At the Cowboy's Mercy

Taming the Cowboy, Book 1
By: Emma Jay
Narrated by: Tracy Marks
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kennedy Stacey couldn't be more down on her luck. Her father, a rodeo cowboy, recently passed away after a long, expensive illness. The medical bills, combined with his habit of gambling and the fact that she had to quit her job to take care of him, has left her homeless and with no place to go but back to the rodeo. She tracks down Luke Delaney, one of her father's protégés, and asks for help.

Luke Delaney thought of Red Stacey as a father. Kennedy didn't call him when Red was sick, so he didn't get to say good-bye to the man he loved like a father. He can't forgive her for that, and turns her away.

But when she turns to his brother Liam for help instead, Luke steps forward, partly because of his concern of how his brother the player will treat her, and partly because he knows her father would want him to.

Since she's homeless, she has to stay in Luke's tiny RV. At first close quarters lead to sparring as they fight their attraction - and she fights to have some kind of independence when she's leaning so heavily on him. But nature can only hold out so long, and despite their better judgment, they give in to their desires.

But Kennedy is afraid he's taking her body in payment, and he's afraid of the feelings he has for her as he gets to know her again, the feelings he hasn't let himself feel since they were 16 years old.

©2012 Emma Jay (P)2016 Emma Jay

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  • 03-31-16

Hot little cowboy novella

I don't get too many cowboy books but I had to jump on this when it came to my attention. It was a short steamy read and I really enjoyed it. Kennedy (h) was down on her luck. She had to quit her job to care for her dying dad. Luke (H) is a rodeo cowboy who has a dirty mouth and a heart of gold. His alpha possessive streak was pretty damn sexy too. The two are childhood friends who come together again after the death of Kennedy's dad. She needs his help because she literally has nowhere to go and no money to get there. I liked that the two were pretty honest with each other and didn't play games. I do wish that the ending wasn't so abrupt. It's not a cliffhanger, but it would have been nice to get a glimpse of the happy couple a few months or years down the line. So the story was tied up but just not in a pretty bow. Make sense?

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This was a great short story. I would have loved if it had been longer but I really liked the story line. I love a friends/enemies to lovers story and this was little bit of both. It was short and sweet and pretty Hot too!

Tracy Marks was great as always! She is the reason I picked up this series!

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Bad Hot Cowboy

What did you like best about this story?

It is a story of Bad, hot cowboy. I ove bad boy cowboys. The only not good is that the book was the ending. It was so rushed. But I hope there will be more in the next book.

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Great love story

Tracy Marks did an excellent job bringing this story to life. I love the strong woman Kennedy is despite her situation. After having her life fall apart she ends up asking an old friend for help. Luke has been in with her since he was 18. He is angry with her now for not telling him of her fathers illness allowing him the chance to say goodbye but that doesn't last long. This is a steaming hot love story, the chemistry between these two lights the pages on fire. I couldn't stop listening to it and it's all I thought about when I wasn't. I love a handsome gentleman cowboy and Luke definitely fits the bill.

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One Hot Cowboy

I love this book, my only complaint is that it is too short. I would have loved more!!! When Kennedy's Dad passes away she is left with nothing, she is homeless and penniless. Kennedy tracks down Luke a bull rider that used to spend the summers with her on the ranch. Luke gets her a job and gives her a place to stay, but he is still upset with her for not telling him that her father was dying and for breaking his heart all those years ago. Can Luke get over the bitterness and start a life with her or will she leave and go back to the big city?

This is the first Audio book by Emma Jay, and I hope she keeps them coming!!

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At the Cowboys Mercy

I personally would have liked a little more story line to go with the sex. The story base was really good. The narration was really good.

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3.5 Cowboy up Stars

This is a feel good short story.
For being a short story its really good and well written, I was left wanting more.

Kennedy and Luke grew up together. Luke had his eyes set on Kennedy only at the time Kennedy had eyes for Luke’s brother Liam.
A few years later, Kennedy finds herself down on her luck. She asks Luke for a job.
I really enjoyed Kennedy’s character not only does she dust herself off and get back on track. But she does it with grace and dignity.

Luke I just a rodeo cowboy who wants to make enough money so he can life off his land with a women on his arm, is that Kennedy?
I did find Luke to be very jealous. That part wasn’t my thing but it worked for the story.
I enjoyed this fast paced short of a cowboy and his lady love and I want more I say!

I really enjoyed the narrator as well brings the story to life.

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Right mix of sexy & sweet in second chance romance

Novellas are great when you want to get to the good stuff. This one had just the right amount of a story, heart, and nooky. I like that these are two salt of the earth small town souls- a nice change from the usual alpha millionaire and his secretary shtick. Contrary to the tile, this isn’t dark domination. There’s some pinning to the wall and tying of hands, and the sex is described, not just implied, but all things considered I wasn’t crying for mercy. Written naughty enough to enjoy, though. The only off part for me was the narrator. She was fine for the normal bits, but narrated the naughty bits without much change in volume or enthusiasm. The sex was written to be edgy and a little rough, like the rodeo cowboy Luke is... yet the reading was disappointingly ladylike. Dirty talk isn’t any fun delivered clean. I don’t know if it needed a male narrator like Jacob Morgan (Hot Cop was great just because of his sexy voice!) or Shane East, or just a more passionate female like when Carolyn Winter narrates. I still enjoyed the book as a free borrowed Audible Escape book. But, I might have purchased this one with a different narrator.

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not a lot of story

not a lot of story, with crude words for sex scenes. and the narration was rather blah, but the more I listened the more I felt it was the actual story. could not finish this

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Luke needs to be more open minded . . .

Kennedy had been through a lot to turn to her last resort. But that last resort wanted nothing to do with her. So just how far was she willing to go. Luke was unwilling to listen to Kennedy when she came to him. He didn't understand just how down on her luck she was until he so the length she was willing to go but unwilling at the same time.

Narrator Tracy Marks did a good job with giving voice to the characters. It was easy to distinguish between male and female but also two characters of the same gender.