Thursday, January 22, 2015

Audioook Review: Hillbilly Rockstar (Blacktop Cowboys, Book #6) by Lorelei James (ADULT)

Book Series: Blacktop Cowboys, Book #6
Author: Lorelei James (Twitter)
Genres: Erotica, Western Romance
Format: Audiobook (Amazon | Audible)
Narrator: Scarlet Chase
Length: 11 hours & 50 minutes
Length: August 5, 2014

She’s protecting his body and guarding her heart...

Country music star Devin McClain never imagined he'd attract crazed fans who would do anything to garner his attention. When veiled threats become real, he agrees to hire a discreet security detail. But Devin is shocked to find that the bodyguard is a hard-bodied woman and that he's attracted to the steely-eyed stunner.

Former soldier Liberty Masterson’s return to civilian life has been wrought with challenges until she lands a job with a prestigious security firm. But when she agrees to provide personal protection during a cross-country tour, she doesn’t realize she has signed up to masquerade as the playboy star’s girlfriend. Though she’s more comfortable in combat boots than high heels, she has no choice but to appear to be the sexy groupie Devin prefers.

Living in close quarters causes the chemistry between them to ignite, and Devin realizes he wants to turn their charade of a romance into reality. Although Liberty surrenders to his every whim behind closed doors, she fears the sexy country star doesn’t see the real her; and Devin can’t help but worry when the tour ends that there might not be enough between them to build something that won’t fade away...

Um, this was just okay for me. Mostly, because Liberty honestly fell a little flat to me. In Turn and Burn, she came off as more fun and outgoing. Perhaps the injuries and tragedies she faced in the service changed her, I don't know. She was missing some of the oomph and the fire I envisioned her having. For a woman double-teaming brothers, who grappled with a guy twice her size and who could hang with Devin's crew as just one of the guys, she mostly just came across so blah and oddly insecure. Honestly, the only time I really liked Liberty was through "Devin's lens"; I preferred Liberty has he saw her over how she represented herself.

What I especially didn't like was how much she lashed out for her screw ups. With the shoot up at the bus; she felt that she failed at her job/responsibilities because she was having a romantic date -- with Devin -- instead of being on the bus with Devin being shot at. Stupid. Then, there was the "we forgot a condom" fight by the roadside. How dare she? I mean, really? You claim to love this guy and irrationally accuse him of being a STD-riddled man whore? Yeesh, that's awful and it was her fault, too. They screw up, she attacks Devin. I didn't like that one bit. For them as a couple, however, it was hot. I think that the strength that Liberty (mostly) had was what he needed. 

I really liked Devin. I think he was sweet, charming and sexy as hell. The best thing about Devin was that the stopped sleeping with groupies after one pregnancy scare. Finally, a smart man. In the real world, it seems every time I turn around there's an unplanned pregnancy.

I loved that two relationships had their "make it or brake it" moment up at Devin's cabin, first with Lainey, Hank and Kyle.

The tiny speck of a town called Muddy Gap, Wyoming, has captured a special place in my heart. Another fantastic addition to the line up. 

RECOMMENDED FOR:: Those who love their cowboys, and their love stories sassy and sexy.

“Stop with the no, sir bullshit. We both know that sarcastic sir is your verbal shorthand for asshole.”
― Devin

Scarlet Chase is fantastic. She's got a great drawl but still speaks clear. She also is excellent at capturing the masculinity of these charming cowboys. Her performance enhanced my enjoyment of the story so much that I decided to stay "audiobook-loyal" to this series and will not read the printed version.

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