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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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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.
***Nothing But Sweet Unadulterated Lovin', Tons of Heart & Emotion, & Some of the Best Ingredients Ever Infused within this Amazing Western Family. A River of Love that Never Dries!***
Cam McKay, the youngest son out of the "Notorious McKay Clan," returns home a wounded Soldier, missing part of his leg & a pinky. Besides having to deal with his physical battle wounds, he's also trying to be the man he once was. Unfortunately, that man is lost within the shuffle of the men & women who return from war. They are NEVER the person they left as, the horrors they witness & are involved in, & coming to the conclusion that there's a COST to our FREEDOM, it isn't something easy to swallow.
Cam is determined to shun his family out of his life, to only speak to Colt & Keely, but NOT to be involved with any other family activities. He prefers to be on his own, to live in absolute solitude. Yet that is extremely difficult to do since he's a Sheriff in the town he resides in as well as most of his family members too.
Domini Katzinski was an orphan from Ukraine, who eventually became a US Citizen, she lived with Nadia & Anton (from Skylar & Kade McKay's Story---"Tied Up, Tied Down.") for a while, & then found her own place. She manages Dewy's Restaurant (which is mentioned in Carter & Maci McKay's story---Rode Hard, Put Up Wet), and is also located in the same building as AJ McKay's Message Therapy, & Skylar & India McKay's shared businesses.
Since Cam speaks with Colt who is India's husband, it was kind of inevitable that Cam would eventually stroll into Dewy's and lay eyes upon Domini. Cam knew Domini would be perfect for in & out of his bed. But what he didn't realize is once they began their sexcapades, would it be just sex between them or something else entirely.
This was unlike any other war-hero romance novel I've read thus far, usually it's the hero who pushes away the heroine to the point you as the reader become utterly infuriated with him. It takes most of the novel when he comes to the realization that she is his, "SAVING GRACE," and he eventually allows the barriers to be depilated. Definitely NOT the case with Cam & Domini.
Domini will NOT allow Cam to shield himself away from her. She pries away the layers of his self-preservation. She couldn't care less that he is missing certain body parts, she wants to know the man within. And for him to be COMPLETELY HONEST and TRUTHFUL to her.
Yet as much as Cam is determined to no longer shelter himself from Domini, she is HARBORING her own SECRETS. Fearing she would lose Cam if he knew the truth.
My conclusion was WAY-OFF base, but I was right about what occurs to Domini when she's a child. But sorry, I don't KISS & TELL!
Besides this being a love story between Cam & Domini, Ms. James also incorporates Anton's story as well. Which ends up being a much needed camaraderie to this novel. It conclusively brought forth an immense amount of HEALING to everyone involved, INCLUDING the rest of the McKay Clan. I've laughed my derriere off several times, & I've also cried (tears of sadness & intense JOY!)
I'VE ENJOYED ALL OF THE ROUGH RIDERS NOVELS WITHIN THIS SERIES, BUT SO FAR THIS IS MY FAVORITE!
Law and Disorder:Moving ViolationsSugar DaddyLove in the Afternoon (Hathaways, Book 5)Colters' Woman (Colters' Legacy)Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders)Tied Up, Tied Down (Rough Riders)Branded as Trouble (Rough Riders)
Domini is such an incredible feamle lead.She is sweet and kind, but tough when she has to be. I thought the way they dealt with his missing limb was fantastic. It was such an emotional book for me. I loved these characters and wanted the very best for them.