Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday's Hot Couple inspired by Lorelei James’s Corralled

This week’s Hot Couple is a Hot Threesome inspired by Lorelei James’s latest novel Corralled that I read last week.
I would love to give you a smutty scene from this novel too, because it has plenty of those. But this week you’ll have to do without, because this book is one of those with DRM protection which makes it impossible to copy/paste a scene. And, yes, I admit it, I’m too lazy to type the text myself… (I rarely do that, I just pick books that allow the copying).

Instead you’ll get my thoughts on the book. :)

As you might know I’m a big fan of Lorelei James’s work. Especially her cowboys (from the Rough Riders series) can please me immensely. So, when I heard that she would start a new cowboy series I was beyond happy and added the first book – Corralled - instantly to my wish list. When it hit the shelves early August it took me some time and effort to find the book in eformat, or to be precise to find an store that would sell the ebook to someone in the Netherlands. (Because, maybe you didn’t know this but we – the Dutchies - are not popular as ebook costumers for some reason I can’t figure out). I eventually found it at And when I started reading the first page, only to get a little taste, I couldn’t stop and before I knew it I read a couple of dozen pages and was totally engrossed in the story.

The first sentence made me curious enough:
“Screwing two guys doesn’t make you a slut.”
It made me wonder about Lainie, who gets introduced in the opening of the book while she’s talking with her friend Tanna about her sex life. Sort of by accident she’s ended up being involved with two cowboys, Hank and Kyle, neither of them knowing about the other man. It’s just casual sex, so, no big deal.
Right. Until they find out about each other. They turn out to be good friends and instead of breaking up with her, they want to continue their relationship, as a threesome. I was a bit amazed about this turn of events because I think I would’ve found it more likely if the guys had started to compete with each other for Lainie’s attention, demanding she’d choose between them, or just had given up on her. Anyway, they don’t and Lainie agrees to join in the threesome, after which the three of them hit the road to travel the rodeo circuit. By the way, Ms James does a marvelous job picturing all the ins and outs of the rodeo life. And one of the appealing parts of this book is the fact that Hank and Kyle are fighting and riding bulls. It’s making them sexy as hell. That, and the yellow, green, purple and blue condoms they are wearing of course. ;)

Back to their relationship. This threeway arrangement makes for some very hot and raunchy scenes, although at times they felt a bit too pornographic for my taste. I know, I know that’s odd coming from me… but what I mean is that these scenes sometimes seem to be solely focused on the physical aspects of it all, where I like to see some mental and emotional processes at work during these scenes. Because pure pron can be boring. But right when that threatened to happen, the events took another turn and I was again invested in Lainie’s, Hank’s and Kyle’s feelings and choices.

I won’t spoil if or how this threesome will work for these heroes and heroine but I can assure you that this story ends with a definite HEA with an outcome that was not a surprise for me at all. It just took some time and a detour for the protags to come to that point, meanwhile entertaining us with their sexcapades and rodeo experiences.
All in all, I again enjoyed Ms James’s writing and her humor a lot and Corralled is a great first in a new series, that promises plenty of hotness and sexy rodeo cowboys.

4 out of 5 stars

Lorelei James’s website | on Goodreads
Buy Corralled here in ebook or here in print

Backblurb Corralled (Blacktop Cowboys, #1):
Sports therapist Lainie Capshaw has been rehabilitating injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn't mean you fall for the man.
So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two different men: Hank Lawson, a bullfighter, and Kyle Gilchrist, a bull rider. Lainie feels guilty about her two-timing, but it doesn't keep her from doubling her fun-that is until Hank catches her with Kyle.
She's shocked that Hank isn't mad. But she's more shocked to learn Hank and Kyle are hometown buddies. But when the men offer to share her-in every way-she knows that she's going to have to choose the one man who can give her the ride of her life...

Have a good Monday!


  1. Is it me or is that a pic from Vampire Diaries?? The guy in the right upper corner is so familair LOL

    I'm glad I've got CORRALLED waiting for me at Pearl's. It's been such a long time since I've read me a cowboy from LJ *sigh* With all the PNR reading I'm doing I can sneak in a M/M from time to time since I'm on schedule but straight up erotica needs to wait a bit longer but dang Janna, you make it sound so good :))

    PS: I LOVE your new bloggy look. Ain't it a blast to work with Artisteer? This way you can change your look from time to time...if you want that!

  2. Oh my, "Coralled" is still waiting on my shelf... So many good books and I don´t know where to start *sigh*

    Hey, the new blog-look is great, doesn´t take so much time to start any more! And, to be honest, the old one was some kind of information-overkill, so many pics to look at.

    And btw - I love the pics of your sweet monsters!


  3. @Leontine: Lol, it's quite possible that it's a pic from VD. I honestly don't know, because I think I've never seen the show. :) The guys do have a vampiry look, now that you mention it, lol!
    You'll enjoy Corralled I'm sure! It's good smut, just what you need after all the PNR reading. ;)
    Yep, Artisteer is fun working with! Thanks for pimpin' it! As you know I'm all for change every now and then, so this is perfect! :D

  4. @evi: Hey evi! Good to hear that the blog is loading faster now! :)
    You'll love Corralled as the fan of Lorelei James'work that you are! It has all the sexy ingredients of her RR series. :D
    I have the same problem with my overstuffed tbr shelf, it gets harder and harder to pick the next book to read *sigh*
    Thanks for liking my sweet monsters! :)
    Hugs to you too, hon!

  5. I'm thinking Vampire Diaries too :)

  6. I love your new layout! It looks sharp!

  7. @Christy: Lol, well, they're still hot, aren't they? :D

    @Chris: Thanks, that makes me happy! :)

  8. Well this looked different, nice :)

    Oh oh oh oh got Blameless!!! *running away to read*

  9. Sexy pic! ;)

    Love the new look!

  10. Janna! You changed your home around didn't you?! It looks fantastic!

    Wherever that picture is from, it's hot! I love how his tongue is just peaking out! :)

    Great review, Janna!

    sometimes seem to be solely focused on the physical aspects of it all, where I like to see some mental and emotional processes at work during these scenes

    ME TOO! I love me some major steamy smexy scenes, but I absolutely have to have the emotional connection to actually "like" them. I need to feel the chemistry between the characters!

    I have this one on my list, so I'm looking forward to eventually getting to it! Thanks for the review!

    Have a fantastic week, Janna! *hugs*

  11. Love the picture and the review! I'll pick this book up when I need to feed my cowboy addiction.

  12. What a perfect picture for that book! I love it. I liked this one too!

  13. Oh how have I have missed you honey!!! Hugs to you!!!! And I do love today's post!!!!!
    Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful tomorrow!

  14. Fabulous new look for the blog, Janna! :)

  15. *nods* I definitely need an emotional connection. Without it the sex is just mechanical.

    And maybe it's me, but...the guy on left looks slightly possessed :)

  16. @Blodeuedd: Yay! I'm glad that Blameless finally arrived! :) It's been weeks ago that I ordered it.

    @Lily: Thank you! :)

    @Tanya: I did, thanks! :D
    Yep, you zoomed in on the best part of the pic, I love that tongue too.
    I look forward to your take on Corralled, Tanya! When you get to it eventually ;)
    Have a fab week too, hon!

    @Eyre: *g* I know what you mean. Lorelei James's cowboys are perfect for that! :)

    @Tracy: The picture is as beautiful and hot as the book was, don't you think? Good to hear that you enjoyed Corralled too!

    @Cecile: Right back atya, honey! I hope you'll have a fantastic week too! :D

    @Ava: Thank you! :)

    @orannia: Exactly! And mechanical sex keeps pulling me out of the story. Which was not the case in this book btw! But nearly. ;)
    Possessed, huh? By a gorgeous fallen angel perhaps? ;D


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