All Jacked Up by Lorelei James Release Date: November 3, 2009 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Book #8 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 288 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Erotica M/F Rating: XXX Read 5/27/18
I feel like I’ve waited forever for this story. There have been hints and peeks throughout the last few books of what was possibly coming for Keely. Being the only girl in a very testosterone laden family has made Keely very head strong and, some would even say, obstinate. I was excited to see if she could be tamed.
This story involves so many of my favorite tropes, it would have been a shock if I didn’t love it. Of course, I ended up so engrossed in this one I couldn’t put it down. Fake fiancée, brother’s best friend, fighting to loving. What else could I ask for?
There was a small bit of time, right at the beginning, that I was afraid Jack would be cruel. I can usually forgive and forget when a character starts off mean or nasty because we get to know them along the way and get to their motivation. But when a character starts off cruel (not just mean), for some reason it’s harder for me to get over. Luckily, the things Jack did and said that could be construed as cruel went down while the reader is getting his POV so we know he just likes to rile Keely since she fascinates him so much. It’s almost like he’s being mean to himself when he does it since it turns him on to see her fighting spirit.
Of course these two strong-willed and stubborn people are so much alike and that is why they fight so much. But it’s exactly what they both need. Keely needs someone to let her stand on her own two feet as well as someone to tell her no. She needs to fail and/or succeed on her own merit and not her family’s. She also needs someone to take control at times (like in the bedroom) but still make her feel protected. Jack needs someone to tell him no, as well. Someone to give as good as he does. While he is the alpha in the bedroom, he also has to have someone who can handle that domineering side of him but that will also take control once in a while. He wouldn’t do well with a doormat.
These two, Jack and Keely, really hurt each other so deeply throughout this book. Not because either of them are actually purposely being mean (for the most part), but because they are trying so hard to protect themselves that they don’t tell each other their true feelings. It’s easier to lash out than to take a chance.
I want to note that I really love the way Keely embraces her sexuality and her sexual appetites with no shame or apologies. When her past exploits are questioned she turns it around…what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. As for Jack, I love his confidence…especially when every McKay seems to enjoy threatening him. A lesser man would have complained to Keely and whined about her family. But Jack just took it all in stride.
This was such a wonderful story in so many ways. The wait to see Keely get her HEA was definitely worth it!
**There is an author’s note at the beginning of the next book, Raising Kane, that states that book actually takes place before this book. So if you haven’t read this one yet, pick up Raising Kane first. My review will be up some time next week on that one. Spoiler – it’s also awesome!**