Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: Gone Country by Lorelei James

Gone Country (Rough Riders) by Lorelei James
Romance - Westerns
Published: December 11, 2012

Read via Kindle

Synopsis: She’s a little bit country, and he’s…not.

Rough Riders, Book 14

Arizona businessman and long-lost McKay love child Gavin Daniels has been awarded sole custody of his teenage daughter Sierra for one year. In order to steer Sierra back on track after a brush with the law, he pulls up stakes and heads to Wyoming, looking for support from his ranching family...even if he isn’t sure where they fit in the McKay dynamic. He’s prepared for every contingency with the move: the less-than-enthusiastic response from his daughter, learning to run his corporation remotely, but he’s thrown for a loop when his new housemate, Rielle, is a whole lot sexier, funnier and sassier than he remembered.
Rielle Wetzler has finally overcome the stigma of having hippie parents and being a young single mother. In the two years since she sold her ailing B&B to Gavin Daniels, she’s become financially stable running the homespun businesses she loves. But now Gavin is in Sundance to claim the house that’s rightfully his. Although Rielle knew this day would come, she isn’t prepared to leave the home she built for herself and her now-grown daughter. And to further complicate matters, her long-dormant libido is definitely not ready to live with this newly buff Gavin—who isn’t a cowboy, but has the take-charge attitude to prove he’s all McKay.
Sharing a roof, their troubles and their triumphs is too much temptation, and before long, Gavin and Rielle are sharing a bed. But sharing their hearts and lives forever? That’s a whole ’nother ball of wax.

Warning: Contains a feisty, independent heroine who doesn’t need a man to take care of her needs outside the bedroom and a sweet, sexy and bossy hero who’s up to the challenge of proving her wrong.

Review: The first thing that turned me on to this series was the cover. I'd never heard of the Rough Riders series until 'Gone Country' came out and was in the top 100 paid Romance books. This isn't my first Rough Riders book this is actually the second one that I have read. I loved this story it was notice not only having a love story develop between Rielle and Gavin but to also see an appearance of what promises to be a heated affair once Sierra and Boone get together.

Each of these stories have unique characters and the McKay family is HUGE. While you don't have to read the books in order believe me it does help. In this book I noticed there are a lot more references to other family members and how large the family has become I got lost a little since so many of the names are similar and this is a family that grows with every book. That fact didn't distract from the story itself I still plan on reading all the rest of the books from this series.

Gavin Daniels discovers he is the long lost son of Charlie and Vi McKay so when his daughter Sierra gets into trouble for shoplifting and he is granted one year of custody of his teenage daughter he announces that they will be moving to Wyoming. Rielle still lives in the house that Gavin bought from her, so when it's announced that Gavin and his daughter are moving into the house to stay she doesn't hold back the fact that she is a little resentful. It's been her home for years and she never thought that Gavin and his daughter would actually ever be moving to Wyoming to stay. That resentment doesn't last long once all three move in and start living together. They skirt each other for the longest time just getting to know one another but when the sparks start to fly believe me they start to fly rapidly. You take two independent adults who work hard and who raised their children as single parents, who don't do relationships, and are not used to sharing anything and put them together and you get years of pent up sexual frustration and lots of alone time and what do you get a sexual explosion. When they start they don't stop, but it's more than just the hot sex scenes in this books it's the emotional connection that starts to emerge between the two of them. They are a great addition to the growing McKay family and I look forward to reading more about them in the other three books in this series.

But this book for me was more than just about Rielle and Gavin. It was also hinted about Rielle's daughter Rory and Dalton McKay having a history together and I look forward to reading about them in book 16 which is from what I hear out later this year. What intrigued me and left me wanting more was the story of Boone and Sierra. While they only were friends in this book, it was clear at least on Sierra's end that she really like Boone West and wanted more of him even though he constantly kept telling her that he was broke and couldn't support a girlfriend. I didn't like the way he left especially since right before he did he told her he had feelings for her and kissed her. There's nothing worse than having a guy tell you they have serious feelings for you right before they take off. Lorelei did a great job introducing us to the character Sierra she has a lot of issues and her mother lives half way across the would in Paris and doesn't seem to understand that all her teenage daughter wants in life is a mother who will love and listen to her. While Sierra comes off at the beginning of the book as a spoiled shelf righteous brat as the story progresses you start to see that it's a cover for the sweet girl she really is this side of her really starts to emerge after she gets into a car accident late one night with Boone and she is left at home unable to write or attend school which gives Boone an excuse to come and visit her as often as possible. Especially when she starts a project on the family history of the McKay's and starts to unravel the mystery behind the McKay and West family feud. I really enjoyed this portion of the story and look forward to reading more about them once they do some growing up all their story did was left me wanting more but it will be worth the wait since in this story Sierra is only sixteen and Boone nineteen. Overall another great story by Lorelei James and I look forward to reading the other books in this series!

Favorite Quotes:  

"Semantics.  If it looks like a McKay, acts like a McKay... then it is a McKay." LOC 66
"That fits."  He pressed a kiss on her neck.  "I'd like to suckle some of your honey."  LOC 1237

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