Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.
The two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own - until the press gets wind. Is it the real deal…or just another publicity stunt?
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I love this series, but can't stand this narrator. She couldn't do the male voices justice. Chase didn't sound masculine enough. Sometimes the male and female voices sound so similar, it was so hard to tell them apart. Why did they change narrator in the middle of the series??
I love the story line between Chase and Ava. The friendship that develops first with an underlying sexual heat makes for a worthwhile read. Even Chase's vulnerability that he shows to Ava makes him a true hero.
At first I struggled with the narrators voice because it just wasn't what I wanted. She was very good but I had different expectations, even the cover needs to be of a shorter man to represent the story better.
As I sit here with a big fat smile plastered on my face, I know I'll never forget Chasin' Eight. Lorelei had my attention from beginning to end, 100% of the time. Love, love, LOVED Chase and Ava and while I've never been a Bull Rider or Movie Star, I found I could really relate to them both. It was as people with feelings and faults and all that goes with that. Amazing!! Lorelei developed their love story masterfully. The heat and the passion between them was scorching!! As with all of Lorelei's novel's though, this ain't your Mama's romance novel nor is it for those looking for prim and proper, strictly vanilla sex lives so consider yourself warned! *grin* Making the story even more fun, I listened to it on Audible. Vanessa Caine was FANTASTIC as the narrator! Loved her reading! She had the perfect amount of accent, enthusiasm and sizzle. She made the voices differ in just the perfect amount to totally add to the story and help create the individual characters in my mind. Absolutely loved her and will look for her again!!
best book of the series. I will listen to it again and again I'm sure
If they keep the same narrator then yes
I didn't get through enough of it
I had listen to all 10.5 books before it and when I got to Chasin' Eight it felt like my grandmother was reading to me and that was just uncomfortable.
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Chase, the youngest and shortest McKay brother, wasn't that interesting to me. He's a rodeo star who gets as much attention for his sexual escapades as his athletic ability. Since he's over 21, I expected a more mature and engaging hero - maybe someone who appreciated having a loving family and financial security. I did like his non-violent and respectful attitude toward women
Chase meets Ava, an actress (from a rich & caring family) who was just embarrassed by having her boyfriend publicly announced he was gay. Ava also seems a little immature and whiny - she had artistic talent, good health, and the freedom to pursue interests but choose to dwell on minor problems.
To me, the best parts of Chasin' Eight were the details about cowboys & rodeos, the down-to-earth people involved in the sport, and glimpses of small town life. Might have liked this book more when I was in my late teens or twenties.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Some of the books in the Rough Riders series have been a lot more sexually graphic than this book. Chasin' Eight focused more on the story and the characters (although they definitely had some really hot sex going on, too). So for this reason, I would say that Chasin' Eight was a bit more balanced than some of the other books in this series. I didn't feel like I was being constantly bombarded with one sex scene after another.
I liked how Chase and Ava grew as people throughout their relationship. Their internal conflicts didn't feel manipulative or overly angst-ridden. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a "believable" romance, but it definitely was not a Cinderella story like so many contemporary romances are. They were both at a crisis point in their respective lives, and their relationship was basically the catalyst that got them both to move on to better things.
I also liked the introduction of an unexpected relative in Chase's life towards the of the story. It felt very real to me, and I hope to find out what happens with that relationship if Audible ever gets the rest of the series on board.
So all in all, I liked the story. It wasn't as over the top as some of the other ones were; wasn't so all about sex; actually felt like real people dealing with real issues.
As for Vanessa Caine's narration, the first hour or two was very, very bad. Somewhere along the way, though, her voice mellowed out, and she did a much better job. Sometimes I don't know if it's the recording/engineering/sound people who screw up the audio, or if the narrator is really just that bad, but Vanessa Caine started out bad and ended up halfway decent.
Prior narrator, Rebecca Estrella, is just too flat and boring. Plus she mispronounces words all the time, which drives me crazy. For example, she pronounces "pinged" (think "ping pong") as "pinjed" (think "hinged"). I had to stop and rewind the first time she said that, trying to figure out what the heck that was all about. Thereafter, I understood what she meant when she said "pinjed".
Of course, the best narrator for Lorelei James's books is Scarlett Chase, but she seems to be only on the Blacktop Cowboys series so far. Wish she could have narrated this series as well.
Anyway, I liked Chase and Ava's story. The price of it was just about even with the cost of a credit, so I just put it on my credit card rather than use a credit. However, if you're not in a big hurry to go from Book 7 to Book 11 (since #8 through #10 are not available at this time), then wait for a sale or drop some big hints to friends and family that you'd like Chasin' Eight as a gift! :)
Yes but Lorelei James needs to keep using Rebecca Estrella to narrate this series. It would keep you interested
Chase. He learned that going back to basic is always the best way to learn your mistakes
She just didn't keep my interest. the narrator that did the other books in the series Rebecca Estrella did a great job.
I cried when the guy died. He was so young
I hope the rest of the books in the Rough Rider series come to audible soon.. I went on amazon and downloaded the books so I can see what happens to the the McKay boys, I love the books so far. I enjoy them on audible because I listen to them while I work and it makes the day go by faster.
Yes, the narrator was so awful that it totally ruined this book. I have no idea if it was a good story by Lorelei James because I could not make it past the first chapter. If you can stand an irritating, gravel, fake southern TWANG accent, then go for it. I couldn't take it. Sorry Lorelei James. I love your books, but this one is ruined for me.
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