Long Time Gone (Rough Riders Series)

Long Time Gone (Rough Riders Series)

by Lorelei James

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The right love is worth the wait...

Calvin McKay can't understand his twin brother's rush toward the altar--until he lays eyes on the bride's younger sister. But she's far too innocent for him to pursue...and yet something about that little blonde tornado gets his blood pumping and his heart all twisted up.

Kimi West is used to boys chasing after her, but Cal McKay is a man--all man--and his hot kisses are like nothing she's ever experienced. But he's a rancher, tied to the land, and she can't wait for the day she can escape from Wyoming and see the world.

After a tragedy sends Kimi running from her family, Cal gives Kimi a place to stay--and oh so many tantalizing reasons to stay--while she sorts out her plans. Now she'll have to decide whether the adventure she wants is in a new frontier or right there by Cal's side.

Please note: Long Time Gone is a NOVELLA, a slice of life in the Rough Riders world rather than the whole pie.

BONUS! At the end of this novella you'll find an exclusive excerpt of Unbreak My Heart, the long-awaited love story that reunites Sierra Daniels McKay and Boone West from Gone Country...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151625180
Publisher: Ridgeview Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2015
Series: Rough Riders Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 43,914
File size: 373 KB

About the Author

Lorelei James is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Rough Riders series, the Blacktop Cowboys series, the Mastered Series and other contemporary romances. She lives in western South Dakota.

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Long Time Gone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
KGalloway More than 1 year ago
I only wish it had been longer! I can not get enough of the McKay/West families. To be fair, Lorelei does warn that as a novella it's a slice of life, not the whole pie. Knowing Cal and Kimi from the rest of the series, especially Cowboy Take Me Away, it was nice to have the beginning of their love story. I now know where Kade and Kane (their sons) get their personalities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella gives us a glimpse of the beginnings of two characters that have been part of the entire Rough Riders series! I was so glad to see how the relationship between Cal and Kimi started, developed, and led to marraige. This was a wonderful story....Lorelei James continues to create unique and powerful stories, even in novella length!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much for goung back to the McKays and West. I always wondered how Cal and Kimmie met and their vourtship played out. Thabk you so very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lorelei has done it again. I love her characters. She makes them family. I miss them when their gone. I'm excited to no end when another one of her books come out. I don't read multiple books at the same time, but for lorelei I stop what I'm reading so I can read her books. It's like a family reunion. Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication to your avid fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic series..sexy..hot hot hot!!!..
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
I've always been curious about Calvin "Cal" McKay and Kimberly "Kimi" West story since their introduction. I'm happy to report their story is just as good as the rest of the books in The Rough Riders Series. You're probably wondering why I'm not doing my normal style of reviewing~using that format doesn't work for this book and I'm considering changes in my reviewing style. Cal and Kimi often remind me of Carson and Caro along with Colby and Channing. I completely love this series more and more. Lorelei James has promised as spin-off series call Rough Riders Legacy. I'm so excited I can't wait to get my hands on the first book called Unbreak My Heart. Ready for a hot cowboy then Long Time Gone is the book for you. Happy Reading!
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Catarina More than 1 year ago
Loved this one along with all the rest of the McCay books. Only wish they had gotten a full book covering them up to present. There had to be some good stories raising the twins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
Lorelei James has done it again! She is able to take 100 pages and just fill it with the most incredible western romance I have ever read. Cal and Kimi, one of the most beloved couples in the McKay family, finally have a chance to have their love story told in this new novella from James. Told in only a few short chapters, we are taken on the adventure of the love story that is Cal and Kimi. First meeting at an ice cream parlor, Cal is immediately smitten with the sixteen year old Kimi. Their ages keep them apart, but when Kimi turns 18 and returns to her hometown sparks ignite. When all of the forces in the world seem to be pulling them apart, they find themselves battling against the forces to find true love with one another. Sexy, sweet, and heartfelt, Lorelei James has hit this novella out of the ballpark. I have grown with this family through the series and if anything, the only minor complaint that I have is that it is too short. My time with the McKays wasn’t nearly enough but I do truly cherish their lovely little love story. Brava Ms. James, Brava!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Another look back in time to the origins of some of my favorite heroes in romance. Yes, after the epic story of Carson McKay and Carolyn West in COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY, Ms. James goes back in time to show us how Calvin McKay and Kimi West got together. I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that twins Calvin and Carson McKay ended up marrying the West sisters. I had already fallen in love with Carolyn, and it was fun to see the differences between the brothers as well as the sisters. LONG TIME GONE gives us that glimpse. And where COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY was more tumultuous and heart wrenching, LONG TIME GONE was easy going, a slow burn that once it gets going it quickly sparks. Calvin falls in lust with Kimi at first sight when he meets her just before his brother’s wedding. At the time she was a week shy of 17. She may be young, but she knows what she wants. She has a big personality with a side of rebel. She’s been repressed by her family and just wants to forge her path on her own. Even if that path leads her away from home. Or maybe in hopes of that. Calvin shocked me with his cool and calm demeanor, his patience and his determination to get the girl he had his heart set on. Kimi doesn’t make things easy but somehow Calvin is just that strong, silent type that works perfectly to reel her in and tame her. They are almost complete opposites and complement each other so well. Reading these stories now almost makes me forget about any of their interactions I’ve read in the series. And definitely makes me want to do a whole series re-read! For long time lovers of the series (like me!), this is a must read. Everything you love from Ms. James is here, and I can’t help but want to gobble up anything new about the McKays to fit in my puzzle. For new fans? It may just be a glimpse into the big McKay world that you MUST get into. This might just be the best western erotic series out there. So do yourself a favor and pick it up right away. Now the elephant in the room? The Boone and Sierra story excerpt. I refuse to read it, because it will only highten my anticipation and I don’t think I can handle that right now. But if you don’t mind the itchy grabby paws it’ll give you by reading it, then go for it! Ms. James gave us some exciting news about the “placement” of this story in the Rough Riders universe. I think you’ll be happy with the news, as much as I am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg I loved this .!!!! Rough Riders is my all time favorite series!!! So happy you decided to explore more into this. I've miss the McCays and west Loved loved loved this
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I loved the story I just wish it would have been longer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cal may have taken over as my favorite McKay!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not disappoint! Loved it, even though short. Got a taste of things to come...loved that also. Keep up the great writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...Love all the Rough Riders stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!!
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you read a book and it just sticks with you no matter how you feel about the subsequent books you read after. But, for me, it has always been this entire Rough Riders series. It's just something so exceedingly special, you have to read it to understand where I’m coming from. I just can't quite put into words to tell you all just how much I absolutely adore it. The series warms my heart in ways that no other book or series has ever been able to accomplish, so I can’t highly suggest enough that you need to take the time to read it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Long Time Gone is a sexy and extraordinarily sweet novella that gives us a glimpse back into the history of Cal and Kimi McKay’s relationship and how it all started. From the moment these two meet in the ice cream parlor, there is no turning back for either one of them. They are undeniably perfect for one another, despite the West/McKay complications, and I absolutely adore these two. I love and respect Cal even more so now after learning the way he allowed Kimi to spread her wings. He knew if you love something with the desire to be free, that you need to let it go so it comes back to you strong than ever before. I seriously don’t know how Cal, or Kimi for that matter, managed those years while she was gone. I was amazed at the determination and strength of their love, because this is what pulled them through. Let me put this quite simply for all of you guys, Cal McKay is nothing short of amazing. It’s no wonder his sons are two of my favorite guys from the McKay clan, because the apple didn’t fall far from the tree there. With all that said, I’m sure you know I’m going to tell you that this is a MUST read. Their relationship is complicated, but yet also so simple in the purity of the love they have for one another. I have to say it again because it bares reminding, but I just love these two. So read this book, but more so read the whole series. When you are invested in it like I am, each time you get to revisit with your favorite family becomes such a treat. I can’t wait for what Lorelei has in store for us next.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
I’m pretty much a fan girl of the Rough Riders series and even after sixteen books Kimi and Carson have always been the couple that I wanted to know more about. Part of it is due to the fact that the Wonder Twins aka Kade and Kane are my favorite McKay’s and wanting to know more about their parents goes hand in hand. The other is that whenever Kimi was apart of a scene she always captured my attention and after Cowboy Take Me Away, I really, really wanted to know more about Kimi and Cal, so you can just imagine how excited I was when it was announced that they would be getting their own book. It didn’t matter that it was a novella, I just wanted something and I was in no way disappointed! I thought I loved Kimi and Calvin before, but now I absolutely adore them and they may just be my favorite couple of the series or at least top three. (It tends to change when I start a re read). But regardless, I loved that while Kimi is definitely a Blonde Tornado in every way ~ firey, speaks her mind, knows who she is and what she wants ~ she is also a deeply caring and observant woman, even when we meet her at the tender age of sixteen.  Calvin is all sexy charm and charisma, something that we’ve come to expect and love about all the men in the Rough Rider world, but his runs on the calmer, more relaxed side of the coin though he’s  just as sly, intense and determined as the rest of them.   I loved how their relationship progressed. Having known already that they’d had that instant connection from reading Cowboy Take Me Away, it was fun to watch how they handled it. The open and honest nature of their relationship was refreshing, as was the lack of unnecessary drama, and the chemistry between them as hot as Kimi’s fiery personality.  As for that excerpt about Sierra and Boone? What a perfect start (continuation?) of their story and it looks like it’s going to be a wild ride. The Bottom Line: I loved this glimpse into the beginning of Kimi and Calvin’s relationship and though I do want more, I’m satisfied...for now.
CBurns More than 1 year ago
Short story, that leaves you longing for more! Love every book in the Rough Riders Series.