Having spent the last few years as part of a fundamentalist religious community, Charity has escaped and is now fleeing the cult that wants to keep her captive. When she crashes her car in the middle of a storm, the only protection she can find is with Russ, a stranger who provides her shelter, comfort, and enough heat to forget about the storm outside. But Russ is hiding something and Charity still isn’t safe.
Rustled is a pretty spicy romance with a crunchy coating of suspense, and it is a lot of fun. Charity is very young and inexperienced, but she’s also got a head on her shoulders and determination to get what she wants. Understandably, given her time in the cult, she is desperate to gain control of her own life and develop some independence, but at the same time, she’s a bit of a lost, broken bird.
Russ has his own issues (which I won’t go into because spoilers!), but despite his own past, or perhaps because of it, he is incredibly protective of Charity. He wants to save her and, at one point does take his protective nature to the point of being controlling, but Charity isn’t the sort to let that fly and Russ has to learn that there’s more to her than the little girl he dragged from a lake.
A little bit of control, however, is just what Charity wants in the bedroom. She might be inexperienced, but she’s willing to learn and she wants Russ to teach her. In terms of the steam rating on this one, Rustled straddles (so to speak) the line between romance and erotica, with some very light BDSM and a lot of passion.
I really enjoyed this romance. It is very sexy, good fun, with a little suspense story line to boot.