Review: All Jacked Up by Lorelei James

Saturday, November 14

Title: All Jacked Up*

Author: Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders #8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samhain 
Format: e-book
Date/Year: November 2009

*This book was provided to me by the author for review

Summary from the publisher: 


Pulling off the ultimate con…if they can keep from pulling off their clothes.

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 fiancĂ©e.

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.

Warning: this book contains one hot-blooded cowgirl and one cool-headed businessman in a stripped-down, revved-up game of sexual truth or dare.




My Musings:
 

All Jacked Up continues my love affair with the Lorelei James’s McKay family.  What can I say I am a cowboy romance hero convert thanks to her Rough Rider series.  This review is going to be rather short, but sweet because I LOVED absolutely everything about this story.

I loved Jack. I love his drive for success despite his ill conceived intentions.  He is like so many Americans who live to work and the concept of “more” is never enough. Yet despite this flaw, and even though he’s a little bit Dom, he’s a whole lot sweet underneath all of his tough GQ exterior. Love him!

And Keely…she’s who I would like to be when I grow up.  Even if I am already waaaay older than she is supposed to be.  She is who she is and does not make apologies for her life or how she chooses to lead it.  And lead it she has.  We have had glimpses of her character in most of the Rough Rider books.  She’s fun, and caring, and no one does more for her family than she does.  She’s the exact opposite to Jack.  She works to live and her work is her passion.

I loved that the sparks flew, despite the obvious attraction because both had fallen into a pattern of baiting bad behavior from each other.  And unlike a lot of contemporary romances where the heat level is high, the evolution of their relationship is not based solely on sex.  The reader isn’t left wondering how they went from barely tolerating each others presence....to realizing they love each other just because of a few tussles between the sheets so to speak.  You get to experience how they transform from enemies, to partners in crime, to lovers, and finally to being “in love” with each other.  It’s one of the things I loved most about this story.  

For me, this was a perfect romance read.  It had everything that I love about a romance no matter the genre.  There is not one thing that I wish were different….except for this:  I hated for it to end.  I was left basking in the glow of a reader high…a romance euphoria if you will.  I hated to start another book. I knew I was going to lose that joy of just having completed reading a fantastic story.  It would be inevitable that the next book couldn't possibly live up to my experiences while reading All Jacked Up.  So what was my solution to this dilemma you might ask?  I read a different book by Lorelei James that I had not read yet :) Sadly, I’ve now read her backlist and will have to patiently wait until next year for her new book, Corralled: A Blacktop Cowboys Novel, which I happen to already have on pre-order at Amazon because I am just that impatient to get my booklover hands on it! To summarize...All Jacked Up is one of my favorite reads of the year.

Ratings: 5.0 stars (if I could give it more I would!)


p.s. if you haven’t read any of the previous Rough Riders series, I highly recommend them, but unlike some of the others I DO think you can read this one as a stand alone and not feel lost amidst all of the secondary characters that comprise the McKay and West families.



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3 Comments:

Book Junkie November 14, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

I loved this book and the fact that Keely kept calling him "Jack-off". Her story was everything I could have hoped for. Only part is the epiloge. I wanted more

Lori November 14, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

This one is queued up in my ereader. Can't wait! I love this series, too!

Booklover1335 November 15, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

I'm with you on that one Book Junkie I want more too :) Unfortunately I don't think we will be getting any more from the Rough Riders series...oh well I guess that means I will have to start all over again :)

Ah, Lori, you are in for a real treat my friend. You'll have to let me know what your thoughts are when you get done.

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