September 13, 2014

REVIEW: Leather and Lace (Lonesome Point, Texas Book #1) By, Jessie Evans

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Lonesome Point, Texas, Book 1

Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my…

Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret—she isn’t as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas’s founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an old Irish curse that had followed the Shermans to America. At age twenty-four, Mia is still terrified of the stories, because they aren’t stories. They are a warning about what will happen if Mia allows love and romance into her life. The curse struck Mia’s grandmother and her great-great-whatever grandmother, and Mia knows she could be next. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships. 

Until the fateful day Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life …

Rancher turned restoration expert, Sawyer Kane, can’t believe his luck when the feisty owner of the lingerie shop next to his hotel turns out to be the curator of his latest project, a ghost town he’s been sent to restore. He’s looking forward to long, hot days talking history, and hotter nights with Mia, but the redhead with the killer smile seems determined to keep him at a friendly distance. But when a dangerous man from Mia’s past arrives in town, Sawyer finds himself drawn into her inner circle, and into the legend of Lonesome Point itself.

Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer may be the first to find out.

“As she and Bubba walked through the warm night, with a sky full of diamonds 

twinkling overhead, and a gentle breeze kissing her skin, she wasn’t thinking about 

nachos and cookies, or even good friends and beer. She was thinking about kisses that 

made your toes curl, and a man who tasted like long summer days and hot summer 


My first taste of Jessie Evan’s writing was with her Wild Rush series and I absolutely loved that story. I haven’t read any others but when I read the synopsis to this book I immediately put it on my TBR. I mean who doesn’t love cowboys and bikers. Never mind the guy is both a cowboy and a biker. This book was great. I really enjoyed learning about Mia and Sawyer. The story that started with a kiss.

Mia Sherman has been back in her hometown of Lonesome Point for a year. A year she has been trying to find the strong women she knows she is and put her life back together. She has sworn off any relationships with the opposite sex that are not strictly friendships. With her past and an all too real curse she just can’t risk it. Until she literally tackles a man and receives a kiss that makes her realize how lonely she might actually be.

“Kissing her felt like being trusted with a secret, a clue to who this woman truly was. 

Mia, beneath the sharp wit and the easy smile. Mia, behind the easy going small 

town girl image, down deep at the heart of her where there lived a woman who was brave 

enough to admit that she was afraid, and who had risked her life to help a near stranger 

without second thought.”

Sawyer Kane has just left a relationship that was anything but great. Having his trust broken he takes the consult meeting in Lonesome Point, Texas. Running from his own horrible past has been the normal for Sawyer. Having seen the worst possible things happen to his family he isn’t looking to love anyone again. He wasn’t looking for any fun when he came to Texas until he was tackled by a women and got a kiss that he won’t forget for a while.

Neither Mia nor Sawyer are looking for anything long term. Mia needs to let go of her past and this man, who isn’t staying around could be the perfect way to do just that. Sawyer wants a “friend” to occupy the time that he is in Lonesome Point. What either failed to see is that their immediate connection will not let it stay as friends.

“It made a lot of things crystal clear to me, the biggest of which is that I don’t want 

to hold back when it comes to you. I don’t want to worry about moving too fast, or 

falling too hard.”

I loved learning about who these characters were. Jessie Evans has a way of building a character that makes them immediately interesting. Mia went through a bad experience but she didn’t let it ruin her finding the fun things in life. Mia is painted as the town’s trouble maker but there is so much more to her. She is caring, loveable, funny, strong, and stubborn. Sawyer has a depth to him that you don’t really get to see in his first POV chapter. He came off as someone who was a player and had to interest in love. But really he ended up being a man that had a very high moral compass, a man that was a huge softy, a man that was subconsciously looking for the one. I loved both of their characters and the other characters that we met in this series.

There were a few twists in this book that I thought made the story more than your regular romance story. I am not going to tell you what they are because you should find out for yourself. The pacing was done really well. I wasn’t bored and the book wasn’t filled with filler sex scenes. Overall I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be continuing with this series!!!

“He was in love with her, real love, the kind that grabs you by the throat and refuses 

to let go.”

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