Read-Love-Blog’s Cowboy Summer…..Selene’s Review of Rode Hard, Put Up Wet by Lorelei James

Cowboy Summer

Read-Love-Blog’s Cowboy Summer continues with Selene’s review of Rode Hard, Put Up Wet by Lorelei James 

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…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.



Selene’s Review:

The great thing about two love stories is…you never get bored!

Gemma Jansen and Cash Big Crow were introduced in the first installment of the Rough Riders series and I’m so happy James wrote their story next. Gemma, roughly ten years older than smolderingly sexy Cash Big Crow, is a widow in her 40s and was not ready, until now, to close that chapter in her book. She hires on Cash in hopes that she can become a successful stock contractor again in the rodeo business, he can help her in maintaining her homestead Bar 9, and also in hopes she can see how good a rider he really is.

Cash Big Crow is a veteran bull rider and after his friend Colby McKay’s accident a year prior, he’s ready to hang his cowboy hat with rodeoin’. Good for him and better for his new boss because this sexy man with his dark good looks and silver tongue has more time for seducing the woman he’s wanted for years – former rodeo queen Gemma Jansen. But this isn’t the only opportunity he has to make it right with a woman; Cash’s daughter, Macie Honeycutt, is in town and each want a chance to repair their estranged relationship.

Macie, a very sweet and headstrong young woman, was a product of a romance between her mother and Cash Big Crow when Cash was only sixteen. His rodeo career made it near impossible for the two to have any kind of bond which is why she is staying in her dad’s trailer while he… gets things done with Gemma. The physical connection between her father and his boss isn’t the only thing that shocks Macie – passionate and incredibly handsome Carter McKay, Gemma’s hired help, decides he wants Macie and that he’ll have her.

Carter McKay, a young artist and the youngest brother of Colby McKay from Long Hard Ride, has been helping out Gemma on the ranch as well as catching up on his artwork. He’s been having strange dreams about a dark long-haired muse and when he first meets Macie, he realizes she is the one he’s been dreaming about – and he has to paint her, seduce her, and make her his. And boy does he ever!

The great thing about this book was we got to see so many different relationships and opposing sides of the protagonists. Gemma was a great business woman, but she liked being bossed around in the bedroom. Cash was not in the least bit timid to do everything he ever dreamed of with Gemma, but he still remained insecure about his looks while they were together. Macie was decisive and direct, but when faced with a fight or flight situation, she still had a tendency to run. And Carter complemented his egotistical side with his much warmer sweet side… and much hotter sexy one.

My absolute favorite moments were when Cash and Carter did everything in their power to set up a fiery threesome for their ladies – something they thought that they each wanted. The actual playing out of the threesome with Gemma, Cash, and Trevor was boiling hot but the conversation between the couple after was so much better. And Carter’s best friend Jack Donohue showing up was a shock to both him and Macie as Carter asked him to fulfill her fantasy of being with two men. The way that whole situation worked itself out was also sweet and full of revelations. A great read!

Overall, this was a very well written book and definitely something that will have a reader thinking up some new fantasies!!!

*All books in series were bought by the reviewer through Amazon.

4LovesRLBFour Loves


From author website:

A bit about me: When I’m not squirreled away behind my laptop writing fun, sexy, contemporary erotic romances set in the modern day Wild West, I can be found reading everything under the sun, practicing yoga until I’m a pretzel, shootin’ my .22, watching the Professional Bull Riders tour on Versus, and running a kid’s taxi service, all in the guise of avoiding housework and rustlin’ up vittles.

Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.

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