Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reviw: Rode Hard, Put Up Wet

Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
Lorelei James

Erotic Contemporary Romance/Western

Rough Riders series/Book 2

Samhain/October 2007

From the publishers website ~

Workin’ up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin’ cowboy…or two.

Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents.

Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control—even if he has to break out his horsewhip to do it.

But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up.

Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy cowboy Carter McKay doggin’ Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to hide his true feelings for Gemma – except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps.

Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.

And Samhain's Unique Warning:

Warning: this book contains: explicit sex nine ways ‘til Sunday – including ménage a trois, inventive use of ropes, naughty girls getting spanked, stubborn men getting hog-tied, graphic language and whoo-wee! hot nekkid cowboy action.

This time we get two stories for the price of one. A May/December romance with an older woman and younger man. The second romance is with a cowboy turned artist and the daughter of the man in the May/December romance. This was a fun and at times emotional read. All four characters have baggage, lots of baggage. James doesn't downplay the importance of past loves and past experiences.

Gemma Jansen is a cowgirl through and through. She may be 48 years old but ranching is in her blood and she can't imagine doing anything else. The problem is that ever since her husband Steve died she's had to do it alone. Unfortunately it's proved to be too much for her to handle alone. She's also had some problems with the rodeo circuit and the reps not wanting her cattle. All of this had led Gemma to offer Cash Big Crow a job. Cash could use the work but he wants more than just money in payment. He's wanted Gemma for a long time and this is his chance to have her. Sneaky bastard. :)

Cash has been working the rodeo circuit for years. That's were he met Gemma. He's retired from rodeo but not from ranching. He doesn't have a real home, moving around where the jobs take him. You get the feeling he's not certain what he'd do with a permanent place to come home to. He's also trying to reconnect with his adult daughter, Macie. She was raised by her mother and only saw Cash sporadically over the years. They both want this second chance at a relationship so when Cash accepts Gemma's job offer, he brings Macie with to Gemma's.

Macie hasn't had an easy life. She's learned to rely on herself. It's easier that way and less disappointing. She's not afraid of hard work and gets a job right off when she gets to Gemma's. She meets Carter McKay, an artist who also works at Gemma's ranch. Carter comes from a rodeo family but he never had the desire to get thrown off broncs or bulls. Carter is immediately attracted to Macie and Macie appreciates Carter's sexy, good looks. They have to remember to watch out for Macie's dad, Cash. He's not crazy about the two spending so much time together but there's not much he can do since Macie is an adult.

Carter is a brilliant artist but his also self-centered. He uses Macie as his inspiration and can't see what he has in her past what she means to his art. I liked Carter but there certainly were times when I thought he was a real ass. Macie is such a special human being and Carter doesn't cherish what she offers him.

I liked both of these couples but for different reasons. If had to pick a favorite it would, hands down, be Gemma and Cash. There was such love and tenderness in Cash for Gemma. He got past her hang up with their age difference. Cash is ten years younger than Gemma. And Gemma was stubborn enough to get through to Cash and help him realize he did deserve happiness and that happiness was with Gemma. They fit so well together. Maybe it was because they were older and had suffered such deep losses. With Carter and Macie there was definitely immaturity on Carter's part and some on Macie's too. They were a sweet couple but Gemma and Cash's relationship seemed to go much deeper.

And since this is an erotic romance, yes there was very steamy, smoking hot sex scenes. Boy-howdy! Take the warning above to heart. James writes with vivid details and an even more vivid imagination. It's not all wham bam thank you ma'am. There's tenderness, caring, need and desire. These men and women strive to fulfill their lover's fantasies. It's all about the giving and receiving. :)

Ms. James has written 8 full length novels and one novella in the Rough Riders series along with a number of other hot cowboy erotica. She is also the author of the Julie Collins Mysteries and the new Mercy Gunderson Mysteries. Both written under the name of Lori Armstrong.

Rating: A-

Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders series, book 1)


  1. I so love this series. You would think it would get old after a while, but nope, not at all.

    Great review, Les! I totally agree with your assessment.

  2. Lori ~ This is fast becoming one of my favorite series of any genre. So much emotion in the writing. It goes way beyond simple erotica.

    I've got to find time to read her Lori Armstrong books. Have you read any?

  3. It's such a great series and it only gets better.

    Book 4 id my favourite which is the secret baby one. Brilliant.

    I have read the first Julie Collins book and loved it. I have the rest lined up to read. Waiting on Mercy to come out in paperback.

    She's also writing a new cowboy series that comes out in late autumn, I think and a new Rough Riders too! Eep!

  4. Nice review, Leslie! I've been seeing a lot of her books on blogland. Not sure it's for me though... perhaps I'll try her mystery books instead :P

  5. Cash and Gemma all the way!! Boy-howdy I love this series, Leslie! This was the first book in the series I read and it just hooked me.

    Great review. :D

  6. Sayuri ~ Yes, Kade and Skylar in book 4 – loved them. And AJ & Cord in book 3 – great couple. AJ surprised me because I didn’t think I’d like her.

    I definitely need to try her Lori Armstrong books. And I plan on getting the new cowboy series and Kane’s ebook that comes out this summer. Lots of cowboy goodness to look forward to. :)

    Nath ~ Hmmm… I don’t know if you’d like this series. It’s western but not historical. The characters are all very interesting and unique. I think the erotic elements is what would be the deciding factor.

    Now that you have an e-reader it wouldn’t be too much of an expense to try since the ebooks are a lot less than the trade paperbacks. That’s why I was able to finally start this series. No way could I afford it in print.

    Hils ~ I’m just thrilled I finally started it! It’s kind of like the Virgin River series with that small town feel and familiar characters.

  7. Oh, I didn't know LJ writes under the name Lori Armstrong. Thanks for the info!

    I have this book and actually read halfway through but stop. I had to stop because...all the lovemaking was getting to me. No, I don't mean I was getting excited! Lol. It was just too much going on. Sorry, hard to explain. I guess I need to be in an erotic reading mood!