Redneck Romeo – book review

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Redneck Romeo
by Lorelei James
Release Date:  June 18, 2013
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Book #15 in the Rough Riders series
Number of pages:  352
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Contemporary Romance/Western M/F
Rating: XXX
Read 12/4/18 to 12/8/18

The last McKay standing is knocked to his knees… 

Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride-to-be. So he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights, fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming. Now a family crisis has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him an opportunity to demonstrate to everyone—especially the woman he thought he lost—that he’s a changed man. 

Aurora “Rory” Wetzler has fallen for cowboy hottie Dalton’s smooth-talkin’ ways far too often. He claims he can convince her that he’s playing for keeps this time. Fine. She’ll call that bluff. She can’t ignore their intense chemistry or resist smokin’ hot sex, but she knows she’ll never gamble her heart again. 

Dalton has plenty of fences to mend with the McKays, but his biggest fear is that Rory doesn’t believe they have a future. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to prove to her that he can be her only Romeo for a lifetime.

As sexy as Dalton McKay is, and as steamy as this book is, I just wanted to give Dalton a big and comforting hug and let him curl on my lap for a while.  That man needed to revert back to his childhood and deal with some issues…or more like have others deal with the issues he had and they didn’t see.  That poor, abused, misunderstood little boy was lucky to grow into such a wonderful, kind, and caring man.  Especially since he did it all on his own.

Throughout this series, it’s been no secret that Casper McKay is a sick and twisted man.  He’s a terrible father and was a horrible husband.  Little by little we’d get more and more of how terrible he truly is, and this book was the culmination of all of that wickedness.  More than a story about the romance between Rory and Dalton, this story is one of finding a way to let go and move on.

As for the Rory/Dalton story, what a roller coaster.  Again, throughout the last few books we know something has happened between the two…more than once.  But what?  While I can’t blame Rory for her doubts about Dalton’s “new” persona in the beginning, she was starting to anger me by the middle.  And, although the author sets it up so we all see it coming, her reaction (overreaction) at one point nearly made my head explode.  I’m so thankful that the woman did redeem herself and did realize she was selfish in some aspects of the relationship although she had initially thought he was the selfish one.

Now, Dalton’s reaction to Rory’s explosion was so eye-opening.  Yes, he was angry and hurt.  But he showed so much maturity and his deep and abiding love showed  through even while I wanted to weep for how his heart must be shattering into pieces.

I love the time jump with this story.  It gives some of the kids, such as Kyler and Sierra, time to grow and be able to be more a part of the story.  It also shows that even when a couple such as Dalton and Rory are meant for each other, it doesn’t always happen in a linear fashion.

What a beautiful and heartfelt story about letting past hurts go and finding yourself.  There are no swelling, epic scenes of forgiveness and regret on the part of Casper.  The narrative is more real and sad than that.  But Dalton finds his way in the end.

4.5 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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