SHORT RIDES is an anthology comprised of two novellas and a
short story set in the Rough Riders world. None of the
stories are meant to be as standalone stories, but instead
are companion stories to previous books in the series.
KING OF HEARTS is a sneak peek into the life of Deputy Cam
McKay where he is faced with a murder/suicide on
Valentine's Day. The event hits him hard and brings back
old ghosts that haunt him to this day. The angst is potent
and all-consuming, but so is the love that his wife, Domini
and his many children provide him.
As Cam struggles to keep his demons at bay, readers are
once again reminded of the tortured hero that Cam really is
and how his journey from a damaged solider, to a
responsible cop to a loving father is the biggest
transformation of the series. This story was the shortest
of the anthology, however I think it held the most heart
out of them all.
ROUGH ROAD follows Chassie, Trevor, and Edgard Glanzer on a
romantic getaway for their anniversary. Because of their
unique relationship involving two men and one woman, many
outsiders still don't understand how they could live that
way and as a result, Chassie, Trevor and Edgard are a
constant source of criticism. However, all three of them
are so content in their relationship that together, they
seem stronger for it.
By far the most sexiest of all the stories, Chassie, Trevor
and Edgard remind readers of just how well they work
together. James pens a convincing permanent threesome that
reminds one of my favorites to this day.
Lastly, ALL KNOCKED UP is my favorite of the anthology and
it deals with Jack Donohue and his very irritable - and
pregnant - wife, Keely. If you've read the series already,
then you know what a feisty character Keely is. Imagine
that but ten times worse because of her pregnancy hormones.
James has immense fun with this short story and it will be
sure to gather some laughs. I love the way James is so
readily able to bring forth charm and sexiness into her
books while also keeping the heat and the heart. ALL
KNOCKED UP reminds me of why I adore this series so much.
Fusing together heat and heart, James once again proves
just how talented a storyteller she is!
Short Rides is an anthology compilation of two novellas and
one short story set in the Rough Riders world. These are NOT
meant to be read as standalone stories, but are a peek into
popular character's lives after the happily ever after...
The stories in Short Rides are:
King of Hearts* –– Deputy Cam McKay deals
with a murder/suicide case on Valentine's Day.
Rough Road –– Chassie, Trevor and Edgard
Glanzer celebrate their anniversary by spending a romantic
weekend away from the ranch and kids...and return home to
face their biggest challenge yet.
All Knocked Up –– Keely and Jack Donohue
are having a baby. Given Keely's raging pregnancy
hormones...will Jack need to wear a cup in the delivery room?
*previously published in the Guns and Roses
Anthology in 2012