Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James Release Date: July 8, 2008 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Book #4 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 265 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Western/Erotica M/F Rating: XXX Read 1/6/18 to 1/7/18
I had to wait a bit for this one from my online library, but it was so worth the wait. A quick recap of my history with this series; I read the first three books in 2014 but was unable to find this 4th book to continue back then. I had no strong feeling one way or another with the first book, Long Hard Ride. I was not very impressed with the second book Rode Hard, Put Up Wet but saw enough potential in other characters that were introduced to keep giving it a try. Then, with the 3rd book, Cowgirl Up and Ride, I felt the author started finding her groove with this series and was anxious to read more.
Kade McKay is introduced before this story and, in fact, has a pretty big role in the previous book. Man, my heart really went out to the guy in that story. The kindness and empathy I saw in Kade before certainly carried over into this book. A lot of cowboy romance stories have the tough, womanizing cowboy who sleeps his way around and doesn’t want to settle down. Usually these cowboys are up front with all they sleep with on the fact that they don’t want anything deep, but they still aren’t exactly looking for that white picket fence. Kade, on the other hand, makes it now secret that he’s a family man and wants nothing more than to find the love of his life and spend his days in domestic bliss. It didn’t make him weak or less of a manly cowboy, it made him sexy as sin!
The fact that Skylar doesn’t tell Kade about the baby from the start is totally understandable in this scenario. Again, a bit different from what I’m used to things being. I’m used to the baby mama going to lengths to hide the pregnancy and birth from the baby daddy. Not so in this story. It all had to do with circumstances. Yet there are some things about Sky that don’t sit well with me. That is totally by design though. We get to see her wrestle with that control and realize that letting someone help you is not necessarily giving up control.
There are a lot of dynamics between Kade and his brother Kane (aka Buck!) that still need to be addressed. I can only imagine we will see some of that all come to a head down the line in this series. There are so many McKays (and Wests) that can be written about and I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of the Kade/Kane story.
I’m very pleased that I decided to continue this series. With her more current stuff, Lorelei James is a favorite of mine. I just knew if I stuck with it things would get better.