Saturday, January 24, 2015

REVIEW: Corralled by Lorelei James

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***


Lainie travels the rodeo circuits helping to fix up injured cowboys, so she knows not to fall for a rockin’ bod and southern drawl. Then Kyle and Hank each wear down her defenses and she finds herself with two lovers. When they happen to all wind up in the same place at the same time, new ideas fly and the dynamic between them all changes. Which cowboy will win her heart?


I’d been wanting to try Lorelei James and when I found this book that is cowboys AND ménage, I knew I had to give it a shot. I’m really glad that I did! It had its flaws, sure, but overall I really enjoyed the story. It’s got exciting rodeo action and romance that’s both heartwarming and very hot. It’s pretty light hearted and there’s no suspense plot angle or anything, it’s just about the characters and their daily lives.

There was a time when I felt the relationship they’d entered into was unhealthy, but even all three of them noticed when things weren’t working making the story feel all the more realistic. There were a few slow moments, and some awkward and sad moments, but it’s all worth it - especially the last five chapters. They were utterly compelling and took you on a wild ride of emotions.

As you would expect, there were of course some predictable moments, but in the big picture, more things happened that I hadn’t anticipated (at least not fully) than things I had, which I always appreciate. It went in a slightly different direction that I guessed and I liked how things finally played out. There were some threats in the end that I kind of wish were carried out though.

We were also introduced to several other characters that are featured in future installments of the series, so I’m looking forward to those. I especially look forward to seeing Hank’s sister, Celia’s story as she had developed a quick bond with Lainie.

I think my biggest complaint about the book is that the love scenes were a little crude for my taste and there were moments that made me uncomfortable. There’s a point where pain and pleasure meet, but that point shouldn’t be when trying a new position or when all parties are actually trying to be gentle. It probably won’t bother most people, but it was a little frustrating for me. Just my two cents on that.

If you’re looking for a wild ride, a friendly competition, and a little kink with your romance, I recommend Corralled!


  1. I've only read two of her books but didn't really care for them so I doubt I'll read anymore. Thanks for the great review though.

    1. Honestly, it's ultimately forgettable. I'd always intended to go back and read more in the series, but found I just didn't care enough. It was a good read, but not something that was compelling enough to seek more of.