Blacktop Cowboys, Book 4 – One Night Rodeo

Author: Lorelei James

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Release Date: August 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5, RR


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“Son, your father is dying” is the last thing bull rider Kyle Gilchrist ever thought he’d hear from his mother.  After all, she’s never told him who his father is so as far as he knows he was the product of immaculate conception or a sperm donor.  All of a sudden he has a father; the man is dying and leaving him some unknown inheritance.  As if that isn’t enough of a shock to his senses, less than 24 hours ago, in a drunken stupor, he married Celia, his best friend’s little sister in a quickie Las Vegas wedding. 

Barrel racer Celia Lawson isn’t quite as happy as she pretends to be traveling the rodeo circuit but since her brothers run the ranch she feels out of place there now.  Of course, that doesn’t excuse her wild, devil-may-care attitude or her inability to turn down a dare – which is where all her trouble started.  Now she’s married to Kyle, whose reputation as a lady’s man is well known around the circuit.  An annulment is definitely on the agenda immediately, but despite her insistence that it’s the only thing to do in this situation that makes sense Kyle isn’t in agreement. 


After his mother finally reveals the identity of his biological father, Kyle and Celia begin the trek back to Wyoming to meet the man he knew in passing but never liked.  Unfortunately before they arrive Marshall Townsend passes away and so Kyle never gets answers to all the questions he has running around in his head.  He does learn that he’s inherited a large ranch, something he’s been scrimping and saving to achieve for himself since he joined the rodeo circuit.  Reality is much different that dreams and he knows he doesn’t have the know-how to run the ranch by himself – he desperately needs Celia’s help.  Celia agrees to help under the conditions that he gets a handle on the ways of a working ranch within six months and then he grants her a divorce.  Oh and she insists that their marriage will remain in name only – as it happens, that’s the one condition that Kyle shoots down.  He doesn’t regret their marriage and fully intends to enjoy all the benefits of having Celia as his wife – including lots of hot sweaty sex.


Bow down to the western romance queen Lorelei James!  Can I just say how much I love ONE NIGHT RODEO?  The other titles in this series were fun, imaginative and brought all these characters to life but with ONE NIGHT RODEO she captures the true essence of Celia and Kyle, both characters I really loved before but view in a completely different light now.  Celia always seemed to be tough as nails but she has a vulnerability that is easy to see when she lets down her guard around Kyle.  I did become annoyed with her brothers Abe and Hank because they failed her in so many ways but they do redeem themselves and since it wasn’t intentional I think I can forgive them.  In addition to the emotional drama and scorching romance, Ms. James infuses this story with humor and one particular scene had me laughing out loud and reading it to my son who also thought it was hilarious.  In fact I’m sitting here smiling about the burning couch scene which quite honestly is well worth reading ONE NIGHT RODEO all by itself.


Looking for more insight to some of the characters or just wanting to read more of Lorelei James’ sinfully good writing then pick up copies of the other titles in the BLACKTOP COWBOY series:





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