Thursday, August 8, 2013

{ book review: turn and burn by lorelei james }

Title: Turn And Burn
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Blacktop Cowboy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 368 pages
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Review copy provided by author

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

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My Thoughts on "Turn And Burn"

I've been a fan of Lorelei James' Rough Riders Series for a long time and had high expectations when I began her Blacktop Cowboys Series.  I have a soft spot for all things McKay and I'm pretty happy to say the wranglers of Muddy Gap are making their own spot as well.

Turn and Burn is the fifth book in the Blacktop Cowboy Series and starts up two years after One Night Rodeo (#4).  At the beginning of the book I was a little surprised at how Tanna was doing.  We've met Tanna in previous books and she's the ultimate Texas Cowgirl.  She's a Rodeo Queen World Champion Barrel Racer who's about as headstrong as they come.  I'm not sure who's tougher; Tanna or a Bronc Bull. But Tanna's been had her share of downs lately in her personal and professional life and is taking a break at home.  

And that's when we meet our hero August Fletcher.  On her way home Tanna just happens to cross our hero and they engage in the one-night-stand.  Of course as luck would have it the man she thinks she left behind (to never see again, of course) is none other than the local large animal vet.  Fletch, as he like to be called, is a stand up, no commitment guy who thinks that women can't handle his commitment to his profession. Now he's the one wanting a commitment from Tanna while she's the one putting the brakes on anything long term- after all, she's planning on leaving town when summer ends.  

Tanna and Fletch are so freakishly perfect for each other that at times you want to bonk her on the head with it.  Her hesitation is understandable but watching Fletch work with her on her panic attacks and recovery both sweet and stubborn.  The banter and playfulness had me laughing out loud at times and wishing for my own animal doc.  And there's absolutely all the steam and heat that you expect from a Lorelei James book.  Tanna and Fletch have their steamy moments but they are well balanced but the characters emotions.  

I've said before the best thing about reading a series is that you get to see the characters from past books and find out how they are doing.  Like Rough Riders, the Blacktop Cowboys Series has spanned several years now and we get to see how some of our past favorites are doing and meet new the new guys that we'll see in the future.

Turn and Burn is a wonderful addition to the Blacktop Cowboys and is classic Lorelei James.  Both Tanna and Fletch have scars from their past but healing together is better than apart.  And like all Lorelei James books, Turn and Burn can be read on it's own but knowing some of the past characters and their stories makes you appreciate all the more. 

About The Author...

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

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