New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James returns for another wild ride in Wyoming with a new Blacktop Cowboys® novel.
Years in the Army equipped Bailey Masterson for many things: target shooting, rappelling off cliffs, dodging grenades. She's lived through horrors that still give her nightmares. But nothing in Bailey's life-or-death training prepared her for caring for the tiny terror that is five-year-old Olivia Hale. Or how to control her raging attraction to Olivia's father, Streeter, the rugged, green-eyed cattle rancher who undermines her every move even when he stars in her dreams.
Streeter Hale has room for only two things in his life: his daughter and his job. He doesn't date. He doesn't get attached. Not anymore. So not only is Streeter stunned by Olivia's improved behavior after just a few days with Bailey, he's downright floored by his immediate attraction to the woman. But with secrets in her eyes and a body that doesn't quit, Streeter begins to worry that Bailey Masterson might just be the one woman to heal his fractured family and broken heart.
One thing's for surethese two wrecked souls are spinning out of control as they desperately try not to fall in love...
About the Author
Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances set in the modern-day Wild West, as well as the bestselling Need You and Mastered series.
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No no no no no no no, not again.
Streeter Hale practically had to run after his babysitter as she hoofed it away from the house. "Please wait just a minute, Mrs. McCutcheon, I'm sure we can find a better way to deal with-"
That was all he got out before she whirled around so fast he nearly plowed into her.
"I'm done. That's it. I've tried. I've failed. Good luck finding a replacement caregiver. You'll need it since I was your last option at the agency." Through gritted teeth she said, "That child . . ."
Don't you dare say it. I swear I will lose my shit if you call my daughter something like the devil's spawn or a demon child.
"That child . . . what?" he said tersely.
"That child needs a firmer hand." She raised her chin and glared at him. "I have forty years of childcare experience. In addition to running a daycare and a preschool for twenty-five years, I have four children of my own and ten grandchildren. In those forty years I've never let a child best me. Never. Congratulations. Your five-year-old daughter did what so many others before her tried and failed to do: made me want to quit."
Streeter locked eyes with the older woman, who was a dead ringer for Mrs. Doubtfire. "Can I ask what Olivia did this time?"
"The fact you had to tack on 'this time' is the biggest indicator that there is a problem, Mr. Hale. It wasn't one action, although her drum solo on pots and pans was the final straw."
She harrumphed. "Olivia should be apologizing, not you. Stop letting her use her mother's death as an excuse to misbehave-she's not the only child who's lost a parent. Besides, she's five years old, for crying out loud. She'll be starting kindergarten in the fall. The teacher won't put up with her tantrums or her backtalking or her manipulations. And you shouldn't either."
Why don't you tell me how you really feel?
But she wasn't the first person who'd told him that. With her being the sixth childcare provider who'd quit in the past eighteen months . . . he had to admit something had to change. "Thank you for your advice, Mrs. McCutcheon."
She sent him a look that said she didn't believe he'd take it. She shrugged and continued her escape.
Streeter took several deep breaths. Then he counted to ten slowly, six times, before he headed into his house.
The trailer was completely quiet, but the place was a total wreck.
He said, "Olivia. Come out here."
Louder, he said, "Now. I mean it."
The crocheted afghan on the back of the sofa cushion moved against the paneled wall and he watched his daughter crawl out from behind the tweed couch.
Kid was like a little mouse, squeezing into the tightest spaces.
Her super fine blond hair nearly stood on end from static electricity. His eyes narrowed on her clothing. Not what he'd dressed her in when he'd left the house two hours ago. She'd donned her one-piece mermaid swimsuit, pairing it with her Frozen Elsa leggings, the plaid satin Christmas skirt from last year and a beaded metal necklace. His heart stopped as he imagined that necklace getting caught in the loose threads on the back of the couch and choking her. Not to mention the fact she'd somehow gotten into his closet where he'd stashed her mother's costume jewelry-an area he'd warned her multiple times was off-limits.
Pick your battles. Do not give in to your fear by becoming angry and yelling.
That was hard as hell when his little spitfire looked at him defiantly and said, "What?"
"You know what." He pointed to the time-out chair. "Park it."
"Right now, Olivia Joyce."
Her blue eyes widened. He only pulled out her middle name when she was in deep shit. She dramatically flopped in the chair like a disgusted teen. Tough for a five-year-old to pull off, but she managed it.
"Tell me what happened with Mrs. McCutcheon today."
"She made me sit at the table and color." Her freckled nose wrinkled. "I told her I wanted to play the drums. She said no and when she went to the bathroom I got all the stuff out because she was in there a really really really long time."
"And?" he prompted again.
Her bare feet began to swing beneath the chair. "And when she finally came out, she told me to stop beatin' on the pans."
She shook her head. "Then she tried to make me stop, but it's not my fault she tripped over my jump rope and fell down."
Streeter pinned her with a look. "Where was the jump rope, Olivia?"
"Umm . . . I tied it between a chair leg and the cupboard door handle."
"Like a booby trap?" he demanded.
She frowned. "A what?"
"A hidden trap."
"Well, yeah, 'cept it wasn't really hidden. I was just tryin' to keep her from comin' into the kitchen and stopping my drum practice."
He deeply regretted letting her watch that Drumline movie a few months back; she'd been obsessed with turning everything into a percussion instrument ever since. "Regardless. Who was in charge?"
"And if she told you no . . . what were you supposed to do?"
Olivia crossed her arms over her chest. "Listen to her and do what she says."
"And you didn't."
"It's my house, Daddy. Why won't she ever let me do what I want to do in my own house?"
"We've talked about this a hundred times, Olivia. You are not the adult. You are not in charge. You don't make the rules. You follow the rules set by the adults. All the rules. All the time."
"Even if the rules are dumb?" she countered.
"Yes." Streeter removed his cowboy hat and ran his hand through his sweaty hair. "And now I've had to take time off from work. So get your boots on, girlie, because we're leavin'."
"Mrs. McC isn't waitin' outside until you're done setting me straight?"
Good lord. The mouth and the brain on this girl. "No. She quit."
"Oh." Olivia slumped in the chair. "She smelled weird anyway."
His brain cautioned him not to ask, but his mouth was already moving. "What do you mean by weird?"
"She smelled mean."
"How do you know what mean smells like?"
"Because it smells like her."
Okay, then. "Get movin'. I don't wanna hear any complaints about you havin' a peanut butter sandwich for lunch again today."
"I'm comin' to work with you?"
Streeter stopped halfway to the kitchen and looked back at her. "Where else did you think you were gonna go?"
Olivia hopped off the chair. "To Aunt Jade's house."
"She just had baby Micah two months ago, sweetheart. She's busy with him and your cousin Amber."
"But I could help her!"
His sweet sister-in-law Jade was on the very short list of people who could handle Olivia on a regular basis. But he'd been careful not to overstep his bounds with his brother's wife, asking too much of her when it came to taking care of his daughter-even before Jade had two kids under age two.
"I would follow all the rules for her. I always do. Please, Daddy? I'll be good. I promise."
He had a lightbulb moment. "Is that what this has been about? You actin' up so Mrs. McC quits and you expecting that I'll let you stay with Jade instead?"
She looked guilty.
"Olivia, that ain't how things work. You know it. Now while I'm makin' your lunch, grab something to do in the truck 'cause you're gonna be in there a few hours."
"Hours?" she repeated with horror. "What am I s'posed to do for that long?"
"Bring your coloring stuff."
"Boring," she said with a sniff. "Can I play with your phone?"
"No." Maybe his smile was a little insincere when he said, "Or you could always practice your drumming on the dashboard."
Later that night, while Olivia watched a movie, Streeter scoured Craigslist for potential daycare options. With Olivia signed up for a half a day at the Learning Center in Casper, and a full day at the upcoming Split Rock Summer Day Camp, he only needed in-home daycare three days a week. Surely there had to be high school or college students looking for a part-time summer job. Without the agency fees tacked on he could afford to pay four bucks an hour more than the standard rate.
He followed link after link until his vision went blurry and his frustration mounted. As he was about to give up, he saw an ad for a babysitters' co-op, which appeared to be run by a woman and six of her female family members. He filled out the form, clicked send and crossed his fingers they'd get back to him soon.
Ten minutes later his phone rang. "Hello?"
"Speakin'. Who's this?"
"Marianne Smolen. You sent an online inquiry to Helping Hands Daycare Co-op?"
"Wow. That's what I call a fast response."
"This is the only time of day I can deal with business. So before I get to your questions . . . can you give me some more family information?"
A ball of dread tightened in his gut. "Sure. What would you like to know?'
"You indicated that your daughter Olivia is five and you've been a single parent since she was six months old?"
"Yes. Her mother died when she was a baby." Please don't ask specifics.
"I'm sorry. As a single parent myself, I know how hard that is. Do you have other family members helping you out with her care?"
"Olivia spent one day a week with my sister-in-law until she had a baby two months ago. Olivia spends some weekends with her maternal grandparents. The rest of my workin' hours she's either with me or I have someone come in to take care of her."
"She's not new to a daycare situation."
"No. We tried the drop-off type a couple of times and it never worked out. In-home daycare is better for both of us."
"For this summer session you're only looking for part-time care?"
"Yeah. Olivia will be attending two different camps, so I'll only need daycare three other days during the week."
"Living in Muddy Gap is a bit of a drive for us, since we're based in Rawlins."
"I'm willin' to pay for travel time. But they'll need to be here by seven thirty a.m."
"Would you need a childcare provider with her own vehicle?"
Weird question. "Only to drive here. I'm not lookin' for someone to haul Olivia around, just someone to take care of her in her own home when I'm at work."
"Understood. To be clear, the reason we're called a co-op is I have six daycare workers in my employ. Because you'd be a part-time client, I can't guarantee a specific caregiver, but I believe that might serve your needs better given the other information you provided about Olivia."
"You have any questions for me?" she prompted.
"What are the ages of the caregivers you're considering for this position?"
"All teenagers, all out of high school and attending college, all with great referrals, which can be shared upon request." She paused. "I'll be blunt, Mr. Hale. This isn't the most economical option for any family. Are you sure you want to proceed?"
Streeter's cheeks flushed. He hated the assumption that he was dirt poor just because he was a ranch hand and lived in a trailer. "Yep. Do I need to pay a deposit?"
"We call it an application fee, which you can pay online." Papers shuffled in the background. "I'd like to send a caregiver one day this week. Wednesday at noon?"
"That'll work. Have her call my cell when she arrives at the Split Rock Resort and I'll meet her and show her where to go."
"Perfect. I'll email you an invoice with the pay link. And if anything changes, please contact us. We have a twenty-four-hour answering service."
She hung up.
Streeter stared at the phone for a moment. Then he said, "Huh. I guess when one door closes-"
"I always close the door, Daddy," Olivia interjected.
He glanced over at his daughter sprawled on the couch, wondering how much of his conversation she'd paid attention to. "Most of the time you do."
"Did I get a new babysitter?"
So she had been listening. "Yep. Someone will be here this week."
"Is she old like Mrs. McC?"
She rolled on to her stomach and looked at him. "I heard you tell 'em I don't got a mommy."
"That's something they need to know, squirt."
Olivia crossed, uncrossed and recrossed her ankles as she studied him.
He braced himself. Any change in her life triggered questions about her mother. He just hoped it didn't trigger her night terrors too.
"Can I ask you something, Daddy?"
"If I had my mommy would I still have a babysitter?"
How was he supposed to answer that? "Maybe."
She considered his response for a moment. "Gramma Deenie always tells me that my mommy loved me so so so much." Cross, uncross, recross. "But I think she's lyin'."
Jesus. "Why would you think that, Olivia?"
"Because Gramma cries every time she says it."
"Talkin' about your mom always makes your gramma sad."
"Maybe Gramma was sad because she knew my mommy didn't love me."
He took a deep breath in and let it out softly. The therapist told him to let these types of conversations run their course. Don't correct her. Don't change the subject. Ask her questions and listen to her answers. "You still haven't given me a reason why you think your mother didn't love you."
"Because if she really loved me then she wouldna died."
Streeter moved to sit beside her. He smoothed back her staticky hair. "Darlin' girl, we've talked about this. All the love in the world can't keep anyone from dyin'. My mama loved me and she died too."
She crawled onto his lap and rested her head on his shoulder-an odd reaction for her, and he held his breath. Several long minutes went by as she fiddled with the buttons on his shirt. "Do you think Mommy loved me?"
Such an innocent question shouldn't require him to take a couple of breaths before he answered. "Yeah, sweetheart, she did."
"You love Mommy, right?"
"I did." Thank god she was too young to pick up on the past tense.
"Gramma Deenie said I don't need another mommy as long as I've got her."
He kissed the top of her head. "Well, you needed another babysitter today after Mrs. McC quit."
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This is Bailey and Streeter book, Streeter only has time for two things in his life his daughter and his job. He doesn’t date and he doesn’t get attached he barely checks out women these days, not anymore though Streeters shocked and stunned by his daughter Olivia’s improve behavior after just a few days with his new nanny/teacher! But he is downright shocked by the immediate attraction to the very same woman! Bailey is ex army she’s great at shooting , repelling off cliffs and dodging grenades! But nothing in her life or death training prepared her for caring for this tiny terror that is five-year-old Olivia! Or how to control her Hot blooded attraction to Olivia‘s father! He’s a hot, rugged, grumpy green eyed cattle rancher! This book was really good I definitely enjoyed reading this one I’m not too into the cowboy books like everybody else seems to be but I really enjoyed reading this one! I definitely recommend reading this one don’t miss out it’s well worth the read! Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for sharing this book with me!
Holy hotness, this book brings the heat! What's better than finding a hot as all get out romance... Finding one that the reader can really sink their teeth into because its not just fluff but some serious storytelling. Spun Out is definitely one of those sink your teeth into, riveted me to the pages, reads. Gripping and emotional charged with characters that connect the reader to the tale. Spun Out had everything I was looking for in a novel, A heartfelt tale with some serious chemistry, that pulls you through an emotional gambit and I loved every minute. I received this ARC copy of Spun Out from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.
This is an all feelings book. It gets down to the nitty gritty of some tough subjects. I laughed and I cried. It’s well written and enlightening. Streeter and Olivia have been through some hard times. Bailey has had some tough issues to work through and a future to thing about. We get to see how they work together and learn to love, trust and believe in each other.
Spun Out is the tenth book in the Blacktop Cowboys. It was a really good story that touched on two very serious topics, which was post-partum depression and Lupus and it's consequences to both our main characters. Bailey and Streeter get together for a no strings attached relationship. As they spend many steamy sexy times together the wall they had erected around their hearts begin to crumble day by day. I enjoyed reading how in their case the roles in the relationship were reversed, Bailey was the more experienced and open about what she wanted, while Streeter was a little more reserved and less experienced. Though it didn't take long for him to let go of his shyness. They both have gone through so much that we just wanted them to realize that they belonged together. I liked that both Bailey and Streeter were not perfect. They were surviving day by day on their own. Which was kind of sad because they both had family who were good people. This book had a quite a few characters, but all were fun to read about. They each added to Bailey and Streeter's story. The epilogue was a great one! It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for an honest review.
Smoking, witty, page turning, and I never wanted it to end! Lorelei James has a way of making her characters seem like they're in the next room and you're eavesdropping on their lives. Her plot line and character development are so realistic it's a fantastic experience for the reader. Bailey and Streeter's story is no different. We get to watch as their relationship gets off to an interesting start and then the fires start burning. I adore the Blacktop Cowboy series, and this book is a welcome addition. I'm so excited that Bailey finally got her own story and HEA. It can be read as a standalone, but you lose out on all of the character backstory. So treat yourself and one-click the rest of the series too.
This is book 10 in the Blacktop Cowboy series and can absolutely be read as a stand alone and still understand everything that happens in it. Bailey Masterson has spent the last few years in the Army and now has to make the decision on whether to move on from it or find something else that can make her happy. But after so many years in she only knows the training that was provided to her and doesn't know what she would do, or even want to do, if she leaves. Streeter Hale has been a single parent since his daughter was a baby. He doesn't have time for anything but his daughter and his job. And he certainly doesn't expect or want the attraction he feels towards Bailey. Especially as he knows she has her own wounds and secrets that she is dealing with. But these two may be just the thing that is needed in order for them to be whole and strong. I really liked this one! I hadn't read any of the other books in this series and was iffy about starting this many books in, but it sounded really good and now I am glad I did! Bailey seems like she is this woman who is beyond strong and can do anything, but she has things that she struggles with just like everyone else. And that made me love her even more!! Streeter has been struggling with raising his daughter on his own since she was a baby and the things that happened with her mother. But he does his best and even takes the steps he knows are necessary to try to be the best parent he can be. Olivia is this funny and quirky little girl who definitely makes you laugh even though you know she has her own issues as well. The only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars was because I struggled with the beginning and getting into it. But once I got farther in, I was completely sucked into the story and couldn't put it down until I finished it! It was definitely well worth the read!
Spun Out is Book 10 of Lorelei James' Blacktop Cowboys series. While I've read most of the series, I haven't had a chance to read them all and I'd say even though past characters do make appearances throughout, it stands perfectly fine on its own. This was a fun, steamy, wonderful romance that didn't shy away from some of the tough stuff in life. Bailey and Streeter were an amazing couple and at times I swore the heat between them was going to melt my Kindle! Another amazing addition to the series and I look forward to more Blacktop Cowboys!
Buckle up and get ready for Lorelei’s next installment of the Blacktop Cowboys series. I will warn you that this book does have some very heavy and serious content in it. However this is the story of Streeter & Olivia Hale’s path from the devastating loss of their wife/mother to finding happiness as a family. Streeter and Olivia are struggling at times as a father daughter unit but Bailey Masterson somehow brings in a little more discipline and purpose to their life. Watch how all three work through the struggles of life together. This is a must read!
4 Stars Review by Leah Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog A sweet coming home and starting over story. Spun Out, Blacktop Cowboy #10, by Lorelei James has so much laughter and heart. From the father/daughter relationship to the relationships of everyone on the ranch, it will make you feel right at home. Bailey is coming home to regroup and figure out her next step. Helping out her sister in her shop, she sees a little thief running through the store. Bailey decides to pursue this little thief and that’s where the antics and laughter begins. What she walks into is hilarious! Since Bailey happens to be in town and has military training, who else would be the best as running a summer boot camp for the kids on the ranch. Bailey brings it and I love her interactions with each child. A tall drink of water in wranglers, work boots and cowboy hat, Streeter Hale, ranch hand, is a single father and his one and only focus is his daughter, Olivia, the little thief. Oh, sweet sweet Olivia. I fell in love with her. Between her and the other ranch children antics, I felt right at home, as if they were my kids and nephews. Streeter has his hands FULL with Olivia. So many times I was laughing out loud at her antics. There are also so many sweet scenes between Streeter and Olivia. This is a book of real-life issues. Real-life, really hard issues and what makes this book is reading about the family and friends working through these issues. That is what makes this book full of heart, loyalty, and love. No, Lorelei James did not skirt around the issue, she dived right in. Each situation was written beautifully. The relationship between Streeter and Bailey was not the main focus of this story to me. The focus, in my opinion, was Olivia and her building the relationship with Bailey. Which was beautiful. The relationship between sisters. The relationship between friends and coworkers.
Spun Out (Blacktop Cowboys Novel Book 10) By: Lorelei James As you can see from the title this is the 10th book in the Blacktop Cowboys Series. However, just like every book in this series this book can be read as a stand-alone. But also like all my reviews that regard this series I think you should read them all, not because you need to, but because they are all freaking awesome. OK so now for the review, I am in love with these main characters. Seriously I have a new book boyfriend, Streeter. And I kinda have a crush on Bailey. But for real through this couple just fits. They are true relationships goals. This story was so well written that I finished it in a day. I forgot to eat. As also Mrs. James has delivered a story that sucks you in and makes you wish you were there.
OMG! Lorelei did it again! I tried to set this book down to make it last longer, but I always picked it back up I aa couple of minutes. Bailey Masterson is Harpers younger sister and taking a “Break” from the Army to help her out. At least that’s what she tells Harper. So, this tough Sergeant is in Muddy Gap, WY not sure what to do next. That is until she tells her sister and the other parents of the lodge that there kids need boot camp not a craft camp. Now she is in charge of the 1 day a week camp. She has also had a run in with one of the girl’s fathers and finds out that her mother is dead. Nothing in the Army prepared her to oversee kids especially the five-year-old Olivia. Streeter is a widow and trying to take care of his five-year-old daughter that has some personality issues. Because of this he does not date. Bailey has left an impression that he is not sure what to do with. He also sees a huge improvement in is daughter Olivia’s personality issues and thinks it might be because of Bailey. Both Bailey and Streeter have pasts and have been broken. Can they open up to each other? Can they help each other heal? Can they fall in love with each other? * ARC provided by author for an honest review.
Streeter is a widowed single dad raising a daughter, Olivia. Bailey is a Sergeant in the Army and while on leave, is back in Wyoming helping her sister with her store. As much as they don't want to like each other, they end up neighbors and sometimes neighbors have to help each other out in sticky situations. I thought this story had more emotion packed into it than others in the series, and I liked that there was more to it than just the romance - that's there too, though ;-) Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4.25 stars- SPUN OUT is the tenth instalment in Lorelei James’ contemporary, adult BLACKTOP COWBOYS erotic, romance series. This is thirty-six year old Split Rock Ranch foreman, widower and single father Streeter Hale, and thirty year old, US Army soldier Sgt. Bailey Masterson’s story line. SPUN OUT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Bailey is Liberty Masteron’s sister (Hillbilly Rockstar#6) and Streeter is Tobin Hale’s brother (Hang Tough #8). NOTE: The story line focuses on issues of depression and suicide that may be triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Bailey and Streeter) SPUN OUT follows the building relationship between thirty-six year old ranch foreman Streeter Hale, and thirty year old, US Army soldier Sgt. Bailey Masterson. On leave from the army, Sgt. Bailey Masterson finds herself struggling to fit in upon her return home. Volunteering to help run her sister’s struggling clothing store (Wild West Clothiers), and look after her sister’s rambunctious children, Bailey is asked if she would like to take over the Split Rock Ranch and Resort summer day camp but our heroine offers to run a military style boot camp instead. Enter Streeter Hale, whose five year old daughter is among the children about to come under the command of Sgt. Bailey Masterson. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Streeter and Bailey, and the potential fall-out as Bailey keeps too many secrets from the man with whom she will fall in love. Streeter Hale is a widower raising his five year old daughter, a young child with emotional issues that are often uncontrolled. Meeting Bailey Masterson finds Streeter thinking about stepping out of his comfort zone, something he hasn’t done in a very long time. Bailey Masterson struggles with her attraction to Streeter Hale knowing her time at Split Rock Ranch comes with an expiry date but Bailey is keeping secrets from family and friends, secrets she believes are going to affect her relationship with our story line hero. The relationship between Bailey and Streeter is one of immediate attraction but Streeter struggles with work and home life, leaving very little time for anything else. Agreeing to ‘casually’ date, Bailey offers a no-strings attached relationship, a relationship that is about to turn into something more. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate but I struggle with the author’s use of a certain four-letter word that I dislike in my romance story lines. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful secondary and supporting characters including Streeter’s five year old daughter Olivia; Streeter’s brother Tobin and his wife Jade (Hang Tough); Streeter’s former in-laws, several nieces and nephews on both sides of the relationship; Bailey’s sister Harper and her husband Bran (Saddled and Spurred #2), Renner and Tierney Jackson plus Janie and Abe (owners of Split Rock Ranch)and a large number of ranch hands. SPUN OUT is a story of grief and acceptance; depression and desperation; struggle, second chances, friendship, romance and love. The premise is engaging, heart breaking, and captivating; the characters are broken, coping, colorful and energetic; the romance is seductive and intense. SPUN OUT focuses on the affects of depression and suicide on those struggling to cope but also in the aftermath and on those left behind to move forward
Rated 4.5 Stars Spun Out is funny, sweet, sexy and filthy. It also packs a punch. It's a single dad romance that deals with a lot of heavy issues yet has a lightness to it. I loved it especially the characters, the author did a great job with crafting them. I highly recommend this book.
Lorelei James never disappoints her readers, she packed Spun Out full of fireworks, sweet, sexy, strong personalities and an intense romance. Streeter has a lot going on in his life, and his sweet little Olivia adds to it. She reminds me so much of kids that want to be loved but are scared of being hurt so they push people away. So such sass and fire in Olivia and Streeter is trying so hard to make her mind. Bailey is a tough one, shes been in some scary situations but none as scary as being attracted to Streeter while trying to babysit his daughter. So many emotions flow through Bailey when she watches Streeter it is nearly impossible not to smile while reading. She is a trying to place boundaries up for Olivia and Streeter flips them back over, the heat between the two is intense. Bailey and Streeter are a couple like no other, yes they are strong willed and rancher but their stories separate them from the rest. From loving single father to a strong time tested solider learning to live in a ranching town again. They are navigating some very tough waters, I love to see how Ms. James can wrap readers into her novels so quickly, the pages fly by and we keep craving more, we always want just one more chapter. Spun Out is not to be missed, a love story that will be a reread many, many times.
Another hit for Lorelei James's Blacktop Cowboys series! Sometimes life throws you major curve balls. Forcing you to spend all your time just trying to survive. Streeter is struggling to raise his young daughter while they both try to overcome a horrific past. Bailey's health has ended her career and turned her life upside down. Sometimes it's the willingness to accept the short-term happiness that leads to forever. I love that this story deals with real life issues and the life changes they inflict. It makes the happy ending so much sweeter. Of course, in true Lorelei fashion, you get the added updates of other characters from previous books that wrap the whole series together. Making it awesome!
Love some "me time" with a Lorelei James book - and couldn't wait to get my hands on "Spun Out". While this book is the final installment of the Blacktop Cowboys series and it helps know some character background, by no means do you need to have read any of the others in the series before hand, (but why wouldn't you?). There is good background information to help the reader understand what is going on and why. The story line is a serious one about sicknesses and diseases - it is heart wrenching at times to read the emotions that the main characters were feeling --- but that makes you want to keep reading. Two things I wish were covered better --1) saying one never saw any symptoms of an issue/illness is plausible but I think that, in retrospect and in therapy, Streeter would have seen what he missed. The second is - why did Bailey not give back the drums??? I think it was just so she had someone to see every morning but tell the poor girl why! I didn’t feel any less love for this story due to these issues, however, and as usual James has written a great story that keeps you engaged – and wanting more. In the end I love the story line of two lost souls finding each other -- and how the souls joined to complete a family. Sad to see this series end.
Holy Hotness…It’s the Blacktop Cowboy’s back in the groove. This is the final book in this series and while I have enjoyed all of the families of Split Rock and Muddy Gap, this is the perfect conclusion. Bailey and Streeter are two damaged individuals with very different issues. Bailey comes to help her sister and work through her future and Streeter is trying to get past his disappointed past relationship and raise an independent and strong willed daughter. In the past, the series has focused on the individual characters and how they work in their own relationships. This story is a little more dependent on the other characters and their relationships to the main characters. Bailey’s relationship with Harper plays a pretty big role in how she sees herself and therefore what she is willing to put into her building relationship with Streeter. And Streeters past with his wife and his family definitely affect what he is willing to try with Bailey. It is still LJ and the Blacktop Cowboys series and the hotness factor doesn’t disappoint. I will enjoy waiting to see if the kids grow up and get their own stories. No pressure though….
Lorelei James is not only a one-click author for me, but one of my all time favorite authors. Every reason why to both of those reasons is contained in Spun Out. Her books contain every element that make her characters and stories come to life and feel like I've come home. Filled with emotion, passion, meaning, and people you won't soon forget Spun Out is a book you need to read. Although this is the last book in the Blacktop series, Spun Out is different than the previous books (and I say that in the best way possible) and can be read as a complete standalone. Yes, there are mentions of previous characters, but Lorelei fills in the blanks of who they are (because even for myself, it's been a few years since I've read some of the books and I needed a refresher so don't worry because you will be able to follow along). Streeter Hale (next to his brother Tobin) is probably one of my favorite characters in this series. He's a single father raising a strong-willed, intelligent child, Olivia. Between losing his wife, his livelihood (which included a falling out with his father and older brother), and raising his daughter with almost "Sheldon Cooper" like needs, he barely makes it through the day. When Bailey, Harper's sister, arrives for the summer and tells all the parents who live at Split Rock Resort that their child are out of control (he's somewhat thankful it's not just his, but at the same time knows something must be done). The parents make a decision and decide that Bailey is just the woman to wrangle their kids in. Sergeant Bailey Masterson is straightforward, to the point, and I love that she sees not only her one nephew, Gage, who is third born getting lost in the mix of his family, and she makes special time with him, but also that she understands Olivia, Streeter's daughter right off the bat and doesn't discount her as a brat (well maybe headstrong, but somehow she sort of admires it). When Bailey is asked to begin a Boot Camp for the children who live at Split Rock Resort, she isn't quite sure is she is qualified, but when they offer her free housing where she isn't living with her sister, husband, and four children anymore, the deal doesn't sound half bad. Besides if it means getting not only her nephews and the other children to behave better, it has to be a win-win. Living next to the hot, single dad and his precocious daughter isn't exactly what Bailey had in mind, but she makes the best of it, especially as the summer moves forward and her living arrangements come with benefits. Bailey and Streeter together are so hot...I think what makes it combustible is how Bailey helps Streeter find himself again. He's been lost for so long that she brings his self confidence and personality to the light. She is sort of instrumental for several people in finding themselves and that is her gift. I'm not sure she is entirely aware of it, but she doesn't share too much about herself and I'm not going to give away as to why she keeps it locked up tight. Spun Out is the conclusion to a great series, and like I said above, it is different than the others, but in the best possible way. I really hope Lorelei continues with the next generation of Split Rock children (you get the chance to meet and know several, like Olivia, in this book), but time and her muse will show us what direction she will take us.
You had me at single dad. Streeter was so endearing. I fell in love with him early on. I love a good guy. I’m so sick of men that sleep around. I feel like that is all there is in books anymore. This is what I’m looking for in a guy! The first half was slow to me and I could understand Baileys reservations. Why did she act the way she did!? As soon as secrets wee revealed, we got into the meat of the story and I loved it. I love when a book goes way deeper emotionally than I was expecting. This book does have some triggers, so there is that aspect to watch for, but it was also more than I expected it to be.
***5 Stars*** Ahhhh...where to begin?? How about a confession or two?? First one: This series has been one of my absolute favorites for many, many years and I get all kinds of happy when I get to spend a few hours with the Muddy Gap crew. Second one: Bran and Harper (Saddled & Spurred) are my fav couple of the series. Even after all this time, they are still the ones that I NEED to have updates on ~ even if they are just in passing. So, with the Turners being my fav’s it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I did a happy dance that Bailey was finally getting her own HEA, especially since both of her sister’s had already gotten theirs, and this book gave me everything I could have wanted and didn’t know I wanted. I adored Bailey, and not only because she is Harper & Liberty’s baby sister, but because she was pretty amazing. She’s sassy, sweet and strong in more ways than one. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, but isn’t abrasive ~ at least not unless the situation calls for it. Streeter…this man. My heart hurt for him. He’s been through so much and outside of giving his all to his daughter, he is simply living a half life for himself. But as things progressed and he started to truly live, I loved getting to know the man who was that heady mix of panty melting alpha AF goodness and heart warming vulnerability. Bailey and Streeter’s journey definitely started off on an interesting foot, but I loved how everything played out for them. They had this flow between them that despite all the obstacles they faced, I had no doubt they’d come out stronger in the end. And they did. The bantering was on point, the smexy was HAWT and I loved how they truly appreciated everything about each other. The big bump in the road was and wasn’t a surprise, cryptic I know, but when it was exposed everything that led up to that point made sense and though the fall out was intense, I loved how everything worked out for both of them in the end. This was a great read, and a great addition to the series. I was hooked from the start and really didn’t want it to end. This one tackles some pretty heavy topics that could be triggers for some, but all were handled with respectful and compassionate hand and gave depth to the characters involved. And speaking of characters...this baby is chock full of amazing moments with so many of the Muddy Gap crew I’ve come to love as the series has progressed that it made my heart all kinds of happy. Obviously getting to catch up with the Turner’s and the McClain’s made me all kinds of happy but seeing how almost everyone was doing was awesome, and the Mud Lilies were, as always, a joy to have pop on in. Note: While you can read this one as a stand-alone, I honestly believe you’ll get a lot more out of it if you start at the beginning of the series and work your way through so that you’ll get the full impact of all that happens in this baby. ~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~