Wound Tight

(A Rough Riders/Blacktop Cowboys® Crossover Novella)

by Lorelei James

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorelei James comes a crossover story in her Rough Riders/Blacktop Cowboys® series…

A May-December romance hotter than the 4th of July…

Bull rider Justin Donohue spent his youth hell-bent on winning world championships. After hitting the big 4-0, Justin takes a job at the Grade A Ranch and Rodeo School, where he immediately locks horns (and lips) with the sexy, sassy Callie—a 22 year old cowgirl set on seducing him. Discovering their age difference doesn’t deter Callie; neither does Justin’s warning that she deserves more than a busted-up former rodeo cowboy.

From the moment Callie Morgan encounters the hot-as-fire new ranch hand, she knows his gruff manner is an attempt to mask his attraction to her. But she’s never backed down from a challenge, especially not when Justin’s actions speak louder than his denials. Callie doesn’t give a damn that he’s older than her or what others might think of their relationship. The uptight cowboy needs to relax and she’ll do whatever it takes to loosen him up, proving there are no age restrictions when it comes to lust…or to falling in love.

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An Exclusive Interview With Lorelei James:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

Oh, I just loved Justin and Callie’s story! How did you choose them for this novella?

My assistant and I got to talking…What ever happened to…? about previous characters in my Rough Riders world before I started working on Tripped Out last year. So Justin and Callie made an appearance in that book and they were funny and interesting enough, with an obvious conflict to warrant their own love story.

I also love Callie’s name. How do you decide on your character names?

Callie—short for Calliope—was actually a 4 year old girl in my first western, Long Hard Ride. Now she’s grown up, but I remember writing that she said no one called her by her full name, Calliope Jane, unless she was in trouble.

You totally had me humming “Finish What Ya Started” after reading about it in the book. Do you make playlists for your books? Or listen to certain songs while writing?

I can’t listen to music when I’m writing because I start singing along and forget that I’m supposed to be writing…So many of my books are inspired by song titles—not necessarily the songs themselves—in some ways that means my entire backlist is a playlist!

If you could dream cast Justin and Callie, who would you choose?

Justin would be a cross between Josh Duhamel and Chris Pine. I follow Torrie Blake on Instagram and she is the PERFECT Callie!

Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?

I just finished I Want You Back, the first book in the Want You series, which is a spin-off from the Need You contemporary romance series. I’m working on Piece of My Heart, the second book in the Rough Riders Legacy series.


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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