This book is a terrific addition to this series. I couldn’t wait to start it and once I started it I couldn’t put it down. Within a couple of pages I was drawn into this world of ranches and the people who live there. I wanted to knock heads together and I wanted to cheer as things worked. The intensity of the emotional pull grabbed at my heart.
I’m not sure I know the words to express how much I enjoyed reading One Night Rodeo. From beginning to end I was glued to the page. There are sexy cowboys, new babies, hot sex (some with a little kink), fabulous fights, feisty older women and so very much more.
The descriptions are done just as well as the characters. As Kyle and Celia got into the ranch house, you can visualize each room. Every thing becomes real from pink tiles to a heating source that neither can figure out. Cold snowy days are a reality in WY and this is reflected as Kyle and Celia need to move cows and work the herd. Being thankful when the temps are 4 above zero instead of 4 below gives a realistic idea of how brutal the weather can be and how hard this type of work is. Each aspect of ranching is presented in an honest fashion and one that even non-western folks can understand.
This is the fourth book in Lorelei James’ Blacktop Cowboy series. These books are about those cowboy and girls who ride in the rodeo. Celia does barrel racing and Kyle is a bull rider. Each has been seen in previous books competing but in this book there are only references and not actual scenes at a rodeo. The friends and family that fans of this series came to love are definitely in this book. However, if you’ve never read the previous books you don’t need to worry. You will be able to follow this story with no problems but you will probably be intrigued enough to want to check the previous books out.
So, if you’re looking for a realistic western romance with lead characters that you would love to change places with, look no further. Lorelei James is a master storyteller who will have you ready to move to WY to find your own cowboy.
Celia Lawson and Kyle Gilchrist have been friends since childhood. Kyle’s best friend is Celia’s brother Hank so they’ve always been around each other. They grew up arguing and getting back at each other. When another friend, Devin McClane holds a concert, neither is going to miss it. What they don’t expect is to wake up the next morning in the same bed, married!
Celia’s first reaction is she wants an annulment. Kyle wants to see if they can make it work but how to get Celia to agree.
Before he even has a chance, Kyle gets a phone call from his mother. The father he’s never known is dying and plans on leaving Kyle a ranch. He needs to get home immediately. Without giving Celia time to disagree, they pack and hit the road back to Muddy Gap, WY.
Things don’t slow down because Kyle’s father dies before he gets there, he inherits a ranch with over 100 head of cows and it’s almost time for calving season. Kyle has only ever helped out on friends ranches and running one by himself is way over his head. Celia though grew up on a ranch and knows what to do. Can Kyle convince her to stay and help?
Celia has her own ideas and it will be up to Kyle to get her to change her mind…..before she’s gone.
A major theme throughout this book is relationships. Relationships change and evolve. Kyle and Celia are known for their fussing at each other. They argue about everything but underlying this is a strong trust. As they learn to live with each other, they also have to learn to work together. This shocks a lot of people. But this is not the only relationship that changes. Celia’s parents died when she was 11. Her older brothers raised her and now she’s grown up. Some where along the line, they missed that. Faced with a baby sister who is married isn’t what they expected or wanted. Their reactions weren’t exactly stellar and their wives make sure they know it.
Wrapped up in those relationships are some outstanding characters. Kyle is strong and willing. He was raised by his mother, never knowing who his father even was. Now, he’s got a ranch but not the knowledge to run it. He needs to look to Celia, a girl he teased and harassed growing up, for guidance. He also has loved her without her knowing for the past few years. He’s not sure how that happened but it did. Celia is very insecure in her role as a woman. She knows she’s a great ranch hand and is good with animals but dressing up and being able to hold a man is beyond her skills. She’s sure Kyle only wants her around for her ranch knowledge so she had better not let him know how much she really cares. The secondary characters such as Celia’s family and Kyle’s mother as well as their friends are done just as well. Each has depth and uniqueness. There is nothing flat or cardboard about any of them.
All it takes is one night to change a cowboy’s life… Barrel racer Celia Lawson knows better than to tangle with bull rider Kyle Gilchrist. The sexy cowboy’s love ‘em and leave ‘em ways have earned him a reputation on the rodeo circuit, and he’s always seen her as his best friend’s kid sister. But after one wild, tequila-fueled night, Celia wakes up to find out she’s gotten herself hitched—to a man she never should have married! When Celia insists on an annulment, Kyle has no good reason to say no—except he isn’t ready to let go of his new bride. But then Kyle inherits a sprawling Wyoming ranch, and seizes the opportunity to enlist Celia’s help. She agrees to lend a hand—with two conditions: He has to get up to speed as a rancher within six months; then they’ll get a divorce. And their marriage will be in name only. Kyle gives in to Celia’s demand, yet he's ready to prove to her he has what it takes to turn their one night rodeo into a lifetime of love….