Rode Hard, Put Up Wet – book review

Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
by Lorelei James
Release Date:  October 23, 2007
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Book #2 in the Rough Riders series
Number of pages:  300
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Contemporary Romance/Erotica M/F M/F/M
Rating: XXX
Read 10/2/17 to 10/6/17

Another re-read for me.  As I told you in my review of Long Hard Ride, I originally read the first few books of this series a few years ago.  Although I wasn’t overly thrilled with the first books in the series, over the years I have really loved some of this author’s other work.  This has prompted me to give these stories another look and get further into the series this time.  I can’t help but be hopeful the later books will start “sounding” like the Lorelei James I love in her other series like Need You or Blacktop Cowboys.

Like last time, I’m going to include my Goodreads review from back in 2014 before giving my current thoughts.  Here you go:

Something about this story was disjointed to me. I think part of it was how Carter was written. I understand him getting into his work and losing track of time. I even can see how an artist would get test if people saw their work before they thought it was ready. But there is something he does (with his art and in regards to Macie) toward the end of the book that just didn’t seem in character to me. 

As for Cash and Gemma, I was looking forward to reading their story. The actual dialogue and trial and tribulations they had were beautiful. The whole thing with Trevor, again, seemed to be out of character and just thrown into the mix. In fact, it seemed out of character for Trevor, too. 

So while there were many, many pieces that were great with good writing, there were other pieces that just confused and fell flat. Of course, I’m sure there are plenty of people out here that don’t read this series for the story. In that regard you will not be disappointed.

Now for my current feelings:

In some ways I liked this story better this go-around.  In other ways I liked it even less.  I’ll try my best to explain.

I still find the story disjointed, but I also think I understand Carter better this time.  Until it comes to the same issue toward the end that I had with him last time.  That I understand even less.  Go figure.

I can say for sure that I understand Cash and Gemma a lot more this time.  And even Trevor.  I said before that it was out of character for Cash and Trevor, what happens with them.  I now think I’m wrong.  They both respect and love Gemma (in different ways) and were just trying to make her happy.  They went about it in an odd way, but it all came from a good place and they are both good men.

I couldn’t help but feel this was Lorelei James’ book she used to experiment with different sexual scenarios.  And it didn’t really work.  At least not between Carter and Macie.  It worked a bit better with Cash and Gemma but their relationship still didn’t seem seamless and natural. 

Reading her other stories I never got the feeling this author is racist or discriminatory to any particular group.  In this day and age, the writing of this story seems both racist and discriminatory.  I’m going to go with the assumption that she was trying to portray her characters in that way when it came to the homophobic flags that were raised.  But it’s hard to ignore some of the descriptions she used to describe Cash and his daughter, Macie.  I’m going to chalk it up to her educating herself over the years since she wrote this story so she now realizes how she comes across.  Nobody is perfect and as long as you are willing to learn and adapt and make changes to do the right thing I can’t fault you.  This author has seemed to do that through the years, but I hope I don’t get that feeling through any more of this series.  It’s uncomfortable to say the least.

So once again I’m going to stick with my initial rating.

2 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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