pair of headstrong, hot, and determined people over Hotel Rodeo, Tom, different ways of doing business, and need to hold people at arm’s length.  Now they are thrown back together again, but this time, can they find a way to make it work?

This book will not do well as a standalone as it connects strongly to the book that came before it.

Ty now has controlling interest in the Hotel Rodeo, but he still is cash poor and can’t start the renovations and plans he has to make it over.  He needs Monica and he needs investors.  Only trouble is that Monica took off and now wants nothing to do with him other than still stubbornly determined to sell out and run back east and his only investor prospect comes through an ex-wife with an agenda of her own.

Ty never wanted to be connected with a woman ever again after his ex, but now he wants Monica to stay and for more than being his business partner.  But can this cocky, bumbling cowboy say and do the right thing to win her over?

This is one of those stories that I enjoyed to a certain point, but whether it was ultimately enjoyable will depend entirely on what comes next in the series.  I liked where it was going, but there was still a lot in the air when it ended abruptly.  I guess this is the ultimate in transition books and leaves me reserving some opinion until I get the rest of the story.

Most of this story was fast and furious.  Ty and Monica brangle, tease, snarl, seduce, and work to connect in a push/pull relationship from cover to cover.  They needed to work things out and then there is the fact that they are both strong-willed and stubborn.  They certainly are hot and the fireworks ensue when they are together.  I liked the moments when they revealed more of their pasts and actually talked and made a connection.  I needed that since much of their story tended to swirl around in a storm of conflicting emotions that it was hard for me to follow.

I had a good time with the swiftly changing settings like the Oklahoma Ranch, Hotel Rodeo, Nat’l Bullriding Championships, and Ty’s special date.  And those encounters with his ex and her ex added some interesting tension.

So, I enjoyed seeing these two untangle their issues and work toward something good, but I definitely have a strong curiosity to see what happens next.  If you like spicy hot modern cowboy romance then I can recommend this series as one to try.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #53 CR
Literary Pickers #52 saddle
Books N Tunes #9 The Righteous Brothers’ Just Once in My Life

About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
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Praise for SLOW HAND
“Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Slow Hand by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page-turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life…”
—Unwrapping Romance

“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy…Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.”
—RT Book Reviews

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. Now I realize why this cover looked familiar as it’s the sequel to Hell on heels. I am glad you enjoyed it, although that comment about your eventual judgement being held off till you have read the rest of the books makes me a bit wary and also curious about what happens. I am glad to hear you leanr mroe about the characters and their past in this book even though it’s fast and furious.

    1. Good catch! Yep, this is the second book. The first one ended abruptly and the story marched right into this one. My thing about the judgment is that I felt so much is still in the middle of the story that it will depend on what happens with those plot threads whether I ultimately like it. This really does read like a serial. I’ve got book three for review so even though it switches main couples, I’m hoping to see what happens with the threads that I needed to see more closure.

    1. I believe so. I didn’t have the background on the stories. I read book one and it was quick and stopped abruptly and now this one did, too. I have book three and noticed that the main characters are two side characters in the first two so I assume it continues with some threads from the first while pursuing another thread as the main one now. But they do feel like a serial more than separate novella stories.