Rough, Raw, and Ready by Lorelei James Release Date: November 4, 2008 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Book #5 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 280 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Western/Erotica M/F M/F/M M/M Rating: XXX Read 1/29/18 to 1/31/18
Travis and Edgard have waiting a long time to get their story told. Now that they finally get to have some closure there is another heart involved with Travis’ wife Chassie. I tell ya, I was almost as stressed as Travis while waiting for the other shoe to drop! But just as with Long Hard Ride, I couldn’t help but love Edgard.
One of my favorite things in this story is the friendship that blossoms between Chassie and Edgard before all of the truths of the Edgard/Travis past comes to light. As much as I get a bit upset with Edgard for seeming to be a bit sneaky with his true motives for showing up in Wyoming, I could see he had his own guilt when it came to Chassie. She’s such a spitfire with a heart of gold. How could he not develop a soft spot for her?
Even when Travis was ticking me off in previous books, I always still liked him. He isn’t a bad guy, he’s just made some bad decisions and had a tendency to lash out at those closes to him. In fact, I think my impressions of Travis in my second reading of Rode Hard, Put Up Wet were spot on…he may not talk about feelings but he sure had them. A lot of them.
I was concerned how things would pan out for Chassie. She’s had such a hard time of things before she met Trevor and, as I’ve said, she’s a sweetheart. I don’t want to give too much away, but Chassie also gets her HEA in this one so no need to get too worried. I love her conversations with Channing and Colby about her confusion. Plus the roundabout way others, like Colt, let her know she had their support no matter what.
It’s funny that at the beginning of this series, although I had many good experiences with Lorelei James books and their diversity, I had some uncomfortable feelings about possible homophobia. Especially in Rode Hard, Put Up Wet. That was mostly put to rest in Cowgirl Up and Ride and Tied Up, Tied Down. But this story seemed to have more of the tone I’m used to with this author. This story really made me believe that perhaps any homophobic vibes I was picking up were coming directly from the characters so we could understand what happened to Dag and others, and not from the author as it initially felt to me. This line from this book kind of says it all: “You’re not my type, yet I realize for the first time that you really don’t fall for a person’s gender or appendage so much as you fall for a person…”
I’ve rated a lot of books lately with 4.5 stars. Initially my thought was this was going to be another. There’s something I can’t put my finger on that keeps these multiple books from getting the full 5 stars from me. That line alone bumped this one up to a 5 star rating.