New Release + Excerpt + 5 Star Review: Tripped Out by Lorelei James – A Blacktop Cowboys Novella

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lorelei James, comes TRIPPED OUT, a new novella in her Blacktop Cowboys Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

About TRIPPED OUT:

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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Excerpt

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.”

“Yes to what?”

“Yes to all of it.”

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Michel’s Review

Leave it to Lorelei James to deliver a creative romance with sensitive and somewhat “controversial” subject matter.  Not many authors have been brave enough to dive into the world of the legal Cannabis Industry.  While the subject is controversial and illegal in many states, it is a reality in today’s modern world.  Lorelei shows both the pharmaceutical and recreational side of the business as well as the regulatory and monetary operational side. Aside from it being a fun, entertaining, sexy romance I also found this book educational since I live in a state where it is still completely illegal.

Stirling Gradsky and Dr. Liam Argent are adversaries but they are also alike in many ways. Their ideas for the operation and production for business vary but their bottom line is the same.  They both want to produce the best product on the market and make it profitable. Work place antics and practical jokes become their foreplay.  When they put aside their ego’s and stubbornness, their relationship takes a passionate and explosive turn.

Two nerds who are recreational potheads find love beyond the pop tart packaging.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and was thrilled to see some of the beloved characters from the The Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series become a part of their world.

 

 

 

About Lorelei James:

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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