Review: Rode Hard by Lauren Fraser

Rode Hard by Lauren Fraser
Series: Cowboy Code (# 1)
Release Date: March 30, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 117
Source: book provided by publisher for review

Six weeks surrounded by hot, rugged cowboys doesn’t sound like hard work at all. In fact, writer Kat McCray is going to enjoy this assignment. One look at sexy ranch owner Justin Shaw and she knows exactly how she plans to spend her downtime. In his bed.

Justin works hard and has the body to prove it. And he plays even harder—him and his two best friends. He’s more than happy to help Kat explore her darkest fantasies…especially the ones that involve all four of them.

Kat’s walk on the wild side is only temporary—Arizona is a lifetime away from her real life in New York. But she can’t deny she’s starting to fall for Justin. He’s sexy as hell and sweet as sin. And their sexual experiences with his two friends are nothing short of scorching. That doesn’t change the fact she’s going home at the end of her stay. Unless she can somehow turn this fantasy into reality.


Review:  This here story is quite the tale. It was a fast paced, entertaining read with scorching hot scenes that featured cowboys so sexy they made me want to trade in my suburban lifestyle for some ranch living.

Kat McCray’s character was adventurous and willing to embrace life and new things. Kat is especially lucky that those things come in such delicious packaging. This is a wonderful fantasy for many people and living vicariously through characters like Kat is exactly why I read. Situations like this do not really happen to people like me so this is such a guilty pleasure.
Justin is a man living his life by his own rules. I loved watching him figure out that even when you know exactly what you want sometimes the people you meet in life make you reevaluate what you want. The men who say they never want to settle down are the ones who seem to fall the hardest. They are usually the ones who are the most entertaining to watch fall.

His friends Duncan and Kasey are also wonderful guys and they are willing to help Justin out around the ranch doing whatever is needed. They are also his closest friends and they have been known to share women on occasion some of these occasions get very, very steamy. So be prepared to fan yourself.

It was such a joy to find that this book contained very strong characters who took responsibility for themselves and their actions. I find it frustrating when I find myself reading and one of the characters keeps blaming someone else or repeating that this is not how they normally act. It was also wonderful that there were no weak characters and not a lot of time wasted on tons of lies and deceit.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who loves cowboys and hot steamy love scenes. My only warning is that there are some M/M interactions.