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Landlocked
by Cindy Jacks   

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Copyright:  2011 ISBN-13:  9781419933783

Part pirate, part cowboy--all alpha male.

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 For ten years, Kathryn has struggled to survive in a war-torn region that used to be part of the United States. Her country ripped apart and her husband presumed dead, she and her son need a miracle to find safe passage to the West. She’s not expecting that miracle to come in the form of Captain Brett Logan when he stumbles, injured, onto her front porch.

 
A privateer for the Republic of Texas, Logan keeps one eye on the horizon and one hand on his sidearm, knowing the life of a modern-day pirate is often short. When an enemy bomb nearly ends him, Kathryn nurses him back to health. Against her better judgment, she’s drawn to the enigmatic man with his tattoos and battle scars.
 
Kate finds shelter in Logan’s arms—and his bed. The captain navigates her body with the same skill that he sails the seven seas. The heat of their passion gives way to deeper currents. But with danger surrounding them, they must struggle to stay together and survive.


Excerpt

An Excerpt From: LANDLOCKED

Copyright © CINDY JACKS, 2011

All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

No matter how many times she corrected herself, her gaze returned to his taut torso. In the light of day, the tattoos stood out against his tanned skin. Something about the tats intrigued her, made him seem more dangerous. Exciting. She’d never been with a man like that. Then she noticed another woman’s name scrawled across his chest.
He’s already spoken for, she reminded herself.
Wetting his hair, she brushed the fine strands away from his face. She lathered her hands again and set about scrubbing his scalp. Locks of hair slipped through her fingers like silk and more than once she smoothed them across her hand just because she liked the feel.
“Mm, that’s nice.” He looked up at her.
Her throat tight, she didn’t know how to reply. Ignoring the hammering of her heart, which echoed between her legs, she finished rinsing his hair with a few dipperfuls of water.
“Okay, you’re done.” She wiped her hands on her apron again.
“Thank you.” He sat up and blotted at rivulets of water that streamed down his sculpted neck.
“No big deal.”
He gave an impish grin. “It’s been awhile since a woman has touched me like that.”
Her cheeks grew hot and she tamped down the impulse to rake her fingers through his wet locks. Before she could stop herself, she asked, “Who’s Blanca?”
“What?”
“On your chest,” she pointed at the tat. “Who is she?”
He looked down at the rose on his chest. “An amazing woman who will never be mine. I’d had a bit too much tequila the night I got that tattoo, thought it might impress her. It didn’t.”
“You still have a relationship with her?”
“Not so much a relationship as an arrangement—her word, not mine.”
“Hmph. Should’ve known.”
Still toweling his hair, he asked, “What’s that mean?”
“Nothing.” Her cheeks burned hotter, anger replacing chagrin.
“It meant something.” He crossed his arms over his chest, arching an eyebrow.
“You’re just that kind of man. A girl in every port, a flagrant disregard for social standards. It’s that devil-may-care attitude that lets you stretch the limits of decency.”
“Oh yeah? How so?” His posture stiffened, he towered over her, leaning forward, his scent flooding her nostrils.
“Well, you know.” She dropped his gaze and busied herself cleaning up. “Roy says you run heroin for the Mexican cartels.”
“Heroin?” Furrowing his brow, he shook his head. “No. Hell no. I’ve never smuggled hard drugs like that.”
“‘Hard drugs’? Am I correct in assuming you’ve run what you’d consider ‘soft drugs’?”
Again he advanced on her, too close for comfort. “Sometimes during the course of a business deal, I have to be flexible. I do favors for powerful men and they procure the medical supplies and munitions I need. But it’s only marijuana or generic Viagra, maybe counterfeit painkillers. Nothing that would ever hurt anyone.”
“It could hurt me and my son, having a drug smuggler in the house.”
He narrowed his eyes. “But when I was just a gun-running pirate, that was okay?”
Kathryn slammed her hand on the counter. “As soon as you’re stable to travel, I want you out of my house.”
“What’s with you? First you don’t like me because I’m a Texan and Texans didn’t do enough to keep the Union together. Now you don’t like me because I’m willing to go too far for a cause I believe in. You’re an awfully hard woman to please.”
“Why on earth are you trying to please me in the first place?”
His gaze locked with hers and he sighed, but gave her no answer.
Of all the stubborn, skirt-chasing, infuriating men. Kathryn ground her teeth. He talked about casual sex and smuggling dope as if these activities were as normal as eating breakfast. A man who tattooed himself with a woman’s name on a drunken whim? Had he no respect, no boundaries?
Throwing her hands in the air, she headed for her bedroom, but Logan stepped in front of her. At first she thought it an act of aggression, but instead of malice or annoyance on his face, she saw something else flame in his eyes. One large, work-calloused hand glanced over her cheek and he brushed away a stray lock of hair.
“What do you think—?” she began to object. He put a finger to her lips and caught her around the waist. More barbed indignation sprang to mind but her mouth refused to cooperate. In fact her whole body had turned mutinous at the feel of his warm skin. Visions of her dream flashed through her mind.
His lips pressed to hers. Not a peck or a whisper of a kiss, but a full measure of passion. His tongue sought out hers, hot breath against her cheek, strong arms bound her torso to his. She gripped his shoulders, struggling to resist the fire raging between her thighs.
How long their embrace lasted, she couldn’t say, but when they parted she had to fight the urge to draw him in again.
Her eyelids heavy, she opened them halfway to see his look of amused satisfaction.
“Sorry, I interrupted you,” he murmured. “You were saying?”
Damned if she could remember. She touched her fingertips to her chin, her lips still tingling. Without another thought, she grabbed his neck and pulled him into a deep kiss. The scent of his skin freshly shaven with her lavender soap filled her nostrils. Mixed with his body chemistry, the fragrance took on a woodsy musk. She inhaled again, unable to get enough.
Backing her against the table, he sent a few books and a pan of silverware clattering to the floor, not that either of them noticed. Her ears rang with the blood pounding through them, the same throb manifesting between her thighs. He moved his hands down to her backside, hitched up her skirt and scooped her up. Wrapping her legs around his hips, she clung to his neck, mouth hungry, their tongues intertwined.



Professional Reviews

Siren Book Reviews
Rating: Five Siren Stones
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-Genre: Romance
Keywords: Pirate
Length: Short Novel
ISBN E-Book: 978-1419933783
Price: $5.20
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Buy-Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9305-landlocked.aspx
Reviewer: Stacey Krug



Blurb/Summary:
For ten years, Kathryn has struggled to survive in a war-torn region that used to be part of the United States. Her country ripped apart and her husband presumed dead, she and her son need a miracle to find safe passage to the West. She’s not expecting that miracle to come in the form of Captain Brett Logan when he stumbles, injured, onto her front porch.

A privateer for the Republic of Texas, Logan keeps one eye on the horizon and one hand on his sidearm, knowing the life of a modern-day pirate is often short. When an enemy bomb nearly ends him, Kathryn nurses him back to health. Against her better judgment, she’s drawn to the enigmatic man with his tattoos and battle scars.

Kate finds shelter in Logan’s arms—and his bed. The captain navigates her body with the same skill that he sails the seven seas. The heat of their passion gives way to deeper currents. But with danger surrounding them, they must struggle to stay together and survive.



Review:
Landlocked by Cindy Jacks is a wonderful science fiction romance. It’s filled with action, intrigue, and mystery. The story takes place in a future time on earth or some might consider it an alternate reality. However you might consider, Landlocked rips apart the nation and sends part of the United States back into the dark ages through war and constant struggles.

The heroine of the story, Kathryn, is left to care for her young son in a very scary world. Her husband disappeared five years earlier and she is all alone. Kathryn relies on herself and good neighbors to keep going. Every day is a feat of survival in Gulfland.

The hero of the story, Logan, is a privateer that makes a living supplying the resistance. He happens upon Kathryn’s farm after being injured. Good old southern hospitality is not dead, as Kathryn tends to his wounds and helps him recover. During the process, Logan finds a part of himself that he didn’t know existed.

Cindy Jacks knows how to build up the sexual and romantic tension between her characters. The paradigm had me tearing through the pages. There is a great balance of their everyday reality and romance in this story. Kathryn and Logan have incredible chemistry and once the tension breaks it really explodes. Their love scenes are erotic, descriptive, and worth the tension.

Landlocked has some plot twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat. This is a great story for any science fiction romance fans.


Sizzling Hot Reviews
The United States is no more. It is now a war torn area with harsh living conditions. Conditions that Kate and her son have struggled to survive in for ten long years. Kate sees no way out until an unexpected man shows up on her doorstep injured and needing her help.
For ten years, Kathryn has struggled to survive in a war-torn region that used to be part of the United States. Her country ripped apart and her husband presumed dead, she and her son need a miracle to find safe passage to the West. She’s not expecting that miracle to come in the form of Captain Brett Logan when he stumbles, injured, onto her front porch.
A privateer for the Republic of Texas, Logan keeps one eye on the horizon and one hand on his sidearm, knowing the life of a modern-day pirate is often short. When an enemy bomb nearly ends him, Kathryn nurses him back to health. Against her better judgment, she’s drawn to the enigmatic man with his tattoos and battle scars.
Kate finds shelter in Logan’s arms—and his bed. The captain navigates her body with the same skill that he sails the seven seas. The heat of their passion gives way to deeper currents. But with danger surrounding them, they must struggle to stay together and survive.
Kate is a strong woman who has done what is necessary to survive in this new world. Her husband has been gone for five years and she has been struggling to raise her son in a way she never imagined. I found Kate to be a very strong woman who is not afraid of hard work or of making even harder decisions. She is willing to sacrifice her own comforts and feelings for the betterment of her son, Marcus.

When Logan shows up she knows she has to help him, even if he is a pirate. But, her attraction to him is confusing and unwelcome. Logan is a man who transfers good to the people trying to rebuild the US and risks his life regularly to do so. He’s never been looking for a woman for more than a night or two, but with Kate he feels something different. Now, Kate and Logan have to figure out how to get out of the war torn zone they are in and back to a more civilized area. But, that means a lot of danger for both of them.

Landlocked is a wonderful, unexpected story. The storyline is unique and full of thought provoking scenarios. Reading Landlocked is like reading a historical, futuristic, and contemporary romance all at the same time. It really puts a twist on how the reader looks at the world around them and what a person might do if they were faced with the same situations.

Landlocked has a great plot, wonderful characters, and a couple of heart stopping moments. Landlocked has its passion and heat, but it doesn’t dominate the story being so well interwoven. I would recommend Landlocked to anyone looking for something a little different with characters who will stay with you for awhile after reading.



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