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Redneck Romeo Paperback – May 6, 2014
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Rough Riders reading order:
Book 1: Long Hard Ride
Book 2: Rode Hard
Book 3: Cowgirl Up and Ride
Book 4: Tied Up, Tied Down
Book 5: Rough, Raw and Ready
Book 6: Branded As Trouble
Book 6.5: Strong, Silent Type (novella)
Book 7: Shoulda Been A Cowboy
Book 8: All Jacked Up
Book 9: Raising Kane
Book 9.5: Slow Ride (free short story)
Book 10: Cowgirls Don't Cry
Book 11: Chasin' Eight
Book 12: Cowboy Casanova
Book 13: Kissin' Tell
Book 14: Gone Country
Book 14.5: Short Rides (novellas)
Book 15: Redneck Romeo
Book 16: Cowboy Take Me Away
Book 16.5: Long Time Gone (novella)
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Based on the previous books, I felt that Dalton’s would be a good one. He’s like the baby that everyone wants to see grow up. Before reading this book, I believed that he had a long way to go in regards to maturity. And in this one? Oh boy, did he mature with that sweet heart of his. Granted, the opening of the book made me question that for a minute. He really made up for it by the end!
Rory…I already liked her based off what I learned of her in a previous book. I couldn’t wait to read her story! She proved that when there’s no trust, things can’t work. I enjoyed watching her learn to trust her man and her heart.
Redneck Romeo is HOT and funny, and still provides that pang that I’ve come to enjoy from Lorelei James. By the end, I loved Dalton and Rory! It’s such a great book!
Author James focuses on Dalton McKay, last single McKay, who is a flawed hero with many problems in his past. He's pitted in a life or death struggle against his father, Casper McKay, who can aptly be described as a character so evil that he gives Darth Vader a run for his money. It takes our protagonist a long time to find the resources within to combat such a worthy adversary.
Casper doesn't disappoint but Dalton shines.
I've read most of the Rough Rider series starting with Colby McKay's story but my two favorite characters are Colt and Dalton, probably because they both have had so much to overcome.
Lorelei James' writing style is very readable filled with page-turning plots, action and suspense. To my mind, the sex scenes are really unneeded. A little sex is fine but too many just bog down the story and her stories are very interesting.
Redneck Romeo is an entertaining and well-written book. Good job again, Ms. James.
Jeanne Harrell, author of The Westerners and Rancher series.
Before each new release in the series, I always do a full re-read of the books. This time I read a little differently than in the past; I read and searched for scenes that included Dalton. I read each scene over a couple of times because Dalton is one of those characters that for the most part has blended into the background. Yes, we knew he was there and yes he's had a few "big" scenes but for the most part he's been the youngest of the McKay men of the middle generation and referred to often as a screw-up. He's known for his drinking, his whoring, his fighting, and his poker playing. But, in the last few books if you look real close you get the feeling that there's a lot more to Dalton than meets the eye. He's a thinker, he's smart, he can read people easily, and most people underestimate him. In this book we find that most of those things are true, but we also find out why it took leaving to make him into the man he is and why he made changes in his life that most people don't see. It's interesting to me that the women in his life; his Mom, Rory, his cousin Sierra, and his sister in laws Jessie and Georgia see him a lot clearer than any of the men. Being the "baby" of the family he's had a lot of people to look up to, a lot of family assumptions thrust on him, and the family "reputation" to live up to. He's also kept a huge life altering secret from his family, something no one has even known except Rory; his childhood best friend and the woman he intends to make his forever.
Rory is kind of the unknown in this story because other than a few choice scenes in Gone Country we don't know all that much about her. What we do know is she's a college graduate with a Master's degree. She grew up in an unconventional situation but not one that has stunted her emotionally or socially. We know that she can be a spoiled brat when she feels threatened, she has a vicious temper, and we know that there's been something between her and Dalton for a while. In this book we learn she's unsettled in her life, she's fiercely loyal, and no matter what she says she's been in love with Dalton most of her life. We also learn that she's been hurt by his actions in the past and while she will back him on most everything, she isn't convinced he's the changed man he claims to be.
I flat out loved watching Dalton woo Rory, it was quite the sight to behold and made even better by the fact that she wasn't buying it most of the time. He had to really work for it which I think made the story that much sweeter and the end result that much more gratifying. What surprised me is what a closet romantic Dalton is...I have to say out of all the McKay men he can make you tremble with his sweet words but he has the dirty talk down just as well and can go from one to the other in a blink of an eye which kept Rory off balance and made for some interesting moments. While he was hard to resist, I like that Rory didn't jump every time Dalton wanted her to spend time with him.
While the developing relationship between Dalton and Rory was front and center there were many other big events going on. You can only imagine how many fences Dalton has to mend after taking off and staying gone for three years. There are new family members he's never met, some that don't even remember him, and there are many that were left upset, angry, and confused by his disappearance. The scenes with his brothers Brandt and Tell, his cousin Ben, his Uncle Charlie, and his Mom are so poignant that I sat paralyzed as the tears rolled down my face. There is so much I can't say as I would NEVER want to ruin this story for anyone so I will say... be prepared, keep a box of tissues nearby and expect to use them throughout this book. While there are many tissue inducing scenes, I want to stress that there are many funny moments as well. The "pet" names that Rory spouts off to Dalton when he returns home fully bearded made me laugh out loud. Their teasing banter and life-long friendship leads to an unprecedented closeness we've never seen before in this series. The memories of their childhood were sweet and gave some great insight in to who they are today.
Once again Lorelei James has given us a story that will resonate with so many people; some will appreciate the story of childhood friends becoming more, some will identify with Dalton's childhood, some will understand strained family relationships, some will sympathize with Rory's job dissatisfaction, and most will recognize the loneliness these two felt until they admitted their absolute need for one another. Every time I pick up a new book in this series I wonder if the plot will be familiar because there are so many, but each and every time Lorelei reminds me why this series is so popular and why her fans chomp at the bit to get their hands on the next book because she always manages to surprise, overwhelm, and give us a story like no other. Redneck Romeo is just such a book and then some, I'm once again blown away by her talent and unwavering devotion to the McKay family and her fans worldwide. Thank you Lorelei for another fabulous addition to my favorite family series.