Thursday, July 11, 2013

Redneck Romeo

Author: Lorelei James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-871-0
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Three years ago Dalton McKay couldn’t go through with his wedding because he was in love with his fiancé’s best friend, Rory.  So after getting thrashed by some of Addie’s family and co-workers, he left town and the state. Dalton didn’t plan to return home but the sudden illness of his estranged father changes that. Being back in Sundance gives him the chance to mend his relationship with his brothers and show Rory how much he’s changed.

Rory’s been crazy about Dalton since they were kids but she has trouble believing he’s not the same unreliable guy who left town. So when Dalton says he’ll prove to her he’s different, Rory’s agrees to give him a chance because really…who can withstand the sizzling chemistry of a McKay man. The question is whether Dalton can convince Rory that he’s worth the risk and that they belong together…forever.

Redneck Romeo is the newest release in the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James. While reading all the books would be best, I recommend you at least read the last few to get acquainted with the most recent storylines.

I love this family and with Redneck Romeo, Ms. James tackles the last McKay left unmarried. It was guaranteed to be just as exciting as the others and I wasn’t wrong. There’s always something unexpected happening with this wild and crazy bunch and Dalton, with the horrific revelations he drops on his family, is no exception. It brings out emotions that aren’t just Dalton’s but his brothers and other family members, once they learn the truth. Ms. James handles it well, integrating the various individuals, dealing with their feelings and tears without allowing it to become maudlin.

Here we get to see a side of Dalton I never expected and I like him more than ever. There’s good personality development and visual imagery and I liked the slow build up of his and Rory’s relationship. He has to work on convincing her they should be together and once he did—watch out—because these two are scorching hot. Another strong point for me is how Ms. James successfully brings in so many of Dalton’s family—people we’ve met before. I love getting to see what going on in their lives. She juggles all of this and comes up with a highly entertaining book that I hope you’ll enjoy.

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