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Shoulda Been a Cowboy: Rough Riders, Book 7 | [Lorelei James]

Shoulda Been a Cowboy: Rough Riders, Book 7

Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain't ropin' steer 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. .
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The bigger they are, the harder they fall - in love.

Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain't ropin' steer 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...

©2009 Lorelei James (P)2014 Insatiable Press

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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 07-16-14
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 07-16-14

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "More Bossy Cowboys - Yawn"

    While I enjoy Lorelei James's writing and the western setting of this series, I am getting bored with so many overbearing male characters. The main female character "Domini" is likable, smart, and resilient but uneven. It seems unlikely that an immigrant from a oppressive country would want to be instantly dominated by a man she barely knows.

    Cam, a wounded war vet with a dark side and a good heart, needs total control to enjoy sex. Rather than deal with his emotional issues, he thinks it's okay to be treat women like sex toys - boring. As a deputy, Cam is sworn to serve and protect abused women while believing he has the right to bruise a lover - really?

    I am constantly surprised that modern erotic novels, with a mostly female audience, portray submissive women as sexy and/or romantic. This book had some great moments and snappy dialogue, but I believe it would have been so much better without the bossy man.

    PS, there are dozens of family & friends who aren't really introduced or explained. Excellent narration!

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    DK 05-07-14
    DK 05-07-14 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    Where does Shoulda Been a Cowboy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I REALLY LOVE the Rough Riders series. It is definitely in my top 5 as series go (some others are On Dublin Street-Samantha Young, Black Top Cowboys- Lorelei James, Wicked Lovers-Shayla Black, The Kowalski Family-Shannon Stacey, etc)

    Should Have Been A Cowboy ranks in the top 1-2 of the Rough Riders series. Lorelei James' work seems to mature and grow as the series continues. There were several sub plots revolving around the main story between Cameron McKay and Domini Katzinski. While it can be difficult to follow too many 'stories' within one book - this was not the case in Should Have Been A Cowboy.

    As this is another 'broken boy meets broken girl' that is the rage these days Lorelei James does use this as the big picture however, these characters and their stories are very unique:

    From the large close knit McKay family - Cameron, a veteran with a prosthetic leg, has isolated himself. We learn some of the many challenges he faces -physical and emotional. Now a local lawman he is responsible for upholding the law in the most difficult situations (2 stand out, but I don't want to 'spoil' things.)

    Domini is a Ukrainian with a transient background from age 11. She has finally set roots with her best friend (whose ex-husband was abusive) and her son in Wyoming.

    As is often the case, the two main characters decide their attraction to one another should lead to a physical relationship only. Then 'life happens' and circumstances change for each of them and what they want or need from the relationship without voicing those needs.

    There is a steady stream of hot, graphic scenes for the naughty listeners (like me) However, there are some major events that I cannot describe too much more without giving away the unique trail - they are believable, fit well and at times are unexpected. This makes the book interesting, multidimensional and got me really invested in the story.


    Here's the Publishers Summary:
    The bigger they are, the harder they fall - in love.

    Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain't ropin' steer 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...


    What other book might you compare Shoulda Been a Cowboy to and why?

    I think I outlined that above but I would consider Tied Up, Tied Down Rough Riders as something similar with the dynamic of children or All He Ever Desires - Shannon Stacey


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really appreciate Rebecca Estralla's work and portrayal of the characters in one of my favorite series. She is an adequate reader. She can sound choppy and robotic however, she must portray many male characters and it is tough to distinguish between them.

    I'm not sure if it is the way the author wrote it or the delivery of the narrator. There is a lot of internal dialog within the characters own mind. It was difficult to understand what the character ACTUALLY said versus what he or she was thinking (wishing he/she could say).


    Any additional comments?

    These books keep getting better...my goal is to get the entire series on Audio, come on Audible...

    Adult themes and strong language

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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