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Praise for the novels of
Wild, Wicked, & Wanton
Wild, Wicked, & Wanton
starts off with a bang and never lets up!”
Just Erotic Reviews
“This is the best erotic novel I have ever read! I absolutely loved it!”
“Jaci Burton’sWild, Wicked, & Wanton
is an invitation to every woman’s wildest fantasies. And it’s an invitation that can’t be ignored.”
Riding on Instinct
“Burns up the pages.”
“Full of intrigue, sexual tension and exhilarating release. Definitely a must-read.”
has it all—action, suspense, romance and sensuality all wrapped up in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you clamoring for the next story in the Wild Riders series!”
Wild on Books
“A sexy, fast-action thrill ride!”
“Kudos to Ms. Burton for creating this exciting new series!”
“Hot, sexy romantic suspense at its best.”
New York Times
“Forget about a cool glass of water; break out the ice! Each page will leave you panting for more.”
“A wild ride is exactly what you will get with this steamy romantic caper. This sexy and sizzling-hot story will leave you breathless and wanting more.”
“A nonstop thrill ride from the first page to the last! Grab a copy ofRiding Wild
and take your own ride on the wild side of life!”
“What an exciting and wonderful book!”
The Romance Studio
is a must-read for anyone who loves sexy romances filled with plenty of action and suspense.”
Kwips and Kritiques
Further praise for the work of
“Burton delivers it all in this hot story—strong characters, an exhilarating plot and scorching sex—and it all moves at a breakneck pace . . . You’ll be drawn so fully into her characters’ world that you won’t want to return to your own.”
“Realistic dialogue, spicy bedroom scenes and a spitfire heroine make this one to pick up and savor.”
New York Times
“Lively and funny . . . The sex is both intense and loving; you can feel the connection that both the hero and heroine want to deny in every word and touch between them. I cannot say enough good things about this book.”
The Road to Romance
“Exciting, intense. A ride you don’t want to miss. [It] will leave you breathless.”
New York Times
“A fabulous read. [Burton] delivers in every possible way.”
A Romance Review
“Sizzling-hot sex that will have you panting. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a hot read.”
The Romance Studio
“One hot novel that I could not put down until the last word. This story has it all: mind- boggling sex, unique and unforgettable characters and a wonderful plot that will grip your heart . . . Raw, dynamic, explosive. Wow!”
Just Erotic Romance Reviews
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I. Sisters—Fiction. II. Women ranchers—Fiction. III. Ranchers—Fiction. IV. Title.
To my husband, Charlie,
the roughest, toughest cowboy a woman
ever had the luck to fall in love with.
You are and always have been my hero.
To my editor, Kate Seaver—thank you for the time you spent brainstorming this book. Your ideas and insights are so helpful and I always enjoy plotting books with you.
To my agent, Kimberly Whalen—thank you for all that you do to keep me sane, even when I’m a giant pain in the butt. Which I know is often.
To the Writeminded Readers—you are all heroines in so many ways. Thank you for always being there when I need a smile, a laugh and a pick-me-up.
To some very amazing women who have done some very special things for me: Fatin, Jamie and Azteclady—“thank you” just never seems like enough.
To Maya Banks, who talks me down off the ledge more than anyone I know. You have no idea how much I appreciate your always being there to listen.
valerie mcmasters didn’t know if the old adage
“you can’t go home again” was true or not, but as far as she was concerned, the thought of home made her want to turn tail and run like hell. Yet here she was, pulling into the Bar M Ranch, a place she swore she’d never come back to again.
She parked her car under the giant blackjack oak tree, several steps back from the sprawling, two-story white frame house where she’d lived since she was born. It had been two long years since she’d last been here. She wanted to get a full-on view of the place, to take it in like a picture.
The late afternoon sun rained down on the gray-shingled roof, highlighting the three gabled windows arranged in neat order along the second story. Her, Brea’s and Jolene’s bedrooms. When they were kids, all three of them had climbed out those windows at night and sat on the slanted roof to watch the stars and talk.
Shaking off the memories, Valerie grabbed her suitcases out of the trunk, walked through the front door, set her bags down in the gleaming, polished hall and realized that it wouldn’t have mattered how long she’d been gone.
Nothing would ever change at the Bar M Ranch. Not the layout of the house, the dusty ride up the long road, the mooing cows greeting her as she took the winding drive along the property line or the barking dogs that wound through her legs as she maneuvered her way to the front door.
The only thing different today was that her uncle Ronald was dead. She wouldn’t have to deal with his disapproving looks and his condemnation, or hear his lectures about how she should have stayed on the ranch and how disappointed her parents would have been in her for leaving.
Not that his opinion on things had ever mattered to her anyway. He’d always been full of shit and she’d been old enough to know better. Her parents had loved her. They would have wanted what was best for her, would have understood why she left. Uncle Ronald never knew her at all, never understood how hard it was for her to be here. No one understood.
His funeral was tomorrow. Not that she’d shed a tear for the old bastard, even if he was her father’s brother. She’d cried enough when her parents had died, when she and her sisters had to have a double funeral and put both their mother and father in the ground on the same day.