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Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei JamesSeries: Blacktop Cowboys #6
Published by NAL, Penguin on August 5, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance, Western
She’s protecting his body and guarding her heart...
Country music star Devin McClain understands there’s a downside to life in the public eye, but the laidback Wyoming cowboy has 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 when that bodyguard is a hard-bodied woman. He’s even more stunned to be 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...
PJV Quickie: While I was introduced to Lorelei James’ seductive brand of cowboy in her Rough Riders series, it’s her Blacktop Cowboys that steal my heart. I was a little nervous going into Hillbilly Rockstar, since the hero of the story didn’t actually do any ranching, but I shouldn’t have worried – Lorelei James writes some sexy, sexy cowboys!
Review: Whenever I’m in the mood to read some hard-working, good-looking, fun-loving cowboys, I know exactly which author to turn to – Lorelei James. In looking at my ratings for this series, I’ve given each of the previous books 4 stars. In her Blacktop Cowboys series, she’s created a world in Muddy Gap, Wyoming that is full of sympathetic characters whose stories are irresistibly readable and I enjoy going back to visit with each new book.
Hillbilly Rockstar pairs two unlikely characters: Liberty Masterson, a former soldier who now works for an elite security company as a bodyguard, and Devin McClain, a country-music superstar who is having some security issues on tour. When a member of his crew is attacked on his personal tour bus, Liberty is called in to go undercover as his “assistant”. Devin doesn’t want a bodyguard, and Liberty doesn’t want to guard Devin, but her boss makes an offer she can’t refuse.
I liked Liberty in that she was confident and brash and doesn’t put up with stupidity. She works hard and has goals. One thing that sort of stuck around in the back of my mind though, was the fact that she dated her superior officer in the army and then she dated her charge (Devin) as a security guard; I don’t have any sort of medical degree but this seems to be self-destructive behavior to me.
That being said, I really enjoyed reading these two interact and build trust between them. Their scenes together were sexy and fun. The mystery was a bit predictable, but for me the romantic interaction between Liberty and Devin made up for it. Both characters are stubborn and have issues that can’t be avoided while they’re spending so much time together in the isolated world of a music tour; they start off antagonistic towards each other, but that animosity turns to lust and then genuine affection.
Recommendations: If you’re looking for an entertaining Cowboy Romance, look no further than Lorelei James – great characters, steamy love scenes, and interesting storylines make her books hard to put down.