Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chasin’ Eight

Title: Chasin’ Eight
Author: Lorelei James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60928-491-6
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Bull rider Chase McKay isn’t doing well on the PBR tour. Life get worse when he’s caught with two naked women, getting him suspended, which makes him determined to get his act together.  He calls his cousin Kane, swears off sex for a month and heads home to relearn how to ride bulls.  What he finds on arriving at Kane’s trailer is a surprise. Ava Cooper, an actress friend of Kane’s wife, is hiding out from the paparazzi.  

Agreeing sex is a complication they don’t want, Chase and Ava set off on a road trip, determined Chase gets the bull riding practice he needs. Despite strong convictions, it’s not long before love and jealousy finds them sharing a bed. When Chase’s identity is discovered, he and Ava leave the rodeo circuit and head to New York but their relationship is exposed by the press. After arguing over a misunderstanding, Chase storms out in anger, returning to the PBR tour. Can they find their way back to each other or are they destined to stay in their different worlds?.  

Chasin’ Eight is the eleventh release in Lorelei James popular Rough Riders series and it’s another keeper. While the other McKay family members don’t play huge roles in this one, enough happens, including an unexpected shocking twist (I can’t wait to see what happens with this one) near the end that I’d recommend reading them in order. 

Chase is full of personality flaws and could easily have turned into an unlikable guy, but Ms. James worked her creative magic, turning him from a man who’d reached rock bottom to one worthy of being given a second chance. The chemistry between him and Ava is blistering, and I have to say Ms. James did a wonderful job making them into friends before they became lovers. Getting acquainted with them on an emotional level…on learning their fears, aspirations and what made them tick first …made them more real to me.

The story is action packed from the beginning, is well written and plotted and is filled with old and new characters the readers can care about. The dialogue is snappy, the descriptions of the rodeo world and its dangers are vivid and the storyline is overflowing with realism and emotion. Yes on the outside Chase and Ava are as different as night and day, but Ms. James has taken what’s important to each, blended it together and made a strong relationship based on trust, understanding and love. Chasin’ Eight really has everything a romance needs to make it an entertaining and enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next release Cowboy Casanova.

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