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"I was sucked into this story from the start..." Elise Marion (Author of the RONE award nominated "The Lady Knights of Barony")

About the Author

Ms. Blake's books were initially written strictly to quiet the voices in her head that kept telling her all these stories. Those who have read them encouraged her to make them available to the public. She released them with no expectation of them becoming a commercial success, but wanted to share them with others who might enjoy reading them. Each one of them is outside the industry standards for the genre in terms of length. She feels that they are told the way the stories needed to be told and understands that some readers do not want to invest that much time in a single work. However, she is happy to make them available to all of those who prefer novels that can't be read in a matter of hours, as she does. It takes a diverse group of readers to keep the industry strong and she applauds all those who buy and borrow any book of any genre, short or long. Certainly not all books are for all people. If Ms. Blake's books fit the bill for you, she hopes that you enjoy them.

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  • File Size: 1480 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: P.O.Milligan (April 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y8CCXY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon best-selling author, Raeann Blake has worked in software development for more than a decade, but uses a long history of experience in occupations from waitress to assembly line worker, from secretary to stay-at-home mom and more to lend credibility to many of her characters. A vivid imagination led her into being a "closet" author for more than five years before she finally decided to heed the advice and encouragement of her family and friends to share her work with others.

Her books were initially written strictly to quiet the voices in her head that kept telling her all these stories. She embarked on this journey with no expectations of becoming a commercial success, but wanted to share them with others who might enjoy reading them. Her stories are for adults and contain both explicit language and graphic content. Each of them is outside the industry standards for the genre in terms of length. She feels that they are told the way the stories needed to be told and understands that some readers do not want to invest that much time in a single work. However, she is happy to make them available to all of those who prefer novels that can't be read in a matter of hours, as she does. It takes a diverse group of readers to keep the industry strong and she applauds all those who buy and borrow any book of any genre, short or long. Certainly not all books are for all people. If her books fit the bill for you, she hopes that you enjoy them.

Raeann's love affair with books began long ago when her father became justifiably irritated after about her twentieth proclamation that she was bored and had nothing to do. In response, he shoved a book in her hand and told her to read it. Jack London's Call of the Wild was her first 'grown-up' book and she was hooked.

Although a native Texan, Raeann is convinced she was really supposed to have been born in Montana, or that she at least lived there in a previous life. She currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and a crazy dog that eats walls and pretty much anything else (the dog, not the husband). Between her full-time job, supporting her husband's band, and trying to keep the walls intact, she still finds time to write and feed that inner being that keeps whispering new stories in her ear that insist on being told.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mstay1 on May 27, 2012
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This book caught me off guard. I liked the concept of the book, but I honestly thought with the page length that I would loose interest halfway through. This often happens where a story begins with a strong lead then begins to get boring and I finally just skip to the last few pages. This was not the case for this book though. The book was definitely long, but it was actually interesting. Someone of the ending I could see coming a mile away, but I still wanted to read it through and see how the author wrapped it up. The book took me through an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, I cried and some characters I thought should have been shot just because how awful they treated everyone. You will root for Hailey, and pray for Clay.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Fence Hugger on May 24, 2012
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Holy COW! I had to spritz my face with cold water when I read the first love scene! STEAMY!! Raeann Blake is a terrific new author with a lot of promise. Taming Clay is a really good read with a great storyline and wonderful characters. It will move you to tears and it will make you laugh. If you're a fan of romance novels, you should get this book. You won't be disappointed. Can't wait for the next one!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Su on May 27, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and looking forward to reading more by Raeann Blake. Had a few moments where I thought Hailey was a little to quick to forgive some of Clay's words but the author still managed to keep it real. Absolutely howled over her temper in private after remaining so calm during interactions with Mr. Yates. A great read and an author I'll keep track of for the her next offering.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Germaine on July 13, 2012
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Once again I was sucked in by all those five-star reviews. I guess a lot of people value quantity over quality. I can only second the opinions of those who thought this book was waaaaay, waaaaay too long.

The hero is one of these guys who just can't trust women, no matter what. He owns a big ranch in Montana where his best bud, Laine, is his right-hand man and the grizzled old timer that helped raise him is also in residence. These two spend page after page after page convincing the hero that if he lets the heroine get away he'll regret it for the rest of his life. There's also a jealous cowgirl named Lynne who tries to make things hard for the heroine. Between Laine (a guy) and Lynne (a girl) I kept having to stop and figure out if it was the best bud or the evil girl talking. In the last twenty pages, Hero confesses his love for Heroine, they buy rings, Evil Lynne is fired and marched off the ranch, pals are happy, and they all live happily ever after. If I had been reading a paperback, I would have thrown it across the room.

The author could easily have slashed a hundred pages (mostly dialogue about the hero's feelings), and we would have a decent start on a good cowboy romance.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dizzle on May 30, 2012
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The book started off good, but what the author accomplished in 40 pages she could have accomplished in 5. I was only 10% through the book when I started checking too see how much I had left. I'm a fast reader, it usually doesn't take me long to get through a book. It felt like a chore to have to get to the end. I finally had to skip through the book. The characters were also unbelievable at times. I was starting to think the author was going to make Clay & Laine love interests the way some of their conversations were going. With the help of a good editor Blake could be a very good writer of romance books.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frances on May 29, 2012
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The first half of this book held my undivided attention and then it was down hill from there. I have to wonder do authors do re-writes, does anyone critique these books before publishing. This book had great promise, but the author, it seems, just wanted to produce a book of 400 pages. The more the story went on, the more it seemed that the main characters were so flawed that there was no way there could be a happy ever after. Clay's personality varied between paranoria, childlike in thought and behavior, to a strong man running a successful ranch, to a love sick cowboy. Hailey was abrasive and then sentimental, crying frequently. The supporting cast, however, were interesting and seemed to have a full time job bolstering up the main characters with there many hang-ups. I wanted this to be a good book, I tried and read to completion but scanning many pages. I believe I will delete this book from my Kindle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2012
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First let me start by saying that I was sucked into this story from the start. Its been awhile since I've read a good Western Romance, and this one was perfect with its rich Montana setting. I believed this story. I believed what the author was trying to convey. Never been on a ranch but I could totally see myself visiting the Double C Bar, especially if sexy, studly Clay is there!

As a character, he was very complex, which is something that I love in a romance hero. I like reading about a man that gets my insides just as twisted as the heroines. This was something I appreciated about Clay. Just like Hailey I wanted to kiss him and strangle him at the same time. While he was 'surly' it was plain to see that there was more to him than that and I thoroughly enjoyed digging deeper and deeper into his past. It made him a more sympathetic character. Without those background details, he would have come across as an abrasive jerk. I also loved that he was completely clueless when it came to women. Most romance novels portray the ultimate Romeo, who snaps an has the girls' panties dropping. While Clay was definitely swoon-worthy, his mouth often met his foot in his bungling attempts at conversation and romance. The loveable cast of secondary characters were there to guide him along the way. Speaking of which, I really appreciated the secondary characters .When the hero and heroine were getting on my nerves, they were there for me to fall back on as likeable and fun. I especially like Laine and wonder if the author plans a spinoff story about him and sexy cook Isobell...it could be interesting Raeann! *hint, hint*

Hailey as a heroine was not so complex, but then there wasn't much room for her to be with Clay and all his drama.
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