Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Welcome to Fortuna, Texas where the men read romance novels. This spicy, heartwarming, friends to lovers romance is set in the small town of Fortuna and is the first in the Fortuna, Texas series.
Longhorns and lingerie...
Much to the chagrin of foreman Josiah, Jessie Davidson wants a romance reduction. But the Double D Ranch hides a secret. Since inheriting the property, Jessie kept her grandmother’s hoard concealed, but now she’s found the courage to purge the unwanted items: steamy novels, thousands of them. Romance has to go! Donating the books is a good thing, right? Not when coupled with a dare.
The dare spirals out of control. The ante is upped when caches of the spicy books, left in barber shops, pool halls, and pubs, challenge others to join the fad. A perverted prankster runs amok playing on the town’s fantasies. Book clubs are formed. Plots acted out. In a town saturated with romance, Jessie finds her love life underdeveloped.
Keep Jessie safe. It’s the promise Josiah Barnes made to Jessie’s dying grandmother. He aims to honor it, even if it means protecting Jessie from himself. Failing her in the past has him on high alert when the Double D becomes ground zero for the arousal avalanche sweeping the town. As a full-support, silent partner, Josiah will do anything to augment the Double D. But when Jessie starts selling handmade lingerie, keeping his hands to himself is easier said than done…
Will she shelve happily ever after like a rejected novel, or open her heart and start a new chapter?
Author Daniel Coldspring on After Terra wrote:
Hold onto your hats!
The Double D Ranch is a rootin’ tootin’ good time, complete with hot cowboys, steamy romance, and double entendres that will have you “doubled” over with laughter. But don’t let the humor fool you. Double D is an entertaining romance with well-developed characters you can’t help but fall in love with, and a plot driven story that will have you turning the pages and leave you wanting more. Bradley has delivered a solid debut novel, one that has this reader anxiously awaiting the release of her next installment. Hold onto your hats, folks – it’s gonna be a helluva ride!
Ali Justice on Ali's Bookshelf wrote:
A Western Comedy that is totally unashamed of itself.
I’ll tell you straight away, I normally don’t go in for romance novels. However this book was not solicited to me cold, but rather it came to my notice as the work of an author in my area, Rochelle Bradley. She had the advantage of being able to talk her work up to me in person, and she managed to intrigue me with her lively characters, as well as their story and its prodigious puns.
Double D Ranch is absolutely cheeky and only takes itself seriously in the moments that call for it. It is a romantic comedy, but that phrase feels unfair, because it is now and perhaps forever a phrase attached to a particular type of formulaic, dry, utterly predictable movie and/or story that has become a cultural cliche. Reading Double D did not at all remind me of some of those horrid romcoms I’ve somehow endured in the past. This story feels fresh, it balances the comedy, romance, and sexual tension well, and it is thoroughly ingrained in its Western setting, Fortuna, Texas to be more specific. It’s a nice combination of elements that feels immersive, and despite some of the absurdities in the pages, it almost seems like a story this quirky and odd could really happen in a small Texas town.
There’s nothing I can fault in what I read without going into turbo nitpicking mode, and honestly that comes more down to personal style choices I would make as a writer versus what Rochelle did. The prose is tight and clear, the POV shifts are free of confusion, and the whole thing flows quite breezily. Besides, our differences as authors and as people are what make us interesting, and I’m glad she wrote this, because if I did it probably wouldn’t be as funny.
*self-deprecation skill increased by 1*
Again, I normally don’t read these kinds of stories much (if in the mood for romance or comedy there are usually some go-to films I put on instead) but my personal reading choices are not a reason to objectively dock any points from The Double D Ranch. The story is excellent, with great heart and fun characters, and considering that it had an uphill battle for my attention against my usual sci-fi indulgences, I hope that tells you something.
You can check out this book on Amazon at the link below, and if you do enjoy The Double D Ranch, there are two additional books by Rochelle in the Fortuna, Texas series for your consideration!
Author JB Richards on IHI BOOK REVIEW PROJECT wrote:
First off I want to thank this fantastic author for the chance to read and review her book. It was great getting to meet you and I hope to see you again in the future. Second, I have to say how amazing this book is. I loved the writing style and I laughed so hard reading this one. I started this book needing a pick me up and this was the perfect book to read. Don't get me wrong the story line/plot is perfection but the humor in this one made the story so much more.
The other thing that I really enjoyed about this book was that I had no clue what was about to happen. Have you ever found that one book that really held your attention and didn't let go mainly because you wasn't sure what was going to happen, yeah this is one of those times for me. I needed to know what was going to happen next. So much so that I held this book while I cooked at one point and almost dropped it into my sauce.
If you enjoy a great romantic comedy then this is the perfect book for you to read.
Saddle-Up, Pardner… This Little Filly Is Ready To Ride!
I have to admit, I was far from taking this novel seriously once I read the eye-rolling title of Bradley’s book, but I was pleasantly surprised by this great yarn about a small western town gone loco over a secret treasure trove of old romance novels. “Longhorns and lingerie” barely begins to describe this live-wire western romance with a twist of mystery and angst. And although it’s sexual innuendo that abounds between the pages of this astonishingly endearing read—with places like the Tease Me Salon, Nailed—the local hardware store, and the Twin Hills Country Club in Nockerville (the next town over from Fortuna—readers will be giggling with delight as ranch-owner, Jessie, and her head cow-poke, Josiah, set themselves on a mission to save the financially troubled Double D Ranch.
Sure… The title of this book might be a bit over-the-top, but the story itself is interesting and well-written. “The Double D Ranch” is a tongue-in-cheek, larger-than-life, Texas romance that combines romance and ranch-handling with entrepreneurial genius, erotic hi-jinks, and a hidden secret from the past. Bradley injects just the right amount of humor into this particular work, making it a hilarious erotic romance, and yet her warm and genuine characters, who are defined by complex pasts that are seldom presented in this genre, carry the plotline forward like a herd of wild horses running free on the lone prairie.
If you’re in the mood for some knee-slapping’, rip-roarin’, high-fallutin’, get-ready-to-kick-off-your-boots-and-dance action, saddle-up, Pardner… This little filly is ready to ride happily into the sunset!
Hiyo, Silver… Away!
Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!