Review ~ Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders #1) by Lorelei James

Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders, #1)

Title: Long Hard Ride
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Format Reviewed: Purchased E-Book
Release Date: February 1, 2008
Challenges: 2012 E-Book Challenge, 2012 Erotic Reading Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, 2012 100+ Reading Challenge, 2012 Read Your Own Books Challenge, 2012 Reading Romances Challenge, 2012 TBR Reading Challenge


Channing Kinkaid itches for a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Enter Colby McKay, bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. He knows he’s found a woman who’s up to the challenge of cutting loose. Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition to “horse around” on the road, Colby proposes sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in those of his two rodeo traveling partners. Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio?


I love my Nook smut!  Furthermore, I LOVE this series!  I hadn’t really heard of Lorelei James until my mom told me I HAD to read this series!  Now I’m kicking myself that I waited so long to check this authors books out!

At the start of this book Channing has basically run away from the pre-planned life that her parents have set up for her.  Channing’s idea of adventure is chasing the rodeo and it turns out that Channing’s first traveling partner is a slime ball.  Enter our white knight, Colby McKay and his traveling partner’s Trevor Glanzer and Edgar Mancuso.  Colby offer’s Channing the adventure that she’s been looking for and Channing, how is completely attracted to Colby, can’t help but jump at the chance.

What really attracted me to this book was that everything wasn’t what it seemed with a couple of the characters.  That and Colby McKay is a total Alpha male with a practically insatiable sexual appetite.  As the 4 amigo’s roll along everyone learns a little something about each other. Which as the story progresses makes things very interesting.

Sexually, pretty much anything goes in Long Hard Ride.  At times Colby was a little bit TO Alpha for me but it seems that just when I wanted to write him off as an ass he did something to redeem himself to me.  I will say this, it does get a little wild at times. 

Overall, this isn’t my absolute favorite book in the series but it most definitely was a great start to a fascinating series.


ARC Review ~ Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #1
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Dystopia
Format Reviewed: ARC from ATWT
Release Date: January 31, 2012



Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.


Our main character, Ana, was never meant to be born to the Range.  On the Range the people have been reincarnated over and over again for thousands of years.  Then Ana comes along and is born in place of one of the million souls who have been reincarnated since the very beginning.  There are those who view Ana’s birth as a sign of a new age.  Then there are those like Ana’s very own mother who view her birth as a sign of the end.  It’s very unfortunate that Ana is born into such an unforgiving world.  In Incarnate Ana will face many things like dragons, assassins, and dangerous shadow creatures just to name a few.  But Ana has her friend Sam there to help her and with his help she might even make it and learn why she even exists.

If you are a reader who enjoys reading dystopian novels you should enjoy Incarnate.  The authors writing style is very understandable without being “in your face” obvious.  The world that the author has created is of a place that is trying to move forward and keep itself protected in an unbelievably cruel environment.

Ms. Meadows has most definitely earned this 5/5 review.  This author’s idea alone is really unlike anything that I have heard of much less read about recently in YA literature.  Each and every character has their own very unique personality.  Without giving anything away, our main character is very dynamic.  definitely MVP of Incarnate.  I can hardly wait to see how this series progresses and can hardly wait to get my hands on book #2.

Review ~ Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title:  Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Series: Legend #1
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Format: Finished Hardcover copy from personal library
Release Date:  November 29, 2011
Rating: 5/5


What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.


I really LOVED this book.  What I really LOVED about this book was how it was told from dual points of view, ala Simone Elkeles books.  I really connected with the main characters June and Day.  Our hero Day is considered a fugitive by the Republic and he is homeless and lives on the streets with an orphan that he has befriended and takes care of named Tess. 

Our heroine June on the other hand is sort of a child prodigy and is in the process of finding her place in the Republic.  Then her brother is tragically murdered and June goes looking for answers.  All the information that she has leads her right to Day.  And what follows is a roller coaster ride of heartache, action, betrayal, romance and so many twists and turns you won’t know up from down….I mean that in a good way of course.

There were a few things that were pretty predictable about the book but I did not feel that it detracted from the story itself at all.  I felt like the slight predictability of those few things actually heightened the anticipation and flow of the story for me personally.

Like with pretty much all (there are a few exceptions to the rule I’m sure) there is a lot of tragedy in Legend.  But you keep rooting for June, Day and a VERY select few secondary characters.

Overall, I was BEYOND extremely happy with the book.  I most definitely will be counting down the days until the sequel is released.  Is it time yet!?

Book Review ~ All Jacked Up (Rough Riders #8) by Lorelei James

All Jacked Up (Rough Riders, #8)Title: All Jacked Up
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders #8
Release Date: November 3, 2009
Reviewed Format: Purchased E-book


Challenges: 2012 E-Book Reading Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge , 2012 100+ Reading Challenge, 2012 Read Your Own Books Challenge, 2012 Reading Romances Challenge, 2012 TBR Reading Challenge


Pulling off the ultimate con…if they can keep from pulling off their clothes.

Rough Riders, Book 8

Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.

Jack is this close to securing a career make-or-break project, until he learns his lack of marital status puts him out of contention. When the notoriously hot-tempered and hot-bodied Keely begs him for help, he proposes a crazy idea. He’ll oversee her project—if she acts the part of his loving fiancée.

Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots—but outside the bedroom they’re as mismatched as ever. The McKays remind Jack of the humble upbringing he left behind, and cowgirl Keely feels she doesn’t measure up to Jack’s big-city lifestyle.

When the dust settles, Jack and Keely must face the fact they’re not fooling anyone but themselves—or they’ll risk losing the real deal.

Warning: this book contains one hot-blooded cowgirl and one cool-headed businessman in a stripped-down, revved-up game of sexual truth or dare.



My mom turned me on to this series.  She has a Kindle so it’s her “Kindle Smut” and I have a Nook so it’s my “Nook Smut.”  I’ve read another book in this series (Cowgirl Up and Ride) and I really enjoyed that book a lot.  So I downloaded a few more books in the Rough Rider’s series onto my Nook and I’ve been tearing through them.  I was really excited about Jack and Keely’s story.  A true opposites attract story and they most definitely are compatible sexually as well.

Keely has been known through out this series up to this point as a “Wild Child” but going to All Jacked Up she does something very grown up, buying a building with the hopes of opening her own clinic.  There is a slight problem though.  She has bought a historic building and has to jump through a bunch of hoops with the Wyoming Historical committee before her renovations can even start to take place.

Enter Alpha male Jack Donahue stage right….

 Jack is an architect who is certified to do historical restorations by historical committee’s.  It also turns out that Jack and Keely pretty much hate each other as well.  But Jack and Keely both need something from one another in order to get ahead in their life/career.  Jack really wants a restoration job in Utah but his marital status or lack thereof puts him out of the running.  Keely needs Jack to sign off on her project so her clinic can be more than a pipe dream.

Enter the con stage left where Jack and Keely pretend to be engaged to each other….

The fighting and banter between Jack and Keely was pretty funny for the most part.  Even with all the fighting and miscommunications that take place, feelings start to change.  I really liked that even when Jack and Keely were at their worst they always seemed to come back to one another.  You could tell from the beginning that when these two “got together” it was going to be EXPLOSIVE and it most definitely was.

I think that my favorite part of the whole book was when Keely’s brother’s go looking for her after their confrontation with Jack.  It’s a pretty “caveman” scene but it’s one of my favorites.

The sex in this book is pretty incredible.  Jack is most definitely an Alpha male in the sexual department.  If you’re not into incredibly hot sex between a sexy as hell architect and a ranching dynasty’s heiress skip this book, heck skip this series all together, but if you’re looking for some spice…Definately check out this book and this series.

Book Review ~ Winter Prey by John Sandford (Lucas Davenport series)

Synopsis:In four short years, John Sandford’s rise has been meteoric. Critics and readers everywhere have hailed his “cracklingly authentic” (Los Angeles Times), “trimmed-to-the-bone” (Chicago Tribune) thrillers, and more than three and a half million copies of his four bestselling novels are in print. Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and unpredictability – and now, in his fifth Lucas Davenport novel, he has created his most spellbinding story of all. It is winter in the remote, dark Wisconsin woods, but the chill in the local sheriff’s bones has nothing to do with the weather. The extravagance of the crime is new to him: the murdered man, woman and child; the machete-like knife through the man’s head; the ashes of the fire-consumed house spread over the ice and snow. In desperation, the sheriff turns for help to the reclusive lawman he’d heard had a cabin up here, and with reluctance Davenport agrees, but it is a decision he will soon have reason to regret. For this is a kind of criminal new to him, too. As he sifts through the ashes of the case itself, other crimes, shocking to his carefully hardened shell, emerge, and it becomes clear that there is an evil in these woods, an evil at once alien to him and closer than he can imagine … and against which even his skills may not prevail. Sandford’s previous novels have displayed a brilliance of characterization and pace that have made them instant favorites. But this one is his masterpiece. Rich, complex and full of extraordinary people, it is a breathtaking work of suspense.


I read this book not all that long ago, it was recommended to me by another of my co-workers, they read it in her book club and she REALLY liked it.  I was really drawn into this book. This is the 5th book in John Sandford’s “Lucas Davenport” series….There are close to 20 books in this series now.

What I really liked about this book is that it kept you guessing. You thought you knew who “done it” but in the end you were oh so very wrong. I really enjoyed the characters as well. Lucas is one of those guys that’s “been there done that” and helps out with this case reluctantly. The “Ice Man” as the killer is called is one sick puppy, that will do just about anything to get this 1 photograph back. The preacher, did he or didn’t he? The Dr. is really the only person involved that knows who did it, unbeknownst to her. The local law enforcement…well they sound like your typical “fish out of water” when it comes to this particular case. The plot was in my opinion AWESOME….but then again this is the first book by this particular author that I have read. It was so good that I finished this 400 page book in a few short hours….Once I got started I just could not stop!



Book Review ~ Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Rough Rider’s #10) by Lorelei James

Cowgirls Don't Cry (Rough Riders, #10)Title: Cowgirls Don’t Cry
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Rider’s #10
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Reviewed Format: Purchased E-Book


Challenges: 2012 E-Book Reading Challenge, 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, 2012 100+ Reading Challenge, 2012 Read Your Own Books Challenge, 2012 Reading Romances Challenge, 2012 TBR Reading Challenge


 Good girls can play rough too…

Rough Riders, Book 10

Jessie McKay has accepted her marriage to Luke McKay wasn’t perfect. After two years of widowhood, she’s ready to kick up her bootheels—until Luke’s younger brother shows up to spoil her fun. But if Brandt thinks she’ll ever take orders from another McKay male, he’s got manure for brains.

Brandt McKay has avoided his sweet, sexy sister-in-law ever since the night he confessed his feelings for her weren’t the brotherly type. Unexpectedly faced with proof of Luke’s infidelity, Brandt is forced to ask for Jessie’s help in taking care of Luke’s young son. Jessie agrees on one condition—she wants Brandt’s boots exclusively under her bed for the duration.

The sexual heat that’s always simmered between them ignites. Brandt is determined to make the temporary situation permanent, proving to Jessie he’s a one-woman man. And Jessie is shaken by feelings she’s sworn never to have again for any man…especially not a McKay.

Warning: Contains branding-iron-hot sex , the one McKay on earth who wants to be tamed, and a woman who’s decided tame is for nice girls who finish last.


I didn’t really like the prologue in this story.  I think it kind of detracted from the rest of the book a little bit.  But not really enough to detract from its rating. I’ve noticed a lot of comments about the prologue in reviews I’ve read so I was aware that it was there.

What I really liked about this story is that it’s a pretty emotional story.  There’s heartbreak, triumph and a whole mess of other emotions thrown in too. There are BIG changes that happen for both families AND the ranch in this story.

Jessi McKay was married to Luke McKay for a while.  Luke turned out to be a world-class asshole who is killed in a car accident but not before fathering a child with another woman.  After Luke was killed Jessi leaned pretty heavily on Luke’s brother Brandt for support.

But Brandt has other idea’s….

Brandt has been in love with Jessi for a long time. And his brother’s behavior toward Jessi and their marriage put a terrible strain on Brandt and Luke’s relationship.  approximately 10 months or so before the story takes place Brandt confesses to Jessi that he has more than “friendly” feelings towards Jessi. Jessi isn’t ready for a relationship yet and cut’s Brandt off at the pass.

Then Landon, Luke’s illegitimate child with another woman, enters the picture. Brandt begs Jessi to help him with Landon while Landon’s mom is doing time in jail for her second DUI.  In the beginning Jessi really doesn’t want to…AT ALL.  But in the end she helps Brandt out after he agree’s to her conditions.  In the beginning Jessi and Brandt are really nothing more than parenting partners but then Jessi’s feelings for Brandt start to change.  That is when Jessi tells Brandt that she wants to add sex to the mix.  Thus beginning another round of REALLY INCREDIBLY HOT McKay sex.  Side Note: Personal favorite scene…The Pear scene.

When Brandt FINALLY gets what he’s wanted for a VERY long time, Jessi madly in love with him, his father Casper issues an ultimatum which puts Brandt into a fit of rage.  It’s a little bit scary to see how far his father can push him over the edge.  But this is also where Jessi learns a little bit of a lesson: sometimes when you really want something bad you can’t just sit around waiting for it, you have to go and get it.

Book Review ~ Good Girl Gone Bad by Karin Tabke

Good Girl Gone Bad
Karin Tabke
384 pages4.75/5

Synopsis:IN HER SIZZLING DEBUT, KARIN TABKE SETS THE SCENE WITH HARD-HITTING COPS, A SCANDALOUS CRIME, AND UNINHIBITED PASSION THAT CAN’T BE DENIED….Straight-laced, by-the-book police officer Philamina Zorn has always lived by the letter of the law — that is, until she is assigned to work with Lieutenant Ty Jamerson, a tough-as-nails, arrogantly handsome cop who knows exactly how to press her buttons. Staking out Klub Kashmir, the Bay Area’s hottest gentleman’s club, Phil and Ty go undercover to bait the kidnapper of three young women — including two strippers from the club — while trying to keep their clashing personalities at bay. Baring more than just her inhibitions, Phil dons a barely there ensemble, straps on stilettos, and reveals her feisty side as Kat, a seductively sexy cocktail waitress who lets her luscious curves do the talking. Not only is she determined to expose a criminal but she has vowed to show her hot-headed lieutenant, a.k.a. floor manager of Klub Kashmir, that she’s no shrinking violet.

As Phil and Ty become more deeply entrenched in the sordid underground world of exotic dancing, where money means everything and passions run wild, flaring tension becomes uncontrollable lust. It’s all they can do not to surrender to desire — a hunger that intensifies with each playful encounter. Meanwhile, a cold-blooded criminal is hiding in the shadows — and a devastating secret that, if revealed, could shake Phil to her core.


In Tabke’s first novel length book we go undercover with police officers Ty Jamerson and Philamina Zorn. Someone is kidnapping dancers from the Bay area’s ELITE gentleman’s club….Now Ty and Phil must join forces to find the kidnapper, two strippers and an undercover cop. There is just one “small” problem….Ty and Phil don’t get along. Ty doesn’t trust anyone – especially women and Phil is determined “best” Ty by proving that her undercover character – Kat – is hardcore.As things start to heat up in their case, tension turns into uncontrollable lust. It’s not a matter of “if” Ty and Phil will give into that lust but “when.” Meanwhile, there is still a criminal to catch and a painful secret that is being kept from Phil that if it were to be revealed it would shock her in a very big way.

Book Review ~ The Shadow Rider’s by Louis L’Amour

The Shadow Riders
Louis L’Amour
224 pages


Synopsis: Dal and Mac Traven left Texas young and idealistic. They came back from opposite sides of a living hell, a war that had torn the nation in two. They wanted only to reclaim their old lives…but one man held their future hostage.

Colonel Henry T. Ashford had gathered an army of criminals and renegade soldiers, leading them on a path of destruction and kidnapping through Texas to the Gulf. Among Ashford’s captives were the Travens’ sister and Dal’s tough-minded fiancée, Kate.

Now Mac and Dal must take up arms once again and ride together against Ashford’s army—ready to fight another war, if that’s what it takes to win the freedom of the women they love.


I am a big fan of Louis L’Amour. He writes a story that when you start it you feel like you’re actually there while it’s taking place. Like a couple of his other novel’s this particular book was made into a movie…Which I too enjoy. Naturally, I saw the movie before I read the book but I was equally happy with both.

The Traven brothers – Mac, Dal and younger brother Jesse – all head off to the war between the states. When the war is over they head for home only to find that a whole ‘nother “war” has taken place before they even get home. A tough confederate Colonel who refuses to let the war end has taken to assembling an “army” of rouge soldiers and outlaws and proceeds to lead them on a path of death, destruction and kidnapping across Texas all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Now what this Colonel doesn’t know is that he has taken the Traven’s sister and Dal’s tough-as-nails girl, Kate, hostage. The Traven’s don’t take to kindly to that thought and take up arms to get back their family as well as the other’s who have been kidnapped. What happens next is a pretty AWESOME story of determination, love and some “ha, ha sucks to be you.”

Book Review ~ Fool by Christopher Moore


Fool is a Christopher Moore’s own “wicked” poke at William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Now this book is NOT for the faint of heart. There is even a warning at the front of the book that reads: “This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity, as well as non-traditional grammar, split infinitives, and the odd wank. If that sort of thing bothers you then gentle reader pass by, for we endeavor only to entertain, not to offend. That said, if that’s the sort of thing you think you might enjoy, then you happened upon the perfect story!” In the beginning the language was a little bit hard to interpret but as the story went along it was easier to the language became much easier to follow. This story was VERY engaging…At least for me it was. I hope that you check this book out!
The main character is Pocket, who has been Lear’s much cherished fool for many years. Being so trusted Pocket is at his master’s side when Lear demands that his three daughters swear to him their undying love and absolute devotion. Naturally, the snakes, Goneril and Regan are only too happy to tell daddy exactly what he wants to hear. But Lear’s third daughter Cordelia believes that her father’s request is to be blunt…kind of stupid and her blunt honesty gets banished and she also forfits her share of Lear’s kingdom as well.
Now the shit has really hit the fan. And the only person who can make it right? Pocket. Now he’s going to have to use some pretty fancy “foot work” (casting a few spells, start a war or two…the usual basic stuff) to get Cordelia back into Lear’s good graces, derail the evil power plays of Cordelia’s evil sisters and shag every single shaggable woman who’s agreeable along the way.
Now Pocket may be a fool . . . but he’s definitely not an idiot. Especially when you come to the end and learn a little bit more about our dear friend Pocket.

Book Review ~ Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James

Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders, #3)Title: Cowgirl Up and Ride
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders #3
Release Date: March 18, 2008
Format Reviewed: E-Book
Source: Purchased



Ridin the edge of lust is fun until someone falls in love.

A Rough Riders book.

Goody-two boots AJ Foster has waited her entire life for her dream cowboy Cord McKay to see her as more than the neighbor girl in pigtails. Now that she?s old enough to stake her claim on him, she?s pulling out all the sexual stops and riding hell-bent for leather?straight for his libido.

Divorced rancher Cord has sworn off all women until innocent AJ suggests he teach her how to ride bareback and he realizes she doesn’t mean horses or bulls. Between his responsibilities running his massive ranch, missing his young son and dealing with the sexual shenanigans of his brother and cousins, Cord is more than willing to take AJ up on her offer. On a trial basis.

The fun and games tie them both up in knots. AJ isn’t willing to settle for less than the whole shootin match with her western knight. But for Cord, even though the sexy cowgirl sets his blood ablaze, he?s determined to resist her efforts to lasso his battered heart.

Sweet, determined AJ has the power to heal or heel the gruff cowboy unless Cord’s pride keeps him from admitting their relationship is more than a simple roll in the hay.

Warning: this book contains: raunchy sex scenes that’ll work you into a lather faster than a winded horse, graphic language, resourceful use of baling twine, menage a trois, menage a quatage, and yippee! hot nekkid man-on-man-lovin’.


I found Lorelei James’ webpage the other day…that is were I went “wrong.”  As always I found very useful information on Ms. James’ wepage…the next installment of this really HOT series will be available on December 6.  But getting back to the book at hand.

Our heroine Amy Jo Foster, or AJ, has been in love with Cord McKay since she’s been 5 years old.  The problem is that Cord has always just thought of her as his little sisters best friend.  So things weren’t looking to good on the romance front for AJ.  That’s when AJ makes up her mind to in a sense “play dirty” to get her man.

Cord McKay is a divorced rancher who is 13 years AJ’s senior.  Add in the fact that Cord is still dealing with the fact that his ex-wife just picked-up, packed-up and walked out on him.  Leaving him to be mom and dad to their infant son.  As a result of his ex-wife, Cord has pretty much sworn off of women and love all together.

That is until AJ makes him an offer he can’t refuse.  See AJ is innocent in so many ways and wants Cord to “educate” her specifically in the area of sex.  Cord lays down the law in his domineering way and that is when Cord and AJ start setting the sheets, barn, truck and various other places on fire. Personal favorite sex scene is the popsicle scene! For me, it’s up there with “Chapter 32” in the Night Huntress series.

With all the INTENSE sexual action that takes place in this book there were a lot of light-hearted scenes to take the edge off as well.  One of my favorite scenes is Liza’s Bachelorette party.  I laughed out loud it was sooo funny.

Another thing that I really liked about this book was that there was a side story going on that builds up to the next book in the series.  I really liked that aspect a lot.  Can hardly wait to get my hands on Kade’s story!

If you aren’t into REALLY INCREDIBLY HOT SEX (sometimes raunchy) and graphic language, then this book isn’t for you. If you are and you haven’t read anything by this author, do so RIGHT NOW!