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Friday, July 17, 2009

Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James

Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Western
Length: Full Length (362 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Anthurium

It’s hard to trust the future when you’ve been branded by the past.

Rough Riders, Book 6

As a walking advertisement for the tattoo shop she’s set up in a small Wyoming town, India Ellison is well acquainted with preconceived notions. Despite the odd looks and off-color comments about her off-color hair, life is good. She’s clean and sober, dotes on her sister’s kids and, best of all, spends most of her free time with her best buddy, cowboy Colt McKay.

Reformed bad boy Colt never expected three years of sobriety to lead to three years of abstinence. Curbing his craving for booze and random sexual encounters is nothing compared to the ever-increasing craving for his hot-tempered, hot-bodied best friend, India. Too bad she’s his A.A. sponsor. Too bad she hasn’t a clue that Colt’s been head-over-bootheels in love with her from day one.

After an unexpected, steamy interlude, all India can think about is riding the sexy cowboy instead of her motorcycle, even when Colt is determined to show her a slower ride is worth the wait.

Or are they risking their friendship for a fling that could burn them both?

Warning: this romp features nekkidness the cowboy way—sex with boots on and with boots off, dirty sex against a dirty pickup truck, bare-assed sex on a bear skin rug, graphic language, unfortunate aim with a nail gun, and improvisational use of whips and whipped cream.

Branded as Trouble is the sixth book in Lorelei James' Rough Rider's series. This book does a spectacular job of showing that even those with addiction issues deserve and can love and be loved.

Both India and Colt have lived life on the wild side, they are on the recovery side of dealing with their addictions and are ready to begin living the lives they were meant to lead. They both have issues with guilt and trust and have a hard time believing that they deserve love and are lovable.

It is fun to experience their journey as their relationship moves from friendship to love. The story gives a very realistic edge to the struggle some have in having faith in others and trusting them with their heart. The push and pull and the snappy repertoire between the characters is very entertaining and the sex, when they get there is explosive.

Experiencing this developing relationship with the characters is some of the most fun I have had in reading a book in a long time. I highly recommend that if you enjoy hot sexy stories, that will also make you laugh, cry and fall in love with the characters that you give this book a try. The characters as well as the plot are well developed and well written, definitely worth your time.

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