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Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,200 Ratings  ·  983 Reviews
One lucky woman…three sexy cowboys…she’s in for the ride of her life!

Channing Kinkaid itches for a change; a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Determined to shed her inhibitions and embrace the steamier, seamier side of life, she sets her sights on hooking up with a real chaps-and-spurs-wearing cowboy.

Enter Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf rop
ebook, Nook, 511 pages
Published May 2007 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Long Hard Ride is book one in the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James. This is my very first book by Lorelei James. I’ve had it for awhile and have been dying to get to it. I loved it. The heat factor was through the roof which I anticipated, one particular scene which was perhaps one of the hottest scenes I have ever read. But I did deduct one half a point because in the beginning, I didn’t particularly like the way Colby treated Channing at times. She didn’t seem to mind. But
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 any
Nov 07, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Smokin Hot stars!!!

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One girl from the city exploring her sexual fantasies and three hot as hell cowboys helping her do just that. Yeah. This book is every bit as steamy and sexy as it sounds! It was a quick read and one of the HOTTEST books I’ve read all year. From beginning to end. Word to the wise- if you don’t love m/f/m or a little m/m this might not be for you. But if you love a fun book with loads of smutty goodness along with a some emotion and an actual story, you’ve found the right re
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 ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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?
Jul 21, 2008 Eastofoz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ;
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 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
May 19, 2011 Zeek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut, romantica, dnf, kindle
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
Mar 11, 2008 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Dec 26, 2010 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Erotica romance fans and girls who liked to ride!
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
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
I didn't like it. It is impersonal, cold and poorly done.

The dialogues were hard to read; very dumb, very very bad.

I have always enjoyed reading about ménage, but there is nothing sexy, enticing, erotic or romantic here, this book is just like watching porn. I don't mean that it has too much sex, no, I mean that the sex they have in the book is as emotionally connected and meaningful as the sex in a porno.

We know very little about the main characters, nothing of importance or deep enough to be
May 07, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-smut
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
Sep 11, 2010 AH rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2009 MelissaB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2015 P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, menage, western
เปนอีโรติคทีรูสึก Guilty pleasure นิดๆแฮะ 555 ปกติจะอานแนวพระนางอยางละคน ไมก Menage ไปเลย Multiple Partners กมีบางนะ(แตไมบอย) พอมาอานเรืองนี ... เนือเรืองมันมีอะไรมากกวา Menage นิดนึง ตรงทีวา...(view spoiler) เรืองมันเลยดูเหมือนซับซอนและมีอะไรๆ แตเอาจริงๆ...มันกไมไดมีอะไรมากหรอก ชวงกลางๆ-หลังๆ ผูแตงเขียนดีนะ มีแตชวงแรกๆแหละทีเรารูสึกวามันสะเปะสะปะไปหนอยเทานันเอง

Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 12, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
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
Jun 22, 2008 Daisiemae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 13, 2015 Cory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this book just had a little something for everyone didn't it? MF, MM, can you not enjoy that. Let's just spell it out, it was a whole lot of sex and a little bit of story, but the sex was so great that I didn't care. I loved Trevor and Edgard so much I skipped to book 5....can you blame me?
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
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
Lady Heather
Sep 20, 2010 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 04, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just LOVED this book. I LOVED the story, and LOVED the sex scenes. It was so darn good I'm gonna read the next book, Road Hard Put Up Wet.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Been on my wish list forever! Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 5/31/15!
Renee rated it it was amazing
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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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Other Books in the Series

Rough Riders (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders, #2)
  • Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders, #3)
  • Tied Up, Tied Down (Rough Riders, #4)
  • Rough, Raw, and Ready (Rough Riders, #5)
  • Branded as Trouble (Rough Riders, #6)
  • Shoulda Been a Cowboy (Rough Riders, #7)
  • All Jacked Up  (Rough Riders #8)
  • Raising Kane  (Rough Riders, #9)
  • Cowgirls Don't Cry (Rough Riders, #10)
  • Chasin' Eight (Rough Riders #11)

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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.”
“I’d rather be alone and be happy with my own company than be somebody I’m not so I can fit in with people whose company I despise.” 6 likes
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