Friday, September 15, 2017

Tripped Out (Blacktop Cowboys, #8.5) by Lorelei James: Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review

Title: Tripped Out 
Series: A Blacktop Cowboys Novella  
Author: Lorelei James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: September 12, 2017
Review Source: eARC

Where there’s smoke…

Stirling Gradsky abandoned the corporate rat race for a more laidback lifestyle. So it’s ironic she’s stuck working with a hard-bodied, know-it-all scientist who treats her like a stoner instead of a stone cold business woman capable of running a large scale cannabis operation. Dr. Hot and Tattooed with the big…brain needs to stop sampling their product; he’s under the half-baked idea that he’s the boss.

Dr. Liam Argent’s doctorate isn’t in chemistry, but from the moment he meets his sexy new coworker, there’s enough heat between them to short out all the lights in the grow house. First item on his agenda? Clearing up the sassy, blunt blonde’s hazy notion that she’s in charge.

Sparks fly as their attraction blazes. But can they weed out their differences without getting burned?

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The only thing I’ve personally read of Ms James was the Mastered series and wow this was totally different. I have high respect for her writing. I really enjoyed this story.

Sterling left the corporate world to partner with her brother in the legal marijuana business. She runs the show but it turns into a hostile environment with the sexy Dr Liam that runs the lab. Will they ever learn to get along?

I loved the banter and practical jokes between Sterling and Liam. This was a quick book to read and the flow was amazing. I can’t say that I’ve ever read a book about the growing business before and I found it interesting to say the least. Now I am intrigued by this series and need to get the previous books.

It was just her luck that she lost her balance as she slipped on her cowgirl boot, falling sideways into the coat tree, knocking it over with a spectacular crash.

So much for her stealth exit.

Liam raced around the corner. “Stirling? Are you…”

“Leaving? Yes. Get some rest, Dr. Argent. I’ll see you at work tomorrow.”

His eyes narrowed. “You’re pissed off at me.”

“What makes you think that?”

“You called me Dr. Argent.”

“It is your name, as you’ve repeatedly reminded me over the past ten months. Anyway, I’m not pissed off because you don’t want to discuss your past with me. It’s your choice. I’m not the type to nag or beg. But relationships require a level of trust from both parties, otherwise it’s superficial. I’ve had enough of that, so I’ll pass if that’s all you’re prepared to offer me.” She bent down to retrieve her boot….and found herself airborne with Liam’s shoulder in her stomach as he carried her in a fireman’s hold into the living room.

Stirling was so stunned by his caveman behavior she couldn’t speak.

Liam laid her on the couch and stretched out on top of her, preventing her escape.

The smart man had pinned her legs so she couldn’t knee him in the balls, either.

So she glared at him. She’d said her piece; in fact, she’d probably said far too much.

“Did you mean it?” he demanded.

“Mean what? Mean to leave? Yes.”

“No. Did you mean it that we’re in a relationship?”

The vulnerability in his eyes just…slayed her. “The pranks, the bickering, the one-upmanship… We’ve been in a relationship since day one, Dr. Dumbass. An adversarial relationship, sort of fucked-up, to be honest. But in that time… Have I permeated your thoughts to the point you aren’t sure if you want to strangle me or if you want to f*ck me? Do you have entire conversations in your head about what clever remarks you’ll toss off the next time you run into me? Or maybe you plan to cross my path just so we can have a snarky back and forth? Does your heart race when you see me? Do you imagine shutting my smart mouth with a steamy kiss? Do you fantasize about storming into my office, locking the door, bending me over my desk, fucking me in silence until we both explode, and then leaving without saying a word?”


“Yes to what?”

“Yes to all of it.”

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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