Lorelei James brings two characters together that have dealt with big blows from life. Cres loved his partner who died a few years ago after a freak
Lorelei James brings two characters together that have dealt with big blows from life. Cres loved his partner who died a few years ago after a freak accident and he hasn’t been the same since. And Brock had his own issues to deal with that have made him a changed man. The one thing that hasn’t changed for both of them was that attraction that once brought them together in a hot physical fling.
STRUNG UP was surprisingly quite drama free for characters that have gone through so much. I was very happy to see that the author didn’t drag this story down with angst as it could’ve easily been. What this novella is packed with is plenty of chemistry! Cres and Breck have that in spades. In and out of the bedroom (or against a wall).
Novellas are always hard because you have to pack so much connection into such a short amount of pages and this one worked very well for me! There is the fact that these two had a connection from before that they just had to rekindle after shelving it for years. That always makes it easier for me to believe in the outcome. But the truth is these guys are two different people than they were back then, and I loved that it means they are now ready for a relationship and being together as two better versions of themselves.
The story has plenty of emotional moments as we find out more of what Breck has been through and as he deals with changing what he thought he wanted out of life. It was nice to see the support from family that Cres always had through his own difficult times. And that constant support system makes this book have that classic feel of family and unity that I love about Ms. James stories. That along with the true western feel of life will surely draw you in and keep you turning the pages.
I would’ve loved to see a little more communication, and there was one thing about how Cres feels about his dead ex towards the end that I didn’t necessarily like as I felt it diminished that part of his life where it wasn’t necessary. But other than that, this was such an enjoyable story and I can’t’ wait to go back in to this world!...more
Let there be HOT cowboys! This short story reminded me of everything I love about reading a Lorelei James book. It’s sweet and sexy perfection.
Let there be HOT cowboys! This short story reminded me of everything I love about reading a Lorelei James book. It’s sweet and sexy perfection.
STRIPPED DOWN follows after ROPED IN. This is Sutton’s brother Wynton’s story and London’s best friend Melissa. With Sutton and London’s wedding in full swing, there’s no better idea than for the best man and the maid of honor to hook up. Especially being they are both as a bit of sluts. The chemistry is instant, sparks fly right off the bat and their banter is witty, light, fun, sexy and straight to the point. One of my favorite things about these two is that they’re pretty straight forward about their feelings and expectations from the get-go.
But as much as STRIPPED DOWN is full of sexy goodness, because let’s face it this is a Lorelei James book and she does that VERY well, it is also deeply emotional. Both Wyn and Mel are dealing with things that go deeper than their next hook up. And they are both left to face those realities. Sometimes with the help of one another, and sometimes apart.
You will fall in love with these two! If ever there were two characters that fit each other perfectly, it’s Melissa and Wynton. This is a must read for fans of Ms. James, and even though not quite as hot as a Blacktop Cowboy I would expect, this book delivered on everything I was looking for. It made me laugh, made me smile, made me swoon, made me sigh. And I can’t wait for more!!...more
Another look back in time to the origins of some of my favorite heroes in romance. Yes, after the epic story of Carson McKay and Carolyn West in COWB
Another look back in time to the origins of some of my favorite heroes in romance. Yes, after the epic story of Carson McKay and Carolyn West in COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY, Ms. James goes back in time to show us how Calvin McKay and Kimi West got together. I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that twins Calvin and Carson McKay ended up marrying the West sisters. I had already fallen in love with Carolyn, and it was fun to see the differences between the brothers as well as the sisters. LONG TIME GONE gives us that glimpse. And where COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY was more tumultuous and heart wrenching, LONG TIME GONE was easy going, a slow burn that once it gets going it quickly sparks. Calvin falls in lust with Kimi at first sight when he meets her just before his brother’s wedding. At the time she was a week shy of 17. She may be young, but she knows what she wants. She has a big personality with a side of rebel. She’s been repressed by her family and just wants to forge her path on her own. Even if that path leads her away from home. Or maybe in hopes of that. Calvin shocked me with his cool and calm demeanor, his patience and his determination to get the girl he had his heart set on. Kimi doesn’t make things easy but somehow Calvin is just that strong, silent type that works perfectly to reel her in and tame her. They are almost complete opposites and complement each other so well. Reading these stories now almost makes me forget about any of their interactions I’ve read in the series. And definitely makes me want to do a whole series re-read! For long time lovers of the series (like me!), this is a must read. Everything you love from Ms. James is here, and I can’t help but want to gobble up anything new about the McKays to fit in my puzzle. For new fans? It may just be a glimpse into the big McKay world that you MUST get into. This might just be the best western erotic series out there. So do yourself a favor and pick it up right away. Now the elephant in the room? The Boone and Sierra story excerpt. I refuse to read it, because it will only highten my anticipation and I don’t think I can handle that right now. But if you don’t mind the itchy grabby paws it’ll give you by reading it, then go for it! Ms. James gave us some exciting news about the “placement” of this story in the Rough Riders universe. I think you’ll be happy with the news, as much as I am....more
Another sweet installment in one of my favorite western romance series. This time is Trevor Coleman’s turn to find love, and as much as I lo3.5 Stars
Another sweet installment in one of my favorite western romance series. This time is Trevor Coleman’s turn to find love, and as much as I love a bad boy, he’s the good guy that will really steal your heart and make you happy.
He meets Becky after she moves in next door to him, and he immediately steps up to helping her even though there are many holes in her back story that raise flags of concern. Becky has been through a lot and is trying to desperately get away from her past. She’s found a benefactor and doesn’t think she’s at a point where she can have any attachments to other people. But Trevor and his family make it impossible not to fall for them.
I don’t want to give anything away about what’s going on with Becky, but she needed the healing and love that only Trevor could give her. I think Ms. Arend did a wonderful job at pairing these two. Even though this is sweeter than I normally would like, it’s paced just right and their connection makes sense. Not rushed. With plenty of sexual tension.
They won’t go down as my favorite couple in the series but I enjoyed this addition and I can’t wait for more!...more
We are back in the small town of Hope and this is one I was looking forward to read. Luke’s older brother, Logan, came across as the epitome of tall,
We are back in the small town of Hope and this is one I was looking forward to read. Luke’s older brother, Logan, came across as the epitome of tall, dark and silent. Silent and a bit broody. And I LOVE to see those types of heroes fall, and fall hard. And what a better way to bring him to his knees that with a Hollywood actress for a heroine?
I love the variety of storylines we get in the Hope series. From a cop/vet to a rancher/movie star. Worlds apart. The one constant thing throughout this series is the small town and family feel, the love for animals and sticky&sweet romance. HOPE IGNITES delivered on everything I was hoping for and more.
Logan is a tough nut to crack but he can be a lot of fun as well. He’s got a lot of issues with women not being able to handle living on the ranch or being married to someone as devoted as him to his land. All because of his mom and how she left their family because she needed to go back to city life. When he allows a movie crew to come film on his land and he accidentally meets the leading actress, he’s immediately captivated, and immediately on the defensive because Desiree is just the kind of trouble he always stays away from.
But that’s where his heroine was perfect for him. Desiree is fun loving, down to earth, extremely confident and just the type of woman that goes after what she wants. And what she wants is Logan. He doesn’t stand a chance.
I can’t wait to see where this series will go next.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to me or any of you, but Lorelei James has done it again! Here's another couple I have fallen hard and fast4.5 Stars
It shouldn't come as a surprise to me or any of you, but Lorelei James has done it again! Here's another couple I have fallen hard and fast for.
You could say this is an enemies to lovers story, which is a trope I love. Sutton "The Saint" had bought his horse from London's family. A fact she wasn't all too pleased about back then. They had some words and weren't each others favorite person. After Sutton has a major accident and swear he won't go back to competing, he needs some help with his horse to get it trained again and maybe find a new home. So who best than London to do it.
London on her part has her own issues. Her ex boyfriend dumped her for the rodeo queen and she's been having to see them showing off their romance around the rodeo circuit, which she's traveling to have her training practice. When Sutton comes looking for her, she seizes the opportunity to exchange favors. He can pretend to be her boyfriend so that she doesn't look pathetic in front of others and she will help with his horse. Things quickly get more serious than that!
I love a good, shy hero. And "The Saint" is that at its best. He's all contained emotion waiting to bubble up! He's a gentleman when he needs to be, adorable and caring. You will find yourself quickly in London's shoes and falling for him.
Although I wanted a bit more sexy, this story had everything I wanted. I got caught up in their story and could've read about them longer than this was. Another great installment in this series that just leaves me craving more! Write faster!! Because I'm greedy like that.
"Seeing that fierceness? For her? Immediate lady boner."
Lorelei James has done it YET again! With a much different feel to this story than the rest of the series, I fell in love with Devin from the start.
Lorelei James has done it YET again! With a much different feel to this story than the rest of the series, I fell in love with Devin from the start. He’s a country music superstar. While on tour, he starts getting some threats and when things become a bit too dangerous, a professional has to be called in to protect him.
That professional turns out to be Liberty. Much to Devin’s surprise, a woman. But with her military background, she’s just the girl for the job and can go on tour under the disguise of being his personal assistant. Things start off a bit on rocky ground with them and Devin’s attitude doesn’t help matters while the tour begins.
I love a cocky, but deep down genuinely good guy. Devin has that going for him in spades. Even though he has the rock star reputation, and lives up to some of the hype, he’s looking for something more meaningful. He’s just the type of hero I adore falling in love with!
Then there’s Liberty. I like the darker heroines, with a tough background. Liberty is totally kick ass in that sense. But I also enjoyed seeing the more feminine side of her in this book. Key is always to find the right balance for that kick ass woman to become soft enough and Ms. James did a wonderful job with Liberty. She doesn’t need to change for her man, but she does soften and open up.
This is just the type of sexy and at the same time feel good story I love to get lost in. It’s extremely hot, I mean, come on we are talking about Lorelei James here! Their chemistry left me hungry for more. But that feeling of family and friendship is there, even when we are in the periphery. The developing relationship between Devin and Liberty left me happy and content and again wanting and craving for the next book.
There are many reasons why I enjoy every book in this series, here are some of them: -There are cowboys….sorry stockmen. -They’re funny and se3.5 Stars
There are many reasons why I enjoy every book in this series, here are some of them: -There are cowboys….sorry stockmen. -They’re funny and sexy. -There’s a mix of Australians and Americans which makes for some really entertaining moments and some culture adjustment by the characters. -Did I mention the accent? And in MISPLACED HANDS, there’s TWO of them. Hawtness overload!
MISPLACED HANDS is the story of Andrew’s sister who goes to Australia and be a teacher for the amount of time she’s swapping houses. Once she gets there she finds not one but two sexy men drooling all over her and trying to catch her attention. Tomo and Blue (or Keith and Marc) work for the station we first got to know in book one and two in the series, but they are the actual working type cowboys….errrr stockmen. Poor Harper doesn’t know what hit her when they decide she’s the woman they want to share. The whole point of this trip for Harper was to experience life and she checks her inhibitions at the … edge of the water?
I found this book to be, as the others, extremely sexy. It had it’s funny and entertaining moments which again made this a very fast read. I would’ve liked to see more of Australia and the station, but the romance was done well.
I think Harper still has issues to get over and Keith and Marc might just be what she needs to overcome them.
I’m not sure where the series will go from here but if they keep writing them, I’ll keep reading them. And if you like cowboys and sexy men with accents who know how to please a woman, you should be reading them too! So start at the beginning!
Wow! What can I say? I knew I was going to love this, I just didn’t know how much and how deep it would be. Ms. James blew me away with these stories
Wow! What can I say? I knew I was going to love this, I just didn’t know how much and how deep it would be. Ms. James blew me away with these stories! I think I could read about the McKays forever! As I was reading this book and chatting with a friend, I noticed I had a lot of *THUD* moments while reading. I guess, as she cleverly mentioned, this is an uber-THUD book. That alone should help make your decision on getting it. THIS IS MUST READ!
King of Hearts – 4 Feathers
I had already read this story last year in the GUNS AND ROSES anthology. A bad day in the life of Cam McKay as a cop. He’s called in to the scene of a murder/suicide on Valentine’s Day. He went to school with the husband. They seemed like such a happy couple just days before. Cam has to deal with the parents, the investigation, and the fact that the reason why this all might’ve happened is because the husband never recovered mentally after coming back from war. A lot of the issues hit home for Cam. But at the end of the day when he gets to go home, the love of his family pulls him through.
Rough Road – 5 Feathers
Holy hell let the waterworks begin. This story was so emotional because it centers on the problems that Chassie, Edward and Trevor face in their everyday lives while trying to lead their alternative lifestyle in a small town, full of close minded people. These things will take a toll on all of them, and that includes children. In just a few pages it managed to show so much of their daily lives and their emotions. Their bond as a family, and their bond as a triad. Chassie, Ed and Trevor are still orgasmicly good! HOT HOT HOT! But not only do they still work after all these years together, and still love and respect each other, but they stand together against anything they have to face. Head on and strong. And the McKays made it a point to remind them that family sticks together. Yeah, I got a bit teary eyed to see the massive support and love that came through with this story. It reminded me of everything that I love about this series.
“Sweet words won’t get you sweet lovin’, my man.” Edgard kissed him hard and snatched the lube. “Hands and knees.”
All Knocked Up – 5 Feathers
Jack and Keely have always been a favorite couple of mine. Jack has also been on my top five men of this series even though he’s not a McKay. In good Jack and Keely fashion, this story made me both love and hate both. Keely is pregnant and lets just say a tad touchy and scary. Jack hasn’t been handling that the best way possible. ALL KNOCKED UP takes us on a ride through Keely’s three pregnancies, the ups and downs. The happy and the scary. And the freaking HOT. Another one that tugged at the strings of my heart. I got the unexpected with this story.
“Jack grabbed a handful of her hair and tugged her head back. “Behave. My way. Or no way. Understand?”
Every time I read one of these books, I actually don’t read….I devour. The Six Pack Ranch is sweet and sexy and it has quickly become one of my favor
Every time I read one of these books, I actually don’t read….I devour. The Six Pack Ranch is sweet and sexy and it has quickly become one of my favorite cowboy series! I love it more and more with every book and glimpse of this big family.
Joel is one of the twins. Yes, those twins. The bad boys, womanizers who liked to share. But Joel wants more out of life and wants to break of that reputation and lifestyle. Vicki is not exactly the right way to do it. She’s one of the Hansol girls and they have a reputation for being easy.
Vicki is not like her sisters, but she’s spunky and a bit wild. She’s lived with the shadow of her family’s reputation for too long and now just wants out of the area. But to do that she may need to get over her fear of horses.
She enlists Joel’s help with that and while they make the rules of that arrangement they decide to pretend to be a couple. See Vicki is a virgin and wants to get rid of that while experiencing some passion she’s never had. Joel wants to show the town he can go steady with one girl without his brother.
I wasn’t too crazy about the repeat theme of the pretend girlfriend but Ms. Arend made it work in a completely different way. These two went into knowing they would end up in bed together but took their time getting there. They got to know each other and clicked right away.
It was sweet and believable to see them falling in love. I might’ve fallen in love with Joel a bit myself. But I also loved Vicki. She’s strong and determined and not afraid to say what she means and go for what she wants.
Another superb winner from Ms. Arend that left me sighing from happiness and anxious for more!
Everytime I read a Mackenzie McKade book I reaffirm the fact that I think she can write an amazingly hot story, she can bring to life the characters and she can also deliver a story I am interested in reading and connect with. Even though the scenarios that she comes up with would be the farthest for me to relate to.
So picture this...hot, rich cowboy who runs his own operation. Most eligible bachelor in town and all that. With a kinky reputation for liking some threesome action, being really good in bed and maybe even being into some tying up and spanking. On top of that, he's gorgeous. That could be intimidating for anyone, but especially for city girl Tess, who moved from California after her parents death to follow her brothers dream of owning a farm. She is now left responsible for three siblings and not much time or space to be wild and young and free. Except for when wild and young and free comes knocking.
How can you really go wrong with a cowboy that is totally alpha, can give you some kink but is possessive and jealous (mine!!!!!) and who actually falls hard for a woman that is not all glitz and glamour but that has some substance? Well, you can't! Clancy Wiseman is my type of guy from beginning to end and everything in between. Bad boy but sweet, domineering but understanding.
Tess is, aside from a very lucky girl, playful. She's had a lot dumped on her lap and she's given up a lot to be where she is today. Her family, her siblings, come above all else, including herself. She's strong in her everyday life so it was nice to see her loosen up and see how Clancy got through those walls.
Then there's their third. Mmmmmmm..... Sexy and fun, knowing his limits from the get go, and then helping them along. Just perfect. Can't wait to read his book, because I'm sure we will get it, right?
This just makes me mad because, although I did read the first book in this series, which was a great Holiday menage story, I didn't read book two. And that was where Clancy got introduced by being the third in that relationship. I definitely want to go back and read that because I feel there was a great connection between the chracters from that book and Clancy and we got to see a bit of that in this book as well.
Sexy, panty melting cowboys. TURN AND BURN and the whole Blacktop Cowboys series are a MUST READ! I should stop the review at that. But I kn4.5 Stars
Sexy, panty melting cowboys. TURN AND BURN and the whole Blacktop Cowboys series are a MUST READ! I should stop the review at that. But I know you are probably expecting more so let me detail why Lorelei James is the best at what she does, and TURN AND BURN is just another example that all of this applies:
♦ Her books always feel real to me. She’s actually writing about people who you might know. They’re everyday people, with everyday issues. Their lives aren’t sugar-coated and she’s not trying to hard to make them work as a cowboy story. ♦ Her heroes are to die for sexy, but rugged. Not pretty boys that mind getting down and dirty (in more ways than one) ♦ The sense of unity, friendship and family. The Blacktop Cowboys are not McKays but the friendship between all of the previous characters still gives you that bond that keeps you invested in their lives long after the last word on their HEA. ♦ Her heroines are so awesome I want to move to Muddy Gap just so I can be friends with them and get to hang out.
So TURN AND BURN is the anticipated story of Tanna Barker, 3-time world champion barrel racer and Celia’s best friend. She is having some issues after her accident and is afraid to get back on a horse. Without competing, she has no money. So Cela gets her a job for the summer and the opportunity to work with Eli on her new fear of horses.
Tanna is my favorite type of heroine. She’s strong but a bit broken. Independent to a fault. The kind of girl that may not let many people in but has a heart of gold under the crusty exterior. She’s also the biggest flirt around and has self confidence to boot. What’s not to love?
August Fletcher is the town’s vet. He knows the whole gang and has become good friends with them. He’s also a workaholic. He came from nothing and now has his own practice and that means crazy hours. This has been hell on his personal life and not the most conducive for him to have an actual relationship.
When Tanna and Fletcher first meet they don’t even exchange names and have a hot one night stand. Standard for both of them. But fate has different plans when they end up in the same area and friends with the same group. The chemistry that was there from the beginning can’t be denied and it quickly translates from purely physical to a deeper emotional connection as Tanna lets him in.
I loved that they both had their own issues to work through. Fletcher had to figure out a way to prioritize his life and not let work take over. Tanna had to get back on the saddle and do what she loves. But you couldn’t have picked two people that better complemented each other.
If you didn’t pre-order your copy of TURN AND BURN (which makes no sense to me because Lorelei James should be an auto-buy), then you should get it now. Just be warned…her cowboys are all mine!
Holy hot cowboys! If I had to pick between the two Sullivan brothers I would not be able to make up my mind.This review was posted at Under the Covers
Holy hot cowboys! If I had to pick between the two Sullivan brothers I would not be able to make up my mind. MISPLACED COWBOY takes place at the same time as MISPLACED PRINCESS. Dylan Sullivan had met Annie on an online dating site and they'd been chatting for months. When they finally plan to meet, Dylan understands that he's supposed to fly to New York to meet her, and Annie thinks she's supposed to go to Australia. Of course Annie ended up meeting and falling in love with Dylan's brother, Hunter. But whatever happened to Dylan in New York while Annie and Hunter were in Australia falling in love?
Well, Dylan was doing a bit of falling in love and getting naughty between the sheets himself. When he arrives at Annie's apartment in the city, he runs into Annie's BFF Monet. Monet is completely a city girl, an artist even. And she is struck by the Aussie immediately. With his accent, his hat, his rugged good looks, rough hands, and attitude at the ready to defend her when needed. Who wouldn't let that sexy man sweep her off her feet?
Well Monet didn't, not at the beginning. Even though they are both very honest about being attracted to each other, pretty much from the start, they won't act on it because of Annie. Monet can't simply sleep with her BFF's maybe soulmate. But there's only so much temptation a girl can resist after sharing living space with a hunky cowboy like Dylan. Oh sorry, not cowboy....stockman. Who owns one of the largest stations in Australia.
Sweet and fun and very sexy. I can't wait to see what these two talented ladies come up with next!
PS: I'm plotting and planning. I know there's gotta be a supply of hot stockman somewhere. The authors must have them locked away for future use. Will have to go raid their basements!
When I started reading this book I had a feeling I would really enjoy it, but I don't think I was expectingThis review was posted at Under the Covers
When I started reading this book I had a feeling I would really enjoy it, but I don't think I was expecting to love it as much as I did. MISPLACED PRINCESS was just riveting, once I started it I really found it hard to put it down. I just had to know what happened next.
The premise itself of course it's great and different. Annie Prince is the daughter of a media mogul in the US, her sisters have their own reality TV show and her co-workers don't take her seriously because they think she's a spoiled princess even though she's been trying to make it all on her own. The closest she's come to dating has been the chats she's had with Dylan, a hot cowboy from Australia that she met on an online dating site. They clicked, they chatted, they connected. And one day they decided to meet. Except the signals apparently were mixed. Annie thought she was supposed to go to Australia and managed to get a work trip to write an article about hot australian cowboys. Dylan thought he was supposed to go to the Big Apple to meet her.
Once Annie is in Australia though she is rescued by Dylan's twin brother Hunter. And she decides to spend her time with him doing the interview and writing the article, while she waits for Dylan to come back.
Can I just say that Australian cowboys are hot? Something about the way they talk and are all man really made me melt! And Hunter is one hot as sin example of that. Kinda makes me want to hop on a plane, head to Australia and see who picks me up. ;) And speaking of the language, I loved the fact that we get to really see how they speak, learn the slang and the local lifestyle.
Of course these two are put in such a weird position. Hunter feels an immediate attraction to Annie but feels like shit about making a move on his brothers maybe soulmate. And Annie knows it's wrong that she came to meet a different guy but now she can't think of anything else but getting down and dirty with his brother. All that aside though, down and dirty worked out very well for these two and they got pretty creative at times.
If you like your cowboys hot and your stories sweet you HAVE to get this! MUST READ!! And look out for the next book which is Dylan's story (with Annie's New York BFF). I know I'm waiting not so patiently for it.
Every time I read a book about these hot Canadian cowboys I know I’m in for a sweet, hot and sexy ride. ThisThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Every time I read a book about these hot Canadian cowboys I know I’m in for a sweet, hot and sexy ride. This book was no different, even though I can’t say it was my favorite in the series.
Gabe and Allison have been friends their whole lives. They both moved away and Gabe came back a while back to try to make his family ranch profitable. His middle brother had died leaving his family torn up and him full of guilt. His dad turned into a drunk and he left leaving behind his youngest brother to take the brunt of the effects. He is now back trying to make life easier for everyone in his family.
And then Allison comes back into town and dumps a big favor on his lap. She just found out her mother is very sick and she wants an excuse to move back to Rocky Mountain that won’t raise her suspicions that she knows what’s going on. And that would be Allison’s engagement to Gabe.
This almost feels too easy for Gabe because he’s always had a crush on her. But Ms. Arend managed to make Gabe work for Allison’s affection. And what with him being such a sweet, tender and caring man, there was really no other choice for her but to fall and fall hard for this cowboy.
Gabe is one of those heroes that doesn’t seem to be alpha on the surface, but deep down he’s as possessive as any other alpha male. A good guy from the wrong side of the Coleman family. Gabe swept me off my feet He was also the pillar supporting so many other characters, and as the title suggests, being an angel. Sometimes too good for his own good. And when he lets his control go and goes after a woman, well lets just say I was a puddle at his feet.
And speaking of puddles, this book got down and dirty ;) Skinny dipping, mud wrestling and some porch acrobatics. Allison and Gabe were hot and heavy anywhere they could.
We also get another small glimpse into Travis’ life. He’s going to be a hard one to read. He’s obviously been going through a lot and I still can’t figure out what his deal is. I really hope we get to read his book soon because I’m dying to see him in a happier place.
There are two parts of this book for me. There’s Caleb and his story and romance, then there’s Ben. Lets talk about Caleb first. At the beginning of
There are two parts of this book for me. There’s Caleb and his story and romance, then there’s Ben. Lets talk about Caleb first. At the beginning of the book I thought Caleb was sexy, in a dark and brooding kind of way. He’s a Texas Ranger, willing to do everything to serve his country, even when that requires that he’s away from family.
He is tasked with kicking a “person” off government owned land. He was not expecting to get there and find a woman, let alone a lady blacksmith who has been running her shop from that location for years since her husband’s death. Aurora is not a girly girl, at times she can be worst than a man. But she’s tough and she’s a survivor. She’s probably the best thing that could’ve happened to Caleb to push him out of the funk he was in mentally. A girly girl couldn’t have done that for him, since he kept pushing them away. I can’t say these were my favorite characters in the series, because Brody is still #1, but they are both strong characters and fighters. I love that about them. Caleb was also caring and tender. It was so great to see them both have a chance to take care of each other. Caleb and Aurora are not instant combustion, they are a slow burn.
Then there’s the fact that every step of their relationship and what happens in this story leads them to Ben. And as much as Aurora and Caleb’s romance was great, my heart was all about Ben. We’ve been reading about this poor little boy who was taken from his family home and basically sold into slavery. I’m overjoyed that he is back with his family and that he can start his healing process. At times he broke my heart, and others he gave me hope. I can’t wait to “see” him smile again.
My only complaint about that was that I expected even more emotion when he reunited with his family, but I understand they have to give him time. I can’t wait now for the next one, both because I want to read Elizabeth’s story, whom I love, but to see Ben’s progress.
I was feeling a bit in need of something a bit spicier to read since most of the books I've been reading latThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I was feeling a bit in need of something a bit spicier to read since most of the books I've been reading lately are just a tad more serious, or for some reason, kind of lacking in the sexy department. So, I went looking on Amazon (even though I have a million and one books to read that would fit this bill) and I was sold on the cover. Basically the cover and the Samhain warning, which always makes me want to buy a book anyway.
Lone Wyatt just left his ranch after his brother married the perfect girl. It's better for him to stay away for a while and figure out what he wants. He happens to stumble into a small town bar, sees a pretty lady and goes right for the gold. Yeah, meaning he's pretty straight forward about what he wants from her. But then the next day he ends up at her ranch, being hired as her ranch help.
Charli was devastated five years ago when her husband died. She thought she would end up with her foreman and her late husbands' best friend, but that hasn't worked out at all. No sparks. But with this cowboy, Lone, all her buttons are pushed in the best of ways. So what he's younger than her? She agrees to at least have a one weekend of fun. But he had other plans.
This book was hot and sweet, maybe if you're not looking for extremely believable since their romance is pretty quick, but just what I wanted to read. And Lone was just the cowboy to heat things up in the bedroom, and the parking lot, and the hay loft in the barn, and... you get the picture.
I have just realized that there are other two books in this Red Hot Weekend short stories series by Samhain, so I'll be getting to the rest soon....more
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Matthew, but I sure wasn't expecting Matthew to beThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Matthew, but I sure wasn't expecting Matthew to be such a perfect man, who could make me fall in love with him almost instantly!
After his parents are murdered in their own home and their little baby brother is kidnapped, Matthew is now the head of the family and has to look out for the best interest of the rest of his siblings (which are many!). He can get land from the government to expand their ranch and with that, they would have a successful operation. But there's a catch. That land is only available to families, and although his siblings count as kids, he needs a wife. He happens to blurt out that he is already married to a woman named Hannah. Now he has 30 days to find a single woman named Hannah and marry her or he will loose the land.
I think I loved everything about Matthew and Hannah getting together. His attraction to Hannah was there even before knowing her name, and even while she wasn't looking her best. He didn't try to lie to her and woe her, he was honest from the start. Even though their marriage started off on strange circumstances, he always respected her and gave her the love and attention that he would've a wife he married for love.
Now going back to Matthew being the perfect man... Of course there are the few points I just mentioned above, and on top of that he has integrity, he truly loves his family and would do anything for them. But when he loves a woman, he does do everything for her. He loves deeply, even when he's fighting his feelings. And then there's Hannah who has grown up taking care of her grandmother and working to support them both most of her life. She hasn't left the adversities she had to face change who she was as a person, they only made her stronger but not bitter. She's one tough cookie.
There's a bit of suspense in this book as well, since someone did kill his parents and obviously doesn't want them getting that land and now Hannah is in the middle of it.
If you love cowboys, and a very well written story that will suck you right in, then you have to check this out! I honestly can't wait to read the next installment!...more
Sexy and sweet cowboy yummy-goodness at its best! Rocky Mountain Desire and Matt Coleman rocked!!! I thorougThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Sexy and sweet cowboy yummy-goodness at its best! Rocky Mountain Desire and Matt Coleman rocked!!! I thoroughly enjoy my time with Ms. Arend's Canadian cowboys and Matt was no slouch! I know some of you readers have been waiting a lot longer for his story, but since I just recently discovered this series I was lucky enough not to have to wait too long for it. So let me tell you about Matt.
We have been through a lot with Matt. In book one he was dating his high school sweetheart, the only girl he'd ever had sex with (same for her, he was the guy she gave her virginity to). The sweet as honey middle Coleman brother wanted desperately to marry her and start their life together. She had other plans. First it started with wanting to have another man added in the mix of the sexcapades for spicyness. When that wasn't enough, she went chasing the dream of the big city and the occasional orgy. Cheated on him and then ran out of town, leaving him high and dry, humiliated and destroyed.
We suffered through all that with him. So when this book started out and he falls in immediately lust with a sometimes "dancer", I was dubious. When we find out this said "dancer" is also his ex's little sister, all my red flags went up. I'm not a big fan of the little sister of the ex girlfriend having had a crush on the guy since forever and then all of a sudden they can make a relationship work.
Well, I am here to admit that Ms. Arend shut me up on that, brilliantly! Matt and Hope are so perfect together! She gives as good as she gets, she's no floormat with either Matt or her sister. She's independent, a fighter, and she's not throwing herself at Matt at every chance she can get! He did the chasing!! And boy was it entertaining!!!! Watching him trying to out-do the other guy.
And when things finally started heating up and sizzling between these two they were ON FIRE! Hope wants to give up control and Matt was more than happy to help her out!
Then there's the whole Coleman family!! I love all of them, from the sexy and smexy twins all the way down to the Coleman mom & dad. He even helped his son make a quilt!! *wipes tear away* LOL
Now, when can I get some more hot, wild, cowboy lovin' again, Ms. Arend? I need another Coleman fix!
We finally get the story of Abe (Hanks' brother from book one)This review was posted at Under the Covers
Wrangled and Tangled is TWO-FOR-ONE HOTNESS!
We finally get the story of Abe (Hanks' brother from book one) and his ex-wife Janie. She's back in town working at the new resort, when a series of "accidents" happen around her. What better way to stay safe than to go stay with her hunky ex-husband? Yep, that's how it all starts...that and a rocking laundry machine in the basement. ;)
Abe is all cowboy, hard working, but just as he works hard, he looooooves hard. He never showed Janie his darker side when they were married, but now that he's explored it and knows what he likes, he's all for including Janie in on that action! But they also had a lot of healing to do as a couple. They hurt each other when they were together before and they've grown up in their time apart. It was nice to see them being able to talk things out.
And when I said two, I meant two!!! We don't really get a small side story in this book, it's more of half Abe/Janie and half is all about sexy hunky Renner Jackson. That's his resort Janie is working at. We first met him flirting with Harper while getting a manicure. But don't let the manicure fool you. This is one hands-on rough cowboy.
He's determined to making the resort work and to do that he had to get a financial infusion. This now saddled him with his investors' daughter to oversee how their money is being spent. Tierney should be by all means the rich, daddy's little girl. She gives that impression on the outside, but once you get to know her, nothing is farther from the truth. And when Renner and Tierney give in to their more carnal desires and start doing more than fighting about money....*fans self and starts blushing* I have no words.
I loved every single character of this book. Hard to do when there are so many involved. The heroines were amazing, strong yet vulnerable. Strong and independent but also smart enough to know when to allow a man take care of them. The heroes well, you know how I feel about hot alpha cowboys and these two had that in spades! Their stories were everything I was expecting and more!...more
I have two confessions to make. First, I've been in love with Kyle Gilchrist since I first read Corralled.This review was posted at Under the Covers
I have two confessions to make. First, I've been in love with Kyle Gilchrist since I first read Corralled. I guess that had a lot to do with the fact that I saw him as the bad boy in the series. Rough, raw and dirty. And second, I think I may have had a crush on Celia Lawson for almost as long. She's the type of heroine I love to read about!
Of course I've wanted them to have a book since the ending of book one and now here they are. I think I may say this every time after I finish a book in this series but, this is my favorite book in the Blacktop Cowboys series so far....and by far! It wasn't what I expected at all in a way, and it exceeded all my expectations!
I don't really want to ruin the book for you and tell you what happens by doing a recap of the story. I was in for lots of surprises and enjoyed every single one of them. So just let me tell you that I saw a whole new side of Kyle that was sweet and vulnerable and made me want to cuddle up to him and hug him, not just jump his bones until he begged me to stop. Yes, he's still hard ass Kyle, rough and dirty Kyle and very alpha Kyle. But he also showed he can be romantic, a protector, a rock to lean on, understanding, comforting, vulnerable, and hurt.
I had no idea everything he had to go through in his life and for him to be the man he is today after having that in his past, still being positive and a good person...just makes you give him more credit for what he's achieved and the person he's become.
The path that he had to take in this book was both easy and hard at the same time. One day he had nothing and the next he had everything he'd ever wanted. And sometimes, that's not easy to deal with either. People will still make mistakes and things can't be perfect.
But enough about Kyle...lets talk about Celia. Celia was also not what I expected. Yeah she's a tough chick but she's not what she always shows others. She's had issues with her relationship with her brothers that she never brought up before, she's insecure about her looks although she tries to portray an air of confidence. She can be easily hurt and then she holds it in.
I think Kyle was the perfect man to love her from the inside out and the outside in. He loves everything about her and is not afraid to show her. And Celia does the same for him. They are truly the perfect complement to each other. That doesn't mean they are perfect as individuals but that makes them so much better.
Favorite Quotes: "Oh yes, little wifey mine, we'll be having sex. Lots and lots of sex. Sweet sex, raunchy sex, shower sex, sex on the floor, sex against the wall, sex in bed, sex in the truck, sex in the barn, sex on the tractor, and sex on this table." He smacked it hard. Her silver eyes went wide. "And in case that wasn't clear, I'll say it plain. I like sex. A lot of sex. Morning, noon and night."
Daniel Coleman is somewhat of the serious brother. One night while making a delivery out of town with the twThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Daniel Coleman is somewhat of the serious brother. One night while making a delivery out of town with the twins he meets a girl that totally captivates him. Beth has been through a lot. She's a single mother now after the death of her husband, with three kids, and still some problems from the accident. But that one night she was looking for some adventure.
Who would've thought that she'd find some with Daniel! But their time together gets cut short and Beth decides she's not ready to give him a chance and doesn't call him back. But she ends up moving to his town and living on his ranch!
I loved these two together!! The story was so sweet, she's older than him, she has kids, and baggage. Daniel, even though he's young, is very mature and goes after what he wants. Their relationship starts out as purely sexual and slowly feelings start developing. I liked how Daniel got along with the kids as well and included them as much as possible.
There are so many great moments and hot scenes in this book but I can clearly remember the pool house encounter because DAMN! That was hot!
Continuing with Matt's story things are coming to a head with Helen. This is clearly setting up the next book and I am so happy to be rid of her ass! I am also very intrigued as to what's Travis' story. I can't wait for the next book!
I picked this up for the first time when it was re-issued recently because I needed a cowboy fix! Meeting thThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I picked this up for the first time when it was re-issued recently because I needed a cowboy fix! Meeting the Colemans was just delightful! A family of Canadian cowboys that are just endearing as much as smoking hot! In Rocky Mountain Heat we meet Blake, the oldest brother of the Six Pack Ranch, and that's a nickname they got because there's six of them (and yes they do have a nice six pack as well!). Blake has been in love and in lust with Jaxi for as long as he can remember. She's the girl next door that has always played with the boys, she grew up with his family, she dated his brother. He should know to stay away from her, after all he's too old for her and shouldn't have these thoughts towards her.
But Jaxi has always had other plans. She's always wanted Blake. Even though all the other brothers have, at one time or another, tried to get with her, she only dated Travis because she couldn't have Blake. Now she's determined to make Blake notice that she's a grown woman and be the perfect ranchers' wife.
All the characters in this book are likeable! There's a lot of sexual tension, which was great, even though I didn't understand Blake's decision to woe her after they had already been together. I only had one problem with the fact that at some point or another while growing up Jaxi had kissed pretty much every brother in the Six Pack Ranch! That should make for some awkward moments, no? Yeah, I'm jealous!
There's also a side story with Matt. He's been dating Helen for a while and all he wants is to marry the girl. But she's drifting away from him and now comes at him with a strange request. As a puppy in love he complies even though it's a hard decision. I really see a problem in their relationship, even though the menage we get was pretty hot!
The Coleman family is wonderful! You will fall in love with all of them!...more
After Tell’s story, which was a bit younger in tone and totally bad boy McKay, it was a very nice change ofThis review was posted at Under the Covers
After Tell’s story, which was a bit younger in tone and totally bad boy McKay, it was a very nice change of pace to read about Gavin. Gavin is the long lost McKay brother. Vi had given him up for adoption without telling anyone that she was pregnant when she was 16. And now after Gavin is 40+, he comes back in their lives. He is a McKay by blood, but so not your typical McKay by actions. He’s divorced, he has a teenage daughter, and he’s bought the ranch next to Ben that used to be owned by Rielle. Now that he wanted to bring their daughter to Wyoming to help her with some behavior issues, he will have to adjust to country living, McKay relatives, and living with Rielle for a while.
Rielle was an amazing and so strong heroine. I have to give her props because she’s devoted her life to her daughter, even after she had gotten pregnant at 16 and being raised by hippie parents in a commune. She has made something of her life with strength and hard work. And she’s always put work and being a mother first. So that means relationships with guys have not been a big priority in her life. It’s hard to believe that, in her forties and with her daughter away to college, she’s just now developing feelings and attraction for the first guy in what could be the first time in her life.
Gavin, on the other hand, was just amazing. In a way he reminded me of Jack (Keely’s husband) and has a lot of the qualities I liked in him. I liked the fact that he comes back to Wyoming slimmer and taking better care of himself. It wasn’t love at first sight with Gavin and Rielle. They’ve both made some changes and now that attraction is blooming. I find that a big part of it was how different Rielle was from Gavin’s ex wife. She might not be the refined woman he is used to deal with, but that’s exactly the type of woman he needs.
Gavin and Rielle as a couple were great. Both had their own insecurities. They had to deal with the issues that single parents have to, even though their kids were not so little. With one living with them, they had to have a certain amount of discretion in their encounters, but they made it work. Still building their relationship in a way that progressed slowly and was very believable, as well as dealing with both their kids and family life. Their chemistry was off the charts! I just wish we would’ve gotten more details on the sex in the office against the windows. *waggles eyebrows* I have to say though, at times I felt Rielle could’ve been more involved and shouldn’t have put so much distance between her and the relationship they were building and the rest of Gavin’s life.
Then there’s the kids. I cannot wait to see what happened between Dalton and Rory. I’m biting my nails in anticipation! Then Sierra, Gavin’s daughter. I really loved her character up until the very last bit of the book. When you read it you will know why at that point I wanted to bash her head against the wall. But, typical teenage behavior I guess. Of course there is Boone West *sigh*. Is it bad to say I have a crush on a teenager? Well, I do! Are we going to get a Sierra and Boone’s story? Pretty please with a cherry on top! I also enjoyed all the McKay interactions and bits and pieces of their family life, as usual.
This book was not like any other McKay…and still ohhhh so good. I think it’s a nice change of pace in the series. Even though it’s bittersweet because we are one book closer to the end. :(
“If it looks like a McKay, acts like a McKay…then it is a McKay.”
“Did you happen to bring a condom with you?” “Nope. I brought two.”
Dalton, Dalton, Dalton…*sigh* Oh how I love thee! I NEVER thought I would say that. See, after COWBOY CASANOVA I was so mad at him I didn’t think he
Dalton, Dalton, Dalton…*sigh* Oh how I love thee! I NEVER thought I would say that. See, after COWBOY CASANOVA I was so mad at him I didn’t think he would be able to redeem himself enough that I would fall for him. I mean, I always trust Ms. James to deliver a great book but some heroes are closer to the heart than others. Well, Dalton made me fall….hard!
I’ve been impatiently waiting to find out what went on between Rory and Dalton as we’ve gotten glimpses here and there in the past few books. Well, as some of you might’ve guessed, this book takes place a few years in the future from where GONE COUNTRY left off. Dalton has gone off and grown up. Leaving some of his McKay childish, stubborn ways behind him. He comes back more mature, a man. Grizzly beard an all.
I started to fall for him when I realize there would be no fighting the attraction for Dalton. He knows from page one that he wants Rory for himself, finally. And he really stops at nothing to get her there. He’s determined, he’s sexy in his seduction and with just enough humor to make him real. And yes, I’ll say it again… all the more reasons to fall for him…hard!
But lets not leave Rory out of this equation. As I often find with Ms. James’ heroines, she’s amazing. She’s got a strong but delicate core, she can face the world but she also needs love and attention. And she has one weakness. Dalton! I totally understand her.
Their chemistry is off the charts, their courting is endearing and extremely hot. But their love is not something that sprung out of nowhere. It’s always been there, growing and getting stronger. This book just shows that it can withstand anything so they can be together because they were meant to be.
And then there’s the drama around them… The main reason Dalton had come back was because Casper had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Sometimes I wish the bastard would’ve died a long time ago. He could’ve saved many people a lot of heartache. But as we find out in this book, Casper had more to dish out.
This book is beautifully written, the storylines flow seamlessly to weave the perfect picture of the McKay family we come to love and care about. Leaving you as always wanting more. I do think these get better and better! Haven’t read the series yet? You are MISSING OUT!
Now if only we could get Sierra’s story :)
“Spend every waking hour that you’re not working with me.”
Dalton tugged her closer by her hair. “Alls you gotta do is say the word, sugarplum, and I’ll be on my knees before you.”
He's a, a good time cowboy casanova leaning up against the record machine.... Oh sorry got distracted. But hThis review was posted at Under The Covers
He's a, a good time cowboy casanova leaning up against the record machine.... Oh sorry got distracted. But he IS a good time bad boy cowboy casanova leaning up against the bar looking sexy. *sigh* Ben McKay the things you do to me! First order of business, make sure you have the following things with you or handy before and while reading this book:
* A few changes of panties * Your favorite BOB or significant other * A glass of cold water, or an ice pack will do too.
Why, you ask? Because this book is HAWT! Ben McKay is such a naughty, naughty boy. Ms James has combined two of my favorite things, a hot cowboy and an alpha Dom. He just makes me purr. Whether it's tied to a bench, to the bed, to the bar or even a pool table.
Ben has always been the quiet one, but what we never got to see before was how out of place he felt in his own family. Finding his sexual preferences and staying true to that has really made him feel whole and it's not something he would ever give up.
Then he meets Ainsley at the Rawhide Club. She's pretending to be a female Dom so he makes her an offer: he'll be her sub for one night if he can Dom her for another night. Is that making you tingle yet?
But what a small world, Ainsley turns out to be the president of a new bank coming into Sundance, and Ben just happens to run into her and they make another deal. She'll be his sub for a month to try out the lifestyle.
What starts out as a fun experiment for both turns into deeper feelings. And whether they are sneaking around or being open about how they feel, these two have undeniable chemistry! Bennett can get to a part of Ainsley that she didn't think she had in her. And she gives him everything he thought he could never hope to have in a woman.
We see a little of the McKay clan but just in a small part. And I have to bring up the elephant in the room: The McKays can be money hungry asswipes sometimes, so I'm a bit disappointed with the turn of events in this book about a certain McKay. I hope in the next book he'll redeem himself in my eyes.
Gavin is also starting to be part of the family just a bit, and I really can't wait to read his story. And will he ask Ben for some love advice?
So read it, enjoy it, savor it. We won't get another rough ride for a while but this one was amazing!
* This ARC was provided by Samhain Publishing....more