Monday, January 7, 2013

Gone Country

Title: Gone Country
Author: Lorelei James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-529-0
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When Gavin Daniels discovered he was the long-lost McKay love child, moving to Wyoming to be closer to relatives he barely knows never entered his mind. That changes when his daughter, Sierra, gets in trouble with the police and he’s awarded custody for one year.  With Sierra’s mother on the way to Paris with her boyfriend, Gavin needs the family support, but transplanting his daughter to Wyoming isn’t easy. Sierra hates the idea. Plus Gavin needs to run his business remotely and sharing the house with Rielle is difficult. She’s much sexier than he remembered.

When Gavin bought her failing B&B, Rielle Wetzler never imagined he’d move to Wyoming and she’d go from caretaker to housemate. It’s a tough transition for the fiercely independent businesswoman, but there’s no choice—it’s Gavin’s house. And surprise—her dormant libido is back and ready to go. It doesn’t take long and they’re sharing a bed, which complicates her relationship with her own daughter.  Rielle and Gavin have fun together in bed and out, but can these two vastly different people find happiness together? The forever kind?

Gone Country is the newest release in Lorelei James Rough Rider series. It’s possible to read this book as a standalone but to understand the relationship of the McKay family, they should be read in order.

I was enthralled by the idea of a non-cowboy McKay when Gavin was introduced several book ago. I’ve waited anxiously for him to get his own story and despite it being so different from the others in the series—I loved it. The pacing’s smooth; it has vivid descriptions, great secondary character interactions, new and interesting family tidbits, and it kept Sierra an important part of the story.

Other reasons I loved it:
  1. The premise is more realistic.
  2. Gavin’s older and more mature than the other male leads.
  3. Gavin’s sexually inexperienced. In fact, he consults books and his brother Ben for advice. But then Rielle doesn’t know much about sex either.
  4. There’s a great family feel to the story that comes from including Sierra and so many other McKays.
  5. It has a more adult relationship feel and is less hurried since it happens over a period of months.
  6. There’s plenty of time for Gavin to build his relationship with the family he didn’t know and it happens in a believable manner.

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