**spoiler alert** I didn't have high hopes for this book, after being somewhat disappointed with the first in the series. I think Ms. Dodd's writing s...more**spoiler alert** I didn't have high hopes for this book, after being somewhat disappointed with the first in the series. I think Ms. Dodd's writing style is nice, interesting, even humorous and realistic. But there's something that feels lacking in both books of her's I've read. In the first one, the ending sort of felt rushed and fell apart for me. In this one I would say it suffered the same fate. For about the first half of the book, I enjoyed a great deal of it, the story line is well thought out, intriguing, but after a point it feels as though the story is some sort of giant juggling act and some of the balls get dropped. I'm not sure what exactly could be fixed, but it just doesn't seem as tight or well-controlled as the first half. I hope this isn't a common occurrence in her books, as I rather like her otherwise.
I also probably liked this a lot better because Dan the hero is Special Forces Army. I am a sucker for military men! The relationship between Pepper and Dan was great, again for the first half of the book, then it went all over the place and I was annoyed. There's a part where Pepper is running away, once again, and Dan totally calls her on it, and in a fit of anger let's her have it. I loved this! Pepper deserved the dressing down, she was being totally cowardly and she needed to be put in her place. Unfortunately, Pepper twists it to make him feel bad because he's suppose to love her and can't talk to her that way. This is where the book really began to lose me. She was running away! The whole rest of the book she held this against him, and he let her! Coward was running away from danger, after promising to let Dan help her, to let Dan protect her, and she was going to run away and screw up the operation, putting herself and several others in great danger. He literally tackles her to keep her from running, and when he calls her out, Pepper someone turns it on him, as he much not love her, and she was only leaving to protect him. He has to beg for forgiveness and she still refuses to hear him out. A month goes by, she finally decides she can't live without him, and runs back to him. No words are spoken, no regret for treating each other that way, they just agree they are two wounded souls who need each other. Whatever and good luck with that.
There is one more in the series, I want to read it, hoping third time is the charm, and also to solve the mystery of what really happened to the parents and why the children were scattered like seeds in the wind, and what the town of Hobart, Texas is really hiding. God I hope I'm not disappointed by it, please let it be something really seedy and evil and well plotted. Is that too much to ask for?(less)
My first book by this author, so I tried to not have any expectations, but no need to fear, it was pretty darn good! It's not the best regency romance...moreMy first book by this author, so I tried to not have any expectations, but no need to fear, it was pretty darn good! It's not the best regency romance I've ever read, but it certainly on the upper end of the list. I loved the heroine, and could totally understand why she did what she did (don't want to give anything away) and I can understand the hero's anger at being duped, but it did go on a bit too long. Also, we don't really get to know much about the hero until closer to the end, we keep hearing how awful his childhood was, but not until the end did we hear just how bad it was. The ending was a little different for me, and I felt a little rushed, but it worked - just not a style I'm used to. I will definitely be reading more of Jordan's work, including her YA series. She tells a good story and has just the right amount of detail given, her characters are well thought out. Can't wait to read more from her!(less)