Tuesday, May 19

STRONG, SILENT TYPE by Lorelei James

Contemporary Erotic Romance
May 5, 2009
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 9781605045214

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From the publisher:

..Tough. Taciturn. And a fool for letting her go…

Wyoming rancher Quinn McKay thought he’d only have to bide time until his levelheaded wife came to her senses and called a halt to this “trial separation”. He never believed the marital rough patch would drag on for a coon’s age.

Libby McKay knew when she married the gruff, laid-back cowboy that he wasn’t prone to blathering about his feelings. But three months have passed and her stubborn-as-a-mule husband is still living by himself in the horse trailer. It seems he’d rather hold onto his pride than hold onto her.

Quinn realizes Libby is determined to move on if he doesn’t loosen his tongue and he’ll lose the only woman he’s ever loved. In a last-ditch effort to keep her in his life, he offers her one weekend of uninterrupted sexual decadence.

Reigniting the passion is easy. The hard part comes after the sheets have cooled and they find out if what remains is strong enough to survive past mistakes.

Warning: Old-fashioned groveling leads to smokin’ hot sexual encounters—steamin’ up the truck windows, rockin’ the horse trailer—proving even an old married dog can learn naughty new tricks.


This novella is about so much more than the brief summary by the publisher, and frankly doesn’t even begin to do this piece justice.

Quinn and Libby were high school sweethearts who knew they were meant for each other, and were each others first, for everything. Over the years, as is wont to happen in a long term relationship, misconceptions, misconstrued actions or words, and unsaid feelings can take their toll on what is perceived by everyone as a happy couple. Throw in familial obligations, perceptions on what the “perfect wife”, or “provider” should act like, be like, look like, and the pressure of starting a family added into the mix and it is a recipe for disaster, i.e. divorce.

Neither Quinn, nor Libby want to take this final step to end their once “ideal” relationship, but struggle to find a way to reinvent who they are now, not what they once were, or think they should be to the other person, but Libby fears divorce may be the only solution.

Quinn proposes to share one weekend where he and Libby focus on their relationship, and try to reignite the passion they used to have in their marriage. They are forced to face how they each contributed to the downfall of their marriage, and realize they are not the people they used to be, and no longer need to hide part of themselves from each other.

The love scenes are indeed “smokin’ hot” and are just what you would come to expect from a Lorelei James novel, and the good news is that even though this is a novella, the reader is in no way short changed in this regard. Quinn and Libby’s story is emotionally compelling and will resonate to anyone, especially those who are in long term relationships. As an added bonus readers will get brief glimpses into the lives of the MacKay family that they have come to know and love.

This novella is a gem, and is so much more than an erotic romance. It is worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY! Believe me I don’t say this lightly because I tend to be a bit frugal.

Side note: If you have never read a Lorelei James Rough Riders novel I highly recommend them. They can each stand be read alone, however since they do revolve around one family, they are better when read as a series.


Romance: 4.5
Passion: 4.0

Kleenex: 3.0

Overall: 4.5

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Anonymous,  May 20, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

I have one of her books that I purchased a while back. I really need to read it. This story sounds good. Wonderful review.

Teddyree July 1, 2009 at 8:29 PM  

I haven't read anything by Lorelie James but this one does sound good. Might have to rectify my shortcoming LOL
I'm happy to see even though it's a novella it didn't shortchange! Great review!

Kytaira July 4, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

This sounds like a great read. Emotional and hot at the same time. thanks for a great review!

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