Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fourth of July Short: Miss Firecracker by Lorelei James

Happy Fourth of July! A little low on Fireworks this year? No worries, it's still Lorelei James weekend over here, and I've got a sexy little Fourth of July themed novella for your holiday enjoyment!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's Lorelei James, it's a Fourth of July Story, it's got sexy Blake West, and it's got a female carpenter turned reluctant beauty queen. You just can't go wrong with this as a short novella. Rough Rider fans know Blake as a cousin to the sexy McKays--Blake shows up in Colt's book Branded by Trouble to provide a little competition for India. And since Blake was attracted to the non-traditional India, we know he goes for a spunky unconventional woman. And he gets one when he takes a stint bartending for a friend in Nebraska. He's not exactly down on his luck though--he just sold the family sheep ranch, so he's got plenty of cash, but no idea what to do with his life. Miss Firecracker knows exactly what to do with HER life--she's a carpenter with her father's construction company, and she only competed for Miss Firecracker to appease her mother. A very sexy, fun romp ensues when Miss Firecracker hands her tiara and obligations off to the next queen and can finally let loose.

My only quibble with the book was that Blake causes the heroine to be late for work, more than once, and late by several HOURS once due to their nookie time. I didn't feel like this was in keeping with either of their characters. I get the need for more sexy time, but heroine is a professional woman, a foreman with a crew counting on her, and neither she nor Blake is really the kind to let passion trump that. However, despite my Debbie Downer quibbles, this is a great, fun read and I like the sense of community this carries, which is rare in a novella.

Have a Happy Fourth of July whenever you choose with this sexy treat!

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