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Cowboy Casanova did not disappoint
on December 6, 2011
No warning needed Mz. James, bring it-- and can we get a big Woo Hoo for the HOT AS HELL cover? IMO, this is the hottest cover of the series, and after reading the book, it's as fitting as they come--the mysteriously sexy DOM rancher with the perfect body. I can't stop drooling, I mean staring at it.
As I'm gathering my thoughts to write this review I'm wondering who the heck is going to read it, because everyone I know will be glued to their e-readers not giving a flying flip what I have to say about it. Then, I'm also thinking, what can I possibly say about one of Lorelei James' books, without giving away the story, that hasn't been said before? Like, "How does she keep coming up with these amazing stories?" "The cowboys are to DIE for!" "The heroines are as strong and likable as the heroes." "The sex is panty-melting, smoking hot, erotic, and passionate." Then there is always the array of adjectives describing her writing like, fresh, brilliant, impressive, spectacular, wonderful, terrific, excellent, fabulous, phenomenal, witty, talented, and great-- to name a few. If only I had the imagination, creativity, or vocabulary to write something new to articulate my thoughts. So, please accept my apology in advance for any recurring statements or phrases used when describing this book and/or LJ's writing because Cowboy Casanova is all of those things and oh-so-much more. I'm going to give it my best shot!
We knew from past books Bennett McKay was going to be a naughty, raunchy, intense, dirty boy and wasn't I glad he more than lived up to his reputation. But, what we didn't know about him was his softer side and how isolated he felt from his family. He's a middle child and with Quinn being the oldest and Chase being a famous bull rider and the youngest, Ben found himself hanging in the shadows or just staying out of everyone's way. He's known as the family peacekeeper and some of us know how stressful that can be. The picture Lorelei James painted of his character had me feeling his pain and literally hurting along with him, especially when we saw glimpses of his life before he discovered what he needed to truly be himself. I loved that he found a group of friends he could share "interests" with because for the longest he felt all alone and wasn't comfortable acting on his so-called perversions. There are several emotional and heart-felt moments for him and Ainsley, but also for him and some of the other family members. There is one scene with his mother that had me teary eyed. So I'm giving you fair warning, you may want to keep a box of Kleenex close by.
I know I, as well as others have mentioned it before, but the female characters in the Rough Rides are strong, independent, non-whinny, sexy, and not afraid nor do they shy away from their sexuality. I love it that they love sex as much as their men do and they all know how to keep their men satisfied and coming back for more. Obviously, since they are all multiplying like rabbits. And Ainsley was no exception. From what we already knew about Ben, there was no doubt it would take a special woman to be his mate and I admit I was a little nervous about her character because we had not met her in any of the previous books. Yet, she turned out to be bold, professional, sassy but kind, loyal, brave, and though it took her a while to admit it, she was a true submissive. Once she realized it, with Ben's help, she thrived in the relationship. Her bratty behavior and attitude kept her in trouble, and as fun as it was at first for Ben to "discipline" her, it also got very intense, but only because she didn't know how to let go and let Ben take care of her. Her insecurities about the lifestyle were real and it was hard at times to read through her punishment/discipline, but at the same time it was liberating on several levels to see her push through. I won't say she's my favorite, because hell, they all are, but she will fit in just fine with the other adorable and independent women who have the McKay men wrapped around their fingers.
Things I loved about this book were Ben and Ainsley as a couple, the scenes with the family that reminded me why I love them all so much, the laugh out loud moments as well as the teary ones, LJ's knowledge of the BDSM lifestyle with relation to the D/s relationship, the new characters we met, and always a favorite of mine--the panty blazing dirty-talk dialog.
Favorite Sexy Quote: BEN: "You know it's not that civilized with me. Sex with me is raw, dirty and demanding, but you'll never feel there's something missing because I will see to your needs above my own. Every. Single. Time."
Favorite Funny Quote: BEN: "It's just all the McKays are comin', which means all of their kids. God love'em, but I'm ready to schedule a vasectomy after about an hour......"
A panicked look crossed her face. "I'll never keep the names straight. I asked your cousin.....Keely? If they'd developed a smart phone app for the family tree. I was kidding but her husband seemed serious about it."
Have you ever been completely attached and in love with a series and then after several books they all seem to be the same story with a different cover and characters? With 12 books in the series, and as much as I love the series, I couldn't help but think "eventually, the stories will start sounding the same." I mean, why not, it happens all the time to the best of authors, right? Well, goes to show what I know or don't know, because this has NOT happened with the Rough Riders Series. And, Cowboy Casanova is in a league of its own. I am confident you will enjoy it as much as I did.