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Shoulda Been a Cowboy (Rough Riders #7)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  7,494 ratings  ·  263 reviews
The bigger they are, the harder they fall--in love.

Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain't ropin' steers and wearin' spurs. His deputy sheriff job, plus battle injuries that ended his military career, keep him right where he wants to be: Off the ranch and away from his family's pity. His darkest war memories are on lockdown, leaving him skeptical he'll ever
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Published August 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd
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May 29, 2010 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; fans of erotic romance featuring a wounded war vet
Not my favorite of the Rough Riders series, but not to worry--it's like saying I prefer Oreos to Chips Ahoy.:) I mean, I enjoy everything Lorelei James writes, but there were other books in this series that captivated me a little more. If I can pinpoint one thing about this book that kept it from being a 5 star read, it was probably the character of wounded war vet Cameron McKay. Not until late in the book did I "fall in love" with his character, and throughout the book he had some moments that ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Cowboy or not, I love Cam, just the way he is!

Shoulda Been a Cowboy is book 7 of the Rough Rider’s series, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Not quite as much as I have some of the others in the series, but still, a fun, heartwarming, sexy read.

Cameron McKay, wounded and honorably discharged from the Army, comes home to Wyoming and rebuilds his life on his terms. He hasn’t let his family pressure him into taking up ranching, instead he becomes deputy sheriff of Sundance. He had always sai
Opening Line: "At times like these, Deputy Cameron KcKay suspected his life would've been easier if he'd stayed a simple cowboy."

As I’ve said before Lorelei James can do no wrong with her Roughriders series. Somehow she always manages to keep the storylines fresh and the numerous sexcapes just different enough that they never feel formulaic or repetitive. We’re also guaranteed updates on the ever growing Mckay family and usually a couple of surprises or a tragedy just to keep us on our toes. Of
3 1/2 stars

I didn't love this book as much as the other ones in the series, hence the 3 1/2 stars. As for Cam, I'll let his pic speak for himself:


Need I say more? ;)
Cam McKay, I love you just the way you are.

Cam McKay was imposing, even in near darkness. The dominant male animal. The ultimate guardian. A pillar of strength. A bona fide warrior.

This was one emotional ride, I would gladly take over and over again. Love it!
Jane Stewart
3 stars. If you’re in the mood for hot wild fun sex, this should work. It’s enjoyable. Relationship development is good.

There was nothing insulting, none of my pet peeves. It works for what it is - erotic romance. There is a lot of sex, bossy caveman style. Cam gives a lot of orders for example he says: upstairs, now, get naked, wait for me. That’s the flavor. There is rear door activity and a ménage scene, two men and a woman. The first 60% of the book is getting to know eac
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Oct 13, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of erotic romance
This is a great book, funny in some places, heartwrenching in others. There is a good plot, great characters, and a 7-year-old who will steal your heart. I liked when Cam had to help him practice his spelling words, and told the boy that 'antidisestablishmentarianism' was on the list.

The sex scenes are hot and raunchy and sweet, and serve to advance some of the themes of acceptance and self-image that the book addresses. I don't think this tale could be as well told if not as an erotic romance.
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
I got arrested today, apparently I misunderstood when the deputy asked 'please blow'.

WOW! I didn't think I was going to like 'Shoulda been a cowboy' as much as the the other Rough Riders in the series but I was wrong! Cam McKay and Domini were beautiful! It was refreshing to see a McKay boy who wasn't so tied up in ropes (all puns intended) in the ranch way of life. And to have a heroine who wasn't like all the other Wyoming girls.

Together thy over came each others disabilities, pulled through
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I’ve been looking forward to Cam’s book for a long time. He’s been through so much, changed so much that I wanted to get to know him again. Naturally, I knew he would be dark after all that he’s been through, but he isn’t ever completely lost. Yes, he thinks himself as only half a man, but there’s still a lot of strength there that I had to admire and find attractive.

In a way, Cam reminded me of Z from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. They were the same in the way they carried themselves; soldiers
I've been excited to read this book ever since I read Branded As Trouble the first time and fell in love with Cameron McKay. And to be honest, I really did enjoy it. There was just one thing that bothered the fuck out of me. And that was the threesome with Domini, Cam, and Brock, who happens to be Cam's best friend. At the point that they are having this threesome, Cam and Domini are already in love with each other. They are already feeling possessive of each other. And they should already know ...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
The last 20% of this book sold it! Wow. This is Cam and Domini's story. Cam McKay, the local sheriff deputy, disabled war veteran falls in love with the sweet Ukrainian girl who runs the local diner. Cam goes in daily for his coffee but he will not admit to his feelings for Domini. Something keeps holding him back, much to her dismay. Events happen and they hook up and sparks fly! It was like 0 to 60 in a few sentences. I had a hard time with that..... Cam has serious emotional issues due his le ...more
First up, this is a smoking hot, off the charts romantica offering--if you prefer something a little more mild, Charlotte Douglas has an awesome Harlequin American by the same title from 2006. But, if you are looking for a walk on the wild, wild west side, you can't get any better than this. Cam is my absolute favorite kind of hero--the wounded warrior with a giant chip on his shoulder because he's coming to terms with an life altering injury. I swear I'm not one of the weird disabled vet groupi ...more
I have to admit to all who may read this that I CRIED with this book.

I only remember crying like this while reading "Lover Eternal" (from the BDB) at the end of the story when the Scribe Virgin tells Rhage she must take him away from Mary in order for her to live....i BAWLED!!!! well, something similar happened to me with this book....honestly. I loved trying to understand the psychology involved in Cam's book. It is hard to describe and, it is so real that you realize, this, could happen to yo
I left this one for last before continuing with book 13 of the series, and it was such a wonderful read, emotional and tender, with the expected involvement of the McKay clan and author’s signature steamy scenes.
HERO is a Warrior, ex-Army, currently the deputy sheriff, who has pushed everyone away since he lost half of his leg in order to avoid their pity. He feels less than a man but that hasn’t stopped him from falling for a pretty, shy woman also very attracted to him.
I was looking forward to Cam's story and the sparks between him and Domini had been building over the last couple of books and I was not disappointed with what I read. It had plenty of steam/sex but this one also had substance.

Without even looking at the synopsis I guess the next one is about Keely and I have been really looking forward to reading her story and I hope it is as good as this one!
It took the first 50 pages for me to really get into this book and then it took off. For me this was the most emotional book of this series to date. Parts of it just wrenched at my heart while other parts made me sigh. I'm a HUGE fan of Lorelei James and look forwards to reading anything she writes.
Taryn at My Secret Romance
I go back and forth with this book. On one hand I loved it because it's a Rough Rider book and what's not to love about Lorelei's books? But on the other hand I have issues with Cam and the sex scenes.

Cameron or Cam, is a war hero. He lost his part of his leg in battle and has isolated himself from the rest of his family except for Keely and now Domini. No one has seen his scars or missing limb. He feels as though he is not a whole man and no one will accept him the way he is.

Domini has been an
4.5 stars!

Cam(eron) McKay has returned home from Iraq with a war injury that leaves him eternally crippled and this affects his self-image greatly. He has a hard time accepting it both physically and emotionally and shields himself from family and women by living solitary and dedicating all his time to his job as a deputy sheriff. Domini Katzinski has had a thing for Cam since like forever. When they share a steamy kiss, she thinks she's making progress but Cam doesn't follow through on it, wors
Lorelei James really can't do any wrong with this series. And while this one wasn't one of my favorites of the series, I still enjoyed it a lot.

Series Note:
Seventh book in LJ's "Rough Riders" series. I think you could probably get away with reading this one as a standalone, but you'd get more out of it reading in order.

Cameron McKay is a bit of an odd duck in the rough and tumble cowboy McKay family. He never wanted to be a rancher, so he went to war instead. And got his leg blown off. N
I love my McKay cowboys.....and i always knew i'd love cam....but i didn't know he was by far the most dominant of the males. i understand why he feels like he needs to dom now, he needs that control having gone through a tramatic past without being able to control it. but even then h was like that.

It's very sexy, and one missing leg is not such a big deal to anyone, not when a lot of men tend to be missing there brain. physical impairments are can fake limbs....but there's no fixi
Feb 28, 2013 Erica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cowboy fans, military men fans, BDSM fans
Hands down, this is my favoritest one so far of the Rough Riders series. First five-star rating! I absolutely LOOOOOOOVED the dynamics in Cam's and Domini's relationship, their feelings for the other, how they fell in love, all the drama, all the hot sex, all the family was just really, really great. A totally wonderful story. The menage was a total surprise...I did NOT see that coming at all but damn, what a bonus! Ha ha ha! There's really not much more to say about this book. The pl ...more
Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus
OMG.. The bar scene.. I loved it...
Briefly summarised some of my fav parts without spoilers...

"So, this is where the skank meeting is," a chubby blonde sneered.
"We saved a seat for you, Amanda, but damn, I don't think your fat ass will fit in the chair," Keely shot back.
India coughed to cover a laugh
"You could always get on your knees," Ramona suggested, "since we all know that's a natural position for you"
"F** you Ramona. Your mouth has always been bigger than your brain," another woman sn
Joy, Heartache, and Pain. If you thought the other books in the series were good, you haven't yet been on a more emotional ride.

"The bigger they are, the harder they fall—in love.

Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain’t ropin’ steers and wearin’ spurs. His deputy sheriff job, plus battle injuries that ended his military career, keep him right where he wants to be: Off the ranch and away from his family’s pity. His darkest war memories are on lockdown, leaving him skeptical he’ll e
What an emotional rollercoaster…so much sadness, heartbreak, and yet very inspirational. Again it’s the family dynamic that draws me to this series. The books are so well written… from how each individual and the family as a whole deal with the troubles and tragedy that has befallen them. As the series moves along, the family continues to grow and of course the story is that much more fulfilling. On lighter note as usual the sex scenes are off the charts HOT!! The gathering of the McKay/West wom ...more
Okay, so obviously I like this series as I have read almost all of them. But I was so excited to finally read Cam's story. And it was worth the wait!! I've never read about a man in a non-paranormal series that was this strong, this aggressive. And it was so hot! I love how Domini remained true to her character, too, instead of changing to match Cam. She balanced his aggression and dominance with quiet submission. But don't think she's weak. She can stand her ground when she feels Cam is crossin ...more
*4.5 stars*

I really enjoyed this book, but while it should have been very emotional given Cam and Domini's pasts, I think that it fell a little shy of a couple of the earlier books in the series. That said, I thought that the circumstances of loss, by both the hero and heroine and their new son, were handled well. The author did a good job dealing with the new family trying to blend together, how they struggled to learn to live together. And once again, a very satisfying epilogue! My only compla
Julie B.
4.5 stars. Loved almost everything about this. Wanted to smack him for the threesome though. Even I could tell it's something Domini was doing for him and not herself. But Cam still is one of my faves. :)
~E~ Riverina Romantics
Another great installment in the Rough Rider series.

I didnt enjoy Cam as much as i thought i would. He was a bit to dominent for me - although that is what Domini wanted, i didnt seem to enjoy it as much in this book.

But it was still fantastic.
Sammy Loves Books
I nice addition to the McKay storyline, but this was my least favorite of the series so far.
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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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Rough Riders (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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