Branded As Trouble
by Lorelei James
Rough Riders, Book 6
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Fiction Adult: Red Hots!, Western Romance
It’s hard to trust the future when you’ve been branded by the past.
As a walking advertisement for the tattoo shop she’s set up in a small Wyoming town, India Ellison is well acquainted with preconceived notions. Despite the odd looks and off-color comments about her off-color hair, life is good. She’s clean and sober, dotes on her sister’s kids and, best of all, spends most of her free time with her best buddy, cowboy Colt McKay.
Reformed bad boy Colt never expected three years of sobriety to lead to three years of abstinence. Curbing his craving for booze and random sexual encounters is nothing compared to the ever-increasing craving for his hot-tempered, hot-bodied best friend, India. Too bad she’s his A.A. sponsor. Too bad she hasn’t a clue that Colt’s been head-over-bootheels in love with her from day one.
After an unexpected, steamy interlude, all India can think about is riding the sexy cowboy instead of her motorcycle, even when Colt is determined to show her a slower ride is worth the wait.
Or are they risking their friendship for a fling that could burn them both?
Warning: this romp features nekkidness the cowboy way—sex with boots on and with boots off, dirty sex against a dirty pickup truck, bare-assed sex on a bear skin rug, graphic language, unfortunate aim with a nail gun, and improvisational use of whips and whipped cream.
Review-When I started this book my very first thought was "OUCH!"
I originally read about India and Colt in Tied Up Tied Down, and I wanted to learn more about them so I picked up Branded as Trouble which is their story. It starts with India shooting Colt in the butt with a nail gun, hence the ouch. It drew me in wondering how this would effect things between them and Ms James used the situation to her advantage showing us the sexual tension riding between the two main characters. I enjoyed the story and how Ms James worked in their problems, addictions. I liked how she showed that these problems aren’t something that you can over come quickly. How even those who look like they’re composed, and have everything licked don’t. They can have set backs just like the rest of us. But as much as I enjoy Ms James’ writing I felt that in trying to show us India’s softer side she lost something. Just like trying to show us Colt’s dominate side, made him seem like a bit of a prick. Perhaps this is just my perspective. That said I still thought their chemistry was great. The ins, outs, ups, and downs all made very empathic and believable characters.