REVIEW: All Jacked Up by Lorelei JamesSunday, May 9, 2010 5:47
Sandy M’s review of All Jacked Up (Rough Riders, Book Eight) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Western Romance ebook published by Samhain 3 Nov 09
I normally don’t wait months to read this series by Lorelei James. It’s been a favorite since I read the first book in 2008. I won’t be waiting this long again to read any future McKay family books. I have the best time with these characters. I laugh. I cry. I roll my eyes. I snort. I definitely get hot and bothered. And I keep coming back for more.
While I love those McKay boys, their sister Keely finally gets her own book. Being the only girl in a family of a million guys (okay, that’s an exaggeration, but not by much), she’s learned anything and everything she’s ever wanted, something different from each of her brothers and cousins. She’s the female counterpart to each one of them, only better with all that femininity.
Keely is her own woman. A wild child in her early years, she’s settled down some while still having a good time with friends drinkin’ and dancin’, playin’ darts, and she holds her own with all that familial testosterone. Cowboy boots and beer are two of her favorite things. Keely knows what she wants and she goes for it.
Thus her dream of opening a physical therapy center in Sundance is finally coming true. She’s found the perfect building. Even though it’s considered an historical site, she calls in an expert to make sure the remodel is done properly so both she and the local historical society are happy. She couldn’t be more shocked and surprised when Jack Donohue, a man she’s despised the last few years, turns out to be the owner of the company she contacts — and the owner of the building she lives in.
Jack has no love for Keely any more than she has for him, but he’s trying to get his business back on an even keel, so he uses what he’s got — a beautiful woman who needs his expertise to get her dream up and running. Jack proposes Keely be his pretend fiance for a month, accompany him while he makes his pitch to another historical committee, and he’ll make sure her building is ready to go as fast as possible. Not liking the idea all that much, Keely can’t really say no. Too much is riding on the outcome. So Jack and Keely become engaged and all hell breaks loose.
The best parts of this book are Jack and Keely’s fighting. Neither of them can be in the same room with each other without throwing insults and snappy comebacks, no matter the issue. I laughed out loud I don’t know how many times at their banter. The other best part is when they make love. These two are beyond hot. Beyond steamy. Beyond sizzle. You need a cold glass of water, a fan, and the air conditioning on when you read these two.
It’s a good thing Jack is strong and dominant just like Keely’s brothers when it comes to handling this woman. She definitely needs a man like that. All other men before Jack ended up milquetoast when she was done with them. Jack is great at possession and dominance, and Keely loves every minute of it.
During their fake engagement, their feelings turn from hate to love, but they’re each afraid to let the other in on that, knowing that either can walk away once the month is up. They each go through a very vulnerable period during this time and Ms. James always amazes me at the emotion she wrings out of her characters.
I’m glad to see on her website that Ms. James has two more books in this series on her Coming Soon page. All of her fans know this series will end some day, but for now we have a reprieve for a while. Thank goodness.
Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.
Jack is this close to securing a career make-or-break project, until he learns his lack of marital status puts him out of contention. When the notoriously hot-tempered and hot-bodied Keely begs him for help, he proposes a crazy idea. He’ll oversee her project—if she acts the part of his loving fiancée.
Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots—but outside the bedroom they’re as mismatched as ever. The McKays remind Jack of the humble upbringing he left behind, and cowgirl Keely feels she doesn’t measure up to Jack’s big-city lifestyle.
When the dust settles, Jack and Keely must face the fact they’re not fooling anyone but themselves—or they’ll risk losing the real deal.
Read an excerpt.
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