Eva Ford lives a sheltered life on her small rural farm. At twenty-two, she feels the need to spread her wings and start her own life, planning a trip to the city to show her prized cows. Colton and North McReed from the next ranch over are determined to make sure she stays out of trouble.
Twin brothers, Colton and North, have always loved little Eva. She's their rock in life, the one pure thing in their otherwise dark existence. Their abusive father ran out on the family years ago and their mother suffers from a serious addiction. They never look at Eva with desire...until they spend a week alone with her in the city.
Everything changes when Eva and the cowboys realize just how deep their love for each other runs. Once their passion is unleashed, it's impossible to contain. But can their unorthodox relationship last? Will sex ruin the friendship of a lifetime?
Be Warned: menage sex (MFM), anal sex, figging
North was ready to brawl. In fact, he craved it like never before. Pain would be preferable to the ache in his heart. Somewhere along the line he began to see Eva as more than the sweet girl next door. Somewhere along the line he’d fallen in love.
What he didn’t understand was Colton’s sudden disinterest. Their feelings for Eva always mirrored each other’s. Half the time when he’d escape to the Ford house, Colton was already there. They’d come on the trip specifically to keep Eva out of trouble, but instead, his twin was turning a blind eye.
They ate dinner in silence. North watched the sky turn from blue to black, every darkening shade bringing his anxiety to a new level. She still wasn’t back. God knows what that cowboy was doing with little Eva. The thought of his filthy hands on her made his blood boil. He wasn’t sure how much longer he could sit still with his imagination running wild.
He was just about to bolt from his seat when the door to the trailer opened. Cool air flooded the interior and the sound of Eva clearing her throat made every live wire inside him suddenly lose power. He exhaled a nervous breath, glad she was at least home safely.
“Told you I’d be back in one piece,” she said as she hung up her cardigan. “There’s no need to go hunting me down. Seriously.”
She started to climb up into the loft.
“Where’s lover boy?” asked North, no humor in his tone.
“His name is Wade, and he just dropped me off, like a perfect gentleman.”
“That why he had his lips all over you?” asked Colton. His brother was just as unimpressed, even though he’d condoned the behavior.
“Hush you!” Eva slipped under the covers.
“You haven’t eaten,” said North.
“Wade bought me dinner.”
He ground his teeth together, stifling a growl. The sound of that man’s name on Eva’s lips made him see red. If he never heard the name again it would be too soon.
They secured the trailer and turned out the lights before joining Eva in the bed. He tossed his shirt and lay down on his back, staring up at the low ceiling. She was already comfortable, obviously not feeling the volatile energy keeping him awake. He kept as far to his side as possible, the cold wall of the trailer chilling his arm. Every time she shifted in the bed, he tensed.
“I’m cold,” she murmured, cuddling closer to him. The heat of her body scorched his bare skin. In a matter of days, everything changed for him. He wasn’t sure when it happened, but he wished he could go back to the way things were. Uncomplicated.
He tried to get away from her but he was trapped in the tight confines of the sleeping area. He held his breath as she ran her palm over his chest, over and over in small circles. Her touch had always been soothing—not so much anymore.
“What’s wrong with you?” she whispered against his neck. His eyes lolled back in his head. Even her fucking breath was sweet.
“Nothing. Go to sleep, Eva.”
“You’re acting weird, North. Is this because of Wade?”
He decided the cowboy was a safer topic than his changing feelings for her. “I don’t trust him.”
“Just don’t is all.” He rolled to his side and away from her. It didn’t feel right going to sleep on a sour note, but he couldn’t have this discussion now. Mrs. Ford was the one to teach him and Colton not to speak out of passion. It was always best to confront a person with a level head, after cooling off and replaying the events over in your head. He usually didn’t take the advice, but tonight felt like a good time to start.
“Will you two quiet down,” said Colton.
Eva pressed her body against his back. Why had he taken off his shirt? He needed layers between them—many, many layers.
“I know what I’m doing,” she said in a whisper. “You don’t have to worry about me.”
“I’d worry less if you spent more time with Bessie and Ruby than that drifter.”
“He’s not a drifter.”
“Why you defending him?” he asked. “You act like you’re already an item.”
She kissed his shoulder. “I just want you to be happy for me, North.”
“It doesn’t matter what I think.”
“It does. You’re the one who taught me how to rope a calf, and even though it took me weeks to learn, you never got impatient. You protected me when Jameson’s dogs got loose.” She ran her hand delicately down his arm, her fingers lingering over the raised scars on his forearm. “You bought me a corsage when no boy asked me to prom. Remember when the three of us danced in the rain that night? My dress was covered in mud.”
“Well those are just examples of why I love you so much. It doesn’t feel right doing anything without your blessing.”
He wasn’t sure he could ever give her what she wanted.
Posted by Fern on 4th Jul 2014
Eva Ford has known Colton and his twin brother North McReed her whole life. Neighbors in the small farming town it was impossible not to grow up in each other’s pockets. Colt and North were worse than overbearing pseudo-brothers, they were like massive watch dogs, attentive and seriously over-protective. When Eva enters two cows into a competition with the chance to win fifteen hundred dollars she sees it as her ticket to a weeks freedom in the big city. When Colt and North find out, though, they’re determined not to let her out of their sights. Eva’s big adventure begins.
This novel is a strongly character and plot motivated story. While the sex scenes are intense and erotic I was really impressed by the depth shown in the three main characters, Eva, North and Colt. The author spent a good amount of time introducing these three, explaining their situation and setting the scene. I was totally hooked on Eva’s bid for freedom and the controversial home life of North and Colton. By the time they became intimate I was seriously invested in them all and eagerly turning the pages.
At times I felt Eva was an incredibly sheltered twenty two year old. Although Colt and North were certainly over-protective and along with her parents culpable of sheltering her, I still thought Eva acted extremely young (maybe too much so) for her age. This grated me with some of her actions, like getting involved with the first cowboy she came across, being dazzled and totally excited simply by being taken out to dinner and not expecting there to be consequences, and finally running away in tears at a climactic moment all made her seem quite young and innocent. The fact this was miraculously shed the instant she became intimate with the twins seemed a little too unbelievable considering her past actions. While I wanted to roll my eyes at Eva a number of times she was still very sweet and an interesting character.
The romance between Eva and the twins was a slow, wonderful progression. Readers looking for a quick-moving, steaming hot sexy book might find themselves a little let down. But I prefer to read stories like this, where the characters and plot are more in-depth, even when the romance moves at a slower pace. Some of the speech is a little flowery for my personal tastes (“given him the gift of her virginity… a prize above all others…”) but overall I thought this was a sensual, character-rich cowboy romance novel. I’d recommend this for readers who like a bit of spice in their romances, threesomes or strong cowboy novels.
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Mar 2014
Stacey Espino, as alway,s delivers a story sure to have your heart racing. Eva Ford has known the McReed twins, North and Colton, her entire life. She witnessed Colton, in tears, being held by her father, the night his father finally left for good. From that night on they had become like brothers. Watching over her and taking care of her. Now at the age of twenty two she is off to show her two prize contender cows at the rodeo being held in Chester. The men are not happy with her attending alone and tell her father they will accompany her to keep her safe from the cowboy Lotharios sure to be looking to take advantage of an innocent such as Eva. Such a Romeo wannabe that they were worried about shows up, yet Eva can not seem to recognize that fact. Then things start to change and a life-long friendship is about to come to an end. Old fears and hidden secrets may change forever. Can the three open their minds, eyes and hearts to the truth standing in front of them.
I have enjoyed reading Ms. Espino’s stories. This is a shorter read, but does not short the reader on plot. Cowboys Mine takes the time to fully develop the character’s backgrounds so that you feel you understand their reactions to events around them. Colton and North are both caring and hard-working men who have had to overcome many obstacles growing up. Eva is the only daughter of loving parents trying to prove she is past the little girl stage. The parents of both influence their children, but in different ways. You can not help but to be drawn into the lives of the characters as you turn each page. Stacey Espino is sure to make you smile as you read Cowboys Mine. Take a break and enjoy this delectable read.
Posted by Angie on 24th Jan 2014
Colton and North had a rough life and Eva was their shining star. I really enjoyed how these three saw each others their perceptions change. It was a very enjoyable story and had a lot of emotion in it. I am a big fan of Stacey's and she didn't disappoint!
Posted by Cynthia on 23rd Jan 2014
I have never met a Stacey Espino book I didn't like. She has a unique way of capturing the spirit of the wounded cowboy. If you love hot cowboys, pick up this book.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jan 2014
I love north colton and eva together!!! This was sweet loving caring tender and sexy to boot!! THIS WAS FANTASTIC!!!! I love HEA and hope you do a follow up, love to read more about these 3-♥ amazing
Posted by Teresa on 23rd Jan 2014
I absolutely adored this book. Loved the characters and the build up to their relationship especially, and the delicious dynamics at work between them all.