Branded as Trouble (Rough Riders, #6)
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Branded as Trouble (Rough Riders #6)

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It's hard to trust the future when you've been branded by the past.

As a walking advertisement for the tattoo shop she's set up in a small Wyoming town, India Ellison is well acquainted with preconceived notions. Despite the odd looks and off-color comments about her off-color hair, life is good. She's clean and sober, dotes on her sister's kids and, best of all, spends mos...more
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Published March 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd
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I've got a major headache and I'm not the least inspired to write a review, so I'm following Shawna's idea and posting a "visual review". :)

Here's how I picture Colt, after some years of Indy's TLC:

Jan 21, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of the series; fans of contemporary erotic romance with a cowboy theme.
Another broken-record-sounding review here, but I can't help it--Lorelei James is consistently awesome with her Rough Riders series--there hasn't been a bad one in the bunch yet! I know I'm not the only one who appreciates this series--there's just something so effortless about LJ's writing that makes it so darn easy to gobble these stories right up! Her characters are so real and relatable--they're far from perfect and sometimes you get annoyed with them, but always, always by the end of the st...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

And the hits just keep on coming...

Branded as Trouble was such a sweet story. We’ve been watching Colt as he spiraled downward into a very dark place, waiting and hoping that he’d find his way back to us. Thankfully he did and now we finally get to see what his life was like, both during his addiction and after. Now, three years into his sobriety, he’s finally cutting himself some slack for the time he spent drunk, stoned and otherwise useless and what an emotional ride it is! As I’ve said befor...more
Opening Line: "In celebration of his first year of sobriety, Colt McKay climbed on the back of a bull and rode for a full eight seconds.

Welcome to another deliciously hot read from Lorelei James' Roughrider series. This is book 6 and I’ve come to the conclusion that James can do no wrong as each instalment is more addictive than the last. Somehow she always manages to keep the storylines fresh and the numerous sexcapades just different enough that they never feel formulaic or repetitive. We’re...more
Isis FG
Rating: 4.5 / 5

I almost like this one at much as the previous book, Rough, Raw and Ready. It was really good and I liked both Colt and India a lot. If I could have, though, I would have adjusted one thing about the book and that's to have made it a little more balanced with regards to the sex (which I'll explain in a little bit).

Branded As Trouble is the most recent and sixth book in Lorelei James' Rough Riders series. Back around book 3, readers got to know Colt McKay as the drunken, drugged up...more
5+ stars – Contemporary/Western Romance/Erotica/BDSM

Lorelei James can do no wrong with the Rough Riders series. Seriously, every book gets big 5 stars and I think they can't possibly get any better. But then much to my heart's content, she proves me wrong. Branded As Trouble is another winner and the sweetest romance in the series so far. I loved everything about it: the great writing, the likable characters, the real life drama, the strong, emotional connection between the H/H, and especially t...more
Loved it! Colt and India were a great couple. They both had fought through addiction and made a new life afterwards. The chemistry and love scenes between Colt and India were red hot! There was also a lot of emotion in this book. It was great!

There is no ménage or m/m in this book for those who aren't fans.
Another great hot installment! Adding Colt on my I want to get nekkid with the McKay men list!

List so far:

1. Kade McKay
2. Colt McKay

On to the next cowboy. ;)
As my second time reading this book, I can honestly say that I can appreciate it much more after having read the first five books. This time around I knew who everyone was and could understand the relationships and situations better.

There's nothing that I really disliked about this book, either times I've read it. The one thing I noticed this time around, though, was that I felt like this focused more on Indy and Colt's sex life than the building of their romantic relationship. It wasn't focused...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Colt and India's story...... She's been his AA counselor, his best friend, his confident......but he's fallen in love with her. What Colt doesn't know is that Indie has feelings for him too. When a simple evening turns a bit physical, all bets are off. They decide to date without sex for two (long) weeks. When that time is up- WOWSA. Their chemistry is great. I loved their long term, gradual progression from AA support person, to friend, to lover. Some of their issues and fights got on my nerves...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance
"Cross you arms over your chest. Close your eyes. When you're ready, fall back. Straight back."
"That's it?"
"No, you have to trust me. I'll catch you. I promise. Even if you fall, I'll pick you up."

He closed his eyes and let go.

OH GOOD LORD! I swear, all the McKay men have to do is look at his wife and she gets pregnant! It's getting hard to keep up with this litter of kids they are all having! It'...more
Mitabird reviews at BookLikes
3.5 stars

Colt has been in love with India for 3 years and considers her his best friend. He wants to take things further, but is uncertain that India feels the same way about him. India does feel the same way about Colt, but she's never noticed his interest in her. They decide to take things to the next step, but they have to learn to deal with issues from their past.

Branded as Trouble started out great; I absolutely love the tension between Colt and India. It was easy to see how much they cared...more
I don’t remember why I left this and next book of this series for last, but I’m glad I’m catching up my out-of-order reading because I really liked this one. It was a bit more serious than previous ones, but the pace, the love scenes, the H/h transition from friends to lovers was perfect, although I confess that once they started going at it, there were so many love scenes that I skipped a couple by the end.
HERO was Playful, spent many years partying and drinking but since the death of his cous...more
♡♥Ang ♥♡
OMG where do i start!
I cant come up with the right words to explain how hoe i LOVED this Book. It was so freaking good, Colt and Indy were AMAZING!! This is my fave book so far in the series, and maybe fave book i have read in ages!! I laughed, i cried and igot mad i love it when we get to go on the emotional rollar coaster!!!

I cant wait for the next one!!

OMG Re Read Was Aweosme!! I loved it even more!! i wanna re read it again!! Colt is my fave!!! This book is my Fave!!!
I just say Colt and India - wowza!

This book was hot. And I'm not girl to complain about too much sex but I would have loved to read more about their friendship and less sex montages. I really loved the friendship-to-love angel and it is a very important book in the McKay family dimension. Definitely my favorite in terms of side stories. And I loved India. Best heroine award!
This was my first Lorelei James book and I must say that I loved it.

I related to this story because I too will always be a reforming addict. I loved how they were there for each other and I look forwards to Colt's and India's appearance in books to come.
This is my third book by this author and I admit I'm hooked.

These type of bboks are my guilty pleasure and though I know I wouldn't like to partake in half of the shennanigans that the characters get up to, its a nice bit of escapisim and this author, so far is my favourite.

I love the leads in this. Both are struggling with their own demons. India has been Colts sponcer at AA for the last three years and this has developed into a frienship of sorts, until she accidently shoots him in the butt wi...more
This series is so addictive that even after not liking Tied Up, Tied Down I still could not take a break. This is one of the best romantica examples of the friends to lovers trope because it was so darned believable as to why they hadn't acted on their feelings yet. They have only known each other 3 years, and she has been his AA sponsor. But now he's well established in his sobriety, and their feelings just can't be denied. The love scenes are off-the charts smokin' as usual, but the over-the-t...more
I haven't written a review for any of Ms. Lorelei James' books yet-- well, except for Bran and Harper's book, Saddled and Spurred... so here is my contribution! Branded As Trouble is Colt's book with India/Indy. I love stories where friends become lovers so this was definitely my kind of book! Their romance was sweet and sexy hot. Wow, does Lorelei James know how to write some smokin' love scenes between her characters. Some of the characters in previous books have also made an appearance in her...more
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
hmmm, This book wasn't what I thought it would be. I still liked it, but I was excited about Colt that was before in his wild ways and his woman taming him. I'm not disappointed in the way the book went just wasn't what I was expecting. Still love this series and looking forward to so much more. :)

"You're only ever mine. My hands on you. My mouth on you. My cock in you."
Robin *loves sexy books*
I agree with Shawna and some of the other reviewers...there is not a bad one in the series. This is my favorite all time series up there with bdb!!!
I love the Rough Riders series. This is no secret. Since I picked up the first of the series, Long Hard Ride I've been addicted. And I've been pacing them out. Well, some of the time anyway. Anyway, this novel is about bad boy Colt McKay, and I have to say, I adored this McKay bad boy too. Why are they all bad? Cuz they're McKays.

Colt: Literally, the bad McKay boy. Colt's a recovery alcoholic and because of his addiction, he's done some things that really alienated his family. But Colt's been c...more
India Ellison is a fighter, after a troubled life in her younger years she has fought hard for sobriety and to always be herself, tattoos, piercings, colored hair and all. Her only vulnerbility is the close friendship with Colt McKay, her feelings for her longtime friend has shifted to a more intimate feeling but Colt's recent reactions to her leave her a bit baffled.

Colt has never been able to lose his reputatin as a player who likes to party, even after three years of sobriety people still see...more
Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus

A beer bottle flew and crashed into the side of the barn, shattering the illusion of stillness.

All eyes zoomed to Cam.

“I’m so sick and tired of the ‘holier than thou’ attitude in this family. So Colt screwed up. Every one of us has screwed up at one time or another. How long are you gonna make him pay for it? Jesus, he hit the skids over four years ago. He’s been on the straight and narrow for the last three. During which time, he’s been busting his ass on this ranch, despite having to listen...more
This quickly became one of my favorites in the series just a few chapters in to it. This book had a lot more laughs than the others in the series.

"It’s hard to trust the future when you’ve been branded by the past.

As a walking advertisement for the tattoo shop she’s set up in a small Wyoming town, India Ellison is well acquainted with preconceived notions. Despite the odd looks and off-color comments about her off-color hair, life is good. She’s clean and sober, dotes on her sister’s kids and, b...more
Best of the bunch so far! Loved Colt and India!! This one was sweet, romantic, emotional and of course, VERY HOT!! Another thing i really loved about this book was that it took 'till almost half way through the book before the "deed" was actually done...HALF WAY!!!!...there was GREAT sexual/romantic tension and occasional "petting" but no sex! In some other books i might complain that that was way to long to wait but, for this one, which is part of a very erotic and sexually based series, i LOVE...more
Nancy McGregor
I was really looking forward to seeing wild boy Colt settle down and find love with India and this book didn't disappoint.
What I liked about this book was the realistic romance between these two recovering addicts. One thing I hate about some books that involve addicts is the complete lack of research, they get it so wrong but this book hit the situation perfectly.
It showed how hard Colt was trying to pick up the pieces after getting sober and how his family were struggling with the changes.
This series just keeps getting better. Colt and Indie are a great couple and they just heated up the pages of this book. Colt definitely made up for his three years of celibacy…and then some...and again and again!! I just love that Indie is not the typical female that you would pair up to be with a cowboy. She might look like she has an edge, but she is so sweet, loyal and passionate. The family drama and issues just made this book so enjoyable, as you get to watch them all grow and adjust to th...more
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Colt and India are recovering alcoholics and have been best friends for the last three and a half years. Colt has been harboring serious feelings for India since he first laid eyes on her. This is novel is a story about a compelling and energetic couple who are at once passionate and attentive towards each other and each others safe harbor. Basically, India and Colt scorch the pages as their story is told by the talented Lorelei James. This is a wonderful character driven erotic tale that uneart...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I love Colt and India so much that I want a threesome!

India is by far my favorite heroine of the series. She’s tough, sensitive but still know hardheaded enough to know what she wants. Colt and India have been long time friends and have been each other’s support buddy as they try to reform themselves. I love that James set it up like this but didn’t use it as a crutch as a basis for their relationship. Yes, they’ve known and trusted each other for a long time, but that isn’t the reason why they...more
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