Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James #Review

Posted June 6, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James #Review
Branded as Trouble

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Series: Rough Riders #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Samhain Publishing
Released on January 5, 2010
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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I have tried the Rough Riders series a few different times and never quite got into the books I seemed to choose. So recently when Samhain made the decision to close it doors, I picked up as many books in this series as I could and decided I was going to give it a go again. They didn’t have any of the books before #6 in the series, so this is where I am beginning, Branded as Trouble.

India Ellison isn’t the heroine I expected when I started this book, which is a good thing. She is a tattooed and pierced woman who had survived some Hellish scenarios and has earned some peace. She sponsors other recovering addicts including the hero┬áColt McKay. India isn’t quite the towns style, but she is Colt’s. She’s clean and thinks she has it all under control, but her attraction to her best buddy could breach even her own calm.

Colt McKay is an addict. Hitting rock bottom was the worst and best thing to happen. With India as his sponsor, he continues to go to meetings and change his life for the better. Not only has he been drug and alcohol free, he has been sex free. Now he wants to end all that with the one woman he cares about above all others, India.

The two have been best friends and support for each other, but neither wants to admit it. Colt goes on a date, India gets jealous and suddenly they are a couple that the town doesn’t want to see and neither does Mama McKay. At tough times they both fight the internal addiction they have, calling on others to help is the core of the A.A. process when faced with temptations they cannot face on their own.

What continues to be a problem for me in the few books I have read are just what assholes the McKays seem to be to one another. Colt bought some land that panned out to make him money. He gets addicted and hurts a lot of people, but do the ones that are family stand by him to help him get better? Nope. They resent him and leave him to go deeper and deeper. Only one brother and maybe 2 cousins actually give a crap about him. So I can’t say I am a fan of this family. If my brother were ever an addict, I would be there to find him help and support him.

India only has her sister who has some adorable little girls with one of Colt’s cousins. Her sister is there for her like family should be. It doesn’t matter how many tattoos or piercings India has, she has her family. This doesn’t mean she isn’t stressed or tempted, it just means her family is way better than Colt’s.

The story grabbed me on just how honest these two are, but at the same time fooling their own selves. Get ready for some bullets in the ass, pregnancy scares, family meltdowns and some cowboys to liven up your fantasy life. This was a wonderful book that was true to the message it was sending without being to preachy. Glad I am giving this series another try.

About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family. Visit her online at,, and

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Angela @ Simply Angela

I’ve had the same trouble with the first few books in the series and eventually just gave up on it.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago

Same here. Hoping to enjoy the ones I bought though.

Braine TS
5 years ago

Who needs enemies when you have family like Colt’s. India sounds like a badgirl, her family orientation is a cool break from the stereotype

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

I loved India and Colt. The McKay’s aren’t the best family I have met.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I love seeing the stories when the characters conquer or at least learn to live with their addictions. I only read a few novellas from the series, but I don’t like the idea of the family being jerk-ish.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Me either! The family pissed me off and I think that’s why I haven’t like most of the books in this series.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

I’ve read a couple of her books and couldn’t even finish the second one I picked up. They just aren’t for me.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I like most of her books outside of this series. This series has just been meh!