Kitty’s Review – Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders bk 2) by Lorelei James

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Workin’ up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin’ cowboy…or two.

Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents.

Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control—even if he has to break out his horsewhip to do it.

But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up.

Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy cowboy Carter McKay doggin’ Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to hide his true feelings for Gemma – except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps.

Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.

Product Warnings
Warning: this book contains: explicit sex nine ways ‘til Sunday – including ménage a trois, inventive use of ropes, naughty girls getting spanked, stubborn men getting hog-tied, graphic language and whoo-wee! hot nekkid cowboy action.

Kitty’s Review:
I first read Lorelei James when her book Slow Ride was free on B&N. Within 24 hours I had all the Rough Rider series loaded onto my Nook and, within a week, I not only read them all but was half-way through them a 2nd time. Seems I couldn’t get enough of Rodeos, Cowboys or hot, sweaty cowboy sex. Yee-haw! I fell in love with every McKay and West and envied all of their girls and a few of their guys. I fell in love with the word “nekkid”and don’t think I’ll ever say the word “naked” again without hearing a cowboy twang in it. 

In Rode Hard, Put Up Wet you get two, not one, hot cowboys and will want them both for yourself.

First, meet Gemma Jansen and Cash Big Crow. Gemma and Cash have been circling each other for 3 years. Gemma refusing to give in to what she may feel for Cash after her husband dies and Cash afraid he will scare Gemma off with his feelings and needs for rough sex keep them apart. Now, throw in Gemma’s insecurities of being older than Cash and you have all the makings for a wild and fun ride through the fields of Wyoming. When they finally give in to what the other wants, you get an explosive, sizzling connection that neither one of them can deny. When Cash fulfills Gemma’s fantasies, by bringing a surprise into their sexual relationship, Gemma realizes exactly what she really feels for Cash. Now to break down his barriers and get him to finally acknowledge that Gemma just may be able to handle him and will love him, no matter what. She finally finally takes the reins and gets him to admit all to her. What a powerful scene that was! I found myself yelling “You go girl” when she takes over in the bedroom.

Next, meet Macie and Carter. Whew, what a pair! No one knew Cash had a daughter until he showed up at a Rodeo with her. As he goes to talk to Gemma, Macie roams the Rodeo and catches Carter’s eye. His muse – the girl he has been dreaming about. Carter is an “arteest” (as the rest of the McKay clan calls him) and he has been seeing this girl in his dreams and trying to paint her forever. Now he’s found her but she thinks all he’s throwing at her is pick-up lines. She has a past with a artist who turned out to be gay so she’s not really sure if she wants to travel that road again. When they realize they will be spending the summer all together on the Bar 9 Ranch……well, things could get interesting! As Cash moves into Gemma’s house, Macie stays in the trailer and Carter is told to stay away from Macie, tempers flare, jealousy rages and things heat up to unexpected temperatures. I don’t know if my favorite scene is in the rain, with whipped cream, under the stars, or in the front seat of car. Yea, these two had some hot, kinky sex scenes that were explosive. Through all this, Carter is painting and sculpting Macie for his art show. What Macie doesn’t realize is that he is painting her nude. When she finds out and then Cash figures it out, well, things get a little heated. It takes 4 days of drinking and the McKay brothers showing up at the Ranch for Carter to realize what he did and what (who) he really wants in his life…Macie. He finally figures out that his paintings are nothing without Macie being there with him.

Throughout the book, Lorelei James brings all four of the characters together with her wonderful writing. Yea, there’s a lot of hot sex but, behind the scenes, you learn about each of the persons personalities. There are so many back-stories: Gemma and her insecurities and needing to let go of her past life; Cash’s unrequited love (so he thinks) for Gemma and his feelings about being an absent father; Macie constantly hearing her deceased mother’s voice in her head about where she stands with her dad and where her life is leading her; and, Carter’s need for perfection in his paintings and feeling left-out of the McKay family because of his profession. She weaves a tantalizing tale of four people whose lives will be intertwined with each other, who got there through guts and determination and who will be there forever to support and love the other. Of course there’s an HEA….there has to be with so much love, and Lorelei James knows just how to get them all to the point of realizing it, embracing it and enjoying it with so much gusto.

Kitty gives Rode Hard, Put Up Wet

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13 thoughts on “Kitty’s Review – Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders bk 2) by Lorelei James

  1. I just loved this book.. I am on book number 3 of the Rough Riders series.. Gemma and Maci had two Rough Rid’en cowboys for sure…

    Great review Kitty…

  2. I just added this to my TBR list. I missed it somehow since I have most of the others in the series.

  3. I just finished the first book yesterday. I skipped to the fifth book because I wanted to read Trevor’s book. I am hoping to get this one today and start on it. Great review-made me want to read it even more!

    E. Thompson

  4. Kitty, I discovered the Rough Riders the same way. When I received a Nook as a gift last year, Slow Ride was in the group of free reads I downloaded. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked!

  5. Awesome review Kitty! While this is probably my least favorite in the series, it’s still a great read and I love your take on things. Thanks!

  6. Awesome review Kitty- you laid out all of Lorelei’s story lines in all her books. All of her characters have a depth; the relationships are strong and each story has an individuality, yet tie in to the next.

  7. First let me say I LOVE THIS ENTIRE SERIES! I’ve read them all, most of them twice.

    I do have to agree with Sharon and say it was probably my least favorite, but that is not meant to be taken in a bad way. They are all good, but Carter is just not my type. Loved that Gemma and Cash got a story. Colby, Cord, Colt and Kade are my favorites. But that super hot Cowboy Casanova Ben was quite enjoyable too!

    If you haven’t read this series PUT IT AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST!

    Heather E

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