This book contains two short stories about the West brothers Nick and Blake who left the family ranching business to pursue other careers. Because these are short stories of course they are not as in depth as James's novel-length cowboy books, but they are still fun and worth a read.
(4 stars) "Mistress Christmas"
Accountant Holly fills in as Mistress Christmas for a couple shifts at a gentleman's club as a favor to her friend the owner. Nick is an undercover cop investigating a claim that Mistress Christmas drugs her customers and robs them blind.
I really enjoyed this story. It had more plot than most and I wished it were a full-length novel. I laughed out loud a couple times at some of "not-so-saint Nick's" lines. Enjoyed the wallet scene and the misunderstanding worked for me. The end had a little twist I didn't expect.
( 3.5 stars) "Miss Firecracker"
After drunkenly trashing a bar to celebrate the end of her reign, former Miss Firecracker Willow must pay off her debt for the damage by waiting tables. She falls for bartender Blake who is temporarily managing the bar while the owner is on vacation.
Well, I'll give James points for doing her research or perhaps previously working in a bar. She had a lot of details right - Ok, maybe the hot sex in the storage room and on the bar rail aren't realistic, but it's fiction and a girl can dream. I enjoyed this story for the location of the bar, the creativity of the sex with maraschino cherries (who knew they could be so exciting?) and the push and pull between the personalities of the couple.
Overall definitely worth a read. If you've never read a James book before, this will give you a sample of her easy-reading style and then I'd recommend trying out her full-length novels, which allow for more character and relationship development.