Cowgirl Up and Ride

Amy Jo Foster, aka AJ, is known for being a good girl and always doing the right thing. So, when her mother needed her to leave school and come home to take care of her, AJ went without even thinking about it. But going home comes with a problem, not with school or her mother, but with the handsome rancher that lives on the next ranch. AJ has had a crush on him since she was 5 years old. Unfortunately, he still sees her as a little girl.
Cord McKay had his own problems. His wife left him with a small son and he’s got a big ranch to run. Granted it’s a family run ranch and he has plenty of family to help but he’s still kept busy. Right now, he’s having to adjust to his son visiting his mother for the first time in a couple of years. Cord isn’t happy about it but his son seems to be adjusting well. When he bumps into AJ, he gets the shock of his life and only because his son isn’t at home can he act on AJ’s suggestion and desire.
AJ wants Cord to teach her all about making love. She can’t think of anyone better and at 22 either she’s going to get Cord to love her back or she’s going to loose her virginity and gain a lot of knowledge. Cord strikes a deal with AJ fulling expecting her to back down but when she doesn’t, things get interesting. 
Though AJ’s love life may be looking up, her home life isn’t. Her much older sister has decided to divorce her husband of 12 years and the father of her 3 children. While she figures out what she is going to do, she moves home to the family ranch. AJ’s mother finally decides that it’s time to sell the ranch and move into an assisted living center. Suddenly, AJ’s packing up the only home she has ever known and has no place to call home! Even her plans for after school change when her best friend and fellow classmates decides that she’s not returning to open a business with AJ. With all the change and turmoil, AJ is holding on to what she has with Cord for all she’s worth but even that will end when his son return home in a few weeks.
This is a book in Ms James’s stories about the McKay family. They don’t need to be read in order though the timeline would make more sense. This story is good all on its own though many characters from the first two books are also in this one. 
AJ and Cord are well-developed characters. AJ has issues and problems that many people face in real life. She deals with them the best she can but not perfectly as none of us are perfect. Cord has major concerns. He has a young son whom he has primary care for. He doesn’t want anything to hurt him. Cord also worries about the age gap between him and AJ. AJ is just starting out in life while he’s been living it a while. Because both characters interact with their families on a regular basis, this adds demention to them. 
The love scenes, while containing some bondage, are just that love scenes and not just sex. Yes, AJ wants Cord to teach her about sex and even though he doesn’t love her, he does care about her. Will he ever love her? Maybe. Regardless, the caring comes out and while not everything that Cord and AJ does would be considered normal sex, it works for them and their okay with it, which makes everything okay. If you don’t like graphic sex scenes this may be a bit much for you.
By the end of the book, you’re rooting for AJ and her love for Cord. And as it is a love story, you know how it’s going to end.

Book Blurb for Cowgirl Up and Ride

A Rough Riders book.

Goody-two boots AJ Foster has waited her entire life for her dream cowboy Cord McKay to see her as more than the neighbor girl in pigtails. Now that she’s old enough to stake her claim on him, she’s pulling out all the sexual stops and riding hell-bent for leather—straight for his libido.

Divorced rancher Cord has sworn off all women…until innocent AJ suggests he teach her how to ride bareback—and he realizes she doesn’t mean horses or bulls. Between his responsibilities running his massive ranch, missing his young son and dealing with the sexual shenanigans of his brother and cousins, Cord is more than willing to take AJ up on her offer. On a trial basis.

The fun and games tie them both up in knots. AJ isn’t willing to settle for less than the whole shootin’ match with her western knight. But for Cord, even though the sexy cowgirl sets his blood ablaze, he’s determined to resist her efforts to lasso his battered heart.

Sweet, determined AJ has the power to heal—or heel—the gruff cowboy…unless Cord’s pride keeps him from admitting their relationship is more than a simple roll in the hay.

Warning: this book contains: raunchy sex scenes that’ll work you into a lather faster than a winded horse, graphic language, resourceful use of baling twine, ménage a trois, ménage a quatage, and yippee! hot nekkid lovin’.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2008 5.00