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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Raising Kane by Lorelei James

Raising Kane by Lorelei James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (214 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

She surrendered the reins. Now he’s raising the stakes.

Rough Riders, Book 9

When a patch of ice sends attorney Ginger Paulson head-over-high-heels down a flight of stairs, she has no one to care for her young son and her invalid father—until lethally sexy Kane McKay shows up at the hospital, determined to prove his cowboy chivalry. Past experience has inoculated her against take-charge men, but even Ginger isn’t immune to Kane’s invasive charm and Built Ford Tough body.

For two years rancher Kane McKay has followed the Little Buddies mentoring program’s cardinal rule—hands off his Little Buddy Hayden’s mama. But one look at Ginger’s bruised body and Kane is through watching the stubborn woman take care of everyone but herself. The feisty, curvy redhead needs his help, and he’ll give her the hands-on type whether she likes it or not.

After Kane throws out doctor’s orders and issues his own demands—her full sexual submission—Ginger realizes Kane’s caring nature extends beyond just fulfilling her physical needs.

Can the former hell-raiser convince the gun-shy single mom to look beyond his past…toward a shared future?

Like most women, I can’t help but swoon when it comes to a sexy cowboy. There is something so appealing about a man who is comfortable in his own skin, preferring the gravel to concrete, flannel to satin. So it’s a good thing that I have author Lorelei James when I’m desperate for a hero who wears a Stetson, drives a truck, and knows how to wrestle a steer, shoot a game of pool, or offer the lucky lady of his choice a wild night between the sheets. Raising Kane, the ninth book in her immensely popular Rough Riders series, doesn’t disappoint. Making things even better is the fact that you don’t have to have read the previous stories to follow. If you’re new to the world of the sexy McKay men, you can dive right in.

The blurb offers all the information you need to get started. When the sultry attorney Ginger hurts herself following a nasty tumble down the stairs, Kane steps in to care for her, her son, and her wheelchair bound father. Their attraction has been easy to deny in the past, as they’ve kept a safe distance following a kiss that neither has been able to forget. Now though, the gloves come off, and the result is some blazing action in the bedroom, dialogue that will make your ears steam, and a story that is as touching as it is sizzling.

Kane is oh-so tasty as a cowboy who realizes it’s time to settle down with the red head that can do better than him, while Ginger is relatable as a woman who has done for herself for so long that she’s forgotten what it’s like to be cherished and nurtured. When they’re not tugging at your heart, their chemistry will make it race, and that is always a sure sign of an excellent erotic romance.

The returning and secondary cast will make you want to come back for more of the series, which is to be expected when you’ve been introduced to Ms. James. Her dialogue is sharp, her pace is fast, and ability to create real situations that bring you into the story is unmatched. Although the focus is one Ginger and Kane, she sets up the next book in the Rough Riders series in Raising Kane, and I can’t wait to see what surprises she has in store.

This is definitely one series that cowboy fans don’t want to miss. Be sure to put Raising Kane on your TBR list.


Ruth Sims said...

Congratulations, Lorelei. You beat me out and won the posh button, but I promise I won't stick pins in a voodoo doll. It's a great feeling to get a 5-cherry review and it must be even greater to win braggin' rights! Go you.

Bridget said...

I love this book and I love this series! I love it so much that I buy them as soon as they are available as an ebook, and buy them again when they make it to print!