I went into this novel knowing that these soul mates would find each again, and that made the book really easy reading. And it was a thrilling read. WI went into this novel knowing that these soul mates would find each again, and that made the book really easy reading. And it was a thrilling read. We learn more about the Irina, more about Ava's past--though that is still shrouded in mystery, and leaves me burning with questions. For my full review read on here http://devastatingreads.blogspot.ca/2......more
I was thinking about this book days after I read it. I'm dying to read the second book. This story has magic, mystery, romance and is just beautifullyI was thinking about this book days after I read it. I'm dying to read the second book. This story has magic, mystery, romance and is just beautifully told. You'll be swept away. My full review http://devastatingreads.blogspot.ca/2......more
Originally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com So, I'm making serious headway into this series. And loving it. I think I got the immediate MOriginally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com So, I'm making serious headway into this series. And loving it. I think I got the immediate McKay families romances all finished up, but I'm sure there's plenty of McKay cousins for me to read about in the upcoming books. Ought be one hell of a ride.
Jack: I honest to goodness love Jack. He is one surprising hero. Extremely dual and yet no part of him is ever really hidden. Vulnerable. Stubborn. Demanding. Moronic at times. Proud. Sweet. Tender. You see it all because there are many layers to Jack but he wears them on his sleeve. I loved that about him--he's open. Easy to get to know. He was easy to love as a hero. And I did totally love him. He loved Keely, and while he demanded from her, he gave a lot too. And while he was territorial about her, he wasn't a total jerk or mean. He just growled a lot. It was sexy and sweet, and a different sort of spin on a possessive lover. I liked it. I liked that Jack would do anything for Keely.
Keely: I've always liked her sass. She does whatever she wants and I love that about her. Nothing takes her down. Jack can set her on edge, keep her on edge, and she never has the upper hand with him--but she never backs down either, which he likes. And she likes that Jack challenges her and demands from her. These two are a match made in hell in some ways--constantly snipping, arguing, always get their panties in a knot over something, but they are so perfect for each other because they can be themselves together. And because neither one of them will take shit from the other.
So why don't I love this book more? I guess it's because something was just slightly off for me. I think it might have been because even in their own hearts and heads these two don't really acknowledge their feelings to themselves right up to the end. It's only once the pretend engagement is over that they realize they love each other and don't want it to be over. I think they both knew all along they loved each other, but there wasn't a really good moment for either one of them where it showed big time. Maybe it was so subtle I missed it, but I don't think that's the case. Anyway. I wished I loved this more. But as it is, there is a solid romance, great story line, wonderful characters and great moments when the family comes out in full swing to support Keely.
I really do love this series. The more I read of it, the more I love it. I've probably said it before, but I love how Lorelei James weaves reality intI really do love this series. The more I read of it, the more I love it. I've probably said it before, but I love how Lorelei James weaves reality into these erotic romances--loss, abuse, family friction, personal struggles, tragedy all interwoven into this family saga. And I cannot get enough of it because it's real. This series is wonderfully true to life.
Cam: So, a few books back Cam was MIA. When the call came in that Cam was alive, we knew his life would be forever changed since he had lost part of his leg. He would no longer be a solider. Cam's disability leaves him feeling vulnerable. It leaves him feeling like less than he was and he's afraid of what will do around him. He doesn't want to be treated any differently so he tries to hide his prosthetic leg from everyone. He also distances himself emotionally from his family by refusing to have them around. Domini is the first person whose able to stand up to Cam and tell him how selfish he's being, and because of that, Cam starts to open up. First to her as lover, then as a father to Anton and finally he realizes that it's okay to rely on others--that his family doesn't see him as someone different than who he was simply because of his disability. I absolutely loved this sensitive, good hearted alpha male. Even when he was being an ass, which Cam could really be from time to time.
Domini: Domini has been through some losses of her own, and she's just as damaged as Cam is in some ways. She also thinks that because of her background that Cam will see her as being "less." She's also dead wrong. But it took her helping Cam through his own fear and issues to realize that she was holding herself back from Cam, who she really loved. I loved how complex Domini was--shy and quiet, yet able to handle Cam. He was big tough, stubborn and very...demanding. But Domini loved all of that about him (she really really did) and just the mere fact that she could take him as he was--disabled, sexually demanding, with baggage left over from his days as a solider--made Cam fall head over heels for her. She was exactly what Cam McKay needed.
This is easily one of my favourite of the Rough Riders series, though they are all so good it's hard to choose between them.
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 pacingI 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 clean and sober for three years and yet, not a single one of his family members besides his cousins and younger siblings has any respect for him. Or really knows him or wants to. I have to say, the way his older brothers treated him really upset me. But I was glad he had India throughout the novel. It was wonderful seeing him receiving trust and love from her, and it was great to see a McKay romance a woman for a change. I liked that they dated instead of just falling into bed together. And even though Colt has a spectacular temper, I love his loyalty and stubborn nature. And he sure knew how to sizzle up the pages with India--romantically and otherwise.
India: I didn't expect to like her. I thought she'd be hard and flippant, but India had a sweetness about her that made her perfect for Colt because he's got a softer side to him too. And her temper certainly rivaled his which I thought was just hysterical. I didn't expect her to have insecurities about dating and love and men, but I liked that she did, because really, all women do. I loved that she stood up to his mother, and that she was honest enough with herself to admit that she loved him and accept his love in return. She saw Colt for who he was, not who he had been and that was what Colt needed. It was also great to see two best friends fall in love with one another.
I really enjoyed this read. It was hot, honest, romantic, sweet by turns and reminded us that the person we used to be isn't the person we are--Colt's family learned that lesson. I think what I liked the most about this book is how it made you think about family. How family defines us far more than we think, and yet how they can also not even see the person we really are. In the end, Colt's family realized how wrong they were about who they thought Colt was, and I was glad they mended fences because that's what families ought to do--mend fences when wrongs are made.
I don't know why I didn't write a review for this book sooner, but here we go. In Long Hard Ride we realize that Trev and Ed have feelings for each otI don't know why I didn't write a review for this book sooner, but here we go. In Long Hard Ride we realize that Trev and Ed have feelings for each other. Have a physical relationship. And I remember walking away from that book wanting a HEA for those two. Well, Lorelei James delivers that in Rough, Raw and Ready when Ed comes back from Brazil.
Rejected by his family, missing Trev, he comes back to Sundance and finds Trev married to Chassie West, of the West McKay clan. Chassie and Trev have a perfectly happy marriage. And Chassie is shocked when she realizes that her hot, demanding husband once wrangled and tangled with Ed.
I suppose what worked for me in this book was that Chassie was willing to try with these two hot cowboys. She didn't run screaming from them. They placed no demands on her. Trev is sick at heart that Chassie might be hurting, and Ed is certainly not the type to go around busing up marriages. But Chassie tries because she realizes that love comes in many forms. Maybe she learned that from Dag. Maybe it was because Channing told her she needed to see Ed and Trev together--but whatever made Chassie yield and follow her heart led her into a relationship that she had never considered possible for herself. And she wasn't opposed to it either, because Trev loved Ed as much as he loved her. And somehow that made Ed and Chassie fall in love too.
Was the story believable? For these characters, in this situation, with their backgrounds YES. In RL? Hell if I know. What I do know is, this is a hot, sexy read with compelling characters and a plot that will most certainly set you to thinking on the nature of love.
Originally reviewed at My Devastating Reads Well, Lorelei James' Rough Riders have yet to disappoint me. Kade McKay was introduced in book three, CowgiOriginally reviewed at My Devastating Reads Well, Lorelei James' Rough Riders have yet to disappoint me. Kade McKay was introduced in book three, Cowgirl Up and Ride, as was Skylar and I honestly felt for Kade. His lifestyle wasn't carefree or fun despite all the sex and boozing and partying going on at his home with his brother Kane, and cousins Colt and Dag. Kade was sick of how superficial it all was, tired of the games and just wanted more. Enter Skylar and for a while, he was happy. There was just one little itty bitty problem. She thought he was Kane. And she wasn't happy when she found out otherwise.
Kade: I really liked Kade. He was an honest to goodness nice guy. Down to earth, loyal, kind, warm and funny. He really loved Skylar and he wanted to win her back. When he finds out that he and Skylar have a daughter together, well I've never seen such an adoring father in fiction. He did it all--from playing with baby to dirty diapers to dealing with screaming fits, and he did it without complaining. But the thing about Kade is, as all around good guy as he is, he can't ever seem to win Skylar over. He tries everything--giving her space, taking control in the bedroom (btw, hawt), just being straight out honest with her but Skylar can't seem to trust that he loves her. And Kade really loves her, big time. So Kade does the smart thing. He leaves. And I don't blame him one little bit.
Skylar: What a control freak. Honestly, if Kade is willing to put up with her, she is one lucky woman. I liked her character because she was feisty. But I hated that she was in love with Kade but not willing to say it. She knew it, but she just couldn't accept it because she needed some tangible evidence that he wanted to be with her because of her, and not their baby. And I get that, but I honestly felt like she took it too far. I'm wondering if she would have let go and gone to get back him if she hadn't happened to run across the letter he'd mailed to her before he even knew about his daughter. I'm thinking she would have. She had enough people really getting into her face and telling her off about how she was treating Kade, but I wish she had been willing to take a chance a lot sooner than she did.
In the end however, Skylar comes to her senses and snags herself a "true gentleman cowboy" as she puts it. And I guess that's what I really loved about this book. That was Kade, all of the time, every day. He was always pegged as a wild McKay thanks to his cousins and identical twin, but he was a nice guy. And I was glad he didn't finish last with Skylar, that she finally believed enough in him that she didn't need anymore tangible proof of his love for her. She just needed him. Now, that's true romance.
Well, I loved this book. There I said it. I LOVED it. I thought it sounded like a fun read, but I was expecting something else and just was blown awaWell, I loved this book. There I said it. I LOVED it. I thought it sounded like a fun read, but I was expecting something else and just was blown away. Read my full review here at My Devastating Reads...more
What can I say about the Rough Riders? Hot, hot, damn hot. And Cord's story is no different. I absolutely loved Colby's story in the first book, and I adored Carter's story in book two and I expected to be devastated by this read. Absolutely devastated like I was with his two fine brothers. I was devastated. But not as completely as with them first two McKay wild boys. However, Cord did win my heart.
Cord is the cynical, responsible, oldest brother in the McKay family who's already has his heart trampled on once. He's sworn off women forever. And AJ is the sweet, young girl next door who has adored him since she was five years old. She's literally loved him forever. But in this book, she learns that real love isn't hero worship, and when she figures that out, she knows she wants it all from Cord. Not just him and her between the sheets, but a real relationship where they are both in it for the long haul because they love each other.
But Cord's...a McKay I guess. Easiest way to put it: men in his family are proud and stubborn and Cord doesn't know how to tell AJ that all their bedroom antics have meant more to him than just plain old good sex. So Amy Jo leaves. She wants and deserves more than she thinks Cord is offering when he asks her to marry him, and this is where the story really won me over. He starts courting her. I believe the term used in the book was "wooing" but each is equally awwwwwwww in my books. It strips him bear to confess even to himself how much he loves her, and then to figure out how to win her back but Cord does it. And parts of it are really romantic. But I do kinda wish this tough cowboy had been a little more...passionate in his declarations to AJ. He did put it out all on the line, and he's super sweet in his wooing and very cute when he thinks he might have made AJ mad with his idea of getting married in Vegas, but I think I needed a little more emotion from these two. I think I expected a love story about a bitter man learning to love again from a girl who's loved him all her life to be a bit more emotionally explosive, but it didn't quite meet my expectations in that area.
I am, however, tickled by some of the other members of the McKay family we get to meet. I want to read Kade's story. I don't know when it is, but I want to find out if he's going to end up with Skylar. And I'm dying to know what's been rattling about in Colt's head that sent him down the road into the bottle. I want to know if he's really cleaned himself up, and what his HEA will look like. And this is why I have to say the series is great: there's lots of hot sex, but the characters tackle very real problems like alcoholism, family relationships that are going south, homosexuality and childhoods that are lost, like AJ's, because of the sarcifices we make for those we love. Some of these things should not be, like the situtation with Dag, but it's realistic and that for me, keeps me invested in this series. That, and the great writing and wonderful fully developed characters.