Abbie Adams and Maggie Ryan Diamond in the Rough: The Red Petticoat Saloon
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Marshal Tripp Houston makes his own luck and doesn’t believe in chance—until Lady Luck smiles up at him with her cat-like green eyes. If it’s the last thing he does, Tripp is dead set on bringing down the vile Shotgun Slick Gang. It’s been said that the outlaws have a woman traveling with them. Tripp is almost certain that woman is Diamond, especially with her sneaking around and asking lots of questions. But, if he’s wrong, and she is the innocent she proclaims, then once every last slimy one of the gang are swinging from a tree, he plans to hand in his tin star and settle down with the little card-dealing gem who ran away with not only his horse, but his heart as well. After all, he knows just how to tame a feisty gem.

Diamond won’t take no for an answer, especially when it comes to those bossy men of Culpepper Cove standing in the way of finding her sister Damaris—not even when it means she will end up with a hot, achy backside over the knee of one very stubborn lawman. The trail she’d been following for months led her to Culpepper Cove and The Red Petticoat Saloon where she entertains the men while dealing blackjack and sifting through their conversations for information that will help her find Damaris—but she doesn’t go upstairs. That is until the night she makes a silly bet, (it had worked for Jewel, hadn’t it?) and ends up falling for the man who tried her patience at every turn. Will the bet cost more than her virginity? She hadn’t wagered her heart, but she may very well have lost it to him already.

DISCLAIMER: This book contains the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes including anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.

About The Red Petticoat series:

The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today  bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, 'a gem', who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.

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Abbie Adams and Maggie Ryan

Diamond in the Rough: The Red Petticoat Saloon

Published by: Blushing Press

Copyright 2016 Blushing Books and Abbie Adams & Maggie Ryan
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Number of Chapters: Thirteen - Word Count: 53000



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As with all of the stories in The Red Petticoat Saloon series, they each are standalone and can be read in any order. Certain characters are prevalent in most of the stories, like Madam Jewel and Gabe, a few of the other Gems and townspeople. Not all gems work upstairs entertaining the men, some wear pink petticoats and only work downstairs, serving drinks, singing, dancing and dealing cards.

Delaney Donohoe has been traveling in search of her sister, Damaris, and always seems to arrive in an area after she and the men she is traveling with have moved on. Delaney finds herself in Culpepper Cove, California, out of money and goes to work dealing cards at the Red Petticoat saloon. She keeps her ears open to conversations and knows that she will eventually get a lead on her sister.

Marshall Tripp Houston is after the Shotgun Slick Gang and knows they are somewhere near Culpepper Cove. He just seems to miss them while trailing them and the destruction and murder they leave behind. There is a young woman with them, and her description matches the new card dealer, Diamond, at the Red Petticoat.

What happens when Diamond is so sure she will win a bet and have Marshall Houston help her locate her sister, and she loses that bet? She agreed to twenty-four hours of submission, and now she will have to honor her agreement. Diamond only wears a pink petticoat, and never goes upstairs or entertains men except at the card table. What happens when Tripp discovers she is a virgin? This is their journey.

The story takes the reader on a journey, one that has a sister willing to go to the ends of the earth to try and find her older sister and rescue her. Delaney is so set on her goal that she makes many foolish mistakes, ones that could cost her life, but instead, she pays with her bottom and spankings. Diamond, accepts a bet, she just knew she would win, but instead, it cost her a night and her virginity. Delaney only has Damaris, and she is determined to find her, even if she gets into trouble multiple times and pays the price. When will she learn to trust Tripp, Gabe and the other good men of Culpepper Cove that really have her and her sister’s best interest in mind? “There’s that trust again, but, well, why don’t you give it a shot?” How will Damaris heal from the vile acts she has witnessed, be a victim of and what she must do to escape with her life? “Shout, scream, hell, curse if you need, but Damaris, exorcise your demons.”

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A brilliant addition to the Red Petticoat Saloon series

I was concerned from reading the first few sentences of this book that it might be too dark for me. Fortunately, that was not the case at all. The book is warm, with fully-developed characters and an intriguing plot. While search for her missing sister, Delaney ends up dealing cards at the Red Petticoat Saloon. The Marshall is searching for a bloodthirsty gang of outlaws who are rumored to have a female card player with them, so he has been quietly observing Delaney for clues. Unfortunately for her, that means he follows her when she sneaks outside for some fresh air. He becomes fascinated with her, but still tattles to Gabe about finding her outside, earning her a thorough spanking for leaving the Saloon alone after dark. From there, their relationship quickly develops, with the help of a few hands of cards. Hot love scenes, moderate discipline, kidnapping, and murder fill the book with action and keep the reader entertained. I will definitely read it again and again. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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Another Red Petticoat Romp - a really entertaining read

I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. This is the 16th in this series of books created by Ms Ryan (each written by a different author) and what an entertaining series it is. Some are better than others, but this one was a great quick entertaining read. Delaney deals cards in the saloon and meets the Marshall on a hot autumn night. She is on a quest to find her sister who she has been tracking across the west in order to bring her home to safety. Meanwhile her sister is in dire straights as the prisoner and slave of an evil gang of outlaws. The Marshall is look hunting the outlaws and, naturally, Delaney just has to go out and search herself, with very painful consequences, when the Marshall catches up with her. As always there is a HEA eventually but not without lots of spanking and loving and some very hot love scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.

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A reader:

Delaney and the Marshal!

After reading the first few pages of "Diamond in the Rough", I was hooked to the end. I think both Abbie Adams and Maggie Ryan are talented story tellers.
Delaney, one of the main characters, is both courageous but at the same time makes a lot of foolish decisions for which she is disciplined .The second main character, Marshal Tripp Houston, is intelligent, a Dom, and just plain hot. The story starts with Diamond/Delaney being caught outside by herself which is against Gabe's rules for all the gems at the Red Petticoat Saloon, by Marshal Tripp for which she gets her first spanking ever. The story goes on about how Delaney is looking for her sister who she has not seen or heard from.Coincidentally Marshal Triipp is looking for a gang of outlaws which may include Delaney's sister.
The characters are complex and the plotline is very interesting and so engaging I felt like I was a part of this town. I definitely didn't at any time regret reading this book.
Note: I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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