Below you will find info along with my personal review of Corralling Callie by Amelia Smarts.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Amelia Smarts. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Author: Amelia Smarts
Narrator: Gideon Welles
Length: 3 hours 45 minutes
Publisher: Amelia Smarts⎮2017
Genre: Western Romance
For eighteen-year-old orphan Callie Broderick, going west as a mail-order bride seems to be the only hope she has for a decent husband. But when she sets out for the gold-mining town of Sacramento with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a stagecoach ticket, she quickly discovers that the trip will be quite a bit different than she expected.
As a former soldier and an experienced coachman, Jude Johnson is used to difficulties and dangers of all kinds during the arduous journey west, but he has never had to deal with trouble like Callie before. Not being the kind of man to kick a penniless orphan off his coach, he puts up with the sassy, disobedient girl for as long as he can, but when Callie’s antics put the lives of his passengers at risk Jude is forced to take matters into his own hands and spank her soundly.
The stern punishment leaves her thoroughly chastened and promising to behave, and Jude soon realizes that when she puts aside her foul-mouthed, defiant façade, the real Callie is as sweet and kind as she is beautiful. As the days pass, he takes it upon himself to guide her, care for her, and give her the loving discipline she so desperately needs, as often as she needs it. But when they reach their destination, will he be able to give her up?
Amelia Smarts is a #1 Amazon bestselling author who was named Best New Spanking Romance Author in the 2016 Spanking Romance Reviews Reader’s Poll. She writes kinky romance novels containing domestic discipline, spanking, and Dominance/submission. Usually her stories involve a cowboy, and they always involve a man’s firm hand connecting with a woman’s naughty backside. She believes it’s important to tell a good story in addition to portraying hot sex and discipline scenes. For each book, she endeavors to write complex, flawed heroes and heroines who struggle, but eventually succeed, in their journey to love and happiness. A longtime lover of the written word, Amelia holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in creative writing and English. She loves to read, which allows her writing to be influenced by many different genres in addition to romance, including mystery, adventure, history, and suspense.
Aside from that, this is a fairly good Western Romance. I like how Callie has some spunk to her that is defined by her abusive past. I do feel she is a bit naive to have been through as much as she has supposedly been through. She is prepared to become a mail order bride to escape her past and have a better future but she is young… and that comes through.
It takes some pretty heavy handed, literally, punishments to get her to calm down and focus. This leads to romance. For me, it seems like Jude is more of a father figure than a romantic one and Callie just jumps from an abusive past into an abusive future. Daddy issues? That’s just my take.
The narrator has a nice voice that really lends to the western feel of this story. He has some grit when reading for Jude and enough tenderness and naivety when reading as Callie.
If you like these types of romance novels, this is one you’d probably like to have on your list.
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