Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My "Cowgirls Don't Cry" by Lorelei James Review


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.

My Review:
Jessie McKay is trying to move on with her life after the death of her husband, Luke. She no longer lives on the McKay land, thanks to Luke's father throwing her off the property, and is getting by just fine on her own until Luke's brother, Brandt, comes to her asking for help. Brandt has been contacted by the mother of Luke's child; a child he fathered while still married to Jessie. Brandt feels a responsibility for the toddler (seeing as it is his nephew) and agrees to take care of him while the mother goes to jail for a DUI. But Brandt can't take care of the child alone, and that's where Jessie comes in to play. He's done his best to avoid her after he confessed his true feelings for her, and showing her the proof of Luke's infidelity is the last thing he wants to do. After initially telling Brandt no, Jessie changes her mind after seeing the child and agrees to help Brandt until the child's mother is out of jail (a duration of 4 months). Brandt moves in with Jessie and the two of them together take care of the boy. But soon Jessie finds herself frustrated with the whole arrangement. Here she and Brandt are playing house but without the sexual benefits that two people raising a child together normally share. As things heat up between Jessie and Brandt, the two of them can't help but wonder if leaving each other at the end of this arrangement is going to be as easy as they originally thought.
I really felt for Jessie. Here's this woman who loses her husband, gets kicked off his family's land, and finds out her husband fathered a child with another woman. It's enough to make anyone go insane and hide. But Jessie held her chin high and faced the world, not letting all the bad stuff get her down.
And I've got to say that Brandt is definitely one of my favorite McKay men. He is tender, thoughtful and truly cares for Jessie and has for a very long time. But he, like the other McKay men, has a dark side that is dangerous when let loose. I like that about these characters because it makes them human.
The relationship between Jessie and Brandt is really sweet. They are friends who grow to love each other through trust and understanding and that's one of my favorite types of romances.
Overall I enjoyed reading this novel very much (as I do with all Lorelei James' novels). I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good erotic romance with a western flare.

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Content: 
This book contains graphic adult language and graphic sexual situations. Reader discretion is advised.