Gone Country

Rough Riders, Book 14

This is a fantastic addition to the Rough Riders series and another hit for the great Lorelei James. Gone Country is a multifaceted story that will fascinate readers even as it pulls at their heart strings.

Gavin is the long lost McKay son. Two years ago, he showed up in Wyoming (during Chasin' Eight) to confront his birth mother about his adoption. It turns out Gavin was the result of a teenage pregnancy for Charlie and Vi McKay. Since finding his birth parents, Gavin has kept his distance from the McKay clan. Then his spoiled teenage daughter has a run-in with the law. That's when he takes his wild child and heads for Wyoming and the comfort of family. Now, Gavin is the most unique McKay of them all. He's a business man instead of a cowboy or rodeo rider. Neither is he a sex god like the rest of the McKay men. Still, Gavin has that same McKay hotness going on. It must be in the genes.

Rielle Wetzler is a single independent woman and a parent who has worked hard to overcome the stigma of her teen pregnancy. She's raised her daughter on her own by her own hard work and frugality. Even so, financial difficulties necessitated Ree being bailed out by her new friend Gavin. He saved her bacon by buying out her property and allowing Ree to stay on as his caretaker. Gavin and Ree have both made a lot of changes in the two years since they last saw each other. Now, they are looking at each other differently and liking what they see.

Similar in a lot of ways, Gavin and Rielle were the perfect couple. They are both aware of all the problems and pitfalls of being a single parent. And they are they both familiar with the loneliness that comes with the territory. They've both been alone for a long time. So, it's no wonder that the sparks flew for these two soul mates. The fact that it's hard for any sane woman to resist the advances of a McKay man probably didn't have any effect at all on the outcome. Probably... That ship had already sailed by the time their kids got around to putting their two cents in. Unexpectedly, it was the normally mild tempered Rory who was outraged at first but came around later on. While the spoiled Sierra took her dad's new relationship in stride only to throw a major temper tantrum at the end. Luckily, by that time, the two girls had formed a sisterhood so that Rory could intervene with a much needed come-to-Jesus moment that set the troublemaker straight.

Lorelei James is well known for writing some outstanding erotica. In fact, it was Ms. James, and her RR series, that turned this reader on to the genre. This is one author who deserves every word of praise that she receives. She is an incredible writer. Her stories are about real life romance and focus on some of the more controversial issues. She writes without fear as her stories focus on issues like teen pregnancy, adoption, single parenting, and divorce. No other writer could have highlighted the emotional impact of these issues as well as Ms. James did during this story. Some of the scenes were painful to watch (yes, I said watch) as Gavin coped with his anger and resentment while trying to form a bond with his new family.

Gone Country is a wonderful story. It features a love affair between two lonely people who thought the bloom had long since fallen from the rose. This is yet another way that Ms. James pushes the boundaries. Sadly, for fans, there are only two more books to come in this stellar series. Gone Country sets the tone for those last two stories. Devoted fans know that Dalton's story is up next. Dare I hope that he will be paired with Rory? Maybe we will find out exactly what happened between them during this book. Again, this is only speculation, but hopefully we'll also be seeing more of Sierra and Boone. One can only dream.

No doubt about it, Gone Country is one of my favorite books in the RR series. Not my #1 fav... but it's close. It is also a little bittersweet, knowing that the series is ending soon. Gone Country is a must read for longtime fans of the series. Well, darn it! This book is a thrill to read for anyone looking for not just steamy sex scenes (of which there are plenty) but a story that has true meaning. I'm giving this book five flying stars, two thumbs up, a high five and any other accolades that can be bestowed upon the author. Take it from me: Lorelei James deserves a lot of praise for this latest masterpiece.

Book Blurb for Gone Country

She’s a little bit country, and he’s…not.

Arizona businessman and long-lost McKay love child Gavin Daniels has been awarded sole custody of his teenage daughter Sierra for one year. In order to steer Sierra back on track after a brush with the law, he pulls up stakes and heads to Wyoming, looking for support from his ranching family...even if he isn’t sure where they fit in the McKay dynamic. He’s prepared for every contingency with the move: the less-than-enthusiastic response from his daughter, learning to run his corporation remotely, but he’s thrown for a loop when his new housemate, Rielle, is a whole lot sexier, funnier and sassier than he remembered.

Rielle Wetzler has finally overcome the stigma of having hippie parents and being a young single mother. In the two years since she sold her ailing B&B to Gavin Daniels, she’s become financially stable running the homespun businesses she loves. But now Gavin is in Sundance to claim the house that’s rightfully his. Although Rielle knew this day would come, she isn’t prepared to leave the home she built for herself and her now-grown daughter. And to further complicate matters, her long-dormant libido is definitely not ready to live with this newly buff Gavin—who isn’t a cowboy, but has the take-charge attitude to prove he’s all McKay.

Sharing a roof, their troubles and their triumphs is too much temptation, and before long, Gavin and Rielle are sharing a bed. But sharing their hearts and lives forever? That’s a whole ’nother ball of wax.

Warning: Contains a feisty, independent heroine who doesn’t need a man to take care of her needs outside the bedroom and a sweet, sexy and bossy hero who’s up to the challenge of proving her wrong.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 5.00