"Colby has been watching Channing since the first rodeo, he’s been chatting her up, hitting on her and finally she’s free of the Aussie poseur, he moves in and strikes a deal with Channing, she’ll travel with them and see the shows if she agrees to offer her lush body for the three men to warm."
Published by: Samhain on May 2007
Pages and Form: 287 pages / E-book
Genre: Erotic Cowboy Romance (18+ Only)
Series: Rough Riders #1
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Excerpt: Chapter 1
Channing is going through her rebellion against her parents, her destined job and the role her society has ordered for her, and she’s doing this by joining one of the riders in the rodeo. But when her cocky, secretive Aussie turns out to have a wife back home, Channing is stranded in the middle of America with nothing more than her wits and one bag of clothes.
Colby has been watching Channing since the first rodeo, he’s been chatting her up, hitting on her and finally she’s free of the Aussie poseur, he moves in and strikes a deal with Channing, she’ll travel with them and see the shows if she agrees to offer her lush body for the three men to warm. The scandalous deal fits Channing’s rebellion and she agrees, thinking she’ll learn a thing or two from the rough and tumble cowboys. What she doesn’t expect is to feel something stronger than lust for Colby – and for him to develop an odd jealous streak.
Colby and Channing have undeniable chemistry, though it is not establish in the beginning but further into the story, as well as the reason why she made the deal with Colby and joins the three men on the Rodeo Tour. Which is why I let it slip a little in the synopsis, because had I known it Channing’s actions would have made her feel less like a hussy and more of an experimenter in the beginning.
Colby was exhibitionist, tight on control and came out bit too strong at times, even though he had a vulnerability when it came to Channing and what she wanted. Channing was the ultimate society girl who had everything decided for her, and her escape to the rodeo tour was her rebellion only she didn’t think she was going to have more than fun and freedom until she met sexy, strong cowboy who ended up stealing more than kisses.
Hot story, more sexy cowboy action than you could imagine, spiced with jealousy and steamy threesomes. Ms. James knows how to write them hot, doesn’t she! There was enough plot to have the reader guessing and wishing, wither it came to Channing and Colby or Edgar’s moodiness or introducing the couple for the next book, loved them both by the way! Thumps up for the dialogue, I love when I get a sexy erotic romance novel with realistic language wither in the love scenes or around them. Nothing spoils a book for me like dumb dialogue, luckily Long Hard Ride was more than good it was entertaining, fun and witty with the right kind of comic relief with all the yummy action.
With series starting this hot I’m not at all surprised she’s written 12 more novels in the Rough Riders series – and boy am I happy I have them all to read in my future!