The Particulars: Love Spell, 1994, Out of Print
A RUN FOR THE ROSESIs It In Wendy's TBR?: Uh, no.
Allyn Cameron had never been accused of being a Southern belle. Whether running her own saloon or competing in the Rapid City Steeplechase, the brazen beauty knew the thrill of victory and banked on winning. No man would take anything she possessed--not her business, not her horse, and especially not her virtue-- without the fight of his life.
An expert on horseflesh and women, Josh Manners desired only the best in both. Sent to buy Allyn's one-of-a-kind colt, he made it his mission to tame the thoroughbred's owner. But his efforts to win Allyn for his personal stable failed miserably when she roped, corralled, and, branded him with her scorching passion.
Any Reviews?: Just a completely unhelpful and vague 1-star Amazon customer review. C'mon people. If a book is bad enough to earn a 1-star rating, you can froth at the mouth a bit and give me some gory details. Just sayin'.
Oh, and while I didn't find a review for this one in RT's archives, they did give the follow-up book, Sheik's Glory, 3 stars.
Anything Else?: You know how you can sometimes read a back cover blurb and just know a book would drive you batshit crazy if you tried to read it? That was my reaction here. The heroine runs and owns a saloon, nobody would accuse her of being a "Southern belle," (so not a snooty-tooty ladee) and yet there's that word "virtue" tossed in there that makes me think "Virgin ahoy!" Sorry. Nothing against virgins, but trying to picture one running and operating her own saloon in the Old West causes my brain to melt a little bit.
Also, I'm totally confused by the "Sheik" in this title. It's a western. I mean, how likely is it the hero is a sheik? Not very. So I'm going to guess that the horse's name is "Sheik." Which would make sense if it's some Arabian thoroughbred. But talk about misleading. Maybe Love Spell was hoping to not only snag western readers with this one, but also Sheik-lovin' hero readers who would buy this one without looking closely at the plot description....
And is that a little heart dotting the "i" in Sheik?! If the couple copulating in the hayloft doesn't scream "romance novel!" to the reader, that cutesy lil' heart surely will. Barf. I think I need to lie down and put a cool cloth on my forehead now....