Review: Corralled by Lorelei James
Contemporary Western Romance
August 3 2010
Yummy Man – Hank Lawson
Yummy Man – Kyle Gilchrist
Kick Ass Chick – Lainie Capshaw
“Sports therapist Lainie Capshaw has been rehabilitating injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn’t mean you fall for the man.
So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two different men: Hank Lawson, a bullfighter, and Kyle Gilchrist, a bull rider. Lainie feels guilty about her two-timing, but it doesn’t keep her from doubling her fun-that is until Hank catches her with Kyle.
She’s shocked that Hank isn’t mad. But she’s more shocked to learn Hank and Kyle are hometown buddies. But when the men offer to share her-in every way-she knows that she’s going to have to choose the one man who can give her the ride of her life…”
Cowboys are yummy. At least that is the consensus among my friends who have read Lorelei James’ books. When I saw that Lorelei wrote a new series and that the first book had just arrived in stores, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to find out for myself if cowboys are indeed yumminess incarnate. I actually received advice before starting this book. I was told to expect lots of hotness and lots of lube. Oh boy…
That advice was bang on the mark. I didn’t read the back of the book carefully enough to pick up what it was really about, so it was going to be sort of a surprise for me. Then I started reading it…lol “Corralled” is a book about one woman and the two men who want her. She is currently seeing both of them separately. The men think that having her chose is unacceptable – and besides, she refuses to do that. So the men have the ingenious idea of sharing her…at the same time. Yup. Only men would think this to be an ingenious idea. Because it’s not like this idea has a whole lot of trouble written all over it!
Lainie is torn. She sometimes wonders why Hank and Kyle both want her at all, but they are quick to help her answer her question (*wink wink* *nudge nudge*). Hank is a bullfighter. He is manly. He comes from a great family and is gentle yet masculine. He is vanilla…or is he? Kyle is a bullrider. He is studly. He is kind yet dominant. He is chocolate. I like Kyle. I love Hank.
There was a whole lot of lovin’ in this book, but none of it was just put there to make you sweat. Okay, scratch that. There was one scene that involved the great outdoors, a workhorse and a saddle, some rope, lube and an orange condom that was incredibly steamy, but I felt as though it didn’t really add to the story. But it did make me go ‘yea-haw’ for Lainie. 😉
Of course, eventually Lainie’s feeling grow stronger for one man over the other. It’s inevitable really. I really like how Lorelei handles that situation. It’s a little heartbreaking to read but the moment when man B realizes he won’t ever be man A is quite tender. There is no wild jealousy. No uncalled for viciousness. It’s very well contended with, which helped make the overall story was, strangely enough, quite believable.
Oh, and the guy on the cover looks like Ben Affleck but with better abs. I’m just saying…
“Corralled” was fun to read. A little more serious than I was expecting, but fun none the less. Will I read it again? I honestly don’t know — hence the .5 in my rating. Will I pick up the other books in this series? Heck yeah! Those rancher boys are a steamin’ like a pot of mama’s home cooked bull stew and I can’t wait to saddle ‘em up again! *slaps Jason’s butt* *gets strange look from Jason* *looks at the ceiling* *starts whistling while slowly walking away*.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’So what do you propose we do?’
‘Share you,’ Kyle said.
‘Share me?’ Her gaze flicked between them. ‘I am not a hammer to be passed back and forth when you want to nail me!’”
“Her hair color was odd – somewhere between dark brown and rich red, a shade that reminded him of his quarter horse’s glossy coat. Hank kept that observation to himself; few women found humor or flattery within workhorse comparisons.”