Tuesday, November 05, 2019


New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James returns for another wild ride in Wyoming with a new Blacktop Cowboys® novel.

Years in the Army equipped Bailey Masterson for many things: target shooting, rappelling off cliffs, dodging grenades. She's lived through horrors that still give her nightmares. But nothing in Bailey's life-or-death training prepared her for caring for the tiny terror that is five-year-old Olivia Hale. Or how to control her raging attraction to Olivia's father, Streeter, the rugged, green-eyed cattle rancher who undermines her every move even when he stars in her dreams.

Streeter Hale has room for only two things in his life: his daughter and his job. He doesn't date. He doesn't get attached. Not anymore. So not only is Streeter stunned by Olivia's improved behavior after just a few days with Bailey, he's downright floored by his immediate attraction to the woman. But with secrets in her eyes and a body that doesn't quit, Streeter begins to worry that Bailey Masterson might just be the one woman to heal his fractured family and broken heart.

One thing's for sure--these two wrecked souls are spinning out of control as they desperately try not to fall in love... 

Release Date: November 5, 2019
Berkley Penguin Group
Blacktop Cowboys #10
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

I have loved every book in this series. Hell, I love everything Lorelei writes. But this book was something special. This book hit me in a personal way. All the feels were pouring out of me.

The discussion on mental illness plays a big part in this book, particularly Postpartum Depression. Having struggled with PPD when I gave birth to my youngest child, I was able to understand, on a more intimate level. I know what it’s like to feel like your drowning, but unable to find it in yourself to ask for help. The author handled the mental illness aspect really well. It was respectful and sensitive. But it was also pretty accurate, in my opinion.

The relationship between Streeter and Bailey is somewhat complicated. They’re both battling demons and carry around an enormous amount of baggage. Fortunately, there’s also a healthy dose of desire simmering. Lorelei James writes sexual tension like no one else. I was in a state of frustration until they finally tore up the sheets. And holy hell, did they ever tear them up! Once Streeter‘s freaky side came out, there was no going back. Woohoo!

While there was a lot of heavy stuff in this book, there was also a ton of laugh out loud moments. The whole scene with the kids in the boardroom had me snickering like crazy. Honestly, anytime the kids were on the page I was usually laughing.

I’m trying to remember all the reasons why I love this book, and there are many, but the best way to describe my love is to say that it was simply perfect. I could go on and on about the amazing writing, because it was amazing, but what I adored the most was the way I felt connected to the story and the characters. Lorelei James never fails to keep me invested in her stories. 

Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

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