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Review: Done and Dusted by Lyla Sage

This is my first cowboy romance and I’m obsessed. Done and Dusted is a romance story that swept me away. It’s about exploring our past trauma, about the best friend’s sister, and about childhood crushed. Keep reading this book review of Done and Dusted for my full thoughts.


She’s off-limits, but he’s never been good at following the rules.

For the first time in her life, Clementine “Emmy” Ryder has no idea what she’s doing. She’s accomplished everything on her to-do list. She left her small hometown of Meadowlark, Wyoming; went to college; and made a career for herself by doing her favorite thing: riding horses. But after an accident makes it impossible for her to get back into the saddle, she has no choice but to return to the hometown she always wanted to escape.

Luke Brooks is Meadowlark’s most notorious bad boy, bar owner, and bachelor. He’s also the unofficial fifth member of the Ryder family. As Emmy’s older brother’s best friend, Luke spent most of his childhood antagonizing her. It’s been years since he’s seen her, but when she walks into his bar and back into his life, he can’t take his eyes off her. Despite his better judgment, he wants to do a whole lot more than just look at her.

Emmy’s got too much on her mind to think about romance. And Luke knows he should stay away from his best friend’s younger sister. But what if Luke is just what Emmy needs to get her spark back? Or will they both go up in flames?


I have been SO excited for this series ever since I went to a launch event for Swift and Saddled. I know, putting the cart in front of the horse. But after that, I knew I had to read this series. I loved how enthusiastic and passionate the readers were and I can see why! Done and Dusted is beyond charming. It gets to the core of what I love about a romance: character dynamics and chemistry. How we realize the misunderstandings we have of these people from our childhood, from growing up, are so far from wrong.

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All the things we didn’t understand and the benefit of time. Done and Dusted delivers a story that is spicy, best friend’s sister and childhood crush duo, plus we love a reformed bad boy. Emmy’s character growth and personal journey is amazing. I loved seeing her learn how to accept help and also overcome her own fears, to work through them, and realize it’s okay to slow down. We love a horse girl! Done and Dusted is amazing. It’s steamy, swoony, and I loved getting to know the Rebel Blue Ranch family! Aaron Shedlock & Stella Hunter have phenomenal chemistry and do an amazing job at sweeping you off your feet with their audiobook narration!

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