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Blacktop Cowboys Series, book 1

Anyone who has ever read a Lorelei James book knows her trademark is hot, hunky cowboys and steamy sex scenes. Her debut novel for the Blacktop Cowboys definitely does not disappoint in either category.
Melanie Capshaw, known as Mel and Lainie, is a medical technician on two different rodeo circuits. When she’s not at a rodeo, she works as an EMT. Lainie is proud of her accomplishments and enjoys her work. She swore she’d never date a cowboy but right now she’s doing more than dating with two cowboys; one from each circuit. She guesses she should be okay as long as they don’t meet.
She’s been dating bullfighter Hank Lawson the longest, about 6 months. Lainie loves his intensity but it seems all he knows is missionary position sex. Kyle Gilchrist is a bull rider and knows her as Mel. He’s fun and easy. They’ve been together about 2 months. Each offers her something different but Lainie is feeling guilty. Little does she know that her whole world is going to be turned upside down.
Hank and Kyle grew up together. To say that they are shocked to be dating the same girl is an understatement but neither is willing to give her up and Lainie refuses to choose. The solution is a lot unconventional but if everyone’s willing to try, why not?
I knew this book was going to draw me in quick when it started “Screwing two guys doesn’t make you a slut.”. What a great opening line! I couldn’t wait to read who said it, who they said it to and why. What is even better, the book only gets better the more you read.
The main characters, Lainie, Hank and Kyle are fantastic and not just in bed. Their goals, feelings and lives are become intertwined and important. You can feel the emotions coming off of them as they deal with their relationships. Kyle wants nothing more than to become a great bull rider. Hank is torn between the ranch he loves and bullfighting. Lainie is looking forward to a 9-5 office job but she loves the guys who are on the road almost every weekend.
I’ve never been to a rodeo but Ms James gives wonderful glimpses into that life making me feel like I’m there. She doesn’t gloss over things but gives a realistic view of the stands, the participants and even the buckle bunnies. The behind the scenes of a rodeo, from the cowboys getting ready to the medical facilities to the camping area, become the backdrop of much of this book and it gives a dimension to this world that most people wouldn’t even think about. 
As I started out, hot cowboys and steamy sex are throughout the book but more important are the feelings and emotions during those scenes. Lainie, Hank and Kyle aren’t just having sex, to have sex. They care about each other. Hank and Kyle’s friendship goes deep and Lainie wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize it. Hank and Kyle care for Lainie to the point of moving out of their comfort zones in order to keep her in their lives. 
And it’s not just during sex scenes that the emotional pull comes into play. Lainie is dealing with a mother she doesn’t get along with as well as some left over feelings from when her father was killed when she was a child. Hank is extremely protective of his younger sister and is trying to come to grips with her being an adult. Throughout the book, the emotions from the characters come at you pulling at your heartstrings and drawing you into the drama.
This is an awesome introduction to blacktop cowboys. I couldn’t have asked for anything more and to know that this is just the first book of a series gives me chills. I can’t wait to meet more of these sexy cowboys and I really hope to see more of Lainie’s friend Tanna as well as Hank’s sister, Celia. 

Book Blurb for Corralled

First in a new series about some hard-riding rodeo cowboys...and the women who can rein them in.
Sports therapist Lainie Capshaw has been rehabilitating injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn't mean you fall for the man.
So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two different men: Hank Lawson, a bullfighter, and Kyle Gilchrist, a bull rider. Lainie feels guilty about her two-timing, but it doesn't keep her from doubling her fun-that is until Hank catches her with Kyle.
She's shocked that Hank isn't mad. But she's more shocked to learn Hank and Kyle are hometown buddies. But when the men offer to share her-in every way-she knows that she's going to have to choose the one man who can give her the ride of her life...

Night Owl Reviews May, 2010 5.00