Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch (Montana Mystique #1)
After Hudson Savage betrayed her, Dana Cardwell hoped never to lay eyes on the seductive cowboy again. Until a bunch of old bones showed up on her family ranch. Suddenly her former lover was back in her life in a big way-to investigate a decades-old crime.Five years ago, Hud left town with a heart load of regrets. But now, as acting interim marshal, he had a job to do. And...more
This book is one of such stories. The suspense was nicely done, even had some traces of a thriller in it, and surprise of all surprise I didn’t see that ending coming. The villain was utterly unexpected for me (yeah, you can call me naïve if you want) and the added bonus of a t...more
The only real complaints I had were:
-The slow reveal of what happened five years ago. I hate that. Stop mentioning and dropping hints about this mysterious five years ago and just tell me what the hell happened! I had already guess...more
This was a quick read and very enjoyable. It had all sorts fo twists and turns in it. It was a true "Who Dun It". I kept changing my mind as to who the villan was and I was very surprised by who it actually was. I just didn't see that coming till just before the b...more
The romance part of the book was kind of weak - especially the silly Big Misunderstanding that kept Hud and Dana separated for 5 years - but I knew that beforehand, so it didn't bother me. I read this book mainly for the mystery...more
The romantic tension was nice, but really makes you wonder if what Dana and Hud did 5years ago sound as convincing if they really do love each other that much.
One extra star only because it was a free read
This is my third in the lot of sixteen free downloads, and the one I've most enjoyed so far. There's a mystery at the core of the book, and it's a fairly gripping mystery, well unfolded. In story terms, the mystery aspect is at least the equal of the romance aspect, and the two tie together nicely; I never felt that either part had been tacked on to the other.
The lead couple are more well-rounded than the last two I...more
So this was more of a mystery than a romance. Probably because there wasn't enough time to fit both a romance and a mystery in the book. Something had to be left out.
Hudson Savage is back in town to be a temporary Marshall. So it's not the greatest of instances when his first case is a dead body found on Cardwell Ranch. Mainly because the owner of the ranch is his ex-fiance. An ex-fiance that was hurt terribly by him and someone that he still has feelings for. As for Dana, she's having the worse...more
Hud, and Dana were high school sweethearts. Hud left town 5 years ago without a backwards glance breaking Dana’s Heart. She couldn’t stand him now. There were bones found at the bottom of a well on Dana’s ranch. She was surprised that the acting marshal was Hud. He was back in town.
The bones opened up one case, and re opened another. Dana was being threatened, but Hud, and Dana had to find out who was behind the threats. Everyone in Dana’s family...more
I was certainly very very surprised to see that that such novels were Harlequin Romance novels because I am surely not a "romance reader." But over time I see that Harlequin books (or authors) do...more
First off, left me just say that a reader in her late teens (and possibly younger)/early twenties might think this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but frankly, I found the heroine TSTL. The front door is open, and she blithely walks on in? Uh... no. What half-way intelligent...more
Then, I realized that if I am trying to get students to take a free copy of this, I had better get over my initial distaste for the title/cover/genre and general vibe I was getting and actually read the book.
This book was wrought with cliches...more
Five years ago Hud left his small hometown, and his love, behind after he was caught in a compromising situation with his love's sister. Now a mysterious letter and a job offer have hastened his return and Hud intends to get to the bottom of exactly what happened that night. Before he can start his...more
Daniels does good job with the intrigue element of thi...more
First of all, if you are going to offer something for free, make sure it's good. I would be more forgiving if this was an indie author publishing independently, but it's not, it's an established author with Harlequin. Indie authors would be more careful about what they offer for public consumption because they hope to be successful, established authors on...more
The thought the personalities of all the characters were developed well with the exception of Jordan, Dana's brother. He was too over-the-top for me and the thought he could have been toned down to be b...more
I enjoyed the mystery that was part of the story, as it kept me guessing throughout the book. Just when I thought I had it all figured out there's a twist and I'm totally wron...more
Overall, I found this a good read, and interesting as a mystery (more so than as a romance). The atmosphere was suspenseful; while I guessed the villain fairly early on, I wouldn't have been surprised if one of several other characters turned out to be the bad guy. I liked the main characters and was happy that they got back together. The "how I did it" spiel from the villain at the end was over the top, b...more
Might not be the catchiest title but it's a pretty good book! I picked up Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch not too long ago when I needed a book with a cowboy hat on the cover. I hadn't read Daniels before so didn't know what to expect and gotta say I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The story was very light in the romance department and not steamy at all but the mystery and crime were very well done and kept me turning the pages. I enj...more
She lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, two Springer Spaniels, Jem and Spot, and a temperamental tomc...more