Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James

Rough Riders, Book 6

Samhain

Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60504-458-3

Reviewed by Tanya

   

 

India Blue Ellison is many things in the small town where she and her sister have settled.  She is a tattoo shop owner, sister, A. A. sponsor and best friend to name a few.  She is also someone who knows what it is like to confront people’s preconceived notions.  Though she is a walking advertisement for piercing, tattoos and wild hair, she is not a drugged out teenager.  In fact she spends most of her time with her best buddy, Colt McKay watching movies and eating popcorn, or just hanging around.

Colt has spent three years clean and sober, though none of his family seem to think that he has changed his boozing, unreliable and whoring around lifestyle.  The truth is that not only has he been clean and sober for three years but the only woman who interests him in the least is the one that he can’t have.  Namely his A. A. sponsor, India, who makes his blood sing like no one else ever has.  When Colt finally lets his feelings be known, will it ruin the friendship and more importantly will India agree to date Colt?  Especially when he wants to take things slow?

Ms. James has written a lot of strong and interesting characters in the Rough Riders series but I think that India has to be one of my all-time favorites, I am glad she is finally getting her story told.  Now to just get Cam’s story…

I have loved India’s sarcastic and fun character for a while now in Ms. James’ books and am glad to see that not only she but Colt gets the possibility of a happy ever after.  Ms. James tackles a big issue with many people in this story - the issue of trust.  Not only is this dealt with but, the issues of alcoholism are also dealt with.  And dealt with well at that, so many authors would not have dealt with all of the different aspects of this disease (personal, friends and impact on family) that I find this story not only super erotic but fantastic on another level.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how Cam and India seemed to see more of what was going on in Colt’s life than even Colt was willing to deal with.  Ok and the fact that the story starts with India “nailing Colt” had me laughing for quite a while.  I Joyfully Recommend Branded as Trouble and can’t wait for the next story by Ms. James. 

     

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