Raising Kane by Lorelei James Release Date: June 29, 2010 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Book #9 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 251 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Erotica M/F Rating: XXX Read 6/4/18 to 6/5/18
If you’re interested in this book, chances are you have read other books in this series. That means you already know Kane and, to a lesser extent, Ginger. That may also mean that Kane is not your favorite person…yet. Just as Colt turned his life around before and during Branded as Trouble, Kane has stopped his wild ways. He’s just waiting for his family to see him as someone other than the wild, sex crazed guy he was before.
Not only did the story have tons of heat, as I’ve come to expect from this series; this story also had tons of heart. To watch Kane work through his insecurities and the natural way he reacted to Ginger’s son Hayden was so touching. I hurt for him and cheered for him throughout this whole book. Although his family still messed with him about his past exploits, they also believed in him and didn’t like when he underestimated himself.
Ginger is like Superwoman. She’s a successful lawyer, a single mom, and cares for her dad who is in a wheelchair. She’s used to doing everything for herself and by herself and never asks for help. Ginger is also one of the nicest and most compassionate people in town. Falling and hurting herself is probably the best thing to happen to her since it forced her to accept help. Since that help came in the form of Kane McKay, it also forced Ginger and Kane to face their chemistry.
I appreciated how the author showed Colt as still fallible. So often we see our heroes get their HEA and then they are almost put on a pedestal as all “fixed”. The issues between Kane and Colt showed that love, marriage, and children doesn’t totally change a person.
There’s a bit of a continuation of a story that was started in previous books between Brandt McKay and his brother’s widow, Jessie. I was intrigued when we got a glimpse of their story in Shoulda Been a Cowboy. Now I’m even more interested to see what is going to happen with those two.
One last thing – in the author’s note at the beginning of this one it’s revealed that, although this is listed as book #9, this story actually takes place between the stories of book #7 (Shoulda Been a Cowboy) and book #8 (All Jacked Up). This wasn’t a big deal and is not super noticeable, but if you happen to still need to read book #8 you can go ahead and read this one first if you’d like.