Jan. 31, 2018

Gone Country (Rough Riders Book 14)

Gone Country (Rough Riders Book 14) is a tale of two seemingly very different people who find their perfect complements and their daughters who remind them of what love is truly capable of.


She's a little bit country, and he's...not. Rough Riders, Book 14. Arizona businessman and long-lost McKay love child Gavin Daniels has been awarded sole custody of his teenage daughter Sierra for one year. In order to steer Sierra back on track after a brush with the law, he pulls up stakes and heads to Wyoming, looking for support from his ranching family - even if he isn't sure where they fit in the McKay dynamic. He's prepared for every contingency with the move: the less-than-enthusiastic response from his daughter, learning to run his corporation remotely, but he's thrown for a loop when his new housemate, Rielle, is a whole lot sexier, funnier and sassier than he remembered.

Rielle Wetzler has finally overcome the stigma of having hippie parents and being a young single mother. In the two years since she sold her ailing B&B to Gavin Daniels, she's become financially stable running the homespun businesses she loves. But now Gavin is in Sundance to claim the house that's rightfully his. Although Rielle knew this day would come, she isn't prepared to leave the home she built for herself and her now-grown daughter. And to further complicate matters, her long-dormant libido is definitely not ready to live with this newly buff Gavin - who isn't a cowboy, but has the take-charge attitude to prove he's all McKay. Sharing a roof, their troubles and their triumphs is too much temptation, and before long, Gavin and Rielle are sharing a bed. But sharing their hearts and lives forever? That's a whole 'nother ball of wax.

Warning: Contains a feisty, independent heroine who doesn't need a man to take care of her needs outside the bedroom and a sweet, sexy and bossy hero who's up to the challenge of proving her wrong

Ceej’s Review:

Gone Country…is a story I wasn’t sure I’d really like.  I should have known that Lorelei James would remind me what happens when I open my mind to possibilities.  I mean, Gavin seemed very standoffish and distant when I read about him in the previous books, and Rielle seemed to be a little more rough around the edges than I’d liked.  Yeah, I was wrong.  I loved them both.

Gavin…is a man thrust into an awkward situation by his dying adoptive mother.  He discovered that he’s part of this wild McKay family and in Gone Country, he’s gotten to know them better.  I absolutely loved seeing how close he became to his brothers, his cousins, even his parents.  He showed me that he isn’t just a businessman forced by circumstances with his teenage daughter to make a huge, life-changing decision.  He showed me his vulnerability, his power, his joy, his pain, and his love.

Rielle…is a woman thrust into an awkward situation herself, when her landlord decides to move into his own house.  The one she lives in.  Before Gone Country, I thought she was just this rough, tough, and ornery cowgirl/rancher.  I wasn’t totally wrong, but she is so much more than that.  I loved watching her discover a side of herself that she never explored, grow and nurture a love she had no idea she needed, and watch her wisdom change the lives of two people she never expected to love.  I LOVED her.

Gone Country is a tale of heartbreak, love, pain, joy, discovery, angst, and serious hotness.  I’m not often brought to tears, but I’ll admit there were a few moments where I felt those pesky tears fill my eyes and fall down my cheeks.  This will definitely be part of my re-read go-tos.

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