I usually base my romance rating on how satisfied I was with the HEA, how much I was invested in the couple and how their story ended. As I said above, once I adjusted my expectations for the story and read the story Ms. McCarthy was writing versus the one I felt I was sold, I did enjoy it.
Frisco's Kid is one of my favorites in the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. There are no stereotypes or cardboard characters here...Frisco and Mia are wonderful characters whose respective journeys were great additions to this fine series.
This is a suspenseful story...If I at all had a quibble over the story, it was with the part towards the end when Israel is reunited with his brother, Quill...But this little tremor in the otherwise melodious playing of The Devil You Know is eminently forgettable. The story, on the other hand, is unforgettable.
I have a lot of other issues with the book, but for me, the key is I’m just not convinced about the romance. It doesn’t help that at about the three-quarter mark Sierra admits that their bond has nothing to do with friendship but a mutual need to “screw each other’s brains out.”
The overstuffed nature of Return to Jacaranda Avenue is what keeps this book at just being a sweet read instead of one that sticks in the mind. These characters aren’t folks who exist outside the boundaries of the book. That doesn’t make it bad or a failure, because as I said before, it’s a perfectly delightful story.
I hope you continue writing in this rodeo world. There are characters with stories to be told plus I want to know if Jack and Ian make it to the bigs! Will Rattler prove himself on this next level and will Mitch get over his injuries and ride again? Is there a romance for Jack, Randy, or Garth? Questions, questions.
Touching and romantic, Ryan’s portrayal of a city slicker falling for a cowboy delves into the depths of each of their personalities to find common ground in their love for the land. Readers will eagerly anticipate future installments.
...the medicine man fuses snakes with Sam’s arms, making the boy a crack shot and a legend. Catchy tall tale, violent Western, and time travel, wrapped around inexcusable indigenous tropes.
There was also a transition late in the book which felt so sudden that I wondered if I’d accidentally skipped some pages. It mostly made sense in the end, but it jarred a little until I got to the explanation. However, for a feel good romance, A Wild Ride gets two thumbs up from me.
This debut novel captures the flailings and flights of hapless dreamers with prose that throbs like the strings of an electric bass playing its sad heart out in a near-desolate landscape.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was a light, enjoyable read. It is easy to see why Sherlock Holmes mysteries were so popular. They are easy to read, quickly paced, and pack enough muscle to keep the page turned. Holmes penetrating powers of observation and deduction are fascinating.
Linda Lael Miller has a gift for bring her characters to life...so that by end of the book, readers feel as if they had a very satisfying visit with friends and The Carsons of Mustang Creek are a fascinating group of individuals that I can’t wait to visit with again.
Graham's flawed contemporary romance linking a reverse diamond thief with an FBI agent isn't the gem it could be. Stilted dialogue and a slender premise doom what might have been a lovely affair...
This is a powerful antislavery book that still resonates, over 100 years since its initial publication...
If Uncle Tom's Cabin has lost its edge, and even seems anodyneto some readers today, this may actually be a measure of its success. In the heat of civil-rights battles, ordinary gestures...can become revolutionary. With victory achieved, these things become banal once more. And that, perhaps, was the entire point.
...the intrigue is largely secondary to Lee Ann’s story. Where the novel excels is in its open-eyed portrayals of a land largely left untamed...What might have been a soapy rural drama carries a surprising amount of grit and poetic verve.
As the central relationship turns hot and sexy, side characters traipse humorously through the story. Complicated family backstories add depth...
West of Eden is a book that keeps offering. It caters to our junk appetite for gossip about the rich and shameless, and leaves us curiously empty. Maybe that is its point. But it could have been so much more.
Wink doesn’t deal in the romance of the Old West or dwell on the frontier past, yet both myth and history color these highly satisfying fictions about the way men and women struggle to shape their lives.
This novel has an appeal as wide as Texas and a historic sweep that is purely American. Willy Bobbins can’t read or write, but he is representative of the pioneer stock who settled the West...