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review 2018-06-27 18:38
4.2 Out Of 5 "I was born in the year of the Dog" STARS
Under a Painted Sky - Stacey Covington-Lee



Under A Painted Sky

Stacey Lee



A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity 


Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.






This is my second book by Stacey Lee, the other one being Outrun the Moon, and I have to say that her stories show the harshness of the times they depict without showing the darkness or the bleakness of those times. They have this soft blurry edge to them.  Which makes them very suitable and engaging for all ages. 


Under A Painted Sky is a beautifully written, uplifting tale about the power of friendship.  With a splash of romance and the trials of tribulations of life on the western trail, while being on the run from the law.  Overall, this story was endearingly sweet.











Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5


Book Cover~ Beautiful

Narration~5 by Emily Woo Zeller was perfect.

Setting~ Old West on the trail to California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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review 2018-06-10 21:29
Dirty-Talking Cowboy (Kinky Spurs, #1) by Stacey Kennedy
Dirty-talking Cowboy - Stacey Kennedy


I love Stacey Kennedy. She's not afraid to appeal to the inner bad girl in her readers. Her characters lay bare every emotion from the naughty to the disillusioned and the painful. Dirty Talking Cowboy is every word we're afraid to say, but forever lingers on our minds. It's fun, gritty and temptingly delicious.

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review 2018-06-07 10:00
Release Week Review! Dirty-talking Cowboy (Kinky Spurs #1) Stacey Kennedy!
Dirty-talking Cowboy - Stacey Kennedy



Emma Monroe has returned to River Rock, Colorado, after the death of her grandmother. Now she’s inherited a farm full of abused animals and she’s working as a waitress at the local hotspot, Kinky Spurs. The last thing Emma wants in her life is a man, as she’s still recovering from a recent heartbreak. But when a sensual and powerful cowboy, Shep Blackshaw enters her life, Emma begins to want things she shouldn't.


Shep knows sex shouldn’t be on his mind. He’s got a world of responsibility on his shoulders. He’s attempting to save his late father’s cattle ranch, Blackshaw Cattle Company, from foreclosure. But Emma’s heated reactions to his touch make ignoring her impossible. She’s the perfect distraction to make him forget that his father’s company is a sinking ship.


While their nights only heat up, soon emotions become tangled into the mix. Shep’s not only giving Emma the hottest nights of her life, he’s also healing her heart. With every encounter, she forgets her heartbreak. With every naughty adventure, she stops mourning the life she left behind. And with every dirty word whispered from Shep’s mouth, she stops thinking of all the reasons why she shouldn’t fall for him. But when the past comes to claim Emma, she’ll need to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life she’s grown to love with Shep. How will she say no to forever with a dirty-talking cowboy.



Dirty-talking Cowboy is a hot and steamy introduction to Stacey Kennedy’s new Kinky Spurs series. Shep and Emma are two strong, captivating characters that have blazing hot chemistry that practically sizzles from every page as this couple engage in a red hot and passionate relationship. The relationship has its ups and downs with emotional woes which has Emma and Shep working hard to reach their happily ever after especially since both of them have no intentions of making their relationship a permanent one.


The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly keeping reader’s attention and keeping them in suspense about how this relationship will work out while keeping the heart pumping with the very steamy passion. It starts off with a scene that had me questioning whether I wanted to continue with the book, but it all comes together and after a little twist and the problems facing Shep and his brothers adds to depth of the story and ensures that I want to get to know all of them.


As usual, Stacey Kennedy does a great job of creating her worlds and bringing them to vivid life with well-developed characters that make it easy for the readers to connect with them. I enjoyed reading this sweet, heartwarming story and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series which I believe is due to be released in October.


Dirty-talking Cowboy

Goodreads - https://bit.ly/2GQFImU


The 1st book in the Kinky Spurs series

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/225596-kinky-spurs


The series will continue with


#2 Sweet Loving Spurs - October 3, 2018

& #3 Hard Riding Cowboy - February 5, 2019.


Dirty-talking Cowboy is available in ebook at:


Swerve - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250168429


Amazon - http://amzn.to/2E3eknx


B&N - http://bit.ly/2E3dPKl


iBooks - https://apple.co/2DYc7cR


Kobo - http://bit.ly/2DXvy5P


GPlay - http://bit.ly/2FvNTUy


eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/95947989/dirty-talking-cowboy/kennedy-stacey/





can be found at:


Website - http://www.staceykennedy.com/

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3473046.Stacey_Kennedy

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/authorstaceykennedy/


Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stacey-kennedy

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/staceykennedybooks/?hl=en

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Twitter - https://twitter.com/Stacey_Kennedy




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review 2018-06-05 20:56
Dirty-Talking Cowboy
Dirty-talking Cowboy - Stacey Kennedy

Sexy cowboy with a great big heart. That's Shep in a nutshell and it's impossible not to fall a little in love with him. This first Kinky Spurs novel introduces the characters of River Rock, Colorado and they are certainly an entertaining bunch. 

Shep and Emma's romance is steamy enough to melt the paint off the walls even when they're both determined that they're not in a relationship. Both have been burned by love before, so neither wants anything serious. Of course, with their chemistry, serious is certainly bound to happen. This pair does see some drama by way of meddlers and an ex, but the biggest problem for Shep is the need to save the family business. Emma has some important choices to make too, but overall, the angst level is pretty low.

The only drawback for me was that almost every intimate scene was pages long and there were a number of them, which became repetitive after a while. That aside, the story and likable characters did hold my interest and I will be checking out whatever comes next for this series.

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review 2018-05-12 04:16
Interesting so far, read two of six stories.
Rogue Hearts - Kelly Maher,Suleikha Snyder,Emma Barry,Stacey Agdern,Amy Jo Cousins,Tamsen Parker

This is a collection of stories, and I have not finished all of them yet.
In Her Service - Suleika Snyder - This is a quick read and a little short for me. I wanted to know more detail about Letty and Shahzad. Their love already existed at the beginning of the story, but I loved his loyalty and devotion to Letty. I also enjoyed how they disregarded others opinions considering they were in the public eye.
Run - Emma Barry - Both Maddie and Adam are strong characters. I loved Maddie's honesty, commitment, and steadfastness. I felt for his indecision because of his past experiences.

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