Review: Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James

by 6/08/2013 0 comments
Paperback265 pages
Published June 1st 2009 
by Samhain (first published July 2008)

Businesswoman Skylar Ellison is firmly in control of her life. So getting tangled up with a sexy Wyoming cowboy—and conceiving a baby in the parking lot of a honky-tonk—wasn’t in her plan. Since it appears the daddy has taken off for greener pastures, the only thing to do is pull up her bootstraps and carry on alone.

Cattle rancher Kade McKay returns home after a year on the range, and is knocked for a loop when he learns he’s the father of a three-month-old baby girl. When Skylar refuses to marry him, Kade grits his teeth, moves in and plays house by her rules to prove he’s a man in for the long haul.

Despite Skylar’s insistence they are to remain strictly parenting partners, their old passions flare hot as a brush fire, spurring Kade to demand absolute sexual surrender from the headstrong woman. Skylar willingly submits her body to the hot-blooded cowboy but she’s leery of handing Kade the reins to her heart.

Can Kade convince Skylar the wicked sex games aren’t a temporary distraction? Or will he have to bust out the ropes to show her he wants to be tied to her…forever?

Warning: This book contains: no holes barred kinky sex scenes, wicked rope play, blunt language, and yowza! lots of hot cowboy nekkidness.

♥My Thoughts♥

Well, Lorelei James' Rough Riders have yet to disappoint me. Kade McKay was introduced in book three, Cowgirl Up and Ride, as was Skylar and I honestly felt for Kade. His lifestyle wasn't carefree or fun despite all the sex and boozing  and partying going on at his home with his brother Kane, and cousins Colt and Dag. Kade was sick of how superficial it all was, tired of the games and just wanted more. Enter Skylar and for a while, he was happy. There was just one little itty bitty problem. She thought he was Kane. And she wasn't happy when she found out otherwise. 

Kade: I really liked Kade. He was an honest to goodness nice guy. Down to earth, loyal, kind, warm and funny. He really loved Skylar and he wanted to win her back. When he finds out that he and Skylar have a daughter together, well I've never seen such an adoring father in fiction. He did it all--from playing with baby to dirty diapers to dealing with screaming fits, and he did it without complaining. But the thing about Kade is, as all around good guy as he is, he can't ever seem to win Skylar over. He tries everything--giving her space, taking control in the bedroom (btw, hawt), just being straight out honest with her but Skylar can't seem to trust that he loves her. And Kade really loves her, big time. So Kade does the smart thing. He leaves. And I don't blame him one little bit. 

Skylar: What a control freak. Honestly, if Kade is willing to put up with her, she is one lucky woman. I liked her character because she was feisty. But I hated that she was in love with Kade but not willing to say it. She knew it, but she just couldn't accept it because she needed some tangible evidence that he wanted to be with her because of her, and not their baby. And I get that, but I honestly felt like she took it too far. I'm wondering if she would have let go and gone to get back him if she hadn't happened to run across the letter he'd mailed to her before he even knew about his daughter. I'm thinking she would have. She had enough people really getting into her face and telling her off about how she was treating Kade, but I wish she had been willing to take a chance a lot sooner than she did. 

In the end however, Skylar comes to her senses and snags herself a "true gentleman cowboy" as she puts it. And I guess that's what I really loved about this book. That was Kade, all of the time, every day. He was always pegged as a wild McKay thanks to his cousins and identical twin, but he was a nice guy. And I was glad he didn't finish last with Skylar, that she finally believed enough in him that she didn't need anymore tangible proof of his love for her. She just needed him. Now, that's true romance. 

4 glittering stars

Jewels E


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