C-Squared Publishing LLC -January 24, 2015 (previously released by another publisher)
Professional bull rider Conner Raub hides a secret from the world. He’s a Dom. When he meets a submissive on tour who pulls at his Dom tendencies, he fights to deny his true self, believing his colleagues will condemn his lifestyle.
Jessica Talbot is new to the BDSM scene and the bull riding tour, but after seeing Conner come to the aid of a submissive being mistreated in a club, she sets out to have him for her own. After their first night together she asks him to train her to submit and he refuses, afraid to mix business with pleasure. But Jessica isn’t deterred. She’ll do whatever it takes to make him realize he can have it all—a career, true love, and the BDSM lifestyle he craves.
Clover from Long and Short Reviews said: Ms Carr never fails to hit the spot and this well-written, angst and sex-fuelled plot is character driven and fully rounded. The story is told from both points of view which does work well for the genre. I enjoyed the bull riding elements, it was just enough to set the scene and help me visualize Conner yet didn’t overtake the story. Pick up Impact if you are looking for a BDSM story that’s professionally delivered and ticks all the boxes in and out of the bedroom. I’ll certainly be seeking out more of the Buckin’ Bull Riders series.
Erin from Sarah Says Read Romance said: Conner and Jessica's story is one filled with lust, sex and each of them give the other something they desperately need. After finding this was the first in a series I just couldn't wait to get my hands on all of them. Wonderful characters, an awesome read, and thanks to Cassandra....now [I'm] a western fan.
Patti from Romancing the Book said: Connor Raub is one of those characters I wish I could peel off the pages of a book and have him come to life. He is amazingly sexy and has a great combination of characteristics that make him seem realistic. I will definitely be rereading this a few times and committing a few of those sexy scenes to memory. I am pleased that Jessica Talbot isn’t a soft character who lets others control her easily. I would recommend reading this if you want to find a smoking hot cowboy and a woman who is strong enough to catch and keep his interest. From beginning to end this man does not disappoint. I went to sleep at night wishing I was Jessica Talbot. The feeling I have after reading it is that I was just sad it was over.
Kimber from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews said: Creme de la Creme pick!!! I loved every sexy bit of it - from start to finish. Although the story was steamy, fun, along with exciting; the characters are what drew me in and held on tight. Both main characters are very likable which adds to the enjoyment because you find yourself pulling for them as a couple. Yes, this is an erotic romance, but it’s one of the best written books I’ve read in a while. You know it’s a good book when the author can paint that picture for you and you feel like you are there experiencing it. Cassandra Carr is a new author for me and has been added to my auto-buy list.
Niina from For the Love of Reading said: 5 stars! Amazing novel! Perfect balance of riding bulls, attraction and naughty hotel room nights! This novel gives you a hot bull rider with a sexy controlling Dom side, Connor's a certified card carrying member of the male gender, hot as hell, bossy and protective and a true alpha male. I liked Jessica a lot, she was no ditz, but a cowgirl through and through, and watching her fall for Connor was so exciting. The BDSM side of this story was mild, and I loved it - I think a little spanking and domination gives the story some of that extra sizzle for the bedroom scenes, but there are lines I don't like seen crossed and this novel didn't. If you've never read BDSM spiced story before then this book won't scare you. Best one I've read so far!
Terri from Night Owl Reviews said: Top Pick! I found the characters really well written. They came alive and were made real. Secondary characters were introduced and with luck some of them will show up with their own books really soon. The life of a bull rider was done well. This book intrigued me from the synopsis. I just had to read it. Once I started, it was impossible to put down. I fell in love with the characters. I couldn’t wait to see what next. Curled in my chair I found myself glued to my kindle until the book was finished only to find out that I was up way past when I normally go to bed. I just couldn’t put this story down.
Amy from The Romance Studio said: 5 hearts! I may have spent my teen years in the west, but I never drooled over cowboys. But holey moley Conner could change all that. Not only was Conner a true alpha male, but the chemistry between him and Jessica is just plain hot. I know that this book is listed as BDSM, but I'd really say it's more elements than anything even remotely hardcore. Trust me though that doesn't take away from the spicy heat between them at all. I also enjoyed the story between Jessica and Conner, especially that Conner is able to have just as many issues, doubts and emotions as Jessica and still remain the Dom. This really is a great start to a new series, and I can't wait to read Brady's story in the next book.
Star from BDSM Book Reviews said: 5 paddles! I got hooked on Impact from the very beginning. It drew me in and made me ache for a little of what Jessica got. Impact will make you laugh and make you sweat as the pages in this book are scorching hot. Jessica knows she is interested in BDSM, and finds a local club to just watch for a while. First off, let me say I loved this. She is not getting into the lifestyle for a man – she is doing it for herself. That was a huge thumbs up for this story. I have to give this story a high rating because it was well written and sucked me in so well that I was late to work because I just had to finish one more chapter! Impact isn’t hard core BDSM, but there is enough D/s to make sure you know its there. Cassandra Carr developed two very realistic characters who face issues that most couples do when attempting to start a BDSM relationship. I highly recommend picking up this first book in the Buckin’ Bull Riders series!
AlexJouJou from Manic Readers said: Impact is a wonderfully developed story with complex characters who want, who try, who are seldom perfect but who never fail to get right back on that horse to give things another go. Jessica and Conner's emotional reactions to their journey are well described and you get an excellent sense of who they are, not just on the outside, but what is happening in their head. Those who fancy their BDSM more dominant/submissive (less pain and humiliation focused) and with a western flavor will enjoy the Impact of this ride!
Jennifer from Romance Novel News said: The chemistry between Jessica and Connor was undeniable – and quite sexy. Connor as a reluctant Dom appealed tremendously as a hero. I also loved how Jessica had to convince Connor that she truly needed his to be his submissive. Cassandra Carr’s “Impact” is a strong start to a new erotic series about professional bull riders – an intriguing profession for erotic romance heroes, especially those into BDSM. Carr has a knack for writing kink that will curl your toes.
Penelope from Kinky Book Reviews said: It’s a shame this story ended because it was so fascinating to read with its well developed character interaction, sizzling hot scenes, and interesting plot. To say I loved it would be an understatement. There is so much more about this story that I loved. The secondary characters and twists and turns had a natural flow that worked to enhance the story. Brady, Evan, Ryan, Tom, Wallace, Viola, Marco, and Paolo were so well written that I would love to see more of them in future reads.
Nix from Scorching Book Reviews said: Jessica is a fab character. Experimental, unafraid of her own sexuality and quite fearless when it comes to getting what she wants, I enjoyed reading her tale. I really really enjoyed the background settings of the rodeo; I love the competition, the grit and the camaraderie that goes with this event. Conner too was a fun character. A stubborn male who held fairly old fashioned beliefs about the roles of men and women, I didn’t mind that he saw himself as the protector (in fact, as a Dom, I’d have questioned if he didn’t!). With a rodeo backdrop and a host of gorgeous men lined up for the series, I can’t wait to see where she takes this next.
Liz from Fictional Candy said: This book is hot. I mean seriously, it is situation after situation and it is just…hot. For an erotic romance, this story will get you revved up and ready to go! The dance of getting to know you vs. I want you right now vs. I can’t imagine myself without you is so interesting and intriguing. The drama and tension that builds between them is ridiculously hot. I read this story in one sitting, unwilling to let it go. This story was fast paced and full of action, in and out of the bedroom…and supply closet, and RV… and, and… you get the picture. And on top of that the author did a fantastic job of really setting the scene outside of the erotic parts. I mean it ladies; this is definitely not one to miss.
Donna from You Gotta Read Reviews said: What do you get when you cross a good ol’ southern boy with a snooty yankie princess? An explosive chemistry that burns up the pages with scorching sex and steamy romance. Ms. Carr has written an engrossing story with a super sexy cowboy (is there any other kind?), a classy gold medalist, and a bunch of bulls. I loved the story. It was easy to feel the raw emotions shared by our hero and heroine, and I am looking forward to another story in this series. Ms. Carr’s Impact is erotic and emotional with characters that are sexy and down to Earth, even during the arousing sex scenes. The story is well-written with a very entertaining plot.
Tyra from Guilty Indulgence Book Club said: I found myself instantly drawn to both characters in this book and just could not put it down. I really enjoyed how spunky Jessica was and had to laugh at how she always seemed to be "topping from the bottom". Ms. Carr created a believable world with real characters you can't help but like and root for. The bull riding aspect was believable and exciting to read. For me this was a fun, sexy read and I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series Collision.
Amaryllis from Whipped Cream Reviews said: The prose is smooth and flows nicely. The sex is hot and descriptive. Can they find a way to share their love and live the lifestyle that Connor needs and Jessica is coming to need? You’ll have to read Impact to find out. In my opinion, it would be a great read for anyone who enjoys a straightforward BDSM love story with a bull-riding flavor. Rebecca from The Romance Reviews said: IMPACT is a delicious story of a bull-riding Dom. Nothing like a double whammy of alpha proportions! The allure of these characters balancing between total relationship disaster and true romance will keep readers flipping the pages wondering just what it is they want.
Rebecca from The Romance Reviews said: IMPACT is a delicious story of a bull-riding Dom. Nothing like a double whammy of alpha proportions! The allure of these characters balancing between total relationship disaster and true romance will keep readers flipping the pages wondering just what it is they want.
Danielle from Coffee Time Romance & More said: Impact is a good read. I found Jessica's determination to be the Sub for Conner exhilarating. Conner's fear of his two worlds colliding is realistic and a fear that I could very well see happening, especially in a profession that is so family oriented.
Vanessa from The Jeep Diva said: I loved Conner. He is the kinky, chatty, very sexy cowboy hero. I truly enjoyed the story. Conner was an interesting mix of alpha Dom, and caring sweet gentleman. Holy hell hotness, this is one hot book! Every single sex scene has a scorching intensity. I kept finding myself wondering what will this kinky cowboy do next.