Racked and Stacked

Racked and Stacked

by Lorelei James

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ISBN-13: 9780399584121
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: Blacktop Cowboys Series , #9
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 3,125
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Need You Series and the Blacktop Cowboys® Series. Her books have won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award.

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Racked and Stacked (Blacktop Cowboys Series #9) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Lorelei James does it again with this great addition to her Blacktop Cowboy series. Riss is a headstrong woman that refuses to date, Ike seems to be ready to settle down. Will these two friendemies become lovers? This is a summer must read!!!
Anonymous 14 days ago
The raw emotions and gut wrenching life changes that makes lorelei james books so satisfying are here, but they seem superficial. Some of the dialog seems recycled and not unique to these characters. It's kind of hard to understand where Ike is coming from. Why did they dislike each other so much? He is laid back and she is abrasive, but that hardly seems enough. Ris is hard to really like because she is so rude. Really she is pretty obnoxious. Fun to get an inside peek into the trucking industry (one of the perks of James novels is the accurate depictions she gives of different professions. At least when my profession was in there it was accurate). Still a good read, since it is lorelei james, but nowhere near the quality of some her others.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Another Lorelei James hit! Totally worth the wait
grammyx3 8 months ago
It's not role-playing, it's alternate reality according to Larissa "Riss" Thorpe. That's how Riss explains her "not-so-truthful" adventures in Ike Palmer or Clem from Texas as Riss claims his name is when in Runnings, a ranch supply store in Casper, Wyoming on their "first date." Riss identifies herself as Clem's wife Bootsie who busted her arm (see the full cast on her right arm) chasing coral snakes in Texas. She explains to the clerk that she even asked her surgeon to create a fake snakeskin cast; to no avail. How's that scenario for a first date? Racked and Stacked is the latest addition to Lorelei James' Blacktop Cowboys series. It's chock full of fun with witty bantering between heroine, Riss Thorpe and Hero, Ike Palmer, poignant scenes where the hero and heroine have revelations of past life mistakes, some "sweet" hugs and also sexy times. I really like these two characters and thoroughly enjoyed their definite up-hill climb to a Happily Ever After. Come join the sexy times and fun battles between Riss and Ike. You'll be glad you are along for the ride.
Lashea677 9 months ago
Riss doesn't know how to be invisible. She makes herself heard. Her brash personality is her calling card. She's no wilting violet. She can keep up with any man. Unfortunately what is her most appealing quality is also a painful cross for her to bear. She wants to be true to herself, but will it end up costing her a chance to be loved? Lorelei James goes beyond the armor and exposes what makes Ike and Riss a perfect match. Racked and Stacked is not just a romance. It's about staying true to your heart despite the inconvenience. Ike and Riss wear their flaws proudly, however what each fails to realize is that the imperfections are perfectly placed to help the uniqueness shine through. James and her dueling duo headline an important message with laughter and heart. Loved it!! Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
ruthmarie94 9 months ago
I am going to say I had a tough time reading this book. It is because I really wanted to take both Ike and Riss and knock their heads together. Ike and Riss must be the most stubborn people Lorelei has written. After saying all this I really did enjoy the book, and I am ok I didn’t read it in all one day (I have less time between books now). Larissa (Riss to all that know her) is a tomboy and is very vocal about her sex life. She is a one and done type girl (yes, I know this is not normal). She is the youngest in the family and the only girl (she has 3 brothers). Riss is tough as nails and can take care of herself! Until she gets hurt worst than ever and now has no choice but to accept help. Ike is the oldest in his family and has 3 sisters. He thinks he knows how to handle (take care of) women. He is a former cattle broker and feels he knows where his life is going at least for right now. When Ike finds out Riss has been hurt and needs to be cared for he jumps right in. He is only doing this because he feels no one else can. There is no way they could be more to each other than part time friends/ enemies. They are like oil and water and don’t mix. Can they get pass their stubbornness for a chance to see where the attraction leads or will they explode and never talk again? * ARC provided by author for an honest review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I love this series! I wondered how Lorelei James was to get the tough, brash, and sassy Russia together with Ike, and whether they would work as a couple..... Ms James did not disappoint!!! These two were meant to be together! Lorelei James wrote perfect back stories and wrote two characters perfectly suited for one another. Watching then both overcome issues in order to be together made the story that much more believable. This is just another example of why Lorelei James is one of my all time favors authors. She writes stories that suck you in and worlds that you never want to leave!!!
brandihowell1 9 months ago
A wonderful story of frenemies to lovers, showing the thin line between love and hate. Ike has had a bad couple of years. After everything in his life is turned upside down, losing his job of 20 years has put Ike at loose ends. Riss never wants to admit to needing help. Now she is in the position of needing lots of help. I love this story of two very stubborn people that find out it is ok to need help and not have all the answers every once in awhile it is ok to ask for help.
Nancy2949 9 months ago
I have never read a LJ book I didn't like! James style is as bold as her characters and Riss is as bold as they come. She is both strong and vulnerable and watching her form a friendship with Ike after being 'enemies' for years was a beautiful story. As Ike learns - love and attraction can change over time or in an instant. My favorite part of this story is its timeliness...many people face job loss, injuries, and the struggle of needing the help from others when they are usually so independent. Both Riss and Ike grew as their story unfolds and I couldn't help but root for them. Lorelei James is a prolific writer of romance. I highly recommend that anyone who likes to 'invest' in the characters to research all her books - she has more than a few titles and has created families and friends that you can't help but treat as one of our own. Read all her series and enjoy the diverse story lines she has created.
Pebbles92 9 months ago
Racked and Stacked is Book 9 of Lorelei James' Blacktop Cowboys series. While you can probably pick it up easy enough and follow along, I do recommend reading at least the book prior as Tobin and Jade do make some appearances in this book as well. Ironically, I found myself reading this in the car at the start of our family vacation to none other than the South Dakota/Wyoming area. The author did such a superb job of bringing the story to life that I half expected to look up and find myself right in the middle. After driving in the mountains, I can certainly appreciate Riss and Ike's truck driving skills. I can't even imagine driving a big rig on those steep slopes. This book was simply amazing! Even though they started off as enemies, the heat leaped from the pages between these 2. It was great how they agreed to put their differences aside for their friends and found love along the way. It was also refreshing for the author to include financial and employment struggles. It seems like everyone's been jumping on the billionaire bandwagon. Overall this was an excellent addition to the series and I look forward to the next!
JAegan 9 months ago
Ike and Riss have done the unthinkable... they’ve managed to call a truce to their constant bickering. The weird thing? It seems to get easier everyday. Gasp! It’s almost like they could be friends! When Riss injures herself and needs a caretaker, everyone is surprised that the person to step up is Ike Palmer. He’s be taking care of people all his life. He knows the fiery, sassy truck driver is a handful, but he demands (literally) that she stay with him for 2 weeks while she recovers. Riss is out of options-she can’t take care of herself. She can either stay at her brother’s bachelor pad with 3 men who boss her around, or she can stay with Ike who also...bosses her around. She’s intrigued by her growing attraction, but the more time she spends with him she realizes... Ike’s kind of a mess. He’s taken procrastination to a new high regarding the stock contracting business. He’s lacking direction and unhappy in his career choice. He’s taking good care of Riss, but she realizes quick that he needs someone to take care of him also. Sometimes the truth hurts and Riss doesn’t hold back her opinions. She lights a fire in Ike to make the changes he needs. The pair have to learn a new normal when it comes to their futures. They have to overcome challenges with family, careers and since they’re both so stubborn they have to get out of their own way in order to find their happy ever after. Lorelei James creates amazing characters and wonderful stories, Ike and Riss are no exception. The chemistry and depth of their relationship is fantastic. It’s great to read the next installment of the Blacktop Cowboys series and get additional peeks at what’s happening with other BTC characters from past books.
JAegan 9 months ago
Ike and Riss have done the unthinkable... they’ve managed to call a truce to their constant bickering. The weird thing? It seems to get easier everyday. Gasp! It’s almost like they could be friends! When Riss injures herself and needs a caretaker, everyone is surprised that the person to step up is Ike Palmer. He’s be taking care of people all his life. He knows the fiery, sassy truck driver is a handful, but he demands (literally) that she stay with him for 2 weeks while she recovers. Riss is out of options-she can’t take care of herself. She can either stay at her brother’s bachelor pad with 3 men who boss her around, or she can stay with Ike who also...bosses her around. She’s intrigued by her growing attraction, but the more time she spends with him she realizes... Ike’s kind of a mess. He’s taken procrastination to a new high regarding the stock contracting business. He’s lacking direction and unhappy in his career choice. He’s taking good care of Riss, but she realizes quick that he needs someone to take care of him also. Sometimes the truth hurts and Riss doesn’t hold back her opinions. She lights a fire in Ike to make the changes he needs. The pair have to learn a new normal when it comes to their futures. They have to overcome challenges with family, careers and since they’re both so stubborn they have to get out of their own way in order to find their happy ever after. Lorelei James creates amazing characters and wonderful stories, Ike and Riss are no exception. The chemistry and depth of their relationship is fantastic. It’s great to read the next installment of the Blacktop Cowboys series and get additional peeks at what’s happening with other BTC characters from past books.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 9 months ago
RACKED AND STACKED is the ninth full-length instalment in Lorelei James’ contemporary, adult BLACKTOP COWBOYS erotic, cowboy romance series. This is thirty-year old, truck driver Larissa ‘Riss’ Thorpe, and forty-year old, former cattle broker Ike Palmer’s story line. RACKED AND STACKED can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Riss and Ike) RACKED AND STACKED focuses on the contemptuous relationship between thirty-year old, truck driver Larissa ‘Riss’ Thorpe, and forty-year old, former cattle broker Ike Palmer. Ike Palmer is the bane of Riss Thorpe’s existence since the day, two years earlier, Ike supposedly got her brother Lloyd fired. For the upcoming wedding of Tobin and Jade, Ike and Riss have agreed to call a truce in their mutual disdain for one another until an accident finds Riss in need of round the clock care, and Ike offers up his services for the foreseeable future. What ensues is the building but acrimonious relationship between Riss and Ike, and the potential fall-out as a distinct lack of communication, snark, misunderstanding, and risks to one another’s independence threatens the growing love and limited peace that as developed throughout the weeks. Larissa Thorpe is a bit of a ball-buster; a hard-nosed, stubborn, in your face heroine who refuses to ask for help especially where is concerns any threat to her long-fought independence. Finding herself laid-up for close to twelve weeks is a slap in the face for both her financial and personal life but coming face to face with the man who was once the target of every nasty word and thought pushes our heroine into a friend zone that slowly develops into something more. Ike Palmer raised his three younger sisters, and didn’t think anything about helping Larissa Thorpe on her long road to recovery but Ike never expected to find himself falling in love with the foul-mouthed red-head who was currently starring in his fantasies and dreams. The relationship between Ike and Larissa is an enemies to friends to lovers romance that struggles with misunderstanding, a lack of communication, and Riss’s fear of losing her independence. Ike’s fear of failure pulls him closer to the brink of bankruptcy and unemployment, and Riss’ downtime forces her to confront the direction of her life. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic, intense and seductive but I dislike the use of a certain four-letter word I found unnecessary in a romance story line. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Larissa’s brothers-Lou, Lonnie and Lloyd, as their Aunt Beatrice; Ike’s sisters Lea, Jen and Kay, as well as Tobin and Jade (Hang Tough #8). RACKED AND STACKED is a story of family, friendship, misunderstanding and forgiveness. The premise is energetic and encouraging; the characters are lively and animated; the romance is fated and sassy. RACKED AND STACKED is an engaging and delightful addition to the Blacktop Cowboys series.
SandyCONative 9 months ago
A truce brought on by a friend's wedding, a life changing injury, intense sexual chemistry and hysterical verbal foreplay. Out of that grows trust and respect leading to the sweetest love story. I loved this book. It shows things aren't always as they appear. Another awesome story from Lorelei James.
Aprilp1980 9 months ago
Another great story in the Black Top Cowboys series. Ike and Riss have a love hate relationship, they love to hate each other. Until their respective best friends decide to tie the knot. That is when they choose to call a truce. I really enjoyed reading this enemy to lovers story. I’ve been hoping these two would get their own book and I’m glad they finally did. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
beausmommy 9 months ago
The next story in the Blacktop Cowboys series...Ike and Rissa have been frenemies for years. With their two best friends getting married, they have to come to some kind of truce to get through the wedding. No problem, right? Wrong! A small truce leads to big trouble. When they find themselves in need of each other’s help, that truce leads to true love. But can a stubborn, tomboy woman really fall in love with a headstrong, confirmed bachelor? Another awesome story by Lorelei James. Read the rest of the series if you haven’t already.
MoniqueD 9 months ago
After two years of relentless squabbling, Rhiss Thorpe and Ike Palmer had come to the conclusion that a truce was in order, at least until their best friends were married. It would not do to fight each other when you are respectively bridesmaid and best man. Little did they know that it would come in handy when one of them got hurt! A friend of mine had recommended I read Lorelei James’ books. While I implicitly trust her, I was a tad concerned that RACKED AND STACKED would consist mostly of sex scenes with a flimsy story to hold the steamy bits together, since it was the impression I had got from reading some reviews of the author’s past work. I am overjoyed to admit that my fears were entirely unjustified, as RACKED AND STACKED is absolutely brilliant! I adored Rhiss, her foul mouth and unrepentant independence and her hold-no-prisoner attitude; she’s someone I would love to call my friend. Ike’s character is unlike anyone I have ever read about, and this is due entirely to Ms. James’ extraordinary writing skills at fleshing out her characters. Watching Ike and Rhiss go from enemies to more, was positively enthralling! Ms. James made me go through the wringer, as RACKED AND STACKED is all show and no tell. At all! Which is nearly a novelty with this sort of trope; the author’s storytelling skills simply blew me away! Gripping from the very beginning, I was hanging on to every word, almost nothing predictable happened, and it was glorious! I also liked the fact that both Rhiss and Ike are blue collars, and have normal money worries; no over the top drama, no rescuing of damsels in distress – Rhiss would have had a fit – everything was just perfect! Lorelei James was a new-to-me author who, with one book, vaulted to the top of my contemporary romance author list. If you like a romance that is entertaining, intelligent, with characters who behave like adults, not teenagers, I could not recommend RACKED AND STACKED and Lorelei James any higher! This is truly a remarkable book!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 9 months ago
Racked and Stacked is a countrified frenemies to lovers tale that will leave you with a smile. Larissa "Riss" Thorpe is smart, independent and a “hump em and dump em” kind of gal. She doesn’t get involved. Ike Palmer has been too busy raising his younger sisters and building a business to get involved. Not to mention the stick up his a$$. When a broken arm makes Riss dependent on Ike they discover that maybe the sparks between them can be more than hate. This is a sweet and sexy romp that will leave a warm spot in your heart.
D_Widener 9 months ago
Riss and Ike are the epitome of frenemies. There’s a family dynamic between her brothers and Ike and have pitted them against each other. The two have no choice but to call a truce for a friends wedding...and boy that truce is the best thing that ever happened to them. They find out that there is a lot of chemistry between them. You need to read this story and see how the magic between them unfolds.
D_Widener 9 months ago
Riss and Ike are the epitome of frenemies. There’s a family dynamic between her brothers and Ike and have pitted them against each other. The two have no choice but to call a truce for a friends wedding...and boy that truce is the best thing that ever happened to them. They find out that there is a lot of chemistry between them. You need to read this story and see how the magic between them unfolds.