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Rode Hard (Rough Riders) (Volume 2) Paperback – February 2, 2015
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“This continuation of the Rough Riders not only gives readers the wild, sexy ride the title suggests, it delves into the emotions and motivations of both couples. Secondary characters complement the action of intertwining plots that consistently entertain…Definitely a keeper.”
—RT Book Reviews Magazine
“Lorelei James definitely has a talent for telling hot cowboy stories that will have readers longing for one of their very own…the sex is hot, but it’s the emotional context that ensures it’s a story you’ll remember.”
“This book was like having two romances in one. The dialogue was excellent… you could easily visualize the scenes and the transitions from Gemma/Cash to Carter/Macie, didn’t distract from the super hot sexy romance between the couples.”
—The Romance Studio
“Rode Hard is a multi-generational Western saga that I found highly enjoyable. Ms. James intricately weaves all four characters into one cohesive story…plenty of steamy love scenes that will have you reaching for your own hottie! I hope that Ms. James will return to this setting, giving us more of the McKay family’s stories in the future.”
—Just Erotic Romance Reviews
“Rode Hard is a well written and plotted gem of a read that easily handles two emotionally and physically intense relationships at the same time, artfully weaving them into a cohesive story that I found myself racing to finish…The story is fast paced, and filled with witty, sexy dialogue and realistic situations.”
“A great cowboy treat as well as being a hot story… For all who want two stories in one, I would recommend this book highly.”
—Fallen Angels Reviews
From the Author
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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Gemma has been widowed for a number of years and feels her life is on the downward swing. Cash sees her as a vibrant, sexual woman and won't take no for an answer. Gemma is so glad she gave the two of them a chance at a life she never dreamed she'd have.
About the time Cash and Gemma get together, Cash's adult daughter shows up. Macie and her dad have never had a close relationship so when she has an opportunity to spend the summer with him, she takes it. At the same time, she also meets and falls in love with Carter. It turns out that Carter feels a bit left out of the family since he is one of two McKay men who don't actively ranch. Carter is an artist who sculpts and paints. One of the most sensual scenes I've ever read take place between him and Macie, with Macie acting as his canvas. Wow!
Reading about Gemma and Cash in the first book made me very excited for their story. Cash helps Gemma see that she is a desirable woman and Gemma gives Cash roots as he transitions from the rodeo to a ranch foreman for Gemma. I loved how realistic their story was as I have seen a few couples have this later on story.
Carter is the artist of the McCay family and us helping Gemma on her ranch. He meets Macie as Gemma asks cash for help on her ranch. Macie is getting to know her father after seeing very little of him growing up. She falls for Carter while she figures out what she wants to do in her life and gets to know his father. Carter has to learn to separate his art from his personal life and does so with the help of his brothers.
Both romances were done with heart and never once felt rushed. Lorelei has very good balance in her stories.
In this book we finally get Cash and Gemma's story and Cash's daughter, Macie ends up with her very own McCay, Carter the brooding artist.
Part of why this series is so great is that even though the brothers are so alike physically and in character, their personalities are so different! Every book shows more and more of everyone and it's a pleasure to get to know these characters.
"Rode Hard, Put Up Wet" Rough Riders Book two by Lorelei James is the second book in this steamy series.
Ok, well first I have to say that Lorelei has become one of my favorite authors. She completely hooked me me with her "Blacktop Cowboys" series. This series, "Rough Riders" is another I am looking forward to reading as there are many books. 16.5 being the last one. The first book was amazing. I didn't love this one as much. It had all the sex and steam with intense heroes but I felt like something was missing for me. It could have been because there were two couple's searching for there HEA's rather than the usual one. I believe because of the back and fourth, I didn't have the usual connection to the characters. Gemma and Macie were strong woman, emotionally and physically and they were NOT pushovers. The heroes however, got on my nerves more often that not. Cash and Carter were hot, sexy alphas when it came to the bedroom (and other places..wink, wink) but they both had a lot of insecurities that made them a bit whiny for me. I was happy with the ending, their HEA's. That being said, I wasn't crazy with some of the choices Cash and Carter made when in came to the women in their lives.
Gemma is a widow and an older woman in her late forties. She is ten years older than Cash. She has been alone for long enough and is ready to move on with her life. Gemma is ready to ask Cash to help her on her ranch...and with others things. ;)
Cash has secretly been in love with Gemma for the past two years but she wasn't ready for him. Until now. Cash accepts Gemma's offer to help with her ranch with the intention to help with more than just chores. In fact, he makes that a job stipulation. She is the boss of the ranch but he is the boss in the bedroom. Now all he needs to do is get Gemma to fall in love with him.
Macie is Cash's daughter. Macie desperately wants a father/daughter relationship with him. Cash has been absent most of her life and lets just say he is no father-of-the-year. But Macie is hopeful he wants to be a better father to her. While waiting at a rodeo for her father to meet up with her, she meets Carter McKay, a sexy, attractive cowboy. (who just so happens to work on the Bar 9, Gemma's ranch)
Carter is an intense, emotional character. He is an artist and pretty insecure. You'll read about why he feels that way. Carter is demanding when it comes to Macie, the woman he is becoming obsessed with. Unfortunately Carter has a lot to learn when it comes to woman and relationships. He learns all this the hard way.
I liked that we get a visit from characters of the previous book, Colby, Channing and Trevor. In addition, we get visits from Colby and Carter's other siblings as well as a couple of others that will have their own future books. I'm looking forward to that and the next book which will feature the eldest McKay brother, Cord and girl next-door AJ Foster.