BOOTED, Book #3 in the TRAILS OF SIN series
Genre: Dark Cowboy Romance
Series: HEAs with no cliffhangers. Each book is a different couple. Must be read in order.
The night I’m released from prison, she’s in my bed.
It’s been eight years since I touched a woman, and the Native American beauty is half-dressed, beaten, bruised, and devastatingly exquisite.
We’re toxic together, but we want the same things. Blood. Vengeance.
Violent relief in a warm body.
Beneath her touch, I’m alive.
Against her skin, I’m redeemed.
Buried inside her, I forget the past.
Until the past takes her from me.
Prison made me cold, but losing Raina makes me cruel. Ruthless. Unforgiving.
I killed before. For her, I’ll kill again.
I’ll end this once and for all or die in my boots.
TRAILS OF SIN Series
I cannot adequately express how desperate I was for Lorne’s story after it was revealed who his heroine would be; to be honest, I didn’t quite understand how Pam Godwin was going to bring these two together, knowing who Raina had been spending her time with and the fact that, that very man put in motion the event that led to Lorne’s imprisonment. But I trusted Godwin’s pairing and I knew that she would explain as well as prove to me that Lorne and Raina were the only two people who could heal one another, despite their pasts and the present demons they still need to fight.
The Lorne and Raina readers meet at the beginning of Booted are not the ones we say goodbye to when their story and the series ends. These two are like feral and wounded animals when Lorne is released from prison and Raina is brought back to the ranch after Maybe rescued her. They’ve both been imprisoned in life-changing ways, which means that returning to everyday living is beyond difficult, and Godwin captures this fact by the way that Raina initially characterizes Lorne and it’s through her perspective that readers understand how Lorne’s changed and what her ability to truly see him means for their underlying connection.
Readers will appreciate the fact that Raina shares her story with Lorne close to the beginning; Godwin doesn’t stretch things out or go too far passed what readers need in order to understand everything that’s happening and why Raina and Lorne are the only ones who can fend off each other’s demons and heal one another in ways that they never imagined possible as they went through their individual hells.
Lorne’s relationship with his sister and Jarret and Jake is another pivotal aspect of his and Raina’s story, and Pam Godwin illustrates the steps that all of them take to not only reconnect but also to be able to let go of everything that has happened to them and all that they’ve endured due to the decisions and actions of two men who were supposed to love them unconditionally. It’s a slow process, especially since Lorne finds reacclimatizing into this new version of his old life extremely difficult, but Lorne, Conor, Jake, and Jarret have always fought for everything they got and they’ve held steadfast to the pact they made that awful night that irrevocably changed all of their lives. And, now that their unit of 4 has extended to 5 with Maybe and perhaps 6 if Raina and Lorne can figure out their place in each other’s lives, there’s a lot of love and happiness to experience and I feel like together, these 6 can do whatever it takes to get their lives that they were always supposed to have.
I LOVED every part of this story even though it overwhelmed my emotions, my senses, and my state of mind. What these two tortured souls endured and how they work through their issues together, healing one another’s bodies, their minds, and their souls in that order is extraordinarily precious and Pam Godwin gives her characters that gift, even if Lorne and Raina have to fight each other, themselves, and the devils who still want their way with the two of them.
It’s impossible not to be swept away by Pam Godwin’s flawless storytelling and carefully constructed characters. Her prose always leaves me in awe because she is a master at meticulously stringing words and sentences together and that’s what draws me in as a reader and keeps me coming back to her dark worlds time and time again because even if the story is beyond jacked up and then some, I’ll always read whatever she writes because she definitely knows how to immerse her readers into her stories, even if they’re holding on for dear life every step of the way;)
5+ Poison Apples
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.