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Corralled (Blacktop Cowboys Series #1)

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Two Sexy Cowboys + One Lucky Lady= A Very Hot Romance

Corralled is the first book in Lorelei James's new Blacktop Cowboy series. This was one of my most anticipated reads this year because I am completely and utterly devoted and in love with her Rough Riders series. I've come to expect an emotional and compelling read th...
Corralled is the first book in Lorelei James's new Blacktop Cowboy series. This was one of my most anticipated reads this year because I am completely and utterly devoted and in love with her Rough Riders series. I've come to expect an emotional and compelling read that goes well beyond what you might expect from an erotic romance. Yes, these books are hot, hot, hot, but it's the emotion and the characters that drive the story which make her love scenes beyond compare. She's my favorite contemporary erotic romance writer for a reason, and Corralled is her most sexually driven erotic romance yet.

Corralled is a m/f/m ménage, however it is unlike most that are being written today. No matter how well written and convincing a ménage plot is there is always a thought where I wonder if a committed and loving relationship between two alpha males and one female can really work without jealousies and problems. Corralled presents that dilemma to the reader, and it's not all copacetic.

Hank and Kyle are two very alpha and possessive cowboys who agree to share her, but neither sees this as a long term solution. Each wants Lainie for themselves..alone. And in the end Lainie does have stronger feelings and falls in love with just one of them. But the reader is left guessing which one she might choose until one special scene towards the end of the book after they all make love together, where Lainie reveals her feelings to the one not chosen. I loved that the complexities and realities of a ménage relationship were addressed in Corralled. I loved that in the end Lainie fell "in love" with only one of them, even though she will always love the other as well.

Most of the story is told through their sexual encounters because the men compete with each other through their intimate time with Lainie as a way to show their love and affection for her. However that is not the only thing this book is about. The heart of the book it is not about sex, but about Lainie and everyone she has relationships with in her life.most of them slightly dysfunctional. Her relationship with her mother is strained; her relationship with her mentor and employer is not all that she believes and trusts in, her relationship and growing feelings with Hank and Kyle and how she at first chooses to avoid making a choice and her missing relationship with the father who died a rodeo icon.

Lainie's journey in Corralled is short, but intense, and yes very sexual. However, I wish that there would have been a few more scenes between Lainie, Hank and Kyle outside of the love scenes. I also wished that the story would have begun when she first started her relationship with each man instead of at the point that Kyle and Hank found out about each other. Would it have made a difference to the story? Probably not, it's just a pet peeve of mine to not be there as a reader when the hero and heroine start their journey towards love (unless it's a reunion story). These are just two issues that I had in an otherwise great romance with cowboy heroes that are definitely hard to choose between. Lainie was one lucky lady :) Corralled will not disappoint fans of Lorelei James and is a promising beginning to a series that I hope becomes as beloved as her Rough Riders.

posted by booklover1335 on September 16, 2010

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38 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

Beware - Overpriced but have not read the story yet

Just wanted you to be aware that this is only 263 pages and I paid $9.99 for it. The second book in the series, "Saddled and Spurred" is only 259 pages. I'm sure it is a good read as I love Lorelei James but I feel ripped off on the price. B&N needs to put the amount of...
Just wanted you to be aware that this is only 263 pages and I paid $9.99 for it. The second book in the series, "Saddled and Spurred" is only 259 pages. I'm sure it is a good read as I love Lorelei James but I feel ripped off on the price. B&N needs to put the amount of page numbers in description. For that much money, I expected a pretty long read based on content/prices in the "Rough Riders" series. Thanks.

posted by reno42 on May 1, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2011

    Beware - Overpriced but have not read the story yet

    Just wanted you to be aware that this is only 263 pages and I paid $9.99 for it. The second book in the series, "Saddled and Spurred" is only 259 pages. I'm sure it is a good read as I love Lorelei James but I feel ripped off on the price. B&N needs to put the amount of page numbers in description. For that much money, I expected a pretty long read based on content/prices in the "Rough Riders" series. Thanks.

    38 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

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    Just okay

    I liked it just okay. It isnt near as good as the other series. Just didnt feel the connection of the characters, like her other books. But I will keep reading her books, she is a fantastic writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Lorelei James is a great author, however this book was like a re

    Lorelei James is a great author, however this book was like a reright from Log Hard Ride (Rough Riders #1)
    The story has many hot and sexy scene in the book. One one thing that is upset me that the book was 11.99!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Well.........

    I LOVE Lorelei James. But I gotta say I was less than impressed with this book. I give it about a 3 - 3 1/2 stars. I have bought the other two books in the series hoping for the best.

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