Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James Release Date: March 18, 2008 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Book #3 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 298 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Western/Erotica M/F Rating: XXX Read 10/21/17 to 10/22/17
This is my last re-read of this series since this is where I stopped all those years ago. Oddly enough, it wasn’t because I got fed up with the series. This is the book that made me realize I wanted to keep reading because it was so much better than the previous two books. At the time, I couldn’t find the fourth book and I eventually let it slip off my radar. Just as I felt more than 3 years ago, I feel the same today. This story is so much better than the others so far.
Here is my Goodreads review from 2014. I will give you my current thoughts after…
This has been my favorite of the series so far. Instead of being all about sex where you almost wonder how the characters fall in love, this book is an actual love story.
At first I thought I’d have a problem with the age difference. Not because of the H&h current ages, but because he knew her when she was just a little girl and she had a crush on him since she was a child. I was pleasantly surprised when the author did such a good job telling this story that the age difference was soon forgotten by me unless the characters brought it up.
I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d continue this series until I read this book. It was the “last chance” so to speak. Of course, now I find the next book is not available from where I borrow my books. That’s very unfortunate because I am now interested in reading on in this series.
So how do I feel now?
The chemistry between Cord and AJ is off the charts! They are both such sweet and sympathetic characters, but they also both have a dirty streak a mile wide. So while they can be caring and supportive of each other, they also tear it up in the bedroom…and the kitchen, and the living room, and the barn…you get the point.
I had forgotten about Kade’s story in this book and as soon as I got to his part I remembered how it had bugged me. It still did. Not so much Kade, I actually really like him, but the goings on at the Boars Nest. I even got a niggling that there would be some more homophobic ramblings in this story like there was in the previous book. Fortunately, Kade made it clear that the drinking, excessive partying, and all-around promiscuity is what bothered him. He didn’t care who slept with whom as long as it was consensual and not being done in middle of his own living room by strangers.
I’m now curious about the owner of the downtown building that will house the restaurant, as well as other businesses. I’m interested to see of Colt really will keep his life on track. I’d love to see Keely find her HEA someday and I’m sure that will be in a future book. But I’m glad the next story is Kade’s. I now have a soft spot for him and would like to see him get all he dreams of. Lucky for me, this time I have access to book 4 and hope to be reading it soon.
Oh, and for the first time since I started this re-read I’m changing my original rating. I really, really, really loved the warm-fuzzies I got from Cord and AJ so I’m changing my rating from 3 to 4!