Series: Blacktop Cowboys

Review: Turn and Burn by Lorelei James

Posted October 2, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Turn and Burn by Lorelei JamesReviewer: Holly
Turn and Burn by Lorelei James
Series: Blacktop Cowboys
Also in this series: One Night Rodeo
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 6th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Western, Contemporary Women, Contemporary, General
Pages: 368
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Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.
Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy
Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

I have a whole host of Lorelei James books in my TBR pile. I have no idea why Turn and Burn is the first one I’ve read. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I thought she wrote westerns. Which she doesn’t. I have no idea where I got that from.

I really enjoyed the setting and the strong women showcased in the story. The heroine, her friends, and even the band of old women are independent and not afraid to be themselves. That’s so refreshing.

Tanna Barker is broke and injured and needs a place to lick her wounds and decide what to do about her future. Muddy Gap, WY seems like the perfect place. On her first night in town she meets a sexy stranger she decides to take to bed. After a hot night between the sheets she disappears the next morning, even though she secretly wanted to stay.

No one could have predicted her one-night-stand would turn out to be the local veterinarian, or that he’d be pissed that she disappeared without leaving her name or number. Especially the man himself. August Fletcher is a man with no time for a relationship. He enjoys sex as much as the next time, but his vet practice keeps him on the road way too much for a regular girlfriend. But that doesn’t stop him from wondering “what-if” about the sexy new lady in town. Tanna is everything he’s ever wanted in a woman…except she isn’t going to stay. Muddy Gap is nothing more than a temporary stop for her, while it’s his whole life.

They end up burning up the sheets, but they both keeps parts of themselves hidden from one another. It isn’t long before they both want more…but are they too afraid to reach out and grab it?

As I said, I enjoyed how strong Tanna was. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind or grab for what she wanted. She was a tough cowgirl who’d been kicked hard but life but not brought down. Fletch was the perfect counterpart for her, since he was just as tough but also had a soft side she needed to lean on. They started out as lovers but quickly became friends. Tanna wasn’t quick to open up to him, but Fletch still gave her support, whether he realized it or not.  Just as she offered comfort and support to him.

The story could have become bogged down with their emotional issues, but the witty banter and sexual chemistry kept the story moving. All in all a solid read. I’ll be reading more of James soon.

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Guest Review: One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James

Posted July 1, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: One Night Rodeo by Lorelei JamesReviewer: Tracy
One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James
Series: Blacktop Cowboys #4
Also in this series: Turn and Burn
Published by Signet
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Western
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four-stars

 

All it takes is one night to change a cowboy’s life… Barrel racer Celia Lawson knows better than to tangle with bull rider Kyle Gilchrist. The sexy cowboy’s love ‘em and leave ‘em ways have earned him a reputation on the rodeo circuit, and he’s always seen her as his best friend’s kid sister. But after one wild, tequila-fueled night, Celia wakes up to find out she’s gotten herself hitched—to a man she never should have married! When Celia insists on an annulment, Kyle has no good reason to say no—except he isn’t ready to let go of his new bride. But then Kyle inherits a sprawling Wyoming ranch, and seizes the opportunity to enlist Celia’s help. She agrees to lend a hand—with two conditions: He has to get up to speed as a rancher within six months; then they’ll get a divorce. And their marriage will be in name only. Kyle gives in to Celia’s demand, yet he’s ready to prove to her he has what it takes to turn their one night rodeo into a lifetime of love….

Celia Lawson and Kyle Gilchrist have been friends for a long time but they’ve also been adversaries.  They would snipe at each other constantly and push each others in ways that others didn’t.  That was until Kyle started falling in love with Celia.  Yeah, they still argued but for the last couple of years it was mostly arguing about Breck, her boyfriend.  Kyle thought she could do better, and she could.  One night in Las Vegas they both get shit-faced and wake up married.  Celia is all for a quick annulment but Kyle finally has Celia right where he wants her and he hopes he can talk her into never getting an annulment.

The day they wake up from their drunken stupor Kyle gets a call from his mother.  She says that his father is dying.  Kyle’s confused because he’s never known his father and his mother has always been closed mouthed about the man.  She comes clean but not in time for Kyle to get to Wyoming and see his father before he dies.  The father DID leave Kyle everything – his ranch, his equipment and all his money.  Kyle has been saving up for years to buy his own ranch so this is a gift from the gods.  Kyle knows little about ranching and he convinces Celia to stay married to him for six months, teach him about ranching and then she can go her merry way. He hopes after that time she’ll want to stay with him, of course.

Celia is a lot less opposed to being married to Kyle than she lets on. She agrees to the marriage continuing and they start out in harmony – taking care of the ranch. They have their ups and downs and deal with it in their own way. They both have secrets from the other but their own insecurities may be the thing that tears them apart forever.

Where do I begin? There are so many good things to say about this book that I’m not sure where to start. Celia is finally coming into her own, spreading her wings and becoming the woman that I knew she could be. Her brothers – though I liked them in their own novels they had completely discounted their sister in their lives and I didn’t like them too much for that. Celia had lost so much and I knew that Kyle could give her so much of what she needed: love, affection, romance – not to mention the fact that he listened to her about their ranch and didn’t try to second guess her or downright ignore her like her brothers had. Abe and Hank started to make up for their mistakes in this book but I think it will take a long time before they can come up to scratch. Celia flourished with Kyle and I loved seeing them together.

Now Kyle could be an ass when he was in his own head and being a guy, i.e. non-communicative. However that didn’t happen all that often and he was a kind and loving man. He was raised by a single mom and because of this was respectful and not dismissive with Celia. He really showed her another side of him that others didn’t see. He did have a freakin’ boatload of insecurities, as did Celia, but they worked them out and in the end came together in a great way.

I really like this series so far, some books more than other, but overall I definitely think it’s a winner.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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four-stars