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Chasin' Eight (Rough Riders) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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“May be my favorite out of all the Rough Riders books yet. As usual, author Lorelei James infuses her characters with wit, charm and lots of sass, but I felt that Chase and Ava’s insecurities and emotional turmoil really stood out in this story and made it so much better.”
—Romance Junkies, 5 BLUE RIBBONS
“Chase is an absolute delight… Sharp dialogue, steamy scenes, and situations that will have you laughing out loud make this book a sure fire winner.”
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“Chasin’ Eight really has everything a romance needs to make it an entertaining and enjoyable read.”
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Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.
The two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind. Is it the real deal…or just another publicity stunt?
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I was soo into the story and chemistry between Chase and Ava I could not put it down, I read it in one sitting...Cowgirl Up And Ride has always be my favorite book ever, but Chasin' Eight just shot right there next to it, maybe even a little ahead of it. One of the things I LOVE most about Chase is he has all the sexy McKay swagger, but there's something different about him, there are many depths to this Bad Boy McKay. I LOVED seeing how the relationship between Chase and Ava grew. There are a bunch of great tidbits about the other McKay's we love, just enough to satisfy my McKay addiction but not to detract from Ava and Chase's story. There's even a totally unexpected surprise in this book and NOPE....I'm not telling....
IMO Chasin' Eight could be a stand alone, even with the McKay tidbits in it. You could pick it up read it, get addicted and then start from the beginning, but of course I STRONGLY suggest to start at the beginning and get as addicted to the mouthwatering McKay's as I am. If you don't start at the beginning, then once you finish CE go back and start, you will be ready for a re-read of CE when you finish the first 10 books....
I don't want to take away from any of the other RR books because they are all fantastic and addicting, but Chasin Eight, is one of the most complete romance novels I have read, and I mean out of regular romance or erotic. CE has everything it takes to be on that NYT best seller list and I really, really hope it gets there!!! I REALLY hope people who don't normally read erotic, buy CE, because I think they will fall in love with Chase and Ava.
This is one very good and sexually charged book.
The Rough Riders series is one of the best I have read and I read at least 400 pages a day on a book. I Loved it!
Memorable Moments: When Chase walks in on Ava asleep and she goes all Kung Foo ninja on him. Seriously laugh out loud moment. Ben dropping by to "check on" Ava and driving Chase up the wall and then calling him out on not telling the family he was there and Ava mentioning how Ben made her want to do whatever he asked. Ava's heart to heart with her Mom about her feelings for Chase. OMG...Gavin showing up and throwing everyone into a tailspin (especially me who began thinking all kinds of horrible thoughts like he was going to stake his claim in the ranch and force them to sell and all kinds of horrible scenarios my brain went to).
This installment in the RR series takes a detour from the McKay ranching world as most of it is spent with Chase and Ava on the road – him competing in small rodeo’s under an alias to try and get his mojo back in bull riding and Ava posing as his videographer, so Chase can try and figure out what is wrong with his riding.
Even though both Chase and Ava’s jobs have them in the spotlight (she’s a movie star) a lot and each considered a catch – both suffered from insecurities about their bodies – Chase’s being that he was a lot shorter than the average man and definitely not up to McKay heights. I would say that is what had turned him into the man-whore he became and eventually led to his downfall (which did play a part) but that’s also a McKay trait before marrying.
These two forge a friendship during their time on the road and both find out a lot about themselves on their way to falling in love. We get a up close look at the PBR world during this book and meet some old timers to the field and the young newbies trying to make a name for themselves. A harsh reality is also delivered that’s heartbreaking.