Hogtied by Holly Bargo
Welcome to my blog tour stop for Hogtied by Holly Bargo and hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours. I jumped at the chance to read about a motorcycle club romance since my significant other is a Harley rider who custom builds motorcycles. Come along for the ride, enjoy my review and sign up for the giveaway.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Cowgirl meets biker … what could go wrong?
When a biker shoots her sister’s prize steer, champion roper Melanie goes after him. Unfortunately, she doesn’t think it through, and that hot temper puts her squarely in Hammer’s sights. Melanie’s ire only increases when Hammer defuses the dangerous situation by claiming her as his property. If the former Marine and now sergeant-at-arms of the Black Ice Revolution MC thinks she’s his for the taking, he’s sadly mistaken. She wants nothing to do with him, but he’s not about to let this sexy, feisty woman go.
This romance contains some explicit scenes and a guaranteed HEA. May not be suitable for young readers.
This story hooked me from the beginning with a woman on horseback chasing and roping a biker in the middle of a motorcycle rally. Unfortunately, it gets her in a LOT of trouble with the rider’s motorcycle club (MC). So much so that it threatens her life and the life of her family.
Melanie’s father always told her that her hot-headedness would get her in trouble and it finally came true. She is hiding out from an MC who is determined to make her pay for humiliating one of their members even though he was the dick who killed her sister’s prize steer for a stupid rally BBQ. Fortunately for her, a handsome biker nicknamed Hammer from another MC came to her rescue by claiming her as his woman. However, it didn’t sit well with a very independent Melanie who worked hard to get where she is today by working on her father’s farm and getting her college degree. Why did this man save her and what does he get out of it?
Kyle, “Hammer”, was in the right place at the wrong time when he stepped in and saved the beautiful and stubborn Melanie from an unpleasant retaliation by a bunch of bikers. But why did he care? She’s was trouble with a capital T, but she was trying to protect her family and make money to send her little sister to college. As a Marine and sergeant-of-arms of his MC he understood her loyalty. With that, he promised her father he would protect her and her sister, Julie. He didn’t know how serious that promise would be.
I enjoyed this MC romance with an enemies-to-lovers theme. Though Melanie grates at your nerves at first, one can understand her anger and frustration at the situation she found herself in. Kyle is courageous, loyal, and kind. He put a lot on the line to save this girl and though it took her a while, she finally started appreciating him for who is. There is a bit more to the story that I didn’t think was necessary, but I don’t want to give any spoilers.
The supporting characters of Melanie’s sister, Julie, and Kyle’s MC brother, Bolt, look like another story in the future. However, I’m thinking the age gap between them is a little creepy considering she hasn’t graduated from high school yet. But Julie seems more mature than her 22-year-old sister in many ways so it could work. Especially, since Bolt is willing to be there for Julie after she graduates high school and goes to college.
Overall, this was a unique story that delved into the unsavory lives of motorcycle clubs and how not all of them live off of illegal activity and not all of the members treat women badly. It also explored the hard-working and intricate life within the rodeo circuit.
Thank you to Ms. Bargo for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.
Holly enjoys hearing from readers and other authors and may be contacted via the Hen House Publishing website: http://www.henhousepublishing.com.
When she’s not working on other people’s documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper … er … computer. If she doesn’t, there’s a definite possibility her mind will explode.
And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it’s quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand-new pager.
“No need. You all stay off my property,” the old man said. “I’m inclined to shoot every last one of you.”
Hammer raised an eyebrow and his skepticism must have showed.
“Daddy was a sniper in the Gulf War,” Melanie explained with a saccharine smile. “And he taught Julie and me how to shoot, too. We can protect ourselves.”
Hammer met her cool confidence with another small smile. “The three of you can’t protect the whole
farm and your father knows it.”
He turned around and walked to his motorcycle, his strides slow and sure. He’d be damned if he showed uneasiness in front of the old man and two girls. He’d faced worse in the Middle East and the Central and South American cesspits where drug cartels, terrorists, and revolutionaries were indistinguishable from one another.
Melanie watched the man’s slow swagger and admitted silently to herself that he filled out his jeans very, very nicely. She liked the breadth of his shoulders and the bulge of hard muscle beneath his tee shirt. Stick a sword in his hand and she’d cast him as Aragorn in a Lord of the Rings remake.
“He’s hot,” Julie whispered, echoing her sister’s thoughts.
“He’s trouble,” their father muttered.
“What do we do, Daddy?” Melanie asked as the man started his motorcycle and rode away.