This was soooo good, I didn't want it to end. The similarities with Red Dirt Heart were great, but I loved that book and I loved this. I really likedThis was soooo good, I didn't want it to end. The similarities with Red Dirt Heart were great, but I loved that book and I loved this. I really liked the characters, especially the cook, although Neal was a bit too black and white. I did like that none of the characters was all bad; even Taylor wasn't completely evil. I particularly liked the MC, his attitude towards the ranch and his plans for how he would handle himself there, and his resolve to make things work.
The peril was brief and not serious enough for me but it was sweet. The ending was a little anticlimactic with the resolution of the mystery in the epilogue which was odd. I would have preferred a little more minor conflict with the hands at the big reveal, less all or nothing, but it still worked. I learned some things which is one of the biggest draws for me reading staories that take place in other countries. I didn't know what they meant by shoes with elastic at the top. I looked it up and it's more at the sides, but knowing what kind of boots the sheepboys :) wear helps my image of them in my mind.
I'm so excited this is a series because I can't wait to hear what happens next in their relationship.
My other notes:
Yeah lack of iced tea would be hard for me too.
Would he really face that level of discrimination?
Said he broke the lease on his condo then said he sold it.
Very brave for coming out in Australia on a station (rance) right away.
Finally an mc who can quote one poem but not the whole thing and the other guy doesn't recognize it (and I do, which is the weird part!)
One of the worst things to do when you suspect hypothermia is put the person in hot water and rub them. Use luke warm water because its less a shock to the body, and leabe the skin alone so it doesn't slough off.
I couldn't put this book down. The good parts were so good, I forgot to take notes so most of these are going to be negative, but I want to reiterateI couldn't put this book down. The good parts were so good, I forgot to take notes so most of these are going to be negative, but I want to reiterate that this book was good and the negative stuff didn't detract as much as I imply. So in order to play it down, I'm just going to give my rough notes in a spoiler tag.
Earlier the book said that Riley "mixed it up" with boys and that he did boys in bathrooms at night. Later he's nervous because he's never even experimented with men.
I hate the broken scenes which happen so the narrative can jump to someone else's head. At least it's separated by asterisks so you know you're changing protagonists but a good writer should've able to show what people are thinking without being in their heads. Plus there are too many POVs.
Sexist. All the powerful people, all the owners of things are men. The women are stereotyped: the Paris Hilton-like young woman, the sickly, dying pregnant one, the ice bitch queen wealthy mother, the down home country mother. The miscellaneous other women were "simpering" gold-diggers.
Oh so sweet!
I never expected to love a man," Riley said softly, raising his head, his face tired, his eyes red rimmed, and his lashes spiked and thick with tears. Jack could see he was stripped bare, literally and figuratively, and everything he had to offer was here in front of Jack. "I didn't think I could, that it was even possible," he added carefully, placing a hand flat to the side of Jack's face. Jack turned his head to kiss the palm and then pushed into the hand like a cat, his eyes half closed. "But in all the things that are wrong." He stopped. "Jack… this is right. Is that what I should be feeling? That this seems so right?"
"Riley, I can't tell you how to feel, I know that it's like I've been waiting for you all my life."
A little too much melodrama even for me. Too much crying and fretting at the end. I could deal with Riley doing it but with Eden constantly crying and Beth a mess, too, it felt redundant. (hide spoiler)]
Sweet story about a guy insecure in his relationship. I felt his worries were realistic. I felt I read between the lines too easily but the plot was sSweet story about a guy insecure in his relationship. I felt his worries were realistic. I felt I read between the lines too easily but the plot was sweet. ...more
Very well written. Definitely horror and not romance. The sex scene was probably the least hot sex scene I've ever read (between two consenting adultsVery well written. Definitely horror and not romance. The sex scene was probably the least hot sex scene I've ever read (between two consenting adults). I could have done without it.
World is well built but truly horrific and chilling. Distances were confusing. Mac could see stuff coming in too much detail for how long it took to arrive.
Ambiguous ending typical of horror but I hate it in a romance.
2 stars for enjoyment, 4.5 stars for storytelling makes it a 3.5 star read for me, rounded up because it did a lot for a short story. ...more
Wow. This was amazing. This was true literature, the beauty of the prose still lingers with me. It's made me doubt my own abilities as a writer.
It alWow. This was amazing. This was true literature, the beauty of the prose still lingers with me. It's made me doubt my own abilities as a writer.
It also had everything I love: unique world building in a modern fantasy framework (as opposed to epic or high fantasy), suspense, murder, mayhem, a broken protagonist, characters that are unique and that I love, unusual theme, etc. I had no idea how they would get to a point where anything worked out at the end, right up until the epilogue.
My favorite character, Belimai isn't in the second half as much but other than that, that section was in some ways even better than the first. I want a sequel very very very much.
I loved the thing with the hat. You'll just have to read it to see what I mean.
The book is really funny, too. Here are some of my favorite quotes (and she even breaks some writing rules and it doesn't matter).
"Your rooms look good," Harper said, "Did you paint the walls white?" "No. I just washed them." "Hmm..." --pg. 211
No matter who came through the door, the secretary seemed to have a form for him to fill out. I had completed mine in the first minute of entering the room by simply leaving the questions unanswered and printing my name at the top of the page in the kind of deformed, clumsy script that screamed of illiteracy.
At that time I had thought I was clever for so deftly eluding the paperwork, but now I regretted it. At least filling the form out would have used up a little of the empty time I now had. I might have been able to amuse myself by writing in deliberately obtuse answers and a few outright lies. --pg. 80
(Their big romantic scene done in their very low-key way.) (view spoiler)["Do you remember the first time we slept together?" he asked. "Yes." Belimai frowned slightly at the change of subject. "You were so drunk I'd be surprised if you did, though." "I remember the morning after," Harper went on. "You wanted to make sure that I didn't harbor any romantic inclination toward you. I assured you that I didn't." "I remember." Belimai watched him intently, as if the next words Harper said might cause the floor to collapse beneath them both. "I may have lied." --pg. 194 (hide spoiler)]
And Nicole Kimberling edited it and her daughter made the cover (or mother or sister or some guy with a girl's name).
Read this book, read it, read it, read it, read it.
2.5 rounded up. Despite the absurd premise, could have been four stars but the abrupt ending, a single page that should have been the second half if a2.5 rounded up. Despite the absurd premise, could have been four stars but the abrupt ending, a single page that should have been the second half if a book, ruined it....more