Friday, June 8, 2018

✱✱ AudioBook Review ✱✱ Marshal's Law by Maddie Taylor

Marshal's Law 
Jackson Brothers Book 1
by Maddie Taylor 
Narrated by Gideon Welles

When Janelle Prescott is thrown from her car as it careens off a slippery road, she expects to wake up in a hospital. Instead, to her utter disbelief, she wakes up in a jail cell that looks like something from an old Western movie set. It is there, hurt and alone, with no idea what happened or how she will get back home, that Janelle first meets Aaron Jackson. As she regains her wits, however, Janelle realizes something is terribly amiss, and her worst fears are confirmed when she learns Aaron is the marshal of Cheyenne County, Wyoming...and the year is 1878.  
When an injured, apparently addle-headed woman falls into his lap, Aaron takes it upon himself to keep her safe and nurse her back to health. Truth be told, he is instantly attracted to her despite her sharp tongue and her bizarre story - a story he is quickly forced by the evidence to accept as genuine. After Aaron takes her under his wing and into his family’s home, the two clash frequently, but Aaron is more than ready to lay down the law...even if that means a good, hard bare-bottom spanking for this feisty brat from another era.  
Having little choice, Janelle must learn how to live as a woman in 1878, including submitting to the firm-handed marshal who, in spite of everything, seems to have laid claim to her heart.  
Publisher’s note: Marshal’s Law is an erotic romance novel that contains graphic sexual scenes and spankings, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this audiobook.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! This book had my emotions in a whirlwind. I really wasn't sure what I would be getting into with the whole domestic discipline theme, but I did try to go into it with an open mind. My feelings about Aaron and his discipline were quite mixed. In truth, it almost felt like two different people at times. On the one hand, he's all alpha male with his protective streak and big, sexy cowboy persona. He's so open-minded about Janelle, where she's from, and her education, and he's unusually insightful at times. On the other hand, when he feels that Janelle needs to learn to "behave," he's overbearing and what I would consider abusive. I realize that domestic discipline is a real thing that some couples enjoy, but I can't say that it did anything for me. So, with that in mind, I put my focus on the rest of the story. I will say that when Janelle and Aaron were in sync, the chemistry was off the charts with lots of steamy goodness. 
As far as Janelle's time travel, I don't read much with that theme either because they so often get bogged down in the explanations, so I wasn't at all bothered by the lack of that here. We never get the reason for Janelle's leap into the past, so if you're looking for a magical, mystical, or scientific plot, you won't find that here. 
The story here, at least for me, was about Janelle and her assimilation into a time without the modern day comforts. Her frustration with learning everything expected of a woman in 1878 and finding not only love, but a whole family willing to accept her with open arms. On that, the author certainly did a wonderful job of conveying her confusion, her longing, and finally her contentment. We also get a bit of wit and humor as she and Aaron pick up the phrasings and their different meanings from one time period to the next. I also loved the way things were wrapped up in the epilogue with Janelle's parents in modern day.
Since I did listen to the audio version of Marshal's Law, I have to mention our narrator, Gideon Welles. If I were going to pick a voice for this one, he would be it. That drawl and bit of gruff in his voice was absolutely perfect. In fact, I'm pretty sure his wonderful narration played a big part in my falling a bit for Aaron in spite of my feelings for his discipline.

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