Series:Lusty, Texas, 21
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F, M/F/M (oral and anal sex)
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Charlotta is mostly not ashamed of the way she paid for her college degree. Mostly. As an exotic dancer at a gentlemen’s club, she earned enough to get her degree in psychology.
But sometimes the scorn she’s suffered in the past comes back to haunt her. She fears a similar reaction from Jesse and Barry Benedict. Will they still think she’s good enough for them if she tells them the truth?
Jesse and Barry know all about past mistakes and regret. Feeling like outcasts, they left their Montana home and headed to Lusty, hoping to make a new start. Once they understand that Charlotta is their soul mate, they confess their sins of the past—because they want their relationship to have a solid foundation.
As Jesse and Barry rush to save Charlotta from a stalker, they all soon learn that moving on is easier said than done—and requires a bigger leap of faith than they’d ever imagined.
I love returning to Lusty, Texas and Cara Covington’s Love Under Two Outcasts is a perfect example of why. Love, acceptance and community abound in this installment of the Lusty, Texas series. Ms. Covington gave us two men in Jesse and Barry who on their surface appeared unredeemable. They were bullies. And they bullied their sister who we grew to love when she met her men in a prior story. However Ms. Covington showed us most people deserve a second chance. Once Jesse and Barry understood how wrong they were they moved heaven and earth to change. And with the help of the good citizens of Lusty, they were able to become better men, men worthy of finding their happily ever after.
Charlotte was the perfect match for these Benedict men. She too feels like she doesn’t fit in. Her father disowned her once he found out how she paid for college and she internalized his bitter words. I loved that Jesse and Barry felt a kinship with the woman who would ultimately own their heart. I loved that Ms. Covington showed Jesse, Barry and Charlotte that you can only be responsible for your actions not others perceptions.
This story showed us a journey of acceptance. It showed us that family doesn’t necessarily mean blood kin. It showed us that real love is understanding and unconditional. I loved the strong characters and plan old fun in Ms. Covington’s stories. She provides a positive message without beating us over the head with it. She makes me want to return to Lusty, Texas time after time. I am looking forward to seeing who falls next to Grandma Kate’s magical matchmaking ways.
Five Shooting Stars