ARC Review: Gone Country by Lorelei James

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ARC Review: Gone Country by Lorelei James
Gone Country

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: December 11, 2012
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Rough Riders #14
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 498
Format: ARC

“Not like any other McKay…and still ohhhhh so good!” ~Under the Covers

After Tell’s story, which was a bit younger in tone and totally bad boy McKay, it was a very nice change of pace to read about Gavin.  Gavin is the long lost McKay brother.  Vi had given him up for adoption without telling anyone that she was pregnant when she was 16.  And now after Gavin is 40+, he comes back in their lives.  He is a McKay by blood, but so not your typical McKay by actions.  He’s divorced, he has a teenage daughter, and he’s bought the ranch next to Ben that used to be owned by Rielle.  Now that he wanted to bring their daughter to Wyoming to help her with some behavior issues, he will have to adjust to country living, McKay relatives, and living with Rielle for a while.

Rielle was an amazing and so strong heroine.  I have to give her props because she’s devoted her life to her daughter, even after she had gotten pregnant at 16 and being raised by hippie parents in a commune.   She has made something of her life with strength and hard work.  And she’s always put work and being a mother first.  So that means relationships with guys have not been a big priority in her life.  It’s hard to believe that, in her forties and with her daughter away to college, she’s just now developing feelings and attraction for the first guy in what could be the first time in her life.

Gavin, on the other hand, was just amazing.  In a way he reminded me of Jack (Keely’s husband) and has a lot of the qualities I liked in him.  I liked the fact that he comes back to Wyoming slimmer and taking better care of himself.  It wasn’t love at first sight with Gavin and Rielle.  They’ve both made some changes and now that attraction is blooming.   I find that a big part of it was how different Rielle was from Gavin’s ex wife.  She might not be the refined woman he is used to deal with, but that’s exactly the type of woman he needs.

Gavin and Rielle as a couple were great.  Both had their own insecurities.  They had to deal with the issues that single parents have to, even though their kids were not so little.  With one living with them, they had to have a certain amount of discretion in their encounters, but they made it work.  Still building their relationship in a way that progressed slowly and was very believable, as well as dealing with both their kids and family life.  Their chemistry was off the charts!  I just wish we would’ve gotten more details on the sex in the office against the windows.  *waggles eyebrows*  I have to say though, at times I felt Rielle could’ve been more involved and shouldn’t have put so much distance between her and the relationship they were building and the rest of Gavin’s life.

Then there’s the kids.  I cannot wait to see what happened between Dalton and Rory.  I’m biting my nails in anticipation!  Then Sierra, Gavin’s daughter.  I really loved her character up until the very last bit of the book.  When you read it you will know why at that point I wanted to bash her head against the wall.  But, typical teenage behavior I guess.  Of course there is Boone West *sigh*.  Is it bad to say I have a crush on a teenager?  Well, I do!  Are we going to get a Sierra and Boone’s story?  Pretty please with a cherry on top!  I also enjoyed all the McKay interactions and bits and pieces of their family life, as usual.

This book was not like any other McKay…and still ohhhh so good.  I think it’s a nice change of pace in the series.  Even though it’s bittersweet because we are one book closer to the end. 🙁

“If it looks like a McKay, acts like a McKay…then it is a McKay.”

“Did you happen to bring a condom with you?”
“Nope. I brought two.”

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances.

Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

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Maria D.

Lol…love the review and the favorite lines!

Joanne B

I am so behind on the Rough Riders series. Thanks for the great review. Can’t wait to read this book to see more of Rielle and Gavin.

Lori Meehan

Thanks for the great review. I need to read more of this series.


I’m also so far behind on this series. Thanks for the great review and giving me an incentive to catch up 🙂


Loved the review Frabcesca…can’t wait to get my hands on this!

trish dechant

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh–this book is a must and on my kindle…impatiently waiting for me to catch up with my reviews. ARGH! The frustration is driving me crazy.
I laugh at myself whenever I read a Lorelei book–because I need a frickin’ family tree map, EVERY TIME…thank God, she stopped using all the C starting names, lol.
Can’t wait to read this one and glad to see your 5 star rating, Francesca.

Annette C.

Have this book waiting for me on my kindle, must read quicker so I can get to it 🙂

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