ebook, Nook, 240 pages
Published August 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain't ropin' steers and wearin' spurs. His deputy sheriff job, plus battle injuries that ended his military career, keep him right where he wants to be: Off the ranch and away from his family's pity. His darkest war memories are on lockdown, leaving him skeptical he'll ever find a woman who wants a man who's less than whole.
Domini Katzinski has had to control every aspect of her life since age eleven, when she was orphaned in the Ukraine. Watching others' relationships crumble has convinced her to focus on the short-term and find a take-charge man to whom she can relinquish total sexual control. Cam fits the bill: gorgeous, with a brooding vulnerability no one else seems to see. Plus, he has his own handcuffs.
Once Cam gets over his surprise that sweet, shy Domini wants to be dominated, he is back to issuing orders. Their passion is as hot as a rocket-propelled grenade--and if Domini has her way, it's a one-shot deal. Cam wants more, and launches a full-out sensual assault...until tragedy strikes, forcing him to change tactics as he tries to keep past demons from blowing their future together all to hell...
I really do love this series. The more I read of it, the more I love it. I've probably said it before, but I love how Lorelei James weaves reality into these erotic romances--loss, abuse, family friction, personal struggles, tragedy all interwoven into this family saga. And I cannot get enough of it because it's real. This series is wonderfully true to life.
Cam: So, a few books back Cam was MIA. When the call came in that Cam was alive, we knew his life would be forever changed since he had lost part of his leg. He would no longer be a solider. Cam's disability leaves him feeling vulnerable. It leaves him feeling like less than he was and he's afraid of what will do around him. He doesn't want to be treated any differently so he tries to hide his prosthetic leg from everyone. He also distances himself emotionally from his family by refusing to have them around. Domini is the first person whose able to stand up to Cam and tell him how selfish he's being, and because of that, Cam starts to open up. First to her as lover, then as a father to Anton and finally he realizes that it's okay to rely on others--that his family doesn't see him as someone different than who he was simply because of his disability. I absolutely loved this sensitive, good hearted alpha male. Even when he was being an ass, which Cam could really be from time to time.
Domini: Domini has been through some losses of her own, and she's just as damaged as Cam is in some ways. She also thinks that because of her background that Cam will see her as being "less." She's also dead wrong. But it took her helping Cam through his own fear and issues to realize that she was holding herself back from Cam, who she really loved. I loved how complex Domini was--shy and quiet, yet able to handle Cam. He was big tough, stubborn and very...demanding. But Domini loved all of that about him (she really really did) and just the mere fact that she could take him as he was--disabled, sexually demanding, with baggage left over from his days as a solider--made Cam fall head over heels for her. She was exactly what Cam McKay needed.
This is easily one of my favourite of the Rough Riders series, though they are all so good it's hard to choose between them.
5 glittering stars