I just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my...moreI just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my hectic, crazy, busy life.
Andi is traveling cross country to start a new life in New York with her fiancé. Then... her car breaks down. Can she trust the nearest stranger to help her out? And that stranger, Luke isn't sure what to make of this 'city girl'.
'He may be good looking, but that didn't mean he wasn't a serial killer.'
As Andi is stuck out in the middle of nowhere, on this ranch, waiting for her car to be fixed, she learns a lot about herself and what she wants and needs out of life. Maybe what she has isn't what she needs, but is just convenient.
'Suddenly, guilt crept over Andi for comparing the two men. It wasn't fair. Derek was a good man who worked hard at this job and was successful, and he wanted to share that success, and his life, with her. She should be proud that such a man loved her, yet here she was, comparing him to Luke. It was apples and oranges. There was no comparison. They were two different types of men living two very different lifestyles.'
I loved how Luke's family embraced Andi and took her in as one of their own when it becomes evident that she is stuck there for awhile. I felt the love and warmth that they extended to her as I read the story. What a wonderful family!
I have to admit, I find myself staying away from books that are classified as 'Romance'. I always think of that genre as the 'bodice-ripper' type of book. I know, I know, this genre has so much more to it than that. But Deanna wrote this story and since I love all of her stories, I was not going to miss out on one of her books, romance or not.
Kiss a Cowboy, has so much more to it than what I would expect to find in what I think of as a typical romance novel. Typical romance = lots of tension and angst among the main characters, so much that is almost hurts to read it and be a part of it. In Kiss a Cowboy, the reader witnesses the main character's friendship and love develop and grow, even though there are some rough spots along the way. Those rough spots are just things that the character have to work through. I guess I need to open up my mind to this wonderful, fun genre called 'Romance'.
As a side note: it seems like there are always facts in Deanna's stories that I can connect with. For example, in Kiss a Cowboy, the main character, Andi, leaves Seattle. My hubby and I are embarking on an Alaskan cruise in September, leaving from -- you guessed it, Seattle. She is driving a 2001 Ford Escape. My son drives a 2001 Ford Escape, which we helped pay for. And Andi considers stopping in Superior for the night but decides to travel on to Missoula. I grew up in Superior, granted in a different state but still... Making these connections so early in the story really makes me feel like I have a bond with the characters and the author.
Kiss a Cowboy is book #1 in the Kiss a Cowboy Series. Yay!! There is more to come from Deanna about these wonderful characters whom I came to know and love. And there are some great side characters that will be showing up again in the upcoming books of the series so we will get to know them even better. I can't wait for book #2 and I can't wait to go back to this world again.
'Enjoy the ranch, and be sure to kiss a cowboy for me.'(less)
I just finished reading Five Days Left. Wow, what an emotional ride that was! The story centers on two main characters, Mara and Scott and is told fro...moreI just finished reading Five Days Left. Wow, what an emotional ride that was! The story centers on two main characters, Mara and Scott and is told from their alternating points of view. They come to know each other through an online forum but what they are going though is so much different from what the other one is dealing with. They are there for the support, even if sometimes they aren't completely truthful about what is going on.
Mara has been diganosed with a terminal disease and she is experiencing all kinds of emotions as her family watches her struggle as her disease progress. She starts to think that maybe they would be better off without her. And Scott takes in a little boy for a year while the boy's mom is in jail. Soon that year will be up and can he say goodbye? It's going to break both of their hearts.
Like I said, this story is so emotional and I found myself going from happy to sad in a blink of an eye. Somedays were good days and somedays were bad days. Both characters become very real to me and as they were struggling with their thoughts and feelings, so was I. I have to admit, I had to get the tissues out. I love it when stories and characters become so real to me that I feel their pain as well as their hapiness.
Five Days Left is Juie's first novel and it was an amazing debut. I am excited to see what other stories she has for us.(less)
First of all, some cover love. Isn't this cover just gorgeous? The images and colors are just amazing!
Devil's Lake captured my attention from the ver...moreFirst of all, some cover love. Isn't this cover just gorgeous? The images and colors are just amazing!
Devil's Lake captured my attention from the very beginning. Portia is escaping, after being held by a horrible, sick man for 2 years. Her journey home in the stolen truck had my heart racing right along with hers. Would she be able to get home to safety before he came after her? Hurry, Portia, hurry!
'Portia couldn't remember how she felt before it all happened. Before he took her, before he tied her to the bed, day after day, night after night. Before he took her soul.'
And then, after she gets home, is she really safe? And did she put her family in danger by coming home?
There were parts of this book that made me GASP out loud. Even as awful as that can be for the characters in the story, I love when that happens to me, the reader. That is a sign that the author took the story in a direction that I wasn't expecting. It is awesome when that happens!
I have to admit that even though I have a lot of Aaron's e-books, in particular, most of the Gus LeGarde Mysteries series, Devil's Lake is the first book of his that I have read -- up to this point. My TBR list of Aaron's book is extremely long but I will be getting to it more quickly now, after reading this book. I really like his writing style and I am looking forward to diving into that mystery series that is patiently waiting for me. (less)