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Shoulda Been a Cowboy (Rough Riders Series #7)

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    A Homerun Out of the Park Kind of Book! 10 Stars & More!

    **The Perfect Novel for this Memorial Day Weekend! Unlike any other War-Hero Romance Novel Written!**

    ***Nothing But Sweet Unadulterated Lovin', Tons of Heart & Emotion, & Some of the Best Ingredients Ever Infused within this Amazing Western Family. A River of Love that Never Dries!***


    Cam McKay, the youngest son out of the "Notorious McKay Clan," returns home a wounded Soldier, missing part of his leg & a pinky. Besides having to deal with his physical battle wounds, he's also trying to be the man he once was. Unfortunately, that man is lost within the shuffle of the men & women who return from war. They are NEVER the person they left as, the horrors they witness & are involved in, & coming to the conclusion that there's a COST to our FREEDOM, it isn't something easy to swallow.

    Cam is determined to shun his family out of his life, to only speak to Colt & Keely, but NOT to be involved with any other family activities. He prefers to be on his own, to live in absolute solitude. Yet that is extremely difficult to do since he's a Sheriff in the town he resides in as well as most of his family members too.

    Domini Katzinski was an orphan from Ukraine, who eventually became a US Citizen, she lived with Nadia & Anton (from Skylar & Kade McKay's Story---"Tied Up, Tied Down.") for a while, & then found her own place. She manages Dewy's Restaurant (which is mentioned in Carter & Maci McKay's story---Rode Hard, Put Up Wet), and is also located in the same building as AJ McKay's Message Therapy, & Skylar & India McKay's shared businesses.

    Since Cam speaks with Colt who is India's husband, it was kind of inevitable that Cam would eventually stroll into Dewy's and lay eyes upon Domini. Cam knew Domini would be perfect for in & out of his bed. But what he didn't realize is once they began their sexcapades, would it be just sex between them or something else entirely.

    This was unlike any other war-hero romance novel I've read thus far, usually it's the hero who pushes away the heroine to the point you as the reader become utterly infuriated with him. It takes most of the novel when he comes to the realization that she is his, "SAVING GRACE," and he eventually allows the barriers to be depilated. Definitely NOT the case with Cam & Domini.

    Domini will NOT allow Cam to shield himself away from her. She pries away the layers of his self-preservation. She couldn't care less that he is missing certain body parts, she wants to know the man within. And for him to be COMPLETELY HONEST and TRUTHFUL to her.

    Yet as much as Cam is determined to no longer shelter himself from Domini, she is HARBORING her own SECRETS. Fearing she would lose Cam if he knew the truth.

    My conclusion was WAY-OFF base, but I was right about what occurs to Domini when she's a child. But sorry, I don't KISS & TELL!

    Besides this being a love story between Cam & Domini, Ms. James also incorporates Anton's story as well. Which ends up being a much needed camaraderie to this novel. It conclusively brought forth an immense amount of HEALING to everyone involved, INCLUDING the rest of the McKay Clan. I've laughed my derriere off several times, & I've also cried (tears of sadness & intense JOY!)

    I'VE ENJOYED ALL OF THE ROUGH RIDER NOVELS WITHIN THIS SERIES, BUT SO FAR THIS IS MY FAVORITE!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2010

    Another hit read

    Another great read by Ms James. I wasn't sure about this when it first came out, but once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down. Cam and Domini's characters are great, they both have demons they are hiding and once they are out in the open it is hard not to be cheering for them. The first few chapters draw you in and you just can't help but keep on reading and the way Ms James brings in the other characters as well is always nice. After reading her other Rough Rider books you just can't wait to hear more about them as well as she continues the series. Can't wait for the next ones to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    I recomend this book to anyone who is bored with the same old love story and is looking for something a little juicier than normal. This is a great summer read at the beach or pool or even on a rainy day at home.

    I liked this book because it was really juicy at some points and made me cry at others. Don't read this book if you are easily offended because the author really got into the juicy parts.But if you like to get away from the safe stuff for a little while this is the book for you.There are alot of characters in this story it was sometimes hard to keep all the brothers and cousins straight but I loved the story line. What can I say but enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2014

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    Can someone tell me where is Lorelei's going to appear next? I s

    Can someone tell me where is Lorelei's going to appear next? I swore if she made another great story I was going to stalk her!! :) I love military men. Add to it my fave genre (western) and I'm in heaven. Although Cam is left with a physical reminder of what happened to him on while in the force he is by no means less of a man. Couple with those McKay genes and you get one hot, "cowboy" deputy and sex to talk about.

    I can say that Lorelei knows how to put up a good story that entertain you and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait for the next McKay to come and sweep me away to la la hot land!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    loved it

    Couldn't put it down

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    This series is absolutely fantastic. I've never disappointed wit

    This series is absolutely fantastic. I've never disappointed with ANYTHING she has written! There are 16 books in all in the Rough Rider Series starting with the Long Hard Ride and ending with Cowboy Take Me Away. If you've never read anything by Lorelei James you really should. You have no idea what you're missing.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Awesome!

    Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Awesome

    Love this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Cam's my favorite

    Still my favorite of the 10 I've read so far (& re-read).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Best

    Out of all of the books in the series I've read so far. This is by far the best one. Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    awesome

    Great story. Couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Loved This!

    Have all the books and really liked the good cop / bad cop aspect of this book even though some of the chapters had me in tears. Can't wait to read the next book!

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    Great!!!

    I do love this series....some books better then others but that all goes with a series anyway. Lorelei James keeps it all real and down to earth. Also very exciting just keeps your attention!!

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly recommend series

    This was my fav in the series... very steamy... very fun... very good read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Wow!

    By far the best book in the series so far! It's hard to read through tears, but so worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    This one was the best!!!!

    I have read the searies from the begining and this one is the BEST!! I was begining to feel like they were all the same but the twists on this story and the pain that they both had to overcome was BEAUTIFUL. Can't wait to see what happens to Keely, I'm sure she wont disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Book #7

    My favorite of the series! On to #8...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    I love militqary guys and I'm glad there's one in the McKay clan

    I love militqary guys and I'm glad there's one in the McKay clan. Cam is so big; with his domineering ways, loving heart, and strong mind. I cried alot about what happened to him during war and also about what happened to Domini. They both had part of themselves stolen. Cam during war and Domini while living in Orphanage. This book will give ppl more appreciation for our soldiers, children needing adopted, and about stuff that happens in other countries to children. Life isn't always rainbows and sunshine, but after reading about Cam and Domini you'd think was. This book is Beautiful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    What a man what a man what a mighty good man!

    Men like Cam are few and far between. Sure he has to get over a lot of setbacks in his own life. He berates his loving family and distance himself from a lot of people but ultimately he learns his own mistakes while he's figuring out Domini. This couple hide a lot of secrets but as their love blooms so does the trust factor. Very sweet how their story unfolds and ultimately where they wind up. Recommend this entire series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Loved this series!!

    Lorelei James has a real steaming winner with this series; one is better than the next. All Jacked up was burning hot. I like many of the scenes without it being too raunchy. I've read them all and I'm now reading #12 - WOW!!!

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