Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei James (Blacktop Cowboys #6)

17206440Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: NAL

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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…

This is a great addition to the Blacktop Cowboy series; I have enjoyed each one of these books and look forward to more. Ms. James writes cowboys from various walks of life and each one is sexy as hell along with the women that match them with every step.

Devlin McCain is a country music super star and for the last year he has had some serious mishaps and threats from fans that have caused him problems. The threats escalated when one of his drivers was attacked while sleeping on the bus, in Devlin’s bed. The driver survived but Devlin’s manager and agent believe it is time to bring in some professional protection.

Liberty Masterson spent many years in the Army, her most recent stint ended when she took a bullet for an ambassador she was protecting. She is now working for Garrett and GSC Security, a company that does various security jobs around the world, even some special ops, although Garrett will never confirm that.

Devlin does not want anything to disrupt the tour but is OK with one person being close to him and protecting him. Liberty agrees to the job with a little help from a bonus check, and it seems to work in everyone’s favor as she can pretend to be his new assistant and live on his bus. He knows most of his band will think they are sleeping together but that is life on the road. And although things start out innocent enough as he continues with his groupies but after several weeks together their attraction grows and they are soon inseparable.

I have to say that Ms. James can write some incredible stories featuring cowboys with some amazing sizzle. As with her other books, I always look forward to more.

Devlin is one sexy man; he oozes sex while on stage singing to his fans and you can tell he loves his life and the benefits he gets. Unfortunately there also are some downfalls to fame which bring a security firm into his world. I like his attitude, he knows he comes off as a diva but says sometimes he feels he has earned the right and takes advantage of some of the offerings, and even though I am not a fan of diva’s, it is a different view and he does not go to extremes. He is a take charge guy and at first does not like the fact that a woman is protecting him, albeit she is very capable, but he has to dampen his alpha side. However not in the bedroom, there he is in charge and Liberty knows this and enjoys everything about it.

Liberty is kick ass; she was trained in protection while serving several years in the army. During her last deployment she saved an ambassador but was injured which ended her career. She is now ready to use her skills with GSC security and gets stuck with watching a country singer who does not want the protection. Yet after a few weeks of touring and one mishap he is ready to follow her orders. The two together sizzle on the pages, there were times when I thought they would not make it to the bus, they were so hot for each other and I will attest to the writing skills of Ms. James as I felt the heat between them as I was reading. They have some mean chemistry when the doors are closed but also start to enjoy each other’s company, becoming close friends. He feels this is more than just a onetime fling that will end when the tour ends, he just needs to convince Liberty. He has lived through some heartbreaking experiences in his life and because of his sister who died much too young he is realizing that he does not want to waste this love.

The story is a true romance as they go from working together to amazing sexual attraction to enjoying each other’s company. The pace of the story is on the slow side, there is not a lot of drama and the danger comes late in the book as we watch the romance blossom and explode with passion. This is a definite read for any of Ms. James’ fans and also anyone who is new to this author, and it can easily be read as a standalone yet I was happy to revisit several characters from previous books and I love the relationship Liberty has with her sister. Another win for Ms. James.

I give Hillbilly Rockstar by Lorelei James 4.25 stars!

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