02 May '11

A Nix Cowboy Romance Book Review : Long Hard Ride – Lorelei James

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Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2008-02-01
Genres: Cowboys
Pages: 287
Format: eBook
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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 roper.

From the moment he sets lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows he's found the woman who's up to the challenge of cutting loose. What rough and rowdy cowboy could resist a no-holds-barred sexual romp with a sassy young thing starring as his personal buckle bunny? Intrigued by Channing's bold proposition of horsing around on the road, Colby impulsively sweetens the deal; sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in the bedrolls of his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and Edgard.

Although Channing's secretly longed to be the sole focus of more than one man's passions, Colby's demand for complete submission behind closed doors will test her willful nature. Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio? Or will the cowboys have to break out the bullropes and piggin' string to break in this headstrong filly?

Warning: This title contains the following: lots of explicit sex, going strong long after the cows come home, graphic language that'd make your mama blush, light bondage with bullropes, menage a trois, and - yee-haw! - hot nekkid cowboy man-love.

Channing Kincaid is looking to break free from her strict parent’s conservative values and expectations. What better way to do this by hooking up with a Cowboy and following him around the Rodeo circuit? Unfortunately, Channing picks the wrong Cowboy in the form of Jared, a scumbag of the highest proportions. It turns out Jared is married, which means that Channing needs to get the hell out of dodge. She has limited options of what to next, but when the delectable Colby McKay offers to escort her around the rest of the rodeo circuit, it seems like all her Christmases have come at once. Of course, he lays down his own terms for upholding his end of the bargain; she has to be the personal buckle bunny for him and his riding partners, Trevor and Edgard. Can she give over all sexual control to this Cowboy to experience all the forbidden sexual fantasies she has been harbouring? Course she can! 😀

Channing, Colby, Trevor and Edgard start their road trip and pretty soon problems start to arise. Channing may be up for a good time, but she isn’t willing to put up with their slobby ways. Outside of the bedroom she is clearly in charge, inside of the bedroom is a different matter completely. Edgard rarely joins in the fun, but Channing, Trevor and Colby are more than happy to carry on regardless. We have mild bondage (seriously, why does pigging string sound like so much fun :D), oral sex, anal sex and some spanking, for general bad behaviour. The sex scenes are fabulously smutty, but something is missing. It is not until we come down to the scenes where it is just Channing and Colby that the sparks truly ignite. It is quite clear from moment one, that Channing goes weak at the knees whenever Colby looks at her, and, as it is quite unheard of for Colby to want to have recurrent sex with anyone, he is equally smitten. The relationship starts to build quickly, as the confined space of a trailer puts them into a surreal state of happy families, but with an end point in sight for the both of them, neither is truly willing to put a label on any feelings they may harbour. It takes a glimpse into someone else’s relationship for them to realise that love is hard to find. When disaster strikes for the pair, it becomes clear that they are just fooling themselves!

Within the main love story, is a series of glimpses into other relationships. We have the attraction between Gemma, a recent widow trying to make her way in a male orientated rodeo circuit, and Big Cash Crow, an older rider on the circuit. Gemma becomes a good friend to Channing as she deals with the jealousy from the other buckle bunnies, and wariness of the other wives and girlfriends.  Her inability to deal with Cash’s obvious attraction to her is very sweet. We also have a glimpse into Trevor and Edgards relationship, a tale of a man struggling with his feelings for another man, whose patience is rapidly waning with his lover.  This is a heartbreaking look at how homophobia can rip apart a person and really affect their lives. In a broader sense, this book is also about life on the rodeo circuit. All these men and women deal with loneliness, and the constant threat of injury, every day that they travel. This book is a good look at how the Rodeo cowboys and their families bond together to become a travelling family. It really is quite lovely 😀

I adore this series. This book is an introduction into the world of the McKay Cowboys and, although it is not in my top three in this series  books, it is a fantastic edition. The rest of the books concentrate on ranch life and family values, but to be honest one of the reasons I am so hooked is because of the tale of this massive family dynamic! The Cowboy’s are all possessive, protective and mind-numbingly sexy. You should read them in order, to keep with everyone’s story arc, so start here!

five-stars

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One Response to “A Nix Cowboy Romance Book Review : Long Hard Ride – Lorelei James”

  1. I really enjoy the way you review the books you've read. Rough Riders and Lorelei James is a favorite series and author for me. I've read all but a few books in the series. I've been reading the books out of order depending on my mood. In fact, I just finished Rough, Raw, and Ready, book #5 after having finished Cowgirls Don't Cry, book #10. I have Long Hard Ride in the TBR pile

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