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But then all the things she wrote about them were really nice! Online, the phrase has bloomed into a deliciously ambiguous kiss-off, a usage modeled by Grande herself, directed toward anyone from a no-name rapper who covered the song to Piers Morgan, who criticized pop stars for appearing in revealing photo shoots.

The phrase is breezily transactional. It renders news anchors and ex-boyfriends into strangers, reducing them to the base level of politeness required by the social contract. It sharpens respect into a shiv. And yet it is vexing in its restraint, pre-emptively silencing any retaliatory efforts. We are living in a time of great pettiness. A big star can grow two sizes by doing something very small. Bhad Bhabie chucked a drink at Iggy Azalea and cemented her status as a memetic folk hero. Pusha T lobbed a literal baby into the middle of his rap war with Drake. The next level of beef is always the high road — ascending to that rarefied realm of conflict where put-downs are joined seamlessly with self-respect.

Amanda Hess is a critic at large for The Times. She writes about internet culture for the Arts section. From the vocal singularity embodied in Aretha Franklin to the otherworldly dance moves of Michael Jackson, black folks have long expected rigor from our R. Being the best in R. I grew up hearing debates about the worthiness of this or that singer devolve into shouting matches, the assertion that a favored artist could sing but not really sang being an affront to your system of taste and judgment. Mariah Carey was always an easy win. In a single verse, her melismatic contralto might argue with her teasing falsetto, alternating between lower and higher notes until she sounded more bird than human.

Her desire for cross-genre acceptance is part of what pushed her to write and arrange songs for herself that few other human beings could cover. Through the mids, to listen to a Mariah album, from lead single to deep cut, was to marvel at a maximalist pulling off her excesses, every run more dazzling than the last. And yet by the end of the aughts, she had begun receding behind her production, talk-singing and whispering where she used to overaccentuate each phrase. The rumored loss of her voice seemed to mark the end of an era altogether.

Few people argue over the voice of a singer the way they used to, but R. But the terms by which we expect rigor from these artists have changed, too. Contemporary R. The preferred feel is that of a raw outpouring of emotion alone in a bedroom with a laptop. To see R. The track has a few elastic moments at the top of verses, but for the most part, Carey maintains a syncopated, crooning sing-speak. She comes down from the vocal stratosphere to some place closer to the younger R.

What makes it different from her previous attempts at less ornate vocal arrangement is the confidence Carey exudes. This new phase of R.


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She has always been a quick study of current trends, and as a writer on 17 of her 18 No. Carey possesses a mischievous sense of humor best employed on Eminem diss tracks that is fit for our current age of trolling and lyrics made for memes. Over the past three decades, Mariah the vocalist has been so singular that other Mariahs went overlooked — the canny recognizer of trends, the pop star who pushed her label to make unlikely hip-hop collaborations happen and the songwriter who was funnier than people understood. Mariah, queen of glitter and lover of glamour, might never pull off a down-to-earth visual aesthetic, but she still possesses the tools to make music that embodies that feeling — and she has had these tools for years.

Last year, in a span of months, Meek Mill went from solitary confinement in a Pennsylvania prison to releasing an album that debuted at No. Sentenced at 21 to prison and years of probation, the year-old rapper has spent his entire adult life in and out of courts and prison, often for noncriminal violations like not adequately reporting his travel plans. But proved transformative. Along with writing an op-ed for The New York Times and appearing on national news shows, the rapper helped start the Reform Alliance, an organization dedicated to getting one million Americans out of the prison system.

How long did you work on the album? Probably eight months. Since I came out. I usually take about eight months to produce a piece as well. I feel the same way. So much of what you write is sociological, a study of the neighborhood. Your being from Philadelphia made me think about W. One of the older guys probably gave it to me. This was known as the first sociological study of black Americans in the country. He was trying to understand why black folks lived the way they lived.

And the social problems he identified — poverty, crime, illiteracy, white discrimination — are the exact same things you talk about years later. That was my life coming up, so it was normal. You said you were on the honor roll? I used to be, until, like, third grade. There was another book I got in prison, about black kids — the fourth grade, things go wrong and grades start to decline. That was my life. Mine was because I moved to a different neighborhood, rougher than the one I came from. Yeah, but I never believed that. I used to say I was going to be a normal story of the ghetto.

Was school easy for you? Pretty easy. Even if I ran the hallways, I would still be fairly good. Later on, when I really stopped trying, I was put in disciplinary schools. It was like a jail. You get strip-searched before you go in, fingerprinted every day. One day I just climbed over the gate and left. It was a public school organized like a jail? In other words, it was early conditioning for what everybody assumed your future was going to be.

When I finally went to jail, I already knew everybody. Everybody I went to school with was in the jail. What were you put in that school for? Fighting and acting up. I said in one of my raps, I was acting up in school because I thought it was cool, but really I was hurt. What type of motivation do you get if your mom is on drugs?

Your self-esteem is automatically just low. Some people have the determination to shoot to the top. I always say anger is an easier emotion to deal with than pain. They hurt, they torn, they scarred. Michelle Alexander. I went to public school. The books were falling apart. They probably still got the same books from when I was in school. I read a lot as a child, mostly because I was grounded all the time.

Then we had a black-studies course in high school, and I became obsessed with black history because it felt like, for the first time, the world made sense. You would see your community and how people lived, and they would tell you we just did not want better. But I could see how hard people worked, and they still could not get ahead. Studying history calmed me. The most I ever read was in prison.

Reading made me process the system. Because I am already a conspiracy theorist. People locked in the basement for 23 hours a day, being beat by the officers. Yes, the 13th. So you were first arrested — for the original charge — at 19? My first arrest was actually going to school. In sixth or seventh grade. I got caught and went to jail for trespassing.

My mom had to come get me. Selling crack. When I got back, I had to get back in the street and start really selling weed to get me a lawyer, because everyone who had a public defender got crucified. My mug shot has my face swollen, both sides of my face beat up. You know how his hand got fractured? Yeah, punching you. He charged me for him punching my face.

They said I pointed a gun at them. That always stuck with me. But if you were on probation and began smoking weed? I barely sleep from so much trauma. Sometimes you just want to smoke and go to sleep. This is your dad right here. My mom was a probation officer. In a place with no public transit, they would drive to work and get violated. That makes no sense. If you gave me three months, that is not lenient. In prison, you were and-1, right? Isolated all but one hour a day? Nobody can. I kept blacking out in the middle of the day — not passing out, but like falling asleep. Twenty-three and a half hours a day.

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Come out to take a shower, back to your cell. When did you realize that you had a platform, and that you should use it to advocate for more than yourself? When I saw the support people gave me. He keeps going to jail. I caught one case at the age of I am I have never been back to prison for a crime. Basically all billionaires except me. Robert Kraft saw me in prison, and he was like, How are you still smiling? He was like, If that was me, I would be depressed, mad, angry. Yeah, but that comes from my environment. So how do you deal with the trauma?

I just override it. Rapping is one of my therapies. The saddest thing I can think about is Lil Snupe, an artist I had signed, got killed at 18 by a grown man. That bothered me a lot for two years, but I suppressed it and never really addressed it. Then one day, I started realizing that had damaged me, and I thought about it a lot.

Do you actually think Reform Alliance can change the system? That will be a big win for a lot of kids who will enter the system and probably would have gotten 10 to Hell, yeah. I got a mean team with me. How many people does it take to write a No. Aubrey Graham, a.

Drake, is the first voice we hear, though his verse will be abruptly cut off. Just wait till it drops. In , the Swiss producer Ozan Yildirim, a. Oz, was given an email address that supposedly belonged to Travis Scott. Keep sending. Oz got help with a synthesizer sound from his friend Mirsad Dervic, a. M-Dee, an appliance salesman who makes music on his days off.

Oz also used a sound from a pack of samples created by the German producing duo Tim and Kevin Gomringer, a. Things telescope from there …. Kid Hood. Big Hawk, who was killed in The beat grinds to a halt with a series of distorted kick drums before moving to its final section. He was producing for local M. Music crew, of which Young is a member. Young helped Scott in crafting lyrics. Jonah Weiner is a contributing writer for the magazine. His last feature for the magazine was about the director Adam McKay. Tay Keith: Zach Boisjoly. Mirsad Dervic by Ozan Yildirim.

I was under pretty deep. I, at least, assumed that Ally would turn into somebody like Brandi Carlile, a songwriter whose singing regularly reaches the stratosphere but who we can tell is grounded and real because she holds a guitar the way, for some of us, a lawyer holds a degree from Yale — and because Thanks, craft-neutral manager! But these women are grilling that cheese. Why did you do that — do that, do that, do that, do that — to ME?

But I watched Ally perform it with my hand to my mouth. This song is confection and sex and feel-copping. Jackson thinks so. As much as I wanted to save this sexy, damaged, doomed man, on this, we disagree. It is a staple of singalongs, the sort of song that gets belted out by groups gathered at marshmallow roasts and swimming pools. Its recent history is clearer. In November , Pinkfong, a South Korean educational brand, released a hopped-up rendition with an accompanying animated video.

It was this clip that inspired the hashtag BabySharkChallenge, instigating a viral craze that has racked up more than two billion YouTube views and spawned unnumbered spinoffs starring everyone from Indonesian farmworkers to Filipino marines to Cardi B to, undoubtedly, your friends, your family, your baby trussed in a shark costume. Jody Rosen is a contributing writer for the magazine and the author of a forthcoming book about bicycles. The video opens with the Carters dressed in gorgeous suits hers a Peter Pilotto in pink and red; his, sea-foam green Dries Van Noten standing — alone — in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

Whose history belongs in our museums? The video and song meditate on this question. The history of black people has too often been presented as little more than a curiosity. During the 16th century, Africans were exhibited in the Vatican, and in a young Congolese man called Ota Benga was forcibly kept at the Bronx Zoo. Even now, landmark museums like the Louvre tend to exhibit artwork that depicts Africans and their descendants as household servants and domestic workers.

One great complexity regarding the couple is their overt embrace of capitalism. Are they disrupting the status quo or reinforcing it? But just beneath all that spending seethes an abject rage. Love is hard, unflattering work that sometimes requires setting aside ego and reputation. What would a world created entirely by and for black people look like? They are asserting that they belong. Are we even sure that the genre ever happened? Pop punk married punk power chords with the singable hook of a radio hit. The aesthetic was embarrassing, even in its time — circuses, graveyards, men in eyeliner.

Want to fantasize about murdering your ex? For a brief, fun lapse in those dubious years, such thoughts were best expressed in a high, clear whine, interspersed with bouts of indiscriminate screaming. To me, at 14, it was more than visceral, a soundtrack for a time of hormonal disarray. Like most rappers of this latest generation, these influences evolved in a post-streaming world, where albums existed as free-floating tracks, somewhat detached from imposed genre labels.

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Rap music turns on its habit-forming beats, and pop punk thrives on earwormish hooks. Accounting for the keen melodrama of both genres, it makes perfect sense that a hybridized form would triumph in this new streaming ecosystem. Juice WRLD is not the first or only artist to work in the emo-rap subgenre. The troubles of this music scene have been well covered; in brief, they reflect the real perils of our time — gun violence, a crisis of masculinity, dual drug and mental-health epidemics.

If the pop-punk songs of decades past were grandiose enough to be written off as camp, then the latest wave of emo-rap seems somehow right-sized for the terrors of our moment. Jamie Lauren Keiles is a writer in Queens working on a novel about smoking. A couple of weeks before she would step onstage to accept the Grammy for Album of the Year, Kacey Musgraves was under the covers in the bedroom at the back of her tour bus, pondering the nature of the universe. She had a little unexpected time on her hands.

A show in Chicago had been canceled, thanks to the polar freeze that had descended over the Midwest, leaving her stuck in the middle of a vast tundra with a buildup of tour adrenaline and nowhere to put it. Later, she would stand in a diaphanous scarlet Valentino dress at the Grammys, giving a speech that could, given her tone and reputation, be read as subtly anti-authoritarian. Not so much. And very responsibly! Enough to be able to get outside of yourself and see a different perspective or point of view. What makes Musgraves such a resonant figure right now, in fact, is the way her response to a dark, anxious moment in human history is to move willfully closer to lightness, to stillness, toward the possibility of a world that comes in more colors than red or blue.

When she talks about art thriving in this climate, she means it — just not in the same sense as, say, angry punks railing against the Reagan administration. What she means is that right now, the best rebellion involves turning off the hate and making space for hope. I missed her in Chicago, where everyone was trapped inside, the streets vacant apart from the odd extreme-weather junkie taking photographs of ice floes.

I had indeed seen her Instagramming this kind of mysterious, late-night Discovery Channel-type stuff — the sort of thing teenagers once saw at the IMAX theater on a field trip after getting stoned. How did she get into it? And yet even in her early years, when Musgraves looked more the part of your average Nashville aspirant, in cowboy boots and blond highlights, there was always a kind of poise, an innate regality that set her apart.

This, perhaps, is the other side of her East Texas grit — the one that manifests less as yee-haw joy and more as D. Musgraves grew up in Golden, Tex. She would make it happen on her own terms. And not in a baller way — like very small-business, check-to-check kind of a thing. But they made all their own decisions. Growing up, she had a Spice Girls poster in her room — Ginger, with her wild tattoo, made a strong impression — and listened to emo rock bands like the Used and Dashboard Confessional. There was, of course, the requisite period in which a teenage Musgraves turned her back on the whole cowgirl thing.

But this rebellion turned out to be short-lived. I want to mix that in with something modern.


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  6. This is a big-deal event in the business; its attendees are queen-makers in an industry in which success is still determined by access to radio airwaves. A young woman takes the stage at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, the so-called Mother Church of country, about to play the song that could make or break her career. A star is born.

    For Musgraves, performing alongside Dolly Parton at the Grammys, winning Album of the Year, presenting an award at the Oscars — all of this is unequivocally her dream. Wait, I can use my brain, sit on my ass and make a living? By the time Musgraves eventually located her particular voice, it was already honed to a sharp edge.

    Back on her bus, in Wisconsin, after playing to a couple thousand freezing fans who arrived lit and ready to party, Musgraves decompressed again. I enjoy it! She puttered around her kitchen, making mugs of ginger tea. She might have scrolled through the looks her stylist had just sent through for the Grammys; she was still searching for something just right to match Dolly Parton. If I ever have a girl, it could be cute to give her P.

    Sparkles, or Makeup Beauty, or whatever, you know? Lots to do. She carries her Bluetooth speaker from room to room with the tender devotion of a mother cat ferrying kittens across a flooded stream. Over the last year, an increasingly dominant voice in this mix has been Post Malone, a year-old sort-of-rapper from suburban Dallas. Like most other post-Drake stars, he is an amphibious rap-singer who likes to brag about his vast wealth and sexual conquests — except when he is spending long soulful interludes lamenting exactly those things. But Post Malone, my daughter helped me understand, is popular as much for his persona as for his music.

    He is a superhero of silly, sloppy, irresponsible ease — a hard-living, cheerful goofball whose happiness makes everyone else happy. He seems to smile with extra teeth. Everything he does seems half-accidental.

    He first learned to play guitar because he was extremely good at the video game Guitar Hero. He chose his stage name using an online rap-name generator. His real name is Austin Post. This sort of giddy misidentification is, in fact, the key to Post Malone. He is not exactly a rapper but is also not not a rapper.

    His musical roots reach down to country, metal, folk and rock — online, you can watch him play loving covers of Bob Dylan and Nirvana. And yet his megasuccess has mainly come under the umbrella of hip-hop. This story was a sexy fun read! Ryder Blackwell, the oldest son has turned his and his families fortunes around from dirt poor as a teenager to one of he largest ranchers with billions of dollars at his disposal. Ryder has never had to chase women, he knows he is attractive and then add to that his financial status , women are generally clamoring to get in his bed, but in a twist of fate the one women he wants, wants nothing to do with him, Dr Lara.

    Montgomery The Billionare Cowboy? Montgomery a veterinarian has made up her mind to steer clear of Ryder , new to town she and tryin to build her business she does not need the gossip that would follow, after all she has already heard all the gossip about Ryder and his sexual prowess. Is Lara attracted to him hell yes , but for her own security she will keep turning him down not tha seems to deter him , he keeps asking her out even after chewing him out over a calf who got tangled up in some fencing. He keeps asking and the only way to avoid giving in is to stay at a distance and angry!

    Unfortunately for Lara her anger will be the one thing that leads her right into Ryder's trap and he was counting on it! He purchased at auction the brood mare he knew she wanted right out from under her on purpose knowing she would come to him ready to go off like a fire cracker, which he loves when she is mad.

    Lara falls right into step and shows up at his ranch ready to fight for what she wants, but how badly does she want the horse, enough to spend the weekend with him, because he can not wait to have her under him, he has spent weeks fantasizing about it! Know he is not that much of a low life, he tells her she can have the horse if she can spend the weekend and run a ranch as well as he does alone, since she is always calling his abilities in question over that calf! Though Lara loathe the idea the reality is she wants that mare , she has pinned her dreams on it so she will stay.

    Besides she is mad enough at him know to keep her distance, as if! Time together watching this incredibly sexy cowboy dissolves her willpower till she is almost drooling over him, things get hot and steamy and complications arise in the form of an X boyfreind! But X boyfreind please meet the immovable wall that is Ryder! Loved this well written short story was a truly enjoyable read, with a cute story line and just the right amount of angst!

    Book graciously provided by St. Martin Griffin via Net Galley! View 1 comment. Oct 18, Brooke rated it it was ok Shelves: arcs. The gist: Ryder is a billionaire cattle rancher. Lara is a vet. In an attempt to get her to pay him some attention, he bought a thoroughbred horse he knew she was planning on buying.

    When Lara came to his ranch seeking to buy the horse from him, he proposed he stay the weekend with him in exchange. The story was well-written. It was as well-developed as a decent short story can be. The characters were likable enough. There was a bit of humor. Some of them can be quite enjoyable. Jul 07, Jennifer rated it really liked it. I know there are a lot of romances out there about billionaires with love interests that are virgins for some reason.

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    But this is not the case with Ryder and Lara. In fact the billionaire part really takes back seat. He worked hard for his money and continues to work his ranch even though he could pay others to do the work for him. Lara is a strong female that knows what she wants and she works hard to get it. The problem is Ryder is something she wants but knows she should stay away from him.

    But she finds herself falling for the cowboy when she shows her that all the rumors about his talents are not exaggerated. With the novella being less than pages it moves at a fast pace which is not a bad thing but there was a suspense element that was thrown in towards the end of the story that I felt was a little sudden and out of place.

    Sep 14, Nina rated it really liked it. Who can resist a cowboy? I know I can't. The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter was a very sexy, yet cute short story featuring a sexy cowboy and a headstrong and sassy vet. Ryder and Lara together was such fun to read. They had good chemistry going and the sex between them was steamy. The writing was smooth, the pacing was fast, although not rushed and the character development of both of the main characters were good. Although short, Ms.

    Baxter did a fine job of delivering the story as a whole. With that, I didn't feel cheated after reading The Billionaire Cowboy as I usually do with some novellas. Overall, The Billionaire Cowboy was a satisfying read. I'm glad I found this series. I'm already looking forward to the next two book in this new e-series from Mandy Baxter! Sep 08, Heather andrews rated it it was amazing. Lara is an upfront and honest girl, "you can afford not to care.

    Whatever happens this weekend, you'll still be the legendary Ryder Blackwell. And I'll be nothing more than another notch on your bedpost. The urge to open his fly and pound into her was almost too strong to resist. And then I'm going to make you breakfast and take care of you for the rest of the day. Sep 07, A. Von rated it really liked it. Oh how I love reading a romance with cowboys. Add the fact that they're billionaire's and well. Double the yum? The Billionaire Cowboy is fun, sexy, funny and a quick read for any fan of the genre. This was my first time reading anything by Mandy Baxter and I have to say, I look forward to much more!

    Oct 07, Marcela BookaholicCat rated it really liked it. Sweet, sexy, fun and a cowboy. Do I need to say anything else? Sep 25, Tina "IRead2Escape" rated it really liked it Shelves: part-of-a-series , reading-challenge , hotness-rating-3 , to-review , contemporary-romance , novella , to-review-netgalley , christmas. Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 Review to come. May 11, The Book Junkie Reads. Oct 06, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance. This was a fun read that keeps your smiling, it is a short story that you will want to read in one setting.

    What a way to start a series, I cannot wait to read the rest of them. Ryder is a headstrong alpha male who has everything going for him. He is a very handsome, tough cowboy who can have any women he pretty well wants. There is one women he wants more than a This was a fun read that keeps your smiling, it is a short story that you will want to read in one setting. He more into a few one nightstands not a meaningful relationship. The new vet in town will not give him the time of day, his plans is to take the one thing she wants most in this world away from her.

    Then give it back to her if she agrees to come work on his ranch for the weekend. He knows the little spit fire will come running and when she does he has his plans for getting her into his bed. Oh yes he has got this or does he? Lara well she has plans of her own and they do not include the rich, infuriating, and unbearably sexy Ryder.

    She has a business to start, a family to overcome and a name to make. She is madder than a wet hen, how dare he do this, but she has plans of her own to win back the one thing she wants most in this world. If she teaches him a lesson along the way so be it. If she can just get her emotion, thoughts and feelings under control she might come out of this the winner. This was a fun loving romance where each have lessons to learn. Things do not always come easy sometimes attraction is just too strong to walk away from.

    Plans do not always work as we plan them but in the long run they usually turn out for the best. I like closure and from what I can see these characters will not be showing up in the other series planned but I could be wrong. I found all the characters to be wonderful, his brother was a trip and lord his mother is something else. It does not give you a lot of useless information. However I do feel it was a little to short, I would have liked to seen closure.

    This is a story that could easily be built on and taken so much farther. For a short read I felt it was an outstanding read with lots of passion without filling the book up with pages and pages of sex. It is a get to the point book and move on, I found that to be very likeable. It does state that it is a Christmas read, I did not find anything about Christmas in this book. This is the first book of this authors I have read, I do look forward to reading more from this author. I found this to be a total enjoyable read. If you are looking for a fun loving, easy read than I recommend this book.

    Oct 06, Patty McKenna Van Hulle rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , hellion , mega-boocoo-bucks , western-romance , cowboy , cowgirl , great-series , pita-relatives , scarred-on-the-inside , pull-the-fire-alarm-hot. He has been able to get any woman he wants, but the local vet, Lara, while not give him the time of day! Because that snake bought HER horse that was the beginning of her breed ranch!

    To get her horse back, he wants her to spend the weekend at his ranch, but Lara won't sleep with him for a horse. So we have the oldest war of male verses female! Ryder is planning to kill her with pure sinful decadent indulgences, but Lara is planning to show him that what she lacks in muscle, she will make up with her pure will! Does Ryder want her to go? Who got the horse? This is my 1st romance by Ms. Lara was a strong willed sassy southern heroine that learned the hard way to only count on herself. NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.

    Aug 26, Sophia rated it liked it Shelves: net-galley-reads , review-requests , western-fiction-romance. I thought the premise sounded good and once in a while I am in the mood for something short and to the point. And that is exactly what I got with this first in a series about three billionaire brothers who make the big bucks in their chosen professions with this being about the oldest Blackwell who is a successful rancher.

    Ryder Blackwell can have anything he wants these days and is a far cry from his family's humble beginnings, but other than his ranch, the one thing he wants isn't all that easy I thought the premise sounded good and once in a while I am in the mood for something short and to the point. Ryder Blackwell can have anything he wants these days and is a far cry from his family's humble beginnings, but other than his ranch, the one thing he wants isn't all that easy in acquiring.

    Veterinarian Lara Montgomery has bewitched him and turned him inside out since the first day he met her when she ripped him a new one about a calf that got caught in the fence. Since then, he has asked her out several times and shown his interest, but she shoots him down or ignores him. But that is about to change because now he has something she wants. Lara isn't oblivious to the attractive rancher who can and has had every woman he wants according to the local gossip, but she refuses to be one of the many notches on his bedpost. She is starting over and trying to repair her family's reputation and she won't let it get tarnished by being seen with a player like Ryder Blackwell.

    Unfortunately, he outbid her at the auction for the pedigreed thoroughbred mare she has been saving for that will be the first step toward her dream of a reputable stable like her granddad had. He makes an unusual offer that she can't refuse as she is determined that she will not let him get to her while she fulfills her side of the bargain to acquire the mare. As I said, this was shorter one with not a lot of development, but just an unapologetic passionate weekend encounter that manages to break down the barriers toward a nice resolve. It provided an engaging plot with two people who had an ongoing attraction from before the beginning of the story.

    The hero's ploy brought them close together so they could act on their mutual attraction though also learn that was a lot more to a person than their public reputations. I enjoyed all, but Lara's quick to judge attitude and catty jealousy that made her seem mean until she paid attention to what she was seeing from Ryder himself. Ryder saw her as a breath of fresh air because she wasn't interested in his money which is very true and he had no long lasting plans at first so she was right to sense that about him. In the end, they both got more than they bargained for as they scorched things up around the ranch.

    This takes place around Christmas time and is put out there as a holiday read, but I didn't see more than a nod toward a Christmas theme. I would suggest this would appeal to those who are looking for a fast, sassy and hot contemporary cowboy romance. My thanks to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Sep 19, Wendy rated it did not like it. I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I choose this book the day before yesterday because it was a short read, and it sounded rather appealing.

    When I chose to request the book I was under the impression, based on its inclusion in an email from Netgalley about Christmas-themed books, that it was Christmas-themed. I saw maybe three mentions of Christmas, and they were all in passing. That was one small strike against it small because I figured that it was possible that I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. But the strikes just kept building.

    My main problems with the book are as follows: 1. Character development or the lack thereof. The characters were thin, boring, and to be honest, annoying. It really seemed like they were almost the same character in two bodies of different genders. Both worried about ridiculous things, both silly, and both determined to have their own way. They got on my nerves, and honestly, if it wasn't such a short story, I would have stopped reading it.

    The relationship between the two characters. Ryder and Lara seemed to be either arguing with each other, or getting it on. There didn't seem to be any middle ground, and that got very wearing after a while. It's not very believable that two people could argue so much, and then just immediately start having sex - or that they would suddenly just fall into a relationship with each other.

    I spent much of my reading time rolling my eyes. Plot development or lack thereof. Ryder buys a horse that Lara wants, and tells her he'll give her the horse if she spends the weekend at his ranch - because he intends to get her into bed. I won't say how it ends so as not to give it away, but I will say that there was a lot more that could have been done with this plot, even in the short number of pages allotted to this story, and it wasn't.

    It didn't seem like the plot moved forward at all - time moved forward, but that was all. The sex. Graphic sex in a book can be great, but this just irritated me. She's angry but she's wet enough to have a lake in her pants okay, maybe not that wet, but still! I mean, come on! Even if this is supposed to be erotica, this was just over the top for me. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I just couldn't. I might try others by this author, to see if it was just this one book or if I just don't like her style in general, but this book definitely did not land itself on my 'favorites' shelf.

    Mar 02, A Klue rated it really liked it. The cover and book synopsis pretty much says it all. Expect a quick read with very explicit steamy scenes and reformed bad boy behavior. This hero is bound and determined to win the heart of the heroine by any means necessary. It just so happens she had her heart set on buying a particular horse to rekindle her family's horse breeding business. Said hero deliberately bought the horse first, knowing she would come after him to claim it. Yes, it is a pretty predictable read but sometimes it's O. This was no exception. Said hero had such a loose reputation with OW that the heroine knew not to get involved with him.

    I must admit that is a trait I don't like to see in my romantic reads. This girl at least has enough pride not to want to be another notch on his bedpost. Baxter does usually interject some relationship worthy moments so sexcapades don't always hijack her storylines An exception would be Rocked by the Billionaire. It was my least favorite. There is a collection series available in one book, and you can save some dinero if you buy it instead of each one individually. Unless, of course, you take into account you might want to skip the novella I just mentioned.

    At the time of this review, The Billionaire Sheriff has not been published separately. Eventually, it will be made available outside the Tall, Dark, Billionaire Texan series. Sep 18, Melliane rated it really liked it. The format is pretty short, but it is also something that is interesting because it allows us to read the book between two novels and quite fast.

    The Billionaire’s Club: New York

    Ryder Blackwell owns a ranch and became a billionaire in years. He always gets what he wants, remains a highly coveted man and does not hesitate to control everything and everyone around him. Yet a person will resist him … Lara. He tries to invite this woman to a date since he met her but the latter refused each time. Stung, he will do everything to get her to come to the ranch and for that he buys the horse she wanted more than anything as it seems like the only solution.

    But by playing with fire, he may well be burned too. But whatever happens, Lara is determined to stay away from him! I enjoyed getting to know these two characters. She has not had an easy life and it is true that it is very easy to understand her desires, even if nothing is simple.

    As for Ryder, he had a complicated life as well and we discover more about that in the story. He is a man who is used to getting everything he wants, and for once, this one resists him, making her even more irresistible. It was really nice to see them together. Feb 20, Misty Reds Romance Reviews rated it it was amazing. Ryder Blackwell is a man who knows what he wants, and isn't afraid to go after it, and that just so happens to include his towns new veterinarian Lara Montgomery.

    He has wanted her since he first laid eyes on her, but every time he asks her out she denies him, so now he has to resort to some shady tactics to lure her in and hopefully on his good side. He is hoping his one stitch last effort lands him the girl Lara Montgomery has been trying to avoid the advances on one very d Ryder Blackwell is a man who knows what he wants, and isn't afraid to go after it, and that just so happens to include his towns new veterinarian Lara Montgomery.

    Lara Montgomery has been trying to avoid the advances on one very devastatingly handsome rancher who would love nothing more than to add her to his long list of lovers, but no matter how much she tries to stay away he always finds a way to lure her into his world. She has to admit that she is attracted to him, and is quite curious if all the rumors about him being a excellent lover are true, but she doesn't ever plan to find out the answer to her question.

    She doesn't do relationships anymore, her sole focus is one rebuilding her families horse business and a roll in the hay with Ryder Blackwell would only derail plan This short, but oh so sexy, little read immediately pulled me in and had me flying through the pages in search of what I hoped to be a spicy little happily ever after, and I am happy to report I found that and SO much more!!

    I got so wrapped up in their story that I ended up staying up well past my bedtime just to finish it, and I have to say it was WELL worth the loss of sleep!! After finishing this read I am certain of two things, 1. This book has bestseller written all over it!! Highly recommend you give this read a try, not only will you be treated to some truly exceptional reading, but also have the opportunity to meet smooth talking alpha that is destined to steal your heart and leave you with a smile on your face!!

    Jul 04, Home. To read this review and others like it check out my site at www. I don't know why but I would rather sit and read a slow paced super long novel then a really good novella, I mean there is only so much character development you can do in such a short amount of time the exception to this of course is novellas that go along with a series.

    But since I really love Mandy Baxter aka Amanda Bonilla I went ahead and gave thi To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.