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Shoulda Been A Cowboy (Rough Riders) (Volume 7) Paperback – September 23, 2016
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"You're going to need two things before you sit down to read Shoulda Been a Cowboy: a fan for the heat and a box of tissues for the tears. I can't remember the last book that had me swinging from one emotion to the next more times than I could count. Lorelei James creates her stories and characters with such raw realism. If you're thinking that Rough Riders has to be losing some of its shine with seven books in the series, you'd be wrong...Shoulda Been a Cowboy is the best book yet...one of the best books I've read all year..."
--Fallen Angels Reviews, Recommended Read
"Sigh...I have been waiting for Cam's story for a few books now, and the wait was definitely worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed how Ms. James tied this 'non cowboy' into the rest of the family and dealt with all the issues that would come from being injured while serving our country. Domini was just the type of strong woman he needed to move to the next stage of his life. I think Shoulda Been A Cowboy is the best of the seven Rough Riders books to date..."
--Joyfully Reviewed, Recommended Read
"Pacing was perfect and the plot was diverse...The author delves into some controversial issues as well as tragic ones and blends them into the romance superbly. The ending was everything I had hoped for..."
--The Romance Studio
"Shoulda Been A Cowboy is a long and deeply satisfying read. Every single word was needed to build such a richly told tale, with appealing main characters and lots of old friends, scorchingly hot love scenes, and a glorious romance between a couple that faces more obstacles than a military roadblock. If there was a category above Best Book, that's where I would put Shoulda Been A Cowboy. I cannot recommend it highly enough!"
--Whipped Cream Reviews, Book of the Week
"A wild, sexy and very emotional read, SHOULDA BEEN A COWBOY had me lassoed from the very first page. Cam and Domini are both wounded characters, with all the emotional baggage that comes from surviving incredible adversity, but they are both also strong and determined to make the best of the hand that life dealt them. I loved watching both of them overcome their pasts and work on building a future..."
About the Author
Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances in the Rough Riders series, the Blacktop Cowboys® series, the Mastered series and the Need You series. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota
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You learn in the earlier books that Cam has got it bad for Domini, the manager at Dewey's Delish Dish (a local restaurant). In this book SHE finally makes her feeling about him common knowledge. When they get together he tries to use his "need to dominate" as a way to keep her from getting too close to his amputated leg. She doesn't let him get away with this for long. She tells him that she doesnt want anything serious. Since he now knows that she can handle him, he does not want to scare her off by letting her know his real feelings for her. They have some secrets and other things to work their way through. She wants to get custody of Anton, whose mom and dad were killed in a car wreck, but she is not the likely choice for foster care. Cam sees this as an opportunity to get her to commit to him more. Then maybe if he can get her to live with him and spend all that time with him, he will make her love him in return..... she is totally clueless that he is in love with her. These 2 have both been through so much before getting together that you cant help but viciously root for them to make it!
I really enjoyed this book. Just like the other books I’ve read by Lorelei James, this book isn’t about one person being too stubborn or too difficult. This shows the reticence, the stubbornness, the struggles of both of them. I must say that Cam’s “proposal” was a shock and while it answered one prayer, I wished that he was completely honest with Domini right at that time. Although, it made me understand Domini’s actions even more. How many times have we wished our significant others were upfront? I know I have done so, many times. I figure it would save a lot of heartache and doubt.
Also, I understood Cam’s reasoning. It’s hard to know what to say or do to someone when they often present a timid or rabbit-like demeanor and worry that they would run. I also understood his personal demons. I have similar ones.
At the end of it, this became my favorite Lorelei James story so far. It hit a lot of emotional points for me and gave me some more insight into others. This made me grateful.
*Brock...damn that man intrigues me to no end and I'm pretty damn sure we haven't seen the last of him. Memorable Scenes: The Twin Pines bar fight...damn I wanted to be a part of that and most of all I wanted to know who the hell Ramona was talking to after it was over. Secondly, when Domini refuses to let Cam hide himself from her anymore. This was such a pivotal scene because it was evident she was perfect for Cam, she wouldn't put up with his bulls*** anymore. Next, when Dr. Joely Monroe cries over what happened to Domini. Lastly, when Cam tells Domini that it doesn't matter that she can't have his children, that she's perfect for him and they'll make their own family by adopting. <making myself cry again...ugh>
Can and Domini and a perfect match. they are both wounded and looking to find someone to compel them. they find this within each other after they are able to forget their past and focus on their future.
While their relationship didn't start out as traditional it blossomed and grew into more than either expected. They also had some hot and steamy sex.