My Review: Buckled by Pam Godwin

My Review:  Buckled by Pam GodwinBuckled by Pam Godwin
Series: Trails of Sin #2
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Genres: cowboy, Dark, hate-to-love, Romance
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I protect what’s mine.
The ranch, my family, our buried secrets.

Nothing will stop me from reassembling the life that went terribly wrong.
Not the law.
Not our enemies.
Not even Maybe Quinn.

The gorgeous, quarrelsome journalist shouldn’t have meddled.
I shouldn’t have let her stay.
But she’s hiding something in those deceptive blue eyes.
Something deeper than her thirst for a news story.

I make a deal with her to buy time.
To unravel her lies. To play with her. To satisfy my darker appetites.
When she buckles beneath my belt, I’ll send her away.
Unless I buckle first.

My Review

Buckled by Author Pam Godwin is book two in the Trails of Sin series.  It is an enemies-to-lovers novel.  It is not a standalone, and should only be read after reading book one in the series.

“You got some fire beneath those prissy clothes.”

We first met Maybe and Jarret in Knotted. Their connection was so intriguing that I was dying to get their story, and so exited when it appeared on my Kindle.  Maybe Quinn is after a story.  She has no idea that in her search for the perfect story, she’d meet her perfect match. Jarret Holsten is the smokin’ hot cowboy that she never expected to come into her life and turn it every which way but loose.

“We don’t just love. We love hard, with every bone, sinew, and breath in our bodies.”

Combustible!  I didn’t even have to get two chapters into this novel to know that Maybe and Jarret were going to burn up the entire state of Oklahoma before their story was finished. These two hated their attraction.   Loathed their primal desires.  Author Pam Godwin packed a punch of heat and want when she created Maybe and Jarret.

“A man cannot be good unless he possesses the capacity to be evil. Decency is a choice. It’s being tempted by hatred and following a different path no matter how difficult. It’s looking inward with a magnifying glass and acknowledging the flaws and weaknesses in one’s character.”

Every part of this novel called to the cowboy lover in me. The swagger.  The body definition.  The protectiveness.  The staunch realism.  These things drove the story away from a sweet western straight into dangerously sexy cowboy lust.

“So strong is the barbed wire that stitches us together that the process of separating myself from him leaves behind bleeding, shredded hunks.”

There was one point in this novel where the world stopped.  No movement.  No sound. No vibrating rhythm. Just deafening and soul-shattering silence.  I sat and stared and silently cried, an ache so strong in my heart that it felt like the elephant in the room finally emerged and landed straightaway on my chest.  Thank goodness, Pam Godwin had mercy on me and didn’t leave me hanging there, giving an ending that was definitive for these two and opened up the road for our next cowboy to break through.

“What the hell is happening? There’s attraction. There’s sexual desire. Then there’s this. It’s curiosity and gravity and some kind of illogical magnetism that makes my heart beat with the impulse to claim and possess.”

Buckled was one of the hottest, sexiest, most heady cowboy novels I’ve read.  Kudos to Author Pam Godwin for amping it up for book two of this series.


4.5 Stars

About Pam Godwin

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her

husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen

countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her

favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered

more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.


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