Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
By Chrissy Dionne
Jul 20, 2008 - 9:05:29 AM

Gemma Jansen’s struggling to take care of her ranch on her own while continuing to supply animals for the rodeos.  Only none of the promoters seem to want to use any of her animals and none of them can give her a reason why.  She’s in need of a ranch foreman and believes she knows the perfect man for the job.

Cash Big Crow has quit the rodeo and now takes odd jobs to earn a living.  Gemma’s offer of a job as foreman at her ranch isn’t exactly the job of his dreams - though a more permanent home and someplace he can spend the summer getting to know his adult daughter is appealing.  The perk to taking the job is going to be a stipulation he insists upon - she’s the boss during the day, but at night, he’s in charge.


Gemma’s very attracted to Cash, however she’s also quite a bit older than he is and a widow to boot.  She’s not entirely sure she’s ready to move on but she definitely needs his help.  The last thing she expects is the unbelievable jealousy she feels when she first sees Cash with another woman - imagine her surprise when she learns that the ‘other woman’ is actually his daughter, Maci.  She hadn’t even known that Cash had a daughter.


Gemma’s offer of a job gives Cash the opportunity to settle in one place and get to know his daughter without having to constantly be looking for work.  The one big problem with the whole situation as far as he can see is the mutual interest between Maci and Carter, a cowboy/artist living and working at Gemma’s ranch.  Cash knows exactly what he wants, even if he’s not ready to admit to his feelings; he just never guessed his own daughter would possess the same passionate nature as he.  While Gemma and Cash learn that rough and ready is just how they like their loving, Maci and Carter are learning that it takes more than loving to make a relationship work - there has to be trust too. 


Lorelei James definitely has a talent for telling hot cowboy stories that will have readers longing for one of their very own.  Gemma and Cash are simply perfect for each other.  They’re both passionate and hard-working and not afraid to go after what they want.  Maci and Carter’s relationship is reminiscent of young love.  They both have backgrounds steeping in issues they’ve carried with them and several misunderstandings and snafus which result in some interesting encounters and one butt whopping from Cash that Carter won’t soon forget.  RODE HARD, PUT UP WET is exactly the sort of storytelling I’ve come to expect from Ms. James.  The sex is hot, but it’s the emotional context that ensures it’s a story you’ll remember.

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