REVIEW & EXCERPT: Strung Up by Lorelei James


Genre: M/M Romance

Heat Level: Explicit

Is there anything really better than HOT cowboys, plenty of sexy scenes, explosive chemistry, second chances, great writing and did I mention deliciously dirty sex? Well, this is exactly what you get this in this latest release from Lorelei James. Oh and did I mention that it was M/M so it’s 2 x the cowboy hotness…..

Creston and Breck have both checked out of life for different reasons. In their own way they have been coasting through life on auto pilot without really experiencing it. Both take a chance by stepping out of their norm. What neither of them expected was to run into each other and rekindle the burning desire that they once experienced together. Both agree that they don’t want something serious, but rather right now. So what happens when feelings get involved and perhaps the freedom that they wanted by not being in a relationship is turned on its head. Can these two stubborn men admit that feelings may be involved and that what they have is real and can last a lifetime?

It has been a while since I have read a book by Lorelei James and as I was reading I wondered why I had taken such a hiatus from her work. It had everything that I look for in a book – including being so drawn into the story that the real world just seemed to fall away.

I loved both Cres and Breck. There is something about damaged characters that I just can’t get enough of. It’s like I desperately want them to find their HEA to overcome all of the bad stuff that has happened to them. Yet, as both of these men drew comfort from the other – they were able to discover a peace within themselves.

The sex in this novella was explosive. And by far this book had one of the most awesome angry sex scenes that I have read in a really long while. The tension was electric and never felt overdone.

Strung Up is a great novella that had me invested in the story of these two characters from page 1. The writing drew me into the tension both sexual and emotional between these two men. And while it is a short read, it does not lack for development, storyline or fast paced enjoyment. It can be read as a standalone and if you enjoy a great dose of man love, then this is one you really want to pick up.

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About The Book

Title: Strung Up

Author: Lorelei James

Genre: M/M Romance

Heat Level: Explicit


Blurb: From New York Times bestseller Lorelei James…

Rancher Creston Grant retreats from the world after he loses the love of his life….Can his former flame, rodeo cowboy Breck Christianson prove he’s a changed man who can give Cres a second chance at love?


A white catering van had been parked near the rear exit. It appeared I wasn’t the only one seeking an escape. A big guy, roughly the same size as Sutton, rested against the side of the van, one boot heel hooked to the running board. He wore dark jeans and a plain white button down shirt with a logo on the left pocket. He’d angled his head down, obscuring his face. But with that build and that posture, I knew I was looking at a rodeo cowboy.

Something seemed familiar about him.

That’s when I noticed the poker chip in his left hand. He passed it through his fingers over and over again. I recognized that nervous tic.

My gut tightened. I took a few more steps forward, alerting him to my presence.

He palmed the poker chip before he slowly raised his head and looked at me.

Then I was staring into that face. That handsome fucking smug face.

A face I used to dream of.

A face I hadn’t seen in four years, since Sutton and London’s wedding.

I waited for the dismissive sneer to distort that perfect mouth.

A mouth I’d dreamed of nearly as often as his perfect face.

But no sneer formed.

His compelling eyes met mine.

I saw his recognition in those arctic blue depths. Followed by wariness. But no hardness. Or the mean glint I’d unconsciously steeled myself against.

He didn’t move.

Neither did I.

I found my voice. “Breck?”

“Hey, Cres.”

“What are you doin’ out here?”

“Same thing you’re doin’, I reckon. Avoiding the crowd.” He paused and dipped his chin to the empty space beside him. “There’s room if you wanna take a load off.”

I waited for the innuendo.

None came.

Everything inside me cautioned me to beat a fast retreat.

Not everything. My long-dormant libido urged me to stay.


About The Author

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

From Lorelei: “Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.”

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR


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