Takin' the Reins by Jenika Snow

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The Sterling Brothers, 2

Jace Sterling works hard and plays harder, especially where it concerns the opposite sex. Women are his weakness, and he doesn’t try to express self-control when it comes to getting what he wants. But then he sees Lexi, a woman much younger than he is, and she has his full attention. He knows he just has to have her. 

Lexi has wanted Jace since she was younger, but he’s over a decade older than she is and has never given her a second glance. When she returns to town after college and runs into the Sterling brother, the feelings she thought she’d buried come rushing back. 

When a minor car accident puts Jace and Lexi back into each other’s lives, Jace knows he won’t walk away again, not when Lexi is the first woman to spark more than arousal in him. Everything he thought he knew about himself gets turned upside down where it concerns Lexi. 

Can one young woman tame a notorious Sterling brother? 



“Are you ready for me, baby?”

All she could do was nod. She’d been ready for him for longer than she cared to admit. He pulled her close to his body, and her breasts pressed to his hard chest. All his hard, defined lines were flush with her softer, fuller ones. A gush of moisture left her at the contact, and she wanted his fingers and mouth on her, touching her, making her come, making her scream.

“Oh, I’ll make you scream,” he said, and she realized she’d said part of her thoughts out loud. When she felt the impressive outline of his erection pressed against her belly, the slickness of his pre-cum wetting her flesh, she had to clench her thighs together to stem off her intense arousal. “And I can’t be slow and gentle, sweetheart. I have to take you in a way that will probably scare you.”

She shook her head. “Not possible.”

He was touching her possessively, like he had a claim on her.

I want him to claim me.

He ran his hand along her side, over her belly, and moved his fingers back up so he could cup her breasts. She was a bigger woman, with curves and lumps on her body, ones she loved. She arched her back, thrusting her chest further into his touch. He leaned down and ran the tip of his nose up her cheek.

“You smell so fucking good.” She ran his tongue over her cheek. “You taste so damn good.”

The slow glide of his lips and tongue along her cheek and jaw had her closing her eyes and letting her head fall back, giving him better access. He moved his other hand against her lower back and slowly pushed it way lower until he cupped her ass.

“Yes.” She hadn’t meant to say anything, but the word tumbled out of its own accord. The feel of one of his hands covering her ass and the other cupping her breast was driving her arousal even higher. When he started moving his thumb over her hard nipple, back and forth, using slight pressure, she knew she had no control where it concerned Jace.

“I fucking love you do what I say, obey me because it turns you on, too. Isn’t that right, baby?”

She nodded.

God, it turned her on.

“Lexi, sweetheart.” His warm breath moved along her cheek. “You feel so damn good against me.” He thrust against her belly, grinding his dick into her and reminding her exactly why she was here.

“I’ve wanted this for a long time.” Shit.

She hadn’t meant to say anything out loud.

He groaned. “You know what to say to have a guy nearly coming.” He pulled her an inch closer. “You want my mouth on your pussy, baby?”

She nodded. “God, yes.” A shiver worked through her. She turned her head, needing his kiss. He ran his tongue along the corner of her mouth.

He continued to kiss and lick at her.

She wanted rough, animalistic sex with him. Lexi wanted him losing his control. He pulled back and looked at her face. He moved his thumb along the puckered flesh of her nipple, pulling at the turgid peak until she arched her back.

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Written by Fern on 22nd Sep 2016

All Jace wanted to do was finish his day, head into town for some drinks and find a hot woman to spend the night with. His eldest brother might be settled down with a woman now, but that didn’t mean Jace intended to slow his partying ways down any. Then he met Lexie, and Jace finally realised what had been missing from his life. I found this to be an interesting, rough-and-tumble style Cowboy story. I was a little surprised in the beginning just how cynical and rude Jace’s thoughts were. Wanting to head down to the local bar and only interested in “getting pussy” or how knew Lexie was braless by “the way her tits shook” when she moved. Sure, this is an erotic romance and I expect my sex to be graphic and steamy, but there’s certainly a line between keeping the bedroom door open, having plenty of dirty language/swearing in a story – and feeling as if the hero didn’t value or particularly respect women. I was nervous in those first few chapters that maybe I’d find Jace quite distasteful as a character. While Jace’s character (and manners) didn’t mellow much once he met up again with Lexie, his lust and attraction to her were strong enough that he was faithful in his trying to tie her down. And this made the rest of his actions somewhat easier for me to come to grips with. Readers looking for any pretense of romance might be disappointed with this story. For almost the whole book Lexie fully expects to only have a few nights with Jace before he moves on – Lexie has no illusions about Jace’s history and sexual prowess. Similarly, while Jace seems more willing to accept Lexie was special and different to him, I found many of his actions and especially his constant heavy talk made it difficult to see him as romantic or regular hero-like in the usual sense. On the other hand, readers just wanting a hot, hard, enthusiastic story about two consenting adults fucking hard and full of lust for each other should be pleased with getting exactly that. There’s no real plot to speak of – but in this shorter-length story the relationship between Jace and Lexie *is* the plot. Lexie absolutely owns her own sexuality – quite prepared to admit to herself she’d had a crush on Jace since she was twelve and seeing him as some sort of pinnacle of sexual prowess. I was really pleased when Lexie and Jace didn’t hook up immediately upon reconnecting – Lexie didn’t ditch the group of girlfriends she’d arrived at the bar with and that really impressed me. Girls who ditch their friends for a quick bit of sex are a pet peeve of mine. Waiting just that short length of time also helped build some of the sexual tension between Lexie and Jace – and made the chemistry between them even hotter to my mind. The sex was deliciously hot and I really enjoyed it. There was plenty of dirty talk, though I didn’t think there was anything particularly kinky or outrageous about the sex itself. Both Jace and Lexie though had wonderfully dirty mouths and that helped put a bit of zing into the scene for me. A good, steamy sex scene which I found was an excellent culmination to Jace and Lexie slowly circling each other for much of the story. I have to admit I didn’t find the ending very realistic and this made me wince a little with how it felt a cliché. I felt it was extremely strange for both Lexie and Jace to have such a complete about-face right in the last few pages. Personally I would have been deeply satisfied with a Happy For Now style of ending – that would have suited the characters and where they’d come from far better to my mind – but the die-hard romantic in me just couldn’t argue with any Happy Ever After, no matter how unrealistic it might have felt. I found this to be a good, quick read with some excellent sex and a different style of character. Not your average Cowboy romance but still a lot of fun.

Love cowboys
Written by Melissa Murray Quintanilla on 14th Apr 2016

It's been a while since I have read a cowboy book and I'm glad I read this one. Jace Sterling has pretty much been a man that really gets around his whole life. He sees the love that Travis, his brother, shares with Pearl and he wants that too. Just by chance he runs into someone from his past that has grown up to a beautiful woman and knows he has to have her. Lexi has had a huge crush on Jace for what seems like her whole life. There is a 10 year difference in their age and Lexi doesn't believe she would ever get a chance with him. Jace and Lexi are sooo HOT together. I can't wait for Colton to fall in love and read his story!!

Written by shelly on 14th Apr 2016

This author can write no bad books! Jace was hot and I love how he evolved from manwhore to caring alpha male.

This one was a bit more Sexier and a bit more Dirty Talking Alpha
Written by Fay on 11th Apr 2016

ARC provided by Author for a honest review Oh man I haven't read that much cowboy books, but this series is HOT! This one was a bit more Sexier and a bit more Dirty Talking Alpha! Jace is a bit more Dirty talking cowboy than Travis was. Jace started out as just another cowboy who was keeping his parents legacy in place by working on their farm with his two brothers. But when his brother Travis settled down with Pearl he started seeing what he was missing. Then he went out looking to hook up at the local bar and runs into Lexi who just recently moved back home living with her parents looking to just get her own place and getting back on her feet again She runs into Jace her childhood 'crush'. Who then starts noticing her and Jace is hooked. This one was so off the charts Hot and Sexy and totally #Sigh worthy! I know that Colton's book is gonna be Amazing!!! <3 Thanks Jenika for allowing me to read your book!

Another awesome book!
Written by Rhonda on 8th Apr 2016

Jace likes all kinds of women but when he sees Lexi, he knows he should stay away. She's way younger than him but that doesn't stop him from fantasizing about her. When she comes to him, he can't turn her down and they start a hot and steamy relationship. I love this story and I really love how Jace didn't back down to Lexi's dad. Lots of hot, steamy sex that will leave you needing to find a fan to cool down. Now I can't wait for the next book!!!

Yummy Cowboy
Written by J. L. Johnston on 8th Apr 2016

Yummy Cowboys and Jenika Snow's writing how can you go wrong. If you like a steamy quick hot HEA the. This book is for you. I love a alpha especially if he's a cowboy who knows his woman almost right on sight alone. Jace Sterling is the youngest Sterling brother who works hard and plays hard. Lexi has had a crush on Jace since she was a little girl and now she's home and all grown up. Once Jace sees her for the first time he knows that she will be his. Lexi is finally getting her biggest dream to come true little does she know it's more than one night. There's plenty of off the charts sex and great chemistry between these two characters. Jenika Snow is a must read author for me

Smoking Sexy, loving goodness
Written by Donna Briody Buccella on 7th Apr 2016

These Sterling men... H.O.T., S.E.X.Y., loving..when they fall in love, they fall hard and fast. Nothing stops them from getting what they want. Jace and Lexi's chemistry jumped off the pages this was fantastic