Long Hard Ride

Channing Kinkaid is from outside of Boston where her well to do family has her life planned out for her. So far she’s done everything they have asked and this fall her father has arranged for her to teach high school at a private school. The problem is, that’s not what Channing wants or needs so she’s run away to the rodeo. She hooked up with Australian rodeoer, Jared the first night she was at the rodeo. She’s not sure she’s made a good choice and Colby McKay and his traveling buddy, Trevor Glanzer are always flirting and tempting her in their direction. When Channing finds out the truth about Jared, she gets an offer from Colby that dares her to really have an adventure.
Colby is number 2 in the overall score on the rodeo circuit. He’s got a good chance to make number one and the buckle bunnies are always after him.   While he enjoys what they offer, he’s got his eye on Channing. There is something about her that has captured his interest and he’d like to explore it. When the opportunity comes to offer Channing a ride, Colby offers her way more than she was expecting.
Colby travels with Trevor and roping partner, Brazilian Edgard Mancuso. They not only share a truck and horse trailer, they’ve been known to share their women, at the same time. If Channing agrees to travel with them, she’s going to be expected to take care of the guys, however they want. While the guys might be use to sharing, Channing has never done anything like this. Does she dare to take the chance? 
This book gives a up close look at the behind the scenes at a rodeo. It’s dirty and grungy. People get hurt, some of them serious. Still it’s exciting and interesting to watch. Ms James gives the reader a small glimpse into a world that many of us will never experience, the world of rodeo. For the people that travel the rodeo circuit, it’s like a large family or a small town. Everyone knows each other and their business. When you’re someone new, like Channing, you’re watched for a while until you’re welcomed. But once accepted, like a family, everyone takes care of its own.
These characters deal with real life. Channing isn’t the only one who has family expectations to meet. Trevor’s dad was a champion and he expects Trevor to be one too. If he can’t, then he needs to come home and let his younger brother have a chance. Colby’s dad wants him to get married and come back home to work on the family ranch. He’s even got the girl picked out for him. Even Edgard has family responsibilities back in Brazil that are calling him back there. With everyone expecting something for each of these characters, can they figure out what they really want and if they do, can they go after it or will family expectations come first?
This book has graphic sex scenes in it. Some of them may offend some people. Channing is traveling with three men who have strong sexual drives. This makes for some interesting combinations. If sex with more than one partner, some bondage, a little spanking or same sex touching bother you, you may have problems with the sex scenes in this book.
If you like strong characters against a vivid real world, this is book is for you. I loved the characters and the world. They drew me in and kept me interested from page one. When Channing finally got everything she truly wanted, I wanted more. Thankfully, Ms James has written more books with these wonderful characters in them as secondary characters and I can continue to follow Channing, Colby, Trevor and Edgard’s lives.

Book Blurb for Long Hard Ride

...One lucky woman…three sexy cowboys…she’s in for the ride of her life!..
Channing Kinkaid itches for a change; a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Determined to shed her inhibitions and embrace the steamier, seamier side of life, she sets her sights on hooking up with a real chaps-and-spurs-wearing cowboy.
Enter Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. From the moment he sets lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows he’s found the woman who’s up to the challenge of cutting loose. What rough and rowdy cowboy could resist a no-holds-barred sexual romp with a sassy young thing starring as his personal buckle bunny?
Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition of horsing around on the road, Colby impulsively sweetens the deal; sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in the bedrolls of his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and Edgard.
Although Channing’s secretly longed to be the sole focus of more than one man’s passions, Colby’s demand for complete submission behind closed doors will test her willful nature.
Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio? Or will the cowboys have to break out the bullropes and piggin’ string to break in this headstrong filly?
Warning: This title contains the following: lots of explicit sex, going strong long after the cows come home, graphic language that’d make your mama blush, light bondage with bullropes, ménage a trois, and – yee-haw! – hot nekkid cowboy man-love.


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2008 5.00