Review – Croft (Wild Mustang Security Firm)

Delightful! There were several times that I fought to keep the laughter in. I don’t think my husband would have understood it but I loved every minute of it.

The Reluctant Retiree

The last thing a photojournalist with a secret needs is a former Navy SEAL on a mission to find the truth.

When a ransom is demanded for her brother’s life, photojournalist Finlay Reid needs a guide to the rendezvous to make the exchange. What she gets is Wild Mustang Security Firm’s, Billy Crofton.

Croft is hot, ruthless and dominant. Finn tries to keep the former SEAL at bay but finds that something in his heated gaze makes her heart skip a beat.

When he catches Finn in a blatant lie, Croft thinks nothing of introducing the spirited photographer to the consequence of old fashioned discipline. As Croft and Finn wind their way through the Grand Canyon to the exchange point, things become more heated than the Arizona sun.

Croft never expected Finn to push all his buttons; Finn never thought she’d yield to his demands … or respond so wantonly.

But the truth is even more dangerous than either of them realized…

The Reviews

Linda Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars “Delta’s stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline.”
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 12, 2021
Yes, this is an actual quote from the last page of my book. Believe me, Ms. James lives up to that statement. It is not hype! Sensual, explicit, arousing and entertaining are only a few of the ways to describe her books. This book was formerly “Forever Finn” because the most poignant and significant proclamations in the book is “Always and forever, Finn. Always and forever.” Who wouldn’t love a book where the man is over-the-moon in love with his woman? In reality, his treatment of her as a customer could have been abuse and lawsuit-worthy. 🤓 But I LOVED it.
Finlay Reid aka Finn is on a mission to save her brother from kidnappers but needs the assistance of a good tracker to get where she needs to meet them in the Grand Canyon. Enter Billy Crofton aka Croft of the Wild Mustang Security Firm. He senses something more at play here but can’t quite figure it out. Problem is he is attracted to her physically if he can overlook her snark. He, like the rest of the Wild Mustangs is into spanking discipline and she is just too outspoken. But then again, he wants a woman “who is his equal, who is willing to yield to his authority.” Could she? Would she? Whoa…her first spanking and its result. 😜
There is intrigue, spanking and what follows, humor, more spanking and what follows, and an intro to Noah. I want to read Noah…he’s gruff and no-nonsense. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and it comes highly recommended for readers who enjoy what happens AFTER the spanking. 😉
4.0 out of 5 stars Inyriguing
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 12, 2021
This is supposed to be an expanded version of Forever Finn, which I read in 2019. If I am being completely honest, if there is a difference between the two books, I didn't notice it. That being said, I will stick with my review from Forever Finn, which is below.

I don't know if it is Delta James intention, but her books always make me think. I love that her female leads are strong, intelligent, and independent women, and Finn is no different. One thing that is so intriguing is the quandary she has about whether she can submit to Croft, and if there is something wrong if she does.

I also appreciated that Croft and Finn's instalove or Insta connection was acknowledged upfront and discussed by the characters.

This book had its fair share of action, intrigue, and suspense. Any time spent with the team from the Wild Mustang Security firm is going to be fraught with dominant males, strong women, adventure, danger, witty banter, love, friendship, loyalty, and lots of laughs. Don't forget the romance, sometimes intense steamy scenes, and the spankings. If any of these things are offensive to you, take a pass on this book.

One thing that bothered me was the way the Christopher and Finn situation was resolved. I really thought there would be more. I am never opposed to an epilogue.

I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Never lie to an ex Navy Seal!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 13, 2021
This second book in the series has Finn hiring the Mustang Security Firm to help find her "lost" brother, who isn't really lost, but has actually been kidnapped and needs to be rescued. Croft, an ex Navy Seal,is assigned to help her out and is not very pleased when he finds out he has been lied to. This leads to Finn's first lesson in what happens when Croft is deceived or his instructions are ignored. But of course, Finn, being the independent, stubborn woman that she is, is undetoured and continues with her reckless and defiant ways, leading to many punishments for her and many adventures and problems for both of them, as well as steamy romance, because this is after all a Delta James book.This book can stand alone, but as in all of Delta's series, characters from the previous book are included, so reading them in order will definitely heighten your enjoyment.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.

Mac (Wild Mustang Security Firm)

How did I not see this before? This is really amazing. Wonderful story, characters that everyone can relate to. I truly enjoyed it.

The Reluctant Retiree

She got away once …
He’ll make sure this time she is thoroughly reclaimed.

When US Marshal Ethan McDaniel is sent to Arizona on a fugitive retrieval assignment, he is confronted by his former love, Willa Reynolds.

Sparks fly when Willa becomes a material witness and must surrender to Mac’s authority as her protector.

It isn’t long before Mac asserts his protection in all areas of their renewed relationship…and Willa realizes that being claimed by the marshal is all she ever wanted.

The Reviews

Beverly Ann McCall
3.0 out of 5 stars Mac (Wild Mustang Security Firm #1)
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 14, 2022
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Mac is the first book in Delta James’ Wild Mustang Security Firm series. In it, readers meet Willa Reynolds and Ethan “Mac” McDaniel. Willa runs and owns a horse resort ranch specializing in memorable camping adventures. Willa is a remarkable tracker and marksman. Aside from running her ranch, she rescues and relocates wild mustangs from capitalist rustlers whose only desire is financial gain. Mac is a U.S. Marshall heads up a Fugitive Retrieval Team. Both Willa and Mac are strong, obstinate, self-reliant individuals. At one time they were in a relationship; however, lack of communication and misunderstandings catapulted them into different paths. But Destiny brings reunites them together when Mac is assigned the capture of a runaway criminal, Eastwick. As Eastwick attempts his escape on horseback, he encounters Willa. In an unguarded moment Eastwick confesses to the murder of his wife. This new information puts Willa in danger and lands smack in the middle of Mac’s pursuit. What happens when Mac and Willa reunite? Will there be sparks? Can Mac keep her safe? Will they find happiness? You must read this book to see what unfolds.

Ms. James once again does a remarkable job in this romantic suspense. I enjoy her skillful use of conversational dialog, internal monologue, dual POV, and descriptive language. Combining all these literary devices, she adeptly draws readers’ attention with vibrant scenes, rich dialog, and witty banter. Nicely done, Ms. James.
Linda Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars Must like strong alpha male who spanks his woman for disobeying his orders…sizzles!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 28, 2020
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OK. Right off I must say sometimes these books can bother me, and not in a good way because I want the woman to be strong too. Because that is exactly what Willa is most definitely, this book is saved in my opinion. Willa turns all warm and gooey when Mac swats her a** and then…flash, bang, fireworks!
Willa and Mac meet by chance, have a substantial fling where he actually moves to live on her ranch, but he gets a promotion on the other side of the country. They part ways and then he has an opportunity to return five years later. This is where our story takes place. We get lots of sizzle starting on page one.
Mac is US Marshal Ethan McDaniel in Fugitive Retrieval and as such has been tasked to get back Simon Eastwick, a wife killer. Mac is back to get his fugitive and his woman. Can he do both? After five years will the strong-willed Willa accept his return? Along the way we get some terrifically steamy moments. Love the ending.
If the daddy dom trope doesn’t work for you, pass this book on by, but I truly enjoyed it once I accepted that Willa really wants to submit to his authority and likes getting spanked. There is no humiliation or shaming involved in Mac’s dom or I would have stopped reading.
Meghan K. (Books2lovenow)
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Spanking Western
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 26, 2021
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I really enjoyed Mac and Willa's story. The plot was well written with no plot holes that I caught. All the characters were interesting and we'll rounded.

There were only a few things that bothered me. The begining of the story was a bit jumpy it was a little confusing to get the time line. Once you got into the main story every flowed well. I would have liked to have seen a little more character growth on both Mac's and Willa's parts. Willa I would have liked for her to come to terms with needing help and submitting to Mac. On the other hand I felt like Mac never really acknowledged the difficulty Willa was having to submitting mentally. Physically yes she did but mentally it was really hard for her. I would have liked him to really have helped her through it rather than just strong arming her. Yes he was dominant but he wasn't being a very good dominant when he ignored her troubles.

Overall, though, an enjoyable sexy story with some real humor in it.
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Hampton (Wild Mustang Security Firm) 

How did I miss this!

This is a great story about the beginning of the Wild Mustang Security firm. John and Mandy are great together. Now, I want to know more!

The Reluctant Retiree

He loves the chase…

John Hampton is a US Marshal on the way home from an extended fugitive retrieval assignment. When he stops in at his favorite steakhouse he finds that what he wants most … isn’t on the menu.

Mandy Adams wasn’t looking for love, least of all at work. She’s not only surprised at John’s attention but also her quickly developing feelings. John is on the fast-track to claiming Mandy as his own, but Mandy balks at the bossy marshal and flees when her feelings for him threaten to overwhelm her.

Apparently, she isn’t aware that a marshal’s tenacity in running down a target isn’t limited only to fugitives, but to naughty females as well. He soon has both sets of her cheeks blushing from his attention.

But when the chase is over, will Mandy still be able to resist his brand of courtship?

The Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars HE LED, AND SHE FOLLOWED
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
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The story of US Marshall John Hampton and Mandy Adams is an insta-love novella. From the moment John laid eyes on Mandy, he is ready to claim her as his. They will meet at The Tavern, where Mandy is shooting pool for high stakes against a know-it-all lawyer. When she wins, he comes at her, but that is a mistake, especially with John witnessing it.

The story is about these two and their quick relationship. John knows what he wants and goes after it—convincing Mandy won’t be an easy thing for her to accept. After a lifetime of disappointments, she is anti-love and would instead love them and leave them rather than get into a relationship. But this time, she has met her match—and while John is sex on a stick, he is also a dominant who believes in discipline.

“No, I think you’ve been very clear about what you expect. As you said—you lead, I follow. The unspoken part was if I don’t, I can expect to get spanked.”

The story has several spankings and hot sex scenes. It involves a dominant man and a strong-willed, determined woman, who finally capitulates when she realizes that his word is the truth and not just thrown out there. But the journey is full of angst, determination, and acceptance.

“I think you may have met your match and found your girl.” –Mac

“I’m not sure whether to be intrigued, excited, or concerned.” –Mandy

“I think a combination of all three is probably fairly appropriate.”—John

“She realized she had fallen for a guy who would make the rules and expect her to follow them.”

While each of the Wild Mustang Security Firm stories works well together, they also read well as a stand-alone. They will have people from other stories, but that is because of their intertwined connections. Mandy works for Willa Reynolds, and John works with US Marshall Ethan “Mac” McDaniel.
Reading Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy + Alpha = Many Spankings
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
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This story is a prequel to Delta James' Wild Mustangs Security Firm Series. John Hampton is still employed as a U S Marshall and is on his way home from apprehending fugitives. Stopping for dinner he sees Mandy Adams spread over a table playing pool. He is instantly infatuated with her and let's his lust take over. He is driven in his pursuit of her and Mandy is overwhelmed by his dominance. The sex is off the charts but his rules and over abundance of spankings tend to be overbearing. I'm surprised Mandy was not permanently damaged by the end of their courtship. It is a quick read and was gifted to the reader. It is not my favorite book by this author. I enjoy Ms. James books when there is more storyline and the characters are more evolved.
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