Shoulda Been a Cowboy – book review

 

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Shoulda Been a Cowboy
by Lorelei James
Release Date:  August 25, 2009
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Book #7 in the Rough Riders series
Number of pages:  288
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Contemporary Romance/Erotica M/F (M/F/M)
Rating: XXX
Read 3/22/18 to 3/23/18

First, I want to give my appreciation to Lorelei James for acknowledging the realities of some of what veterans go through. In this case, I’m not talking about PTSD and the emotional side of things.  There is one small exchange between Cam and his Army buddy where they address the fact that, although there is a lot of technology out there when it comes to prosthesis, those injured in the military do not get those high-tech arms and legs.  In fact, most insurance (not just military) won’t pay for such things.  So, when a soldier loses a limb and people make comments about how realistic and functional prosthesis now are, just know that is not what your average vet is getting fitted with.

As for this story, it’s wonderful.  I was so proud of Domini and how she would stand up for herself.  Sure, she didn’t always speak up about what she wanted. When it came to people trying to use her as a doormat her voice can be heard.  Domini is the first to point out that shy does not equal meek.

The beginning of this book, when Cam and Domini are first hooking up, is great.  They have wonderful chemistry from the very beginning.  Actually, they’ve had chemistry since before the beginning since they are in previous books.  Things get super real about halfway through though, and then the love really comes through.  There were quite a few tears shed during this one.  Some were happy tears, some were not.  But I love when a book can get that kind of emotion from me.

Of course, this author always keeps me on my toes with other characters.  I am extremely curious about Jessie and the story behind her relationship with her in-laws.  I’m not sure when her story will be told, but I’m sure it will be a doozy!

This story dealt with so many things…love, loss, abuse, disabilities, emotional trauma…the list goes on and on.  Yet Ms. James made sure not to overwhelm the heart of the story with too much at one time.  She is truly a master storyteller.

5 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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