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Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders #3)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  8,454 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Ridin' the edge of lust is fun--until someone falls in love.

Goody-two boots AJ Foster has waited her entire life for her dream cowboy Cord McKay to see her as more than the neighbor girl in pigtails. Now that she's old enough to stake her claim on him, she's pulling out all the sexual stops and riding hell-bent for leather--straight for his libido.

Divorced rancher Cord has
ebook, 298 pages
Published March 2008 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Aug 26, 2010 Dina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Melissab
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Sep 23, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic romance and fans of the Rough Riders series
I loved this book-- my favorite of the Rough Riders series so far! I couldn't put this one down, and it even made me cry at the ending. It was wickedly hot, even raunchy at times, yet there was really a decent story going on too.

AJ Foster has had her eye on sexy cowboy rancher Cord McKay for years, but he barely notices her. He's 13 years older than her, and only thinks of her as his younger sister's best friend (if he thinks of her at all) or as his young son's one time babysitter. But now AJ'
UniquelyMoi ~ The 1-click Diva

Cowgirl up and Ride is number 3 in the Rough Rider series and I have to tell you, I LOVED this book. I felt like the first 2 books in the series were just about sex, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I never felt connected to or invested in the characters. That is not the case with this book! AJ and Cord’s story began many, many years before the events in this book, and it was one of sacrifice, devotion and acceptance of ones self.

I felt that the secondary story, revolving around Colt’s d
5+ stars – Contemporary/Western Romance/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage

“Cowboy Take Me Away”.....Cowgirl Up and Ride is another flaming hot read in Lorelei James’ spectacularly fun, wickedly erotic Rough Riders series that just keeps getting better and better!

Wise and responsible beyond her years, virgin good-girl-next-ranch Amy Jo “AJ” Foster has been in love with the oldest McKay brother, divorced rancher Cord McKay, since she was 5 years old. She’s waited patiently for 17 years for her dream cowboy to fi
LethalLovely~Live Through This and You Won't Look Back
My Thoughts: FYI, this isn't so much a review as me an outlet for me to gather my thoughts & explain my rating.

I didn't have many problems with CGU&R but the ones I did unfortunately affected my rating & overall enjoyment. First, I absolutely loved AJ. She was smart, courageous & had a great sense of humor. I also loved how she wasn't satisfied to settle for second best. She knew what she wanted & if Cord wasn't willing to give it to her, he could fuck off & she'd be okay
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

Oh dear lord McKays!!!... one minute I want to join in the hot people sandwich parties BUT then I realize how many people participate in those sandwiches...

but THEN I realize there is no wrong loving in McKay land

In this story we get love story of ugly duckling AJ Foster and Cord McKay (with a cute adorable baby bay Ky).

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AJ's family owned the farm next to McKay's since forever and has been in love with Cord since he saved her when she was five. While home to

Opening Line:" Amy Jo Foster had loved Cord McKay her entire life."

Yeehaw, another smoking hot instalment from the Roughriders. This is book 3 in the series and my favourite so far. As usual our couple has all kinds-of-ways hot and sexy lovin going on but between the erotic interludes theres also a really romantic love story unfolding too. Yup I fell hard for tough, gruff, single dad cowboy Cord McKay and enjoyed his struggle with the sweet and much younger, little Mi
Nov 10, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My Friends here who love the Rough Rider series!
Holy Cow this series keeps getting better and better. Not only do we have two main characters that is easy to care about and root for, we get to continue to witness the lives of the McKay family.
Amy Jo Foster has been in love with Cord McKay her whole life. Unfortunately for her, he has always thought of her as his little sister's best friend.
Amy is innocent in many ways. She is often relied on by her older sister and other's often view her as responsible and usually always doing the right thin
Smitten's Book Blog

Who doesn't love a hot, sexy, brooding, horny cowboy?! I know I do! And so does AJ Foster! She's loved him her whole life...

God, she loved this man. She loved his gruff, sweet, thoughtful sides. And his edgy side. She wasn't in love with the perfect Cord McKay she's been fantasizing over forever, but the real flesh and blood man. The real man. Flaws and all.

These books are pure smut. This was pretty much a sex scene marathon with a loose story line bumbling along in the background. But if you
Guilty Pleasures
Just finished reading Cowgirl Up and Ride for the 6th time ;-), this story NEVER gets old and makes me girly bits tingle EVERY. DAMN. TIME. I. READ. IT.

I will NEVAHH EVAHH again, look at an orange popsicle without overheating ;-)

My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of the Rough Riders, one of my TOP FAVORITES books the other being Saddled & Spurred also by Lorelei James. This book is not just erotic romance, it has an incredible love story in it also.

Cord is gruff, tough and the epitome of working cowboy,
Glory hallelujah, finally. Finally. This is the Lorelei James I know and love. With Cord and AJ's story, she has finally got into her groove, gifting us with a great erotic romance.

I really enjoyed Cowgirl Up And Ride. To the point that I stayed up until 3:40 A.M. last night so I could finish reading it. I loved AJ and Cord together; they were so cute. The fact that AJ had loved Cord since she was five years old and that love just grew as she became older and started loving the man not the fanta
Sep 25, 2013 Robert rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Sherri Needs A Maid
Porn can’t compare to erotica. Don’t get me wrong. Porn is good. The sweating, heaving bodies thrusting against each other make the average male pale in comparison. I’m male, so I dig that shit. Although not so much the inadequate comparison. But erotica opens up a world of possibilities. It allows you to imagine blond chesty females with breasts the size of beach balls, or athletic redheaded women in pink thongs and ponytails, or raven haired cuties in fishnet stockings and garter belts and not ...more
Another great edition to Lorelei James' Rough Riders series. I enjoy the raw feel of this series. James doesn't try to pretty things up. Her stories are rough and tumble, and raunchy. Which makes them fun to read. I think I like the first book the most so far, but this one was really good as well.

This book features Cord McKay and AJ (Amy Jo) Foster. In the past books, Cord has been portrayed as a loner workaholic who wanted nothing to do with women after his wife abandoned him and their son. And
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
ahhh, so I normally write my reviews right when I finish the book. You know, it's fresh and my thoughts are flowing freely. I'm going to be completely honest, I put this review off, read a short story then read a mind fuck of a book and my thoughts are everywhere but I'm going to be short, lol.

This was Cord and Amy Jo's story. Amy Jo has been in love with Cord since she was five and he helped her. Since then she has put him on this pedastool and basically fawned all over him, but from afar. She
Julie (jjmachshev)
Another smoking hot story from Lorelei James. "Cowgirl Up and Ride" continues her Rough Riders series with the tale of Amy Jo, now AJ, and Cord.

Cord is the older brother who's divorced and a single parent. While he certainly doesn't shun women, he's also past the point of 'crazy McKay deeds' like his younger relatives. Now he spends his time working the ranch and raising his son...and he's vowed to never get involved emotionally with another woman.

Amy Jo is an adult now so call her AJ. She's bee
Jul 26, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Long Hard Ride
Shelves: erotica
Another book in the rough riders series from Lorelei James and I loved it! Wow! I just never pegged myself for a cowboy kinda girl, but things do change....

This is the story of Cord McKay and Amy Jo Foster (the swiss miss cocoa girl from Long Hard Ride). Amy Jo has been in love with Cord since she was just a kid and because he was so much older than her he paid her no mind. Until one day Amy Jo decides she's tired of waiting for him to notice her... so she MAKES him notice!

AJ is innocent about
Robin *loves sexy books*
it's so hard to have a favorite in the rough rider series...but i think this is mine. i loved cord and aj so much. my favorite thing about these books is the continuous interaction between this huge wonderful family. i love seeing them all as they progress with each book.

it's really gonna suck when this is finally over.

if i could give her books more than 5 stars, i would.
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
The McKay/West marathon continues.....

Amy Joy has been in love with rancher Cord McKay since he rescued her from a fall at the age of five. He's always looked at her as a kid sister- she is his sister's best friend for goodness sakes. Until he sets eyes on the 22 year old, now grown up AJ in the local honky tonk bar. He almost didn't recognize her. Cord is a lonely single father over a decade older than her but he can't resist the temptation. He's lonely and she offers no strings attached sex- i
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Such a sexy read!!! Loved the younger girl, older guy scenario, not to mention the whole unrequited love element. Would have loved more angst in some parts, but overall, I could not put it down and loved the steamy scenes like crazy. I mean, a cowboy with a penchant for dominance and bondage...!!!!
Wow! This was the best one so far! I absolutely LOVE Cord!!!! Loved the story of him and AJ!!! Fantastic! Steamy! Sweet! Whats not to love!? I am so glad I decided to read this series for this book alone and I'm so glad there are more goodies to come! LJ sure know how to write her men!!! *sigh* Going on my favorites list for sure!
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Oct 04, 2010 ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Western Romance Fans, Erotic Romance Fans, Lorelei James Fans
Shelves: erotic, menage

This was one smokin' hot read from Miz James! This story focus's on another one of the renowned Mckay boys, Cord and his very long time admirer Amy Jo (AJ).

Im finding it hard to give these books a great review because I just cannot put into words how much I am loving this series. Although they are highly erotic (which I love) there is also more to it than just the awesome sex. There is love, romance, tragedy (which hit me right from left field) and your normal every day run of
I absolutely LOVED this book. I think so far out of the book's I read in this series that this was my favorite. There was so many things about this book that I loved. The story was great and it had some LOL moments. The sex was extremely hot and I loved the ending. I'm looking forwards to reading the rest of this series but of course I'm gonna read another book or two before I continue on with Tied Up/ Tied Down. I really want to read Kane McKay and Skyler's story and read some more HOT cowboy l ...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Whew! 4.5 Stars

Lord have mercy. This was my first Lorelei James book and it will not be my last. The plot wasn't overwhelming. The sex was outstanding. The chemistry between the H/h was off the charts. This woman has some mad skills when it comes to conjuring up hot alpha males and their sexual exploits. Good Lord, these McKay men can sure make a girl squirm. Loved this story and I will definitely be reading more of this sexy series. :)
Genre & Keywords: Contemporary, Cowboys , Ménage, Dominant Man, Brooding Bad-Boy

I’m a big fan of Lorelei James’ work ever since I discovered her Rough Riders series when I was visiting a Barnes and Noble in New York. So on my first day in NY I stumbled on book 4 of Ms. James’ series: Tied Up, Tied Down. What I didn't know than is that Lorelei James is one of many erotic romance writers, but I still think she’s one of the best, so it was nonetheless a lucky hit. Of course I started reading h
4 stars. Needless to mention this is extremely hot read, hot sex scenes, hot cowboys and then some. Heck...the book came with a warning label. Just saying....

Cord, sigh..., the oldest of the McKays, responsibled-divorced-sworn off women-forever-hotness meet his secret admire since she was 5 years old. Now that she is ready and willing to live out her fantasy. They agree to live out their secret-4 wks contigency-fantasies, share their love for the ranch, the land, the family...only to hold back w
Melissa, you were right - they just keep getting better!

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and steamy! A perfect combination! I adored watching this couple. The hero, Cord, was damaged from his first marriage, to a selfish woman who walked away from him and their son. It took him a while to come to terms with what he felt for AJ, but when he fell, he fell hard! AJ was such a loving person, I just loved that she had such an open heart and yet was willing to walk away rather than settle for
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
What a sweet sweet love story. I adore Cord he is so sexy. This was a great story and so far my favorite of the Rough Riders Series. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a sweet love story with lots of hot cowboys.
2.5 stars Contemporary Western Romance

Book 3 of the Rough Riders series seems to be a favorite amongst many of its die hard fans. I was one who was initiated into the series a little bit later than everyone else. My introduction to the series came with Keely's story All Jacked Up which hooked me to Lorelei James' writing style and her way of writing the most combustive scenes ever. And since then, I have read and loved each of the books in the series that has been published afterwards. But, I
Mitabird (reviews on BookLikes)
I really enjoyed Cowgirl Up and Ride. Even though the sex was hot, it was the characters that drew me in. AJ has been in love with Cord since she was 5 years old. Cord has always seen AJ as his kid sister's best friend. AJ, now 22, has decided that she's waited long enough for Cord to notice her and takes matters into her own hands. His reaction when she propositions him is great.

I have to admit that I had a problem with their ages at first; AJ being 22 and Cord being 35. However, my concerns w
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Lorelei James is New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary erotic westerns and erotic romances. She lives in western South Dakota.
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