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Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  10,556 ratings  ·  681 reviews
Channing Kinkaid itches for a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Enter Colby McKay, bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. He knows he's found a woman who's up to the challenge of cutting loose. Intrigued by Channing's bold proposition to "horse around" on the road, Colby proposes sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in those of his two rodeo traveli...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published March 2008 by Samhain Publishing (first published May 2007)
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Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

Oh god... this book/series... aaaaagh Lkay girl you weren't lying... to sum up this book is lots of...





My Colby McKay

My Channing Kinkaid

Channing ran all the way from her boring & predictable future and joined up with Colby and his crew - Trevor & Edgar. As part of her tagging along she agrees to do whatever the 3 cowboys tell her to... IN BED!

And boy is she a good follower! Channing is up for anyth...more
5 stars - Contemporary/Western Romance/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage

HOLY COWBOY!!!! There's not much else to add that hasn't already been said in lots of other reviews, so I'll just advise having a cold beverage and fan handy before reading this one! WOWZA!!

Three sexy-as-sin cowboys, a feisty, smart, headstrong, likable citygirl/cowgirl-wanna-be, a nice story, good writing, and lots and lots of steamy sex, including light bondage, D/s, ménage, and some hot cowboy man-lovin'...yummy...what's not to love?
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Long Hard Ride is another instance where I wish we could rate the writer separately from the story itself, because I like Lorelei James' writing style. It was easy to read... it flowed well. But I wish the story had had more meat on the bones, so to speak. Since the writer would get a 4 and the story itself a 2, I've decided to give this a 3 star rating.

This book, in my opinion, was OK. The problem I have with it is that I couldn't connect or relate to the characters, and this is just another on...more
Jul 21, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Lora Leigh, Maya Banks but with plot
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Daisiemae & Auntee
Shelves: erotica, contemporary
This is a hard call—3 stars or 3.5? Well 3 for the high raunch factor and 3.5 or even 4 for the writing.

I didn't particularly like this story because the hero, Colby, was such an ass and the sex was too "rough" for my taste--and there's LOTS of sex here (twosomes, threesomes, partner sharing, oral, anal, m/m, backwards, forwards, upside down, right side up you name it it’s there!) but there is a good plot and James writes very well which is why it won't get put on my "books-with-cooties" shelf ;...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 Sizzling, scorching, panty melting stars!

If you're put-off by a book with a lot of sex scenes, this book is NOT for you. Channing Kinkaid meets up with Colby McKay on the rodeo circuit. She's a daughter to wealthy parents who seem to have a totally different idea in life for her than what she wants...so she rebells and decides to follow the rodeo for a while. She's immediately attracted to the no -roots, traveling, exciting life of the rodeo. Colby is known to be a hot cowboy all the girls w...more
Mar 11, 2008 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who like a little 'story' with their erotic romance
If you're looking for a good erotic romance that actually has a plot, this book is it! I just really enjoyed this one! Lorelei James is a really good writer; she definitely has a knack for telling a story. While this book is sometimes explicit in language (lots of 'dirty talk' between the H/H)and certainly has a lot of extremely erotic moments, that's not all there is to it. There's actually a pretty good story going on, too.

Basically, Channing (the heroine), wants to have one last act of rebell...more
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
SOOOO,....this book has been on my TBR pile forever!! I have always seen hot status updates for it but had never made the time to start the series. After a rather colorful conversation with Lkay, she convinced Vika and I we needed to start on the series now. Boy, I wasn't disappointed.

"Nuh-uh, shug. I like my women wet. Really wet. I like it when they get that wetness all over me. All over my fingers. All over my face. All over my-"

"Colby McKay!!"

"Come on dance with me. Let's see if we can't s
Opening Line: "On a drunken dare after too many kamikazes, Channing Kinkaid found herself standing on a shellacked bartop while a bartender named Moose sprayed her chest with ice-cold beer."

Yeehaw, what a great read, now I know what all the fuss is about. Based on good reviews and my love of cowboys in general I just had to give this series a try and wow am I ever glad I did. LONG HARD RIDE is all kinds-of-ways hot and sexy lovin but it’s also so much more. Between the e...more
Where to start with this book...HOLY FREAKIN' HOTNESS! I am in love with Colby. The steam factor in this book was off the charts. Add in a great story line and you've got the whole package.There are HOT HOT scenes.
How good is Colby?
It was free so I tried it… ugh.

I don’t mind reading chick porn, have even enjoyed some smut a time or two, but I’ve noticed some stories are difficult to disassociate with the author and feel more like I’m reading someone else’s fantasy (which of course- I am!) and, for some reason, when I am consciously aware of that fact, it makes me feel… well, creepy. This was one of those kinds of books.

There was actually a story in Cowgirl Pony Up- erm I mean Long Hard Ride ::eyeroll::- but mostly it’s j...more
You know, I don't even know what to say about this book. For those of you who have seen my status updates, you know how thoroughly pissed, how thoroughly frustrated I was throughout much of this book. Having read to the end, though, I'm feeling rather ambivalent towards it (although I know I'm leaning more towards the negative side).

This book started out really good for me; I mean, hell, who hasn't fantasized about having multiple cowboys on hand to fuck whenever you want? So yeah, that was grea...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
What a hot read! This book has a little bit of everything for everyone. There's oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, hetero sex, homo sex, bondage sex, menage sex...did I mention the sex?

Channing is a blueblood from Boston who has never felt like she fit in. She's always done just what her cold, socially correct parents have told her, they've pretty much run her life til now. She decides to have a summer fling before she settles down to a socially correct job with a socially correct suitor who will...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I just don't care for it, and I've been trying to pinpoint my problem with this story.

I've been reading it off and on for weeks now, and it's just not holding my interest. My biggest problem is the dialogue. In an attempt to sound country, the characters come off sounding mildly retarded. It's irritating and distracting.

Also, I can't get behind the: "I share my women with my friends" scenario. I don't mind menage or quatre scenes (like them and fanatasize about them even), but I do mind when the...more
Sep 11, 2010 AH rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Adults only
2.5 stars

So, I settled in to read my first cowboy erotic novel. Oh, the possibilities! I had heard great things about this series so I was prepared to be wowed.

Well, I wasn't. Maybe it's me. Well, actually, it is me. I like a story line along with my sexy novels. I know it is possible. I have seen it done quite well.

This novel has a lot of sex. All kinds of sex. It kind of goes like this:
audition sex, sex, more sex, all different kinds of sex, m/m sex, a story line (finally!), "I think I love h...more
Jun 03, 2009 MelissaB rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of hot cowboy romantica who don't mind temporary menage
Hot love scenes. Sexy as sin cowboy hero. Sweet romance. Nice heroine who was fun. Oh yeah, and a temporary menage. Hero and heroine ride off into the sunset together - alone.

Okay, I really enjoyed this book. The love scenes were hot and the story was good - I really felt like I was riding the rodeo circuit with them. Colby was one hot, sexy cowboy! He can call me "sug" anyday. I enjoyed reading this, the story was well-written, the cowboys were authentic and sexy and the love scenes were smoki...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I take back what I said about liking cowboys...

After hearing great things about this series, I was excited to read about sexy dirty cowboys. But after reading the first 100 pages, I found it very, very hard to finish this book.

First off, Channing can do better than these guys. I thought she was a pretty cool chick. I kept mistaking Channing for a guy because of her damn name! CHANNING TATUM kept popping into my head. But that’s my fault, not James’.

Now on to the cowboys...

Colby McKay is a douche...more
Jun 22, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: East of Oz and others who like a great storyline with their erotica/romantica
Recommended to Daisiemae by: Auntee- thanks girl:)
When I finished reading Long Hard Ride, I knew this would be a difficult review to write. We all have varied tastes in what kind of hero we like. What kind of romantica we prefer and so on. I am not going to get into the storyline much. It has been described so well by Auntee and Laura, so there is no reason to really get into it in detail.
What I will give is my opinion of the hero-Colby and the heroine's-Channing relationship.

First, let me say that I am used to being surrounded by cowboys. My...more
If I had known of the true cowboy way of life, I would have dropped out of school at the age of thirteen, sold my soul to Satan for a saddle, and ridden horses until my thighs ached and my lower back was nearly split in two. This novel had it all: blazing bodies; sensual, three-dimensional sex kittens; measurements that would make a stripper envious; free love and free sex for all; bowling ball breasts; an ass that could bounce a toothpick; a beer wet t-shirt contest, where Channing Kinkaid offe...more
Smitten's Book Blog

That was a helluva hot read! Three strapping cowboys and a city girl with a fantasies she didn't even know existed.

It's a steamy, adult romance and it isn't going to change your life or make your heart palpitate. But if you want hot and raunchy right off the bat, you've got it.

"Come with me right now. Don't ask questions and don't argue."
"Only if you kiss me again."
"Why you so intent on me kissin' you?"
shug, when we were dancing you made me so wet and hot from that kiss I nearly came a
Miss Fifi
1 I-Thought-I-Could-Handle-BDSM-And-THREESOMES-In-Particular-But-Turns-Out-I-Couldn't Stars

My Reason: You love someone, you don't share them. Period.
Isis FG
Okay...I don't have much to say about this book. Unfortunately, I read half of it almost 2 months ago, then had to suddenly move and it go packed in a box and I only recently managed to find it and finish it. So writing a good review is kinda hard.

This book is ALL about THE SEX. Period. Okay, sure, there's a little bit of storyline in the background, but basically, this is pure sex. And there's a little bit of everything. I didn't really mind the overabundance of nekkid gymnastics, but there was...more

I cannot believe that I liked this book. I have this thing where I end up completely hating erotica, and that mostly has to do with the sex. Its usually boring and the same old thing but a different setting. This book had two people that made it delicious, and a motel scene that was like a fantasy dream come true.

To sum it up, a girl and a douche bag. Douchbag is married, girl had no idea; relationship ends. In walks in hot sexy cowboy man, offers up a tasty proposal of s...more
Lady Heather
This was my first cowboy romance..and definitely won't be my last!
WOW! This book is HAWT!
can't wait to read the next one...hehe!
3.5 stars. Really not sure what I think about this. Parts of it did not thrill me, especially the treatment of women who aren't going to be heroines in the series. Our hero forcing some nameless, disposable woman to gag on him did not endear him to me.

But the atmosphere of the rodeo was gripping, and so was the story. And I thought James struck a really good balance with having the characters negotiate about sex without getting too talky or boring. In my erotica-reading experience -- which is ad...more
Okay, so I feel kinda bad now. This book has been sitting on my Kindle for near on a year now. I have no idea why I’ve put it off for this long, but I really wish I hadn’t.

I won’t lie and say that this is the most complex of storylines because it isn’t. You don’t get to know every single detail of the main characters lives either. But, what you do get is a really wonderful story about a woman who doesn’t want to just settle. A man that is tired of sleeping around, who's fed up of sharing his...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess Blazing!
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Erotica at its absolute best. YUM!
Characters: Excellent
Plot: This playboy cowboy found it was his time to be roped!
Page Turner: YES
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Colby

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Why did I wait to read this? I stayed up all night to read. Hot & sexy. It was light and not too heavy. The plot was overly deep, but it wasn’t lacking for anything either. I can’t wait to get my...more
Wasn't quite sure about this book initially, the first half was just so-so. Oh yeah, it was hot, but I just wasn't feeling a connection between Colby and Channing. I loved Trevor, so charming and sweet, and Edgard too, once I knew what he was all about. Then his avoidance of Channing made sense. I get the whole dominance thing, but Colby just felt like he was degrading Channing and she just let him push her around. Then it started to come together and the story wrapped up nicely. I've heard such...more
I decided to re-read this one, since I plan on reading the entire series, I wanted to go back and start from the beginning. Also to see if I liked this one anymore. Maybe just a little, but still have the same issues as I did before.

There is one thing, there's just no denying that


I couldn't help it! It's soo true, especially since I'm not alone in this feeling, because


I did like the Edgard and Trevor stuff even more, and now that I know they have a book together, I'm dying to get to it! Channi...more
I enjoyed this ménage book about Wyoming cowboy Channing Kinkaid and Boston educated city girl Colby McKay. The premise is simple: you want to have a wild, sexual romp on the rodeo circuit? No problem, but you need to sleep with my rodeo partners, too. Channing is game, but as the encounters progress – Colby starts to get a jealous streak and decides he wants to keep Channing for himself. Colby has difficulties because the ménage was his idea and he knows Channing has been enjoying it. There’s a...more
This was chosen for me in the “Pick It For Me Challenge” in the RRRC group. I’ll admit it, erotica normally isn’t my thing. A lot of the time the plot and any romance that might be involved get steamrolled by the overabundance of sex and you’re left with what is essentially porn in book form. Now I don’t have anything against a raunchy sex scene, but in my mind if I all I want is sex without any kind of emotional connection, I’d rather just watch a porn than read about it. But that’s just me.

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“Channing, come back here.”

“No,” she tossed off over her shoulder.

“I’m warnin’ you, girl, you don’t want to make me mad.”

“Tough shit, tough guy. Suck it up and walk it off.”

People around them stopped and stared, nudged each other and chuckled, giving Colby a wide berth.

“Last chance,” he yelled.

Channing flipped him the bird without turning around. In fact, she ran away from him like her boot heels were smoking.

He was going to paddle that sassy little ass but good.”
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