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  1. says:

    So I really didn't expect that this was going to be a five star for me but I loved this book I loved the story and the characters There were a few things about it that irked me and under normal circumstances I probably would have given this book four stars but because I loved the story so much I had to give it five There were some typos and formatting errors but overall not nearly enough to affect my enjoymentThings that irked me view spoilerThat she left Bo's to go with Franklin at all after Franklin had basically told her that he'd like to rape and kill her Really had a hard time buying that one I understand that it was necessary for Bo to come to her rescue which was the impetus for them getting together but still It also irked me that the FBI agent said that he had offered Franklin an immunity deal First of all law enforcement cannot offer deals the states'US attorney's office does Also I felt the author took Bo a bit too far in the end I was completely cool with the explanation for his silence and for his living in the wilderness but she could have just left it at that No need to make him some rich guy as well hide spoiler

  2. says:

    375 stars contemporary romance Bodacious by Sharon Ervin is a title that I come across a lot during my various book trolling sessions on romance discussion forum All reviewers have commented upon the fact that this story is unlike most romances and has the ability to draw the reader in from the first page itself And I do have to agree with other reviewers on these aspects yes the story has a uniue way about it and it does draw the reader in from the first chapter itself31 year old Alex Bo Cadence or Bo as he is known through most of the story is a man who suddenly one day turned up in a remote mountainous area and made a home for himself preferring to live in the most primitive fashion possible by foregoing all luxuries of the modern world 3 years on Bo doesn’t speak to anyone except for communication via grunts and his disreputable looks as in the huge beard that covers his whole face and his long and messy hair keeps others at bay and some even label Bo to be part human and part something else Bo’s character remains a mystery throughout the story until towards the very end which makes this story a uniue one based on that fact alone26 year old Sara Loomis an only child is a successful news reporter who has resigned herself to being one of those women who are not at all successful in having an enjoyable sex life Labeled as a frigid Sara doesn’t even want any man to notice her since the only two sexual relationships that she had been involved in had turned into unmitigated disasters in the endOn her way to a new job and a new life Sara is kidnapped when she is stumbles into a convenience store robbery by a group of half wit hillbillies from the surrounding mountainous area Sara barely manages to escape the clutches of the lecherous man who kidnaps her only to be left with a man who her captors fear than anything else in the forest But as she gets to know the silent man with whom she shares 12 days of her life amidst her attempts to escape her growing feelings towards Bo which almost always ends her up in trouble Sara finds herself inexplicably drawn to Bo as a slow awakening of her dormant senses begin with gustoAnd when life as she knows it comes calling Sara is torn between choosing life with all the luxuries she has been accustomed to and choosing to live with the love of her life as a recluse for the rest of her life However Bo doesn’t give her any chance to make a decision as he is the one to leave her behind only to turn up again to claim the woman he loves than life itselfI liked1 As I said during the start of this review this certainly has been a uniue romance such that there are no verbal interactions between the hero and heroine until the very end of the story But rather it is Sara who babbles along talking a mile a minute while a silent Bo grunts every now and then in response to her conversations It is through other means; facial expressions and body language that these two really talk taking the reader on a journey of discovery along with them which is one of the best parts of the book2 Sara Loomis She is a heroine who knows what she wants and sticks with obtaining what it is she wants regardless of the obstacles standing in front of her Though she makes one stupid decision after the other in her attempts to flee Bo and his brand of magic which works like a charm on her Sara is a plucky heroine who I loved from the beginning3 Bo It is his gentle and giving nature that made him so very appealing And of course his so very appealing hot bod coupled with his dark gaze is enough to make any red blooded woman swoon I loved me some Bo so very much and wouldn’t mind a mountain man of my own to take home ^^4 The dough kneading scene Oh my fans self5 I liked how the author brought about the subtle changes in Sara and the journey of sensual awakening that takes place which doesn’t suddenly come up and punch the reader in the face; but rather based on her past experiences and her aversion to having any sort of relationship with a man the road she takes is a subtle but nevertheless an enjoyable one for the readerI dislikedI loved 34 of this story so very much But suddenly from the moment that Bo leaves Sara to let her head back to life as she knows it the story suddenly took a turn which I couldn’t seem to like much Yes there is a happily ever after for the two but I didn’t feel that there was much need for the endless retelling of what took place between Bo and Sara on the mountains nor the need for what took place during the time they spent apart Though that wouldn’t put me off from reading any other book by Ms Ervin I just felt that a lot of unnecessary scenes which never really contributed towards making the story were included towards the ending which plummeted my levels of enjoyment with the whole bookMemorable scenesuotes from the story Adding the buttermilk she stirred the thick dough slowly with the spoon trying to collect the bits and pieces that clung to the edges of the bowl Bo’s hands came from both sides of her The front of his body pressed close against her back and his breath pulsed warm on her neck He took the dough into his hands kneading it picking up the errant pieces and working them into a cohesive ball Sara stood very still Her face became hot She found his closeness intimidating and at the same time exhilarating Bo put the dough down placed his hands over hers guided them into the mixture then massaged both hands and dough There was something sensual about his large warm hands over hers kneading the cool malleable mixture She didn’t know why his nearness had such a stimulating effect Her hands trembled beneath his Her face burned Her breath came in gulps and her heart pounded Recommended for1 Those who are tired of reading the same old story over and over again This one’s certainly different2 Contemporary romance loversFor uotes visit

  3. says:

    I absolutely ADORED this story It could have been set in any time period in any country and while the heroine was a little TSTL the non speaking hero added such a sense of beauty and magic to the story that I didn't mindBut when the FBI showed up about 23 of the way through things went uickly downhill The dialogue was severely repetitive and the magic of the woods got replaced by the ugliness of the real world I was pulled out of the story with the speed of a whip I didn't need Bo to be rich or well educated and I'm not sure Sara did either I don't think they had to stay in the Ozarks and end up with ten children but there were ways around that which didn't involve a slicked up caricature of who the hero had been up to that point It felt like by the end there were two totally different versions of Bo and not in a good way I wasn't surprised when Sara didn't immediately run into his arms after his returnThe style of writing and plot from the beginning to the middle of the book showed a uniue uality I was pleasantly surprised to see in a 'romance' But the latter third of the book felt like all the originality just kind of fled and was replaced by the usual scenarios Also the final conversation between the FBI agents felt too cutesy for what had been a very gritty not always sunshine and roses bookI would read by this author in a heartbeat but I hope hope hope she sticks to her true voice in the next one Forget convention her real strength lies in the unconventionality of her ideas That's what's so convincing and that's what got meSide note the title might seem a little WTF? but it does have a point which is explained in the book

  4. says:

    Decent story but a bit fractured Liked the hero The heroine had the most TSTL moment of any I've ever read in 40 years of reading The ending was just plain goofy The author just sort of headed off in a 180 degree direction that sort of negated the entire first 23rds of the story Some well done sex scenes Not erotica

  5. says:

    I loved this story I really wanted it to be a 5 star read especially considering it's almost 20 years old and still relevant todayBut seriously the reason given for why he was mute for than 65% of the book was ridiculous just completely stupid considering their situation What a dick he was for staying mute for so long Glad it all turned out great and he was awesome other than his mute shit But ughthat was annoying

  6. says:

    started this and nope think it's because the book I read before this had a writing style that was like artwork Reading this after that was like eating a street hot dog after months of eating the best steaks DNF

  7. says:

    Sara Loomis is kidnapped by hillbillies during a botched gas station robbery When the matriarch of the inbred family finds out what they’ve done she commands that Sara be “taken care of” But stuttering Cappy can’t bring himself to do the deed so he leaves Sara at the mercy of “Bo” a mute grizzled mountain man living in a one room cabin on the fringes of society Though Bo refuses to return Sara to civilization he shelters clothes and feeds her–all without ever uttering a word What follows is an expedition of discovery of shedding old notions and prejudices and finding something you never knew was lostThis excellent novel was really mis marketed The title is absurd and seems forcibly drawn from the text The cover art does the premise of the story absolutely no justice– though the paperback at least shows mountains on it It’s a complex tale not a bodice ripper okay well it has enough bodice ripping to be enjoyable for a book like this which is what I appreciated about it If it hadn’t been for a recommendation there is no way on this green Earth I would have picked up this book based on the coverRegardless Ervin weaves an inventive engaging yarn With our romance culture dominated by post Edwards see perfect beautiful always say the right thing at the right time I am personally pleased to see a love interest emerge on the scene who is none of those things–who is a man all his own silent complicated and genuinely mysterious The first half of this novel is remarkable we learn along with Sara little by little about our captor Bo who is both frightening and intriguing Eventually from underneath all that hair and beard and bearskin a gentle kind hearted man is revealed Soon Sara’s captivity becomes almost voluntary–an escape from her life as a high powered reporter from the pressures of civilization for a simpler existence living off the landErvin’s prose is captivating simple fast paced though still sophisticated Occasionally I found the dialogue strangely clipped and unrealistic but I was able to get past it The characters are whole and three dimensional Sara resists being a Mary Sue type character which I always appreciate in a novel like this She is terrified when one would be terrified not irrationally brave as I find some heroines are makes the occasional stupid decision and certainly isn’t perfect Unfortunately this shifts near the end of the novel though perhaps that was intentional Ervin’s great feat is that she manages to write Bo into a living breathing character without his ever uttering a word Brilliant to say the least and skillful on her partAs I mentioned the novel falters dramatically after the halfway point Sara has conuered some of her demons and becomes– apparently –”perfect” Unrealistically perfect The coincidences that follow are many and strange The ending is disappointingly storybook when I’d almost come to believe that Ervin was breaking out of the moldDespite all that I’m giving this novel 4 hearts for being brave daring interesting and well written while still independently published Bravo

  8. says:

    Didn't know whether to give this a 3 or 4 Bumped it up because it kept my interest I loved Bo but never really like Sara much She thinks she is way smarter than she is and keeps on proving it It is not the smartness that bothered me but the way she proved it by action and thoughts Her stupid actions I just had to get over to enjoy the book but her thoughts they show her misjudgement loud and clear Bo is obviously highly intelligent his books alone should have hit her in the head with that knowledge and the way he used it Yet she still thinks of him as just above the intelligence of the other hillbillies This is shown in statements she makes throughout even to the end of her captivity So once I just decided to judge her as judgmental especially of intelligence I gave her the benefit of the doubt and she grew on me but never as an incredible person at least not one I would be dying to know Bo on the other had the before picture was pretty damn interesting Even in the end he was someone you would want to talk to I never understood him connecting with Sara on this level Maybe it was deprivation but would he wake up? Still overall a pretty good story that does keep your interest and make you want to know 'what is going to happen?' I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Bo was mesmerized by Sara'sSpoilers as to why Sara is not the sharpest tool in the shedview spoiler1 She goes off with the guy that wanted to rape her and had kidnapped her the day before thinking he was going to rescue her Wow can't get much stupider than that2 Runs to the idiot he is truly an idiot who left her tied up to be killed thinking he is going to help her3 She doesn't see that her first experience with sex was rape Even year later looking back on it Then her second experience wasn't her choice but she accepts it If she picked up a book she could have found out that she had no foreplay in any of her experiences She may have learned that she tensed up too But no she just labels herself frigid like she labels others throughout the book4 When it is time to leave she still has the assumption of Bo being less than intelligent Yet he has shown that he reads about the best ways to self subsist and animal husbandry and puts it to use He has a desk with obvious use though hidden He is said to have shown up 3 year prior as a military man so he definitely came from society and possibly was very well educated yet she assumes not5 She makes a stupid agreement as a hands off the new guy as I saw him first yet when the neighbor gets mad when Sara is with the new guy she doesn't just tell her 'I knew him first and to take a hike' No Alex has to do this because she invited Libby to tea Really? Right when you are getting into it? hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Some hillbilly thieves rob a convenient store and kidnap Sara Instead of murdering her themselves they decide to hand her over to the mountain man Bo certain he will do the deed for themAlmost a 5 star I really enjoyed it It kept my attention wanting to know what happens next I had a minor issue with the uick ending but would still recommend to anyone who wants a slightly different type love story

  10. says:

    I took a chance on this one and it paid off This book was written in 2001 so it's slightly dated but considering the setting of the story and the fact that the hero is a reclusive mountain man who shuns modern conveniences you don't notice the lack of internet or cell phone usage Bodacious centers on a woman named Sara Loomis who at the very beginning of our story is being kidnapped during a robbery by a bunch of backwoods hillbillies They drive her to a secluded and unfamiliar location in the mountains I don't want to get into spoilers but she eventually finds our hero Bo in a rustic cabin Bo is mute and he provides Sara a safe haven from her kidnappers The most notable trait of our heroine in this story is that she describes herself as frigid and unresponsive She isn't a virgin but the few sexual relationships that she has had in the past were not enjoyable She detests the idea of sex and Sara isn't uite sure if Bo can be trusted or not Nowadays we would likely describe Sara as demisexualbut this was 2001 and people weren't as in tune with different sexual personalities back then I don't read many romances about demisexuals so I thought that was an interesting idea to explore My one gripe about Sara as a character is that she made some STUPID decisions throughout the book It was like she was willfully obtuse and naive with certain scenes and then smart and intuitive in others I couldn't get a read on her characters for a time and she was pissing me off truth be toldAll in all though I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of the story 4 stars

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Bodacious BODACIOUSGifted and talented in many ways Sara Loomis 26 accepts her one glaring inadeuacy her sexual repression Sara is frigid Kidnapped during the robbery of a convenience store in the Ozark Mountains on Halloween Sara is terrified that the hillbillies will carry out their threat to rape and murder her Instead they deliver her to Bo a hairy reclusive mute old mountain man whom one captor assures will murder her uickly But while Bo the silent caretaker does not murder Sara neither does he heed her pleas to return her to civilization Sara is further frustrated when her escape attempts are thwarted by her own stupidity and cowardice Over twelve days Sara grudgingly begins to understand and even respect Bo’s primitive lifestyle Gradually this unlikely maestro arouses passion which stimulates and frightens her intensifying her desperate need to escape In those attempts Sara inadvertently puts herself in one life threatening situation after another