Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James Release Date: May 1, 2007 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Book #1 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 287 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Erotica M/F M/F/M M/M Rating: XXX Read 9/23/17 to 9/25/17
This was actually a re-read for me. I originally read this story a few years ago. And, although it’s not a favorite of mine, it holds a special place for me. It was actually my introduction to menage and M/M romance. (Please note, this story isn’t about the M/M romance but it does come up in this book.)
Since I actually reviewed this on Goodreads back in 2014, I’m going to give you that review here first. Then I’ll add to that with my new perspective on this book. Here’s the old review:
Okay, I’m naïve. Don’t take that to mean I’m a prude, I’m not at all. But for some reason it didn’t click in my head that this book was going to be so x-rated, even after reading the description. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, but just know this book is NOT for a prudish type person.
Now that I got that out of the way, I will say I did enjoy the story of this book. There were quite a few things that were easy to predict early on in the story, but it was still an enjoyable read. And talk about steamy! Whew!
Ms. James did let us see into the inner lives of most of the characters, which was nice. I wanted more though. Since this is a series I can only hope we get to know the inner workings of these cowboys (and cowgirls) a bit more.
Now for my current feelings:
A lot of my thoughts are the same, but obviously I’m not so naïve about the descriptions of such books anymore. And unfortunately, this go around, I noticed more inconsistencies. I still liked the story as a whole though. And since I love so many of Lorelei James’ other books I had decided I need to read this whole series. Back a few years ago I had stopped at book #3 and there are at least 16 books in this series. From experience, I know a lot of authors start off rough in their series. Plus, this seems to be some of her first works. So, since I find the characters compelling and I feel the later books in this series are probably outstanding, I’m diving back in from the beginning. I’m still keeping my rating the same as I did a few years ago, though.