Throwback Thursday: Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James

Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders (# 1)
Re-release Date: June 26, 2014 (originally published May 2007)
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 287
Source: book purchased by the reviewer



One lucky woman is in for the ride of her life with three sexy cowboys…

During summer break, wannabe wild woman Channing Kinkaid is offered the chance to shed her inhibitions and horse around on the road with a real chaps-and-spurs wearing rodeo cowboy.

From the moment Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper—sets his lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows she’s up to the challenge of being his personal buckle bunny. But he also demands that his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and Edgard are allowed to join in their no-holds-barred sexcapades.

Although Channing secretly longed to be the sole focus of more than one man’s passions, all is not as it seems with the sexy trio. Colby’s demand for her complete submission behind closed doors tests her willful nature, and his sweet-talking ways burrow into her heart.

Will Colby have to break out the bullropes and piggin’ string to convince this headstrong filly that the road to true love doesn’t have to be as elusive as that championship belt buckle?

Warning: this story has tons of explicit sex, graphic language that’d make your mama blush, light bondage, ménage a trois, and—yee-haw!—hot nekkid cowboy man-love


Review:  I first read this book years ago when it originally released.  Earlier this year I was catching up on the series and after reading the last book, I decided to revisit where it all began.

The blurb pretty well covers what happens in the story, so I’ll skip that summarizing and get right down to the review.  While there is menage action in this story, it really boils down to a love story between Colby and Channing.  Colby’s this wild cowboy who decides to give Channing the summer of a lifetime by allowing her to travel with him and his buddies from rodeo to rodeo.  While on the road, Channing is given the chance to sexually experiment with the three men.  But as this is a romance, no matter who spicy, we know there’s a happy ending for Colby and Channing.  But the ride to that ending is worth the ride.

There was tons of action in this book, in and out of the “bedroom”.  I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the rodeo action.  As Colby and Trevor / Edgard participate in different events, Ms James was able to bring the rodeo action to life.  I could picture everything that was happening on the pages… and I loved it.  And the bedroom action… well, it didn’t all happen in a bedroom, but it was super hot.  Since there are 4 bed partners, there were much variety in the partnering, which does include a m/m scene (just so you’re forewarned).  You’ll definitely want to keep a fan and glass of ice water handy while reading this story.

I was very impressed by this book and it is most definitely re-readable (which I don’t do very often).  It’s the first book in a series featuring Colby’s extended family.  It stands alone quite well, but once you read this one, you’re going to want to keep on reading.