Friday, November 4, 2016

Star Dust Award: How Cassie Got her Grind Back by Heather Rainier

Title: How Cassie Got Her Grind Back
Series: Divine Creek Ranch, 23
Author: Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F, M/F/M
Word Count: 113,269
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
[Siren Ménage Everlasting: Erotic Cowboy Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, light consensual BDSM, HEA] 
Cassie Villalobos promised Samson and Ivan Cutter on the day they graduated high school that she would pursue her dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter, no matter what.
Raised under the dictatorial thumb of her father, Cassie’s promise went unfulfilled. Newly single, her hands are full running her coffee shop, Divine Drip, and dealing with her aging parents, and lothario ex-husband.
Samson and Ivan left Divine after graduation, never intending to return, but they’ve never forgotten their love for Cassie.
Banked embers flare between the three at their thirty year class reunion. Although she has friends in ménages, Cassie is intimidated by the desire of two men, believing she is past her prime and the men set out to change her mind.
Samson’s passion for sadism is balanced by Ivan’s easy affection, and Cassie finds the combination irresistible. Hope flares for fulfilling all her dreams while stirring the distorted illusions of someone obsessed with controlling her.

I love returning to Heather Rainier’s Divine Creek Ranch series. And I can honestly say that How Cassie Got Her Grind Back will probably be one of those stories that I gravitate to again and again. First of all, the characters are mature. Something that is rare. Cassie, Samson and Ivan were almost high school sweethearts. Scandal destroyed their friendship or at least Cassie’s father’s iron fisted control and general meanness would be a more accurate culprit. But time has passed and while Ivan and Samson never had kids, Cassie managed to cobble a family together which involves two. I loved that Ms. Rainier gave us a romance which didn’t run smoothly but involved people who had experience life, good and bad. Samson and Ivan never got over Cassie but believed she had escaped only to learn Cassie’s dreams never materialized. I loved seeing Cassie, Ivan and Samson rekindle the friendship and love as adult. Ms. Rainier showed us that age really is nothing but a number. Love knows no boundaries and the physical expression of that love does not end just because you are older. This story was wonderfully well written. It showed characters that had to fight for a future. Cassie had to move passed her upbringing to accept that she is worthy of love and respect. Samson and Ivan had to forgive themselves and grab hold to the woman they have always loved. Ms. Rainier showed that insecurities don’t disappear with age. You just fight harder to move past them and to grab forgotten dreams. I loved this story and I am sure that you will as well.

                Five Shooting Stars and Recommended Read

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