Hmm. . . what to say, what to say? First, I'll admit Western Romances aren't usually my thing. I think it has to do with several things - not being drHmm. . . what to say, what to say? First, I'll admit Western Romances aren't usually my thing. I think it has to do with several things - not being drawn to the Old West, usually no steam in the scenes, a little too isolated from the rest of the world for my liking. Being a native Texan, you'd think I'd like this series, especially being a history enthusiast, but not really. I truly love the modern Texas and culture, which I know had to start somewhere, but this just isn't my cuppa. That being said, this is a very nice story, great premise, but it just didn't do it for me.
I did like both main characters, Carter and Bailee, but I don't think there was enough of them to grow to love. Carter never opened up about the horrible day his parents were killed, and it still seems a pretty big mystery to me who would do such a thing. We keep hearing how Bailee has now killed two men, and that she'll never speak of the first one to anyone. Unfortunately, that's a promise that's kept, so we still don't know why she had to run, if her father was justified in sending her away, either to protect his reputation or save her life, or both, or neither. We just don't really find out why, at one point it's mentioned that she killed the banker's only son, but why? Did he assault her? Did she find out he was stealing and tried to kill her? It's a big part of the story, and it's THE reason why she ends up in Texas, a pretty bid detail to leave unfinished. Even though Bailee and Carter grew to love and depend on each other, and it was nice to see, I didn't feel connected to them and it was just sort of blah to me whether they ended up together forever or not. I love details, and I love to get to know my characters, I want to feel something for them, but on this one, I tried and tried and just couldn't do it. I was almost more invested in Two Bits, or Nellie Jean Desire and Jacob Dalton, the Texas Ranger's eventual story, 'when her breasts come in,' lol!
I guess my main complaint is that everything is a little too neat and wrapped up tidily for me. I like passion, guts, messiness, gritty stories, things that tear you apart and eventually put you back together in a way that makes you crave more. This definitely didn't have me craving anymore from Carter or Bailee. While I was glad they worked it out, it's just not for me. Also, Carter is the opposite of what I look for in a hero in my books. He was a little to weak for my liking. The bury himself underground, the not-speaking-not-because-he's-a-man-of-few-words-but-because-he-doesn't-get-why-people-talk thing is weird, it's almost as thought when his parents died, his emtional growth stopped, he didn't go out and participate in the world, and if that happened nowdays, it would be considered unhealthy, not desirable. I understand back then there weren't many options, but this is not a man I would trust to keep me safe. What if the bad guys came back and he he hid again, while I was murdered? I didn't see him grow from that very well.
If you like westerns, like the neat and tidy kind of love stories, with beautiful writing, then this is for you. But if you're like me, you enjoy the mess of the relationship and the working it out portion is what matters to you, then move this down the list, it's not a total waste, in fact, it's a quick and easy read, but so are many others....more
There's probably nothing wrong with this book, let's blame this one on me. I'm am stuck in the mother of all ruts, and nothing is holding my interest.There's probably nothing wrong with this book, let's blame this one on me. I'm am stuck in the mother of all ruts, and nothing is holding my interest. I'm reading sentences three and four times and still not retaining anything. Nothing is is sticking. This book has several things I usually am very excited to get my hands on, and even though it's been a few weeks since I picked up this book, (usually the details aren't this fleeting for me) but I can't even remember the hero and heroine's names.
This rut will be the death of me, I swear it. If this book looks interesting to you, check out Buggy's review or Elizabeth's. Both had me excited to start this book will give you a better idea of what this book has to offer. Neither are to blame for my dislike, lol - I sincerely hope this rut ends soon!
I was a little wary of this one, knowing how much I love SEP's contemporaries, and this was her first book ever, and a historical to boot. I thought mI was a little wary of this one, knowing how much I love SEP's contemporaries, and this was her first book ever, and a historical to boot. I thought maybe she stayed away from historicals because she may not have been that good. Although this is the revised edition of the original edition, called Risen Glory, so I don't know how much she changed to make it better. Even still, I could tell this was a SEP novel. It had all the same characteristics of her contemporary romance books, just the setting and time period were different. The way she describes her characters, their surroundings, the struggles they face, the typical bull-headed hero who somehow I still manage to like, the heroine who's strong and determined, but still vulnerable. All SEP traits, and things that I love.
I know this book got mixed reviews, but I guess I don't see how. If you like It Had to Be You or Natural Born Charmer, how could you not like this one? Unless it's the time period, which I can understand, it's not my favorite to read about. Actually, that's not true, I enjoy reading about history, it's just this time period in the south doesn't mesh well with romance for me. I tend to have a problem with the whole slavery thing, morals and all that. But this book handles it fairly well, even having the heroine, Kit change her tune when she realizes exactly what it meant to be a slave. It does gloss over it a bit, and really over everything of the time period. Without the ward/guardian relationship and Cain controlling Kit's fortunate, it'd have to be spun a little different, but you could almost pick up this story and drop it in a modern context.
I did like Safronia (not sure how to spell it, as I listened to the audiobook) and her struggles as well, that part would not have translated to modern terms so easily. The animosity she has against white men is understandable and I love that Mangus knows her well enough to love her the way she needed. I wish we had learned a bit more about Mangus as well. I especially liked the part where (view spoiler)[he threatened Mr. Spence and his mine with dynamite! So cool and collected, this is when I fell in love with him too, just like Safronia (hide spoiler)].
At first glance this doesn't seem like typical SEP, but I felt right at home in this story. I went to sleep thinking about them, wondered how Kit and Cain would end up together forever, was amazed at Kit's personal growth, and just enjoyed myself the entire time. I think if you like SEP's traditional romances and don't mind historical settings, you'll like this one as well....more