I hesitate to call this erotica; of all the books, I’ve read recently, this one strays the furthest across the line from erotica to porn.
Elizabeth “Libby” Wild, 28, is a world famous photographer who hails from the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. She hasn’t been home in years because, in part, of the way she was treated by Ty and Bodie Cade, identical twins who apparently tormented her in high school. She also has a strained relationship with her sister, Alex, who has remained in Wyoming to run the family ranch.
Libby gets sent back to Wyoming to take photos for a spread in the magazine she works for. She reluctantly agrees. Once back, Libby runs into Ty and Bodie (of course) and after they force the guy whom she had hired to be her guide into the Yellowstone backcountry to cancel, they take over her trip. This is also after running into her at their class reunion and telling her all they ways they are going to f&*^ her and how much she’s going to enjoy it because they are oh so sorry that they treated her badly in high school. Um, yeah. So saying “we’re really sorry we were such jackasses” wouldn’t have sufficed?
Why did they torment her in high school? The book itself never says, so the reader has only the publisher-provided synopsis for guidance – the twins “lived with a secret shame”. I won’t reveal what that “secret shame” is (it’s a minor spoiler, and more on that later), but only their twisted father would have called it a “shame”. The other 99.999% percent of the population would have either shrugged or said. “oh, how interesting” and left it at that. So…it’s a contrived and stupid plot device.
I can’t forget to mention the cow horse that Libby is riding that spooks, bucks, rears and dumps Libby when it is challenged by a bull. A cow horse? Really? A horse that has been trained to herd cut and herd cattle? I don’t think so. But it does give Ty and Bodie a chance to act like heroes.
Then the trip into Yellowstone takes place. Over three days, the three of them screw like bunny rabbits on crack and realize they are in luuuurrrvee.
Er, hold on…
Ty and Bodie know nothing about the person that Libby is now, and Libby knows nothing about Ty and Bodie except that the sex is great. Sorry, great sex does not equal love in my book.
On this trip, Libby also makes a great leap of logic – of the “What you do not smell is iocane powder” type of leap – and figures out what the brothers’ “shame” is. The reader is told at one point that the brothers changed their opinion of Libby when they saw some pictures she had taken. Turns out she was standing up for some kids that had the same “shame” as them. Again, since their “shame” wasn’t really anything shameful, this revelation falls flat. Yes, what she did was brave, but the attitude that she displayed – acceptance – wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
Libby isn’t a bad heroine, when she isn’t falling in love with Type A overbearing cowboys. Ty and Bodie, however, need an attitude adjustment. But overall, the “great sex over three days with virtual strangers = true love” was what did this book in for me.