Raising Kane

Rough Riders, Book 9

Kane McKay is the only older McKay cousin that is unmarried. Most think it’s due to his partying ways but they couldn’t be more wrong. Kane pretty much gave that up a while ago, about the time his cousin, Colt went into rehab. He lives in a trailer on McKay land, works hard and volunteers for Little Buddies.
 
Little Buddies pairs up fatherless children with men to hang out, learn things and mentor. Kane had problems with his first Little Buddy’s mom. She was more interested in Kane than she was in her son being a Little Buddy. One of Kane’s current Little Buddy’s in Hayden.
 
Hayden is small, shy and extremely smart. Everything Kane has never been. Yet, Kane loves being with Hayden and enjoys his time with him. Hayden’s father has never been in the picture. Hayden’s grandfather, Dash lives with Hayden and his mother, Ginger but is pretty much confined to a wheelchair.
 
Ginger is a lawyer. She’s tall, smart and hates to ask for help. Her independence is well known, as is her sharp mind. She seldom goes out and focuses on her family and work. Though a couple of months ago Kane kissed her and she’s be wondering about that kiss ever since.
 
When Ginger falls down some icy steps leaving work and needs help, she’s reluctant to call anyone for help. Hayden isn’t though and he calls Kane. Kane arrives at the hospital to learn that Ginger is going to not only need help a home for a few days but will be staying the night at the hospital. He shocks everyone when he volunteers to help Ginger until she is back on her feet. What does a single cowboy know about taking care of a kid, a crippled old man and a hurt woman?
 
Kane’s attracted to Ginger but after his first fiasco with a Little Buddy’s mom, he’s not wanting a repeat. Besides, Ginger is so far above him. What would she want with a cowboy who barely finished high school? 
 
Ginger would love to know where this kiss could lead. But what would a handsome, rich cowboy want with an older single mother when he could have any sweet young thing around?
 
This is the 9th book in Lorelei James’ Rough Rider series. It’s timing though places it between book 7, Shoulda Been a Cowboy and book 8, All Jacked Up. So, if you haven’t read the series and plan to, slide this book between those two. If you haven’t read the series and are just looking for an excellent erotic western, this is a stand-alone book though you will hear about a lot of the characters from the other books.
 
One of the favorite things about this series is the McKay and West cousins. They are all related and it’s a fairly close-knit family. That makes it nice for those reading the series as the characters show up in every book and you get to see what has been going on in their lives. It does make it confusing for those that haven’t been as the McKay’s had a strange sense of humor when it came to naming their children. They used a lot of C names and K names: Colt, Cam, Kane, Kade, Keely, Colby and a few more. 
 
This isn’t the only place humor is found in this story. It’s gently woven throughout it and peaks into scenes when it’s not expected causing the reader to smile. After all, Kane would like nothing more than to join Ginger in her bed but with an 8 year-old and her father in the house, he’s regulated to the bottom of a bunk bed. If Ginger issues an invitation though, can he sneak into her room without getting caught? The possibilities are interesting.
 
The emotions though that come across strongly and take you in their grip probably are why readers love Ms James’s book. Ginger is frustrated and proud. Having to ask for help doesn’t come easy and that point comes through loud and clear. She’s rather eat glass than appear helpless. Kane’s feelings of being inferior are so unlike the alpha McKays that you can feel his vulnerability.   He’s strong and can hold his own in most situations but with Ginger he not only feels outclassed but way out of his league. 
 
Readers are also give a few sneak peaks at some possible future books. A few of the characters had been introduced in earlier stories but the young McKay cousins make a major appearance in this story. These younger McKays definitely take after their older cousins and should be watched!
 
I loved this book for so many reasons. First the emotional impact and getting me involved in the story came quick and suddenly the thoughts of being interrupted while I was reading became unbearable. However, also within pages, I found myself smiling at the humor and situations and I could just visualize the events. By the end, I think I ran the gambit of emotions finding that I even joined Kade shedding a few tears. 
 
Other factors in my love affair with this story are many. One could be that the characters are not 20 somethings but mature adults in their late 30s. This made for an interesting change but it also made sense with the timeline of the other books in this series. Another could be the sense of family that is a central theme. Ginger puts her family above her needs and worries about being a good mother, as her mother wasn’t so good. Kane loves spending time with his nieces. Family is important and it makes a wonderful backdrop.
 
Now, I would be very remiss if I didn’t mention the sex. This is an erotic romance after all! Okay, the sex is hot. It’s graphic. But most of all, it’s done with love and care. However, as a warning, there is a lot of it and it does contain some things that some people may find objectionable. While the sex is important to some aspects of the story, it isn’t the whole story.
 
I couldn’t wait to start this story and I wasn’t disappointed. If you’ve never read one of Lorelei James’s Rough Rider books, get started. While this one is towards the end of the series, that’s okay. Start here, start at the beginning, start anywhere but start! I don’t think you can find a better western erotic author or better, sexier cowboys. God, I want one…..

Book Blurb for Raising Kane

She surrendered the reins. Now he’s raising the stakes.
 
When a patch of ice sends attorney Ginger Paulson head-over-high-heels down a flight of stairs, she has no one to care for her young son and her invalid father—until lethally sexy Kane McKay shows up at the hospital, determined to prove his cowboy chivalry. Past experience has inoculated her against take-charge men, but even Ginger isn’t immune to Kane’s invasive charm and Built Ford Tough body.
 
For two years rancher Kane McKay has followed the Little Buddies mentoring program’s cardinal rule—hands off his Little Buddy Hayden’s mama. But one look at Ginger’s bruised body and Kane is through watching the stubborn woman take care of everyone but herself. The feisty, curvy redhead needs his help, and he’ll give her the hands-on type whether she likes it or not.
 
After Kane throws out doctor’s orders and issues his own demands—her full sexual submission—Ginger realizes Kane’s caring nature extends beyond just fulfilling her physical needs.
 
Can the former hell-raiser convince the gun-shy single mom to look beyond his past…toward a shared future?
 
Warning: Contains one sweet and hot hunk of cowboy manflesh who uses every sexual trick in the book to render a sassy, fast-talking attorney speechless and put a new twist on the term “binding arbitration”.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 5.00