Long Time Gone by Lorelei James Release Date: June 13, 2015 Publisher: LJLA, LLC Book #16.5 in the Rough Riders series Number of pages: 172 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon purchase Contemporary Romance/Western M/F Rating: XXX Read 1/13/19 to 1/15/19
The right love is worth the wait…
Calvin McKay can’t understand his twin brother’s rush toward the altar—until he lays eyes on the bride’s younger sister. But she’s far too innocent for him to pursue…and yet something about that little blonde tornado gets his blood pumping and his heart all twisted up.
Kimi West is used to boys chasing after her, but Cal McKay is a man—all man—and his hot kisses are like nothing she’s ever experienced. But he’s a rancher, tied to the land, and she can’t wait for the day she can escape from Wyoming and see the world.
After a tragedy sends Kimi running from her family, Cal gives Kimi a place to stay—and oh so many tantalizing reasons to stay—while she sorts out her plans. Now she’ll have to decide whether the adventure she wants is in a new frontier or right there by Cal’s side.
Throughout the Rough Riders series, we get bits and pieces of Kimi and Cal. They are definitely not the central patriarch and matriarch of these books. Since they have no skeletons in their closets like babies born out-of-wedlock or abuse and alcoholism, they’re kind of always on the periphery but never in the mix. Of course, we see them a bit more in their sons’ books, Tied Up, Tied Down and Raising Kane. But I never felt like I really knew them all that well until Cowboy, Take Me Away, which is the story of how their siblings fell in love with each other. I always somewhat assumed this was because they didn’t have a lot of kids like Carolyn and Carson. Or, as I mention above, they didn’t have a lot of drama. Really, it’s because they are just amazing people. Individually and as a couple.
Cal is so different from his brother, Carson. I finally learned to like Carson when I read his story, but Cal is truly the backbone to the McKay family. This story really shows that to be the truth. He’s one of the few people who can calm Carson and mediate between his brothers in the most level-headed way. And while Carolyn did what she could to keep her mom and dad happy and comfortable, Kimi was the one to speak up about all of the multitude of problems in their family. Of course, Kimi couldn’t have done that without Carolyn having gone before her to pave the way. But still, she is a brave soul who will not be pushed around…no matter who is trying to do the pushing.
I adore that Cal gave Kimi room to grow and learn who she really wanted to be even though he yearned to be with her always. Their age difference isn’t so vast that it’s an issue for an older couple, but when they met she still hadn’t had time to really discover herself yet. He let her spread her wings without feelings of guilt even though it meant a lot of angst and worry for him.
I’m so glad Lorelei James decided to do one more novella type book before ending this part of the series. This story was a joy to read. Now onto the Rough Riders Legacy series. I’ve been chomping at the bit to read about Sierra and Boone since Gone Country and now it’s finally time!