Friday, 11 December 2009

Review – Texas Surrender © Claire Thompson


Title: Texas Surrender

Author: Claire Thompson

Publisher: Romance Unbound Publishing

Main Character: JD Reed & Avery Dalton

When JD Reed shows up at the Circle R horse ranch, Avery Dalton is fully prepared to hate his guts. Tapped by his aunt to help out at the horse ranch, the greenhorn thinks he can just step in and run the show, but Avery's not having any. JD's got a line on Avery's secret, though barely acknowledged, need to be sexually dominated. A loner used to making his own way, Avery will be damned before he submits to the arrogant Yankee.

JD Reed can never resist a challenge, and Avery Dalton is no exception. Determined to seduce and claim the tattooed, tough guy, JD teases and taunts his prey until he goes too far. In a battle of wills that turns physical, the sexual tension seething just below the surface explodes like a Texas tornado that sweeps them both off their feet.


JD knew this was his first test. He headed toward the tack room, where he retrieved a pitchfork, a stable broom, a shovel and a wheelbarrow. He found some work gloves and put them on.

He could see by the patterns in the bedding that Kassie was restless—it was mostly pushed to the walls, the center nearly bare of straw. Working quickly, he scooped out the soiled bedding and manure, pushing the clean straw to one side. The wheelbarrow was nearly full by the time he was done.

Wheeling it to the manure pile, he saw Avery leading a bay stallion from the stable on the other side of the mating pen. He was a beautiful animal, with a coat of dark mahogany, his mane and tail black.

Kassie was standing by the fence, and upon closer inspection, JD saw she was tethered there, her back legs hobbled with rope. She was pawing the dirt with her front paws, turning back to gaze balefully at the General as he was led into the pen.

JD hurried back inside, eager to finish the stall before the action started. Retrieving fresh straw from the loft, he scattered it on the clay floor, blending it with what clean bedding remained.

He glanced at the wheelbarrow, telling himself he'd hose it down and put away the cleaning equipment later. He strode toward the mating pen, moving to stand beside Avery who was leaning against the outside of fence.

"Hey," JD said, coming to stand beside him.

Avery grunted a greeting without turning to look at him. He was focused on the horses. The General was sniffing at Kassie's tail. She tossed her silver mane and whinnied as she pulled against her restraints.

All at once the bay reared up on his hind legs, his huge, erect cock pointing like a divining rod toward the tethered mare. Falling against her, he maneuvered himself to enter her while she jerked and shimmied beneath him in a futile effort to dislodge him.

Leaning his long, powerfully-muscled neck over hers, he bit down, and Kassie stilled. Both men watched the stallion's thrusting movements. JD glanced sidelong at Avery, wondering what it would be like to bind his ankles to the fence like Kassie's, pulling the rope up between his legs and using it like a bridle to rein him in while he fucked him standing up.

JD moved closer to Avery, so close their shoulders were touching. Avery didn't move away. JD could feel the electricity shooting between them like a lightning storm. If he'd dared, he would have pulled Avery close then and there and yanked down his jeans.

Instead, his eyes fixed on the mating animals, he said softly, "Imagine it, Avery. Imagine being tied down like that and taken against your will. What's that like, do you ever wonder? What it would feel like to be bound, helpless in your restraints while someone used you for his pleasure?"

He knew he was going over the line with a man he barely knew, but his gut told him Avery would respond, based on his reaction to the pain comment the night before. JD's cock was itching for attention and the image of Avery, kneeling right there and then to service him, only made it harder. JD couldn't help the smile that curled onto his lips when he glanced down at Avery's crotch, which left no question as to the effect his questions had had upon him.

Texas Surrender © Claire Thompson




Bad luck comes in three, at least that's how the saying goes – but sometimes  there is a deal breaker. When JD Reed had a  run of bad luck first with his job, then with his current lover and to top it off – a personal lose, he thought how much worst can this get.

It can get worse or it can get really better if the eye candy that is Avery Dalton the man on his aunts ranch is any thing to go by. JD is a member of the BDSM lifestyle and he knows what he want and how to go about getting what he wants, the one thing he is not up for however is forcing someone to do something that they are not willing to do. Caught between a rock and a hard place in helping his aunt with the ranch when his uncle dies and getting on with his life, JD – knows it was going to be difficult because no matter how hard the life of a chef was, the manually labour of farm work is an entirely different matter.

Looking at Avery makes JD days bearable, but Avery was not about to play nice when there was work to be done. JD knows what he wants and he also knows that Avery needs what he wants even if he doesn’t know it yet.

Avery Dalton the  ranch hand who has seen more life than he care to talk about is in an unsure position, with not knowing what will happen to his job and his home. When he meets JD, all it meant to him was just another person to waste his time and as a relative he would be the boss of the spread for the duration. The JD that he built up in his mind and the JD that he got for the next two mornings are two totally different people and JD is not about to make Avery forget it.

Avery does not know if he is ready for what JD is offering and he can’t resist as JD seems to know him better than he even know himself, but life for the two was more than just about who tied who to the bed at nights and this is where the true problem lays

If you are looking for an author that takes the time with not only a plot, but characters and a built up – Claire Thompson is one author I can say for a fact give a try.

When I started this book  I knew there was going to be BDSM material in there somewhere, the story starts off immediately with a angsty moment. A few pages later in and I went through a whole range of emotions surprises, regret for circumstances, sorrow for a lose, that panicky feeling of uncertainty and the shuddering feel of that first look, that first touch – that idea that something big was about to happen and I could not stop it.

This was how much of this authors talent came through in this book. She put two men before me, JD Reed with his quite confidence and take charge attitude, who was wanting to do the right thing but knows he has a life he needs to carve out for himself – mix that in with him wanting someone so much yet even in his certainty he is unsure of his reception.

Then there is Avery, I fell for Avery for his name and he did not let me down. Avery is in his own eyes a self made man, from the moment he could do for himself he has worked hard and even when the odds look set against him – he worked hard. His sole focus now is on the day to day running of the  Circle R horse ranch but when he is put in a position of having JD around he is made by JD to look at a part of is sexuality that he has never thought he would have to.Recommended Read = Badge

What follows from there is a journey of trust on a scale that only the purest of heart can know as JD literally takes Avery by the hand and led him through the uncharted territory of self awareness, pain, pleasure and eventually total self satisfaction, then there is anger, as men – things like the gentle touch does not come easily, especially when it’s tempered with naivety and the fact that only so much room can be given to naturally expectation after that there is only an emotional high and both JD and Avery have to roll with those punches.

TEXAS SURRENDER is not all about Avery and JD, family interaction, life expectations and challenges makes up a few scenes and these are not only scenes for the sake of filler – they tied the book together beautifully and they give that realistic feel to the whole thing.

Ms Thompson bring a freshness to the BDSM scenes for me, I have read loads of BDSM, fetishes and all other manner of books – but the approach Thompson takes with this book as well as the time and patience that she invest in these two men to not only give them a chance grow and to experience their all, but also leave them enough room to opt out without losing face and this only makes the book a winner with me.

Ms Thompson also round up this book nicely as well, no five minute sprint to the finish line did I get with this book – all the storylines got resolved – there was assured HEA and I felt good about leaving them at the place where they were.


17 Speak To Me:

Janna on 11 December 2009 at 23:40 said...

I can only agree with you when you write 'If you are looking for an author that takes the time with not only a plot, but characters and a built up...'
This was def the case in Switch too, the one book I've read by Claire Thompson. Texas Surrender is already waiting on my TBR pile.
Looking forward to it!
Thanks for the great review hon!

Anonymous said...

I've loved everything that I've read by Thompson, and this book sounds delectable. I can't resist D/s cowboy manlove. I've got to get this one soon.

Chris on 12 December 2009 at 00:27 said...

Oh, good, I hate the "zOMG! The book must end NOW rush that tries to tie everything up in a page...

Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2009 at 00:36 said...

Hey Janna..

I looked at Switch after I read this books but then (was swayed)decided on getting Wicked Heart.. as I love how the blurb gave the hint of nasty and nice in the office...

I will get around to Switch - probably after Handyman, because I love the cover on that one...


Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2009 at 00:40 said...


I read her work years ago - and I can't figure why I stopped..

But very please with my second intro to her work...

Texas Surrender was a good read for me...


Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2009 at 00:43 said...


I swear I need a dictionary for you...

I do get what you mean though -I see more and more authors tying up three or four story lines in the same amount of pages...

This was a welcome change...

Hope Kitten mommy and her charges are enjoying the weekend...


Sophia (FV) on 12 December 2009 at 06:32 said...

Wow great review. Definitely one I'll want to put on my to read list. :)

Blodeuedd on 12 December 2009 at 07:23 said...

I do like the sound of this, cowboys, always makes me think of Brokeback M. Well for the exception of that BDSM then

Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2009 at 08:14 said...


I think you will be pleased with this - it's one of those reads that flow, so one sitting and you're through...


Erotic Horizon on 12 December 2009 at 08:16 said...


yup - Same sort of set up, exploration and finding what they never knew they were looking for..

Have a good weekend hon.


Andi Anderson on 12 December 2009 at 23:58 said...

I really enjoy Claire Thompson's books. I've had this one in my TBR files for a while. I'll have to bump it up!
Great review as always, EH!

Lily on 13 December 2009 at 00:13 said...

I have enjoyed the other books I've read by Claire and am really looking forward to this one. Great review!

SusiSunshine on 13 December 2009 at 10:44 said...

Sounds wonderful. I so have to get this one!
Great review!

Erotic Horizon on 13 December 2009 at 21:11 said...


I really want to hear what you think of Texas Surrender.

I think I am gonig to be starting the New Year with a new set of books..


Erotic Horizon on 13 December 2009 at 21:12 said...


Kick me up the butt next time I drag my foot on a good authors work...


Erotic Horizon on 13 December 2009 at 21:14 said...


I'm sure you'll love this and hopefully the authors style..


Sassy Brit @ on 25 January 2010 at 10:56 said...

Hi EH!

I just added the link to your review to our AR one! :)