Posted by Ing on 8 December, 2011 // ★★ 18 Comments ★★


Welcome to Day 4 Rough Riders Series Event!  This is the last post of this event!  I hope those who’ve never heard or read this series is now curious and will run out and grab these books!  You will not be disappointed.  I can guarantee you’ll become as addicted as the rest of the Rough Riders series fans. Thank you to DiDi, Leagh, Shannon, Inga238, Katy B, Barb Hill-Kidd and Meredith.  You ladies are awesome and I really appreciate your help with this event!  Thank you to Lorelei James for just being an awesome writer and giving us the stories about the McKay family.  Thanks to Samhain Publishing for their generous help with some of the goodies!  

Anywhoo—I can’t stressed how much I love, love, love this series.  I hope you all have had fun.  Now on to tonight’s post!  Barb Hill-Kidd and Meredith are going to tell you all why they love this series!  Take it away ladies!


I am a huge fan of the Lorelei James’ Rough Rider Series.  I discovered her writings by reading the reccomended reading guide at the bottom of the page on  I have become less and less enamured by series lately.  I read so many where it seems like a third of the book is a rehash of past books, the main characters have just become stupid and now the secondary charaters are much more interesting or the editing is so bad that I, the casual reader, catch multiple errors, so I want to say that by this series of books is technically a series but each book can be read alone and out of sequence.  The characters are related by blood but they each have their own stories to tell and from time to time we get updates on the characters from past books.
Lorelei’s books have dealt with many issues, war injuries, substance abusers, adultry, family not allowing you to grow and change, living in a small town where you are under a microscope, adoption, eldercare–these are just examples but they also include some very comical scenes and some truely heart-wrenching moments.
I have a deep fondness of All Jacked Up and Branded as Trouble but I find myself returning to re-read Strong Silent Type.  I am coming up on my 24th year of marriage and this book gives a glimpse into Quinn and Libby McKays’ crumbling marriage.  They do love each other but are unhappy with how things are going in the marriage.  They have separated and Libby is getting ready to start divorce proceedings.  We see two people who were teenage sweethearts learn that love is not enough.  Quinn is an honorable man, works hard and provides what he believes to be a good life.  Libby wants Quinn to “see her”, I believe she thinks he has grown complacent with their life.  She also desperately wants a baby and they are having difficulties conceiving.
Marriage is hard work, I know this first hand, I think Lorelei gives a very realistic glimpse into the frustrations that can tear apart a seemingly strong marriage.  I also love that this story did not give us a sugar sweet ending, I hope they conintue to work on their marriage but if they fall into old routines then it could all fall apart.  We learn later in the series that indeed they do conceive and are still together.
Read this book and take to heart the lessons provided.  Happy Reading to you! 
By Barb Hill-Kidd

 Meredith’s vision of some of the characters
think my favorite thing about Lorelei’s writing is the little details
that make characters real.  She has a wonderful gift of character
development that draws me into her writing. Some examples:

terms of endearment: Shug, Darlin’, Babydoll, Princess, Buttercup,
Chass/Querida, “Inie,” Hollywood, GQ, Deputy, Sundance and of course my
favorite, Dumbass.

Channing’s coffee pot.

Carter’s fear of monkeys.

Cord tripping over Ky’s toys while he’s away.
Skylar having baby clothes on her dining room table.

Kade taking an infant to the grocery store.
Chass and her inspection of her momma goat.

The description of the decor @ Trevor’s parents house!

Colt being unable to loose a race with his nephews.

Keely down to her last clean bra.
Jack playing with leggos.

Jessie wanting to read bedtime stories every night.

Chase and that yummy fried Twinkie. 

of these things make or break the story; but they make me love her
characters. I’ve enjoyed learning the family dynamics of the McKay
clan.  The GREAT sex is just an added bonus for me. I truly love all of
the books in the series.  My personal favorite characters are Carter,
Edgard, and Chase.  I certainly can’t narrow it down to just one book, I
feel they just keep better with every story!

By Meredith Blair

Thank you ladies!  Great post! Now for Day 4 prize, I think you all will love this.

  • One peep will win ALL the books in this series in ebook format (14 books total)

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  • You MUST leave a comment with the answer to this question: Tell me which book interest you?  If you’re already a fan would love to know which book you loved best possible top 5?

Channing Kinkaid itches for a change; a wild western adventure with
an untamed man. Determined to shed her inhibitions and embrace the
steamier, seamier side of life, she sets her sights on hooking up with a
real chaps-and-spurs-wearing cowboy.

Enter Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper.
From the moment he sets lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery
Channing, he knows he’s found the woman who’s up to the challenge of
cutting loose. What rough and rowdy cowboy could resist a
no-holds-barred sexual romp with a sassy young thing starring as his
personal buckle bunny?

Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition of horsing around on the
road, Colby impulsively sweetens the deal; sexual escapades not only in
his bed, but in the bedrolls of his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and

Although Channing’s secretly longed to be the sole focus of more
than one man’s passions, Colby’s demand for complete submission behind
closed doors will test her willful nature.

Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as
it seems with the sexy trio? Or will the cowboys have to break out the
bullropes and piggin’ string to break in this headstrong filly?

Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and
tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her
ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working
relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in
the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age
difference, Gemma consents.

Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He
intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control—even if he has to
break out his horsewhip to do it.

But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up.

Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy
cowboy Carter McKay doggin’ Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to
hide his true feelings for Gemma except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the
bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps.

Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.
Goody-two boots AJ Foster has waited her entire life for her dream cowboy Cord McKay to see her as more than the neighbor girl in pigtails. Now that she’s old enough to stake her claim on him, she’s pulling out all the sexual stops and riding hell-bent for leather—straight for his libido.
Divorced rancher Cord has sworn off all women…until innocent AJ suggests he teach her how to ride bareback—and he realizes she doesn’t mean horses or bulls. Between his responsibilities running his massive ranch, missing his young son and dealing with the sexual shenanigans of his brother and cousins, Cord is more than willing to take AJ up on her offer. On a trial basis.
The fun and games tie them both up in knots. AJ isn’t willing to settle for less than the whole shootin’ match with her western knight. But for Cord, even though the sexy cowgirl sets his blood ablaze, he’s determined to resist her efforts to lasso his battered heart.
Sweet, determined AJ has the power to heal—or heel—the gruff cowboy…unless Cord’s pride keeps him from admitting their relationship is more than a simple roll in the hay.
Businesswoman Skylar Ellison is firmly in control of her life. So getting tangled up with a sexy Wyoming cowboy—and conceiving a baby in the parking lot of a honky-tonk—wasn’t in her plan. Since it appears the daddy has taken off for greener pastures, the only thing to do is pull up her bootstraps and carry on alone.
Cattle rancher Kade McKay returns home after a year on the range, and is knocked for a loop when he learns he’s the father of a three-month-old baby girl. When Skylar refuses to marry him, Kade grits his teeth, moves in and plays house by her rules to prove he’s a man in for the long haul.
Despite Skylar’s insistence they are to remain strictly parenting partners, their old passions flare hot as a brush fire, spurring Kade to demand absolute sexual surrender from the headstrong woman. Skylar willingly submits her body to the hot-blooded cowboy but she’s leery of handing Kade the reins to her heart.
Can Kade convince Skylar the wicked sex games aren’t a temporary distraction? Or will he have to bust out the ropes to show her he wants to be tied to her…forever?
Chassie West Glanzer hasn’t been a stranger to drama and tragedy. A year of wedded bliss to sexy-as-sin cowboy Trevor Glanzer has brought her the happiness and contentment she never thought she’d find, and mellowed Trevor’s rodeo wanderlust. Then Trevor’s old roping partner ambles up the driveway—and Chassie’s life changes drastically.
Trevor never expected to see Edgard Mancuso again, after it became clear he couldn’t be the man Edgard needed. Now Edgard is back from Brazil to sort out their tangled past, and Trevor is plagued with feelings he thought he’d buried over three years ago. Although Trevor is hat-over-bootheels in love with his sweet, feisty wife, the sense his life is missing a piece has always gnawed at him.
Chassie’s shock that Edgard and Trevor were once lovers turns to fear of losing her husband. Or worse, fear that Trevor will stay with her only out of a sense of duty. Yet as the three of them spend time together, the sins of the past blur and fade, leaving raw emotion—and unbridled passion.
Passion that could heal…or cause irreparable damage to their future.
As a walking advertisement for the tattoo shop she’s set up in a small Wyoming town, India Ellison is well acquainted with preconceived notions. Despite the odd looks and off-color comments about her off-color hair, life is good. She’s clean and sober, dotes on her sister’s kids and, best of all, spends most of her free time with her best buddy, cowboy Colt McKay.
Reformed bad boy Colt never expected three years of sobriety to lead to three years of abstinence. Curbing his craving for booze and random sexual encounters is nothing compared to the ever-increasing craving for his hot-tempered, hot-bodied best friend, India. Too bad she’s his A.A. sponsor. Too bad she hasn’t a clue that Colt’s been head-over-bootheels in love with her from day one.
After an unexpected, steamy interlude, all India can think about is riding the sexy cowboy instead of her motorcycle, even when Colt is determined to show her a slower ride is worth the wait.
Or are they risking their friendship for a fling that could burn them both?
Wyoming rancher Quinn McKay thought he’d only have to bide time until his levelheaded wife came to her senses and called a halt to this “trial separation”. He never believed the marital rough patch would drag on for a coon’s age.
Libby McKay knew when she married the gruff, laid-back cowboy that he wasn’t prone to blathering about his feelings. But three months have passed and her stubborn-as-a-mule husband is still living by himself in the horse trailer. It seems he’d rather hold onto his pride than hold onto her.
Quinn realizes Libby is determined to move on if he doesn’t loosen his tongue and he’ll lose the only woman he’s ever loved. In a last-ditch effort to keep her in his life, he offers her one weekend of uninterrupted sexual decadence.
Reigniting the passion is easy. The hard part comes after the sheets have cooled and they find out if what remains is strong enough to survive past mistakes.
Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain’t ropin’ steers and wearin’ spurs. His deputy sheriff job, plus battle injuries that ended his military career, keep him right where he wants to be: Off the ranch and away from his family’s pity. His darkest war memories are on lockdown, leaving him skeptical he’ll ever find a woman who wants a man who’s less than whole.
Domini Katzinski has had to control every aspect of her life since age eleven, when she was orphaned in the Ukraine. Watching others’ relationships crumble has convinced her to focus on the short-term and find a take-charge man to whom she can relinquish total sexual control. Cam fits the bill: gorgeous, with a brooding vulnerability no one else seems to see. Plus, he has his own handcuffs.
Once Cam gets over his surprise that sweet, shy Domini wants to be dominated, he is back to issuing orders. Their passion is as hot as a rocket-propelled grenade—and if Domini has her way, it’s a one-shot deal. Cam wants more, and launches a full-out sensual assault…until tragedy strikes, forcing him to change tactics as he tries to keep past demons from blowing their future together all to hell…
Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.
Jack is this close to securing a career make-or-break project, until he learns his lack of marital status puts him out of contention. When the notoriously hot-tempered and hot-bodied Keely begs him for help, he proposes a crazy idea. He’ll oversee her project—if she acts the part of his loving fiancée.
Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots—but outside the bedroom they’re as mismatched as ever. The McKays remind Jack of the humble upbringing he left behind, and cowgirl Keely feels she doesn’t measure up to Jack’s big-city lifestyle.
When the dust settles, Jack and Keely must face the fact they’re not fooling anyone but themselves—or they’ll risk losing the real deal.
When a patch of ice sends attorney Ginger Paulson head-over-high-heels down a flight of stairs, she has no one to care for her young son and her invalid father—until lethally sexy Kane McKay shows up at the hospital, determined to prove his cowboy chivalry. Past experience has inoculated her against take-charge men, but even Ginger isn’t immune to Kane’s invasive charm and Built Ford Tough body.
For two years rancher Kane McKay has followed the Little Buddies mentoring program’s cardinal rule—hands off his Little Buddy Hayden’s mama. But one look at Ginger’s bruised body and Kane is through watching the stubborn woman take care of everyone but herself. The feisty, curvy redhead needs his help, and he’ll give her the hands-on type whether she likes it or not.
After Kane throws out doctor’s orders and issues his own demands—her full sexual submission—Ginger realizes Kane’s caring nature extends beyond just fulfilling her physical needs.
Can the former hell-raiser convince the gun-shy single mom to look beyond his past…toward a shared future?
Jessie McKay has accepted her marriage to Luke McKay wasn’t perfect. After two years of widowhood, she’s ready to kick up her bootheels—until Luke’s younger brother shows up to spoil her fun. But if Brandt thinks she’ll ever take orders from another McKay male, he’s got manure for brains.
Brandt McKay has avoided his sweet, sexy sister-in-law ever since the night he confessed his feelings for her weren’t the brotherly type. Unexpectedly faced with proof of Luke’s infidelity, Brandt is forced to ask for Jessie’s help in taking care of Luke’s young son. Jessie agrees on one condition—she wants Brandt’s boots exclusively under her bed for the duration.
The sexual heat that’s always simmered between them ignites. Brandt is determined to make the temporary situation permanent, proving to Jessie he’s a one-woman man. And Jessie is shaken by feelings she’s sworn never to have again for any man…especially not a McKay.
Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.
Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. She needs a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.
But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?
In Sundance, Wyoming, you can’t throw a boot without hitting a McKay cowboy, so Ben McKay is used to fading into the background. Except on weekends, when he’s Bennett, imposing Dom at The Rawhide Club, surrounded by a bevy of female subs eager for the attention of his long…whip.
As for the curvy brunette eying him from across the room? He’ll eat his Stetson if she’s the experienced Domme she claims to be. Bennett offers her a deal—he’ll let her call the shots for one night. But the next night he gets to prove to her how freeing it’ll be when he takes the reins.
Ainsley Hamilton is amazed by how well Bennett read her every secret yearning during that one explosive weekend—and she’s stunned when they come face to face in their everyday lives as rancher and new bank president. Now Ben’s urging her to explore her submissive side outside the club, and there’s something in his commanding gaze that makes it too easy to let him take control—of her desires and her pleasure.
Can Ben help Ainsley overcome her fear that a relationship built on dark sexual appetites won’t survive the light of day?
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  1. I’ve only read the first 2 books, but have the next 2 ready to go on the nook. I’m really looking forward to reading Tied Up, Tied Down and Rough,Raw and Ready. To see Trevor And Edgard again? Can’t wait!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  2. I have only read the first book which was good. And I think the book I would like to read would be the next book because I met Gemma in the first book and I really want to see how it turns out.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  3. My absolute favorite book of the series hands down is Cowgirl Up and Ride,Tied Up, Tied Down is #2, Raising Kane is #3, All Jacked Up is #4 and Long Hard Ride is #5

  4. I love the whole series but one of my favourites is Cowgirl Up and Ride: I adore AJ and Cord! 🙂 And I only recently read Strong, Silent Type and I had to reread it straight again!

    claudigc at msn dot com

  5. Although I really want to read all of them, #2 Rode Hard, Put up Wet would probably be the one I am most interested in right now. I have Long, Hard Ride so this is next for me anyway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. StacieD

    I think Rode Hard, Put Up Wet sounds interesting. I’ve read Long, Hard Ride and was curious about Gemma and Cash. She really had trouble with their age difference. I want to see how she overcomes that.

    Geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  7. I would say that all the books interest me but since I haven’t read this series yet and I always start with book 1, then book 1 will be the one that I’m most interested to start reading!


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