★★★½✩ to ★★★★✩ Pretty entertaining for a start of a cozy series and I was looking to fulfill my owing a small town bookstore fantasy. I couldn’t figur...more★★★½✩ to ★★★★✩ Pretty entertaining for a start of a cozy series and I was looking to fulfill my owing a small town bookstore fantasy. I couldn’t figure out why the female sheriff was so hostile, but that was answered by the end. I’d be willing to read the next in the series.(less)
Ranch in Colorado, USA ★★★★½ Poor Will Tucker. He not only has to put up with his cantankerous, widowed, elderly, step-mother, but now the cook and ho...moreRanch in Colorado, USA ★★★★½ Poor Will Tucker. He not only has to put up with his cantankerous, widowed, elderly, step-mother, but now the cook and housekeeper his sister hired for his Colorado ranch is nothing but a timid little brown mouse. Expecting a sturdy, middle-aged widow, you can see why he is aggrieved. He doesn’t need “another lame piece of baggage.” But just wait until he finds out she’s pregnant! Whoa-doggies!
Nevertheless, the frightened young widow, Linnea McConaughy, is capable of much more than Will – or she – realizes. I just love a shy, but determined heroine. And Linnea is stubbornly persevering in proving herself worthy of staying, and up to all the tasks the big, gruff, intimidating rancher sets for her. Relativity is a funny thing: Will’s sure the endless ranch chores, out in the isolated countryside, will be too arduous for the petite mother-to-be; Linnea thinks she’s living in the lap of luxury and abundance because she has a ringer-washer – and doesn’t have to pound the laundry against a river rock! All while she can enjoy a panoramic view. She finds she’s taking on a few more tasks she hadn’t counted on – besides winning Will’s reticent respect – like learning to trust again and capturing his lonely heart.
This is a book of subtle surprises and the joys in everyday life. When, for the first time in her life, Linnea is able to present someone with a transforming gift, bought with her hard-earned money, it is terribly touching. We take so much for granted nowadays, even the ability to give a gift.
My thanks to willaful for the recommendation, and to Sans for the loan of this charming book! It’s good to have GoodReads friends. :)
4 ½ stars. If you looked up the word “minx” in the dictionary I’m sure there would be a picture of Lucy Waltham next to it. Sure, a lot of authors s...more4 ½ stars. If you looked up the word “minx” in the dictionary I’m sure there would be a picture of Lucy Waltham next to it. Sure, a lot of authors say their heroine is a minx, but Tessa Dare shows us she is; it’s delightful. Such a charming read, it kept me up most of the night.
Lucy has been the bane of Jeremy Trescott’s existence since childhood. Now he’s going to turn her into a woman and his countess in spite of himself. I really felt his frustration in trying to fight his attraction to Lucy, LOL! This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, tender and sweet others, and still the love scenes manage to sizzle.(less)
★★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Man-oh-man! As much as I love Rosalyn Landor narrating, even she can’t do anything about a major – yes majo...more★★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Man-oh-man! As much as I love Rosalyn Landor narrating, even she can’t do anything about a major – yes major – cliffhanger. I don’t mind little ones in a series, especially if they are to set up the next character in the series. (Actually, I’ve just gotten used to them.) However, nothing is really resolved in this one. If I wanted to run that risk, I could read Urban Fantasy, or even some PNR.
By the way, when I was listening to this last night the story changed to the brother. I thought, okay... good stopping place; I’ll listen to the rest of the story tomorrow. Well, the rest of the story was about seven minutes longer! Eep! The end. Or should I say, "To Be Continued." I am so unhappy about it, I don’t know if I'll even continue with the series.(less)
3 ¼ stars. Another book where I felt, with a bit of tweaking, it could have been four stars. I enjoyed this book and I will probably read this new-to-...more3 ¼ stars. Another book where I felt, with a bit of tweaking, it could have been four stars. I enjoyed this book and I will probably read this new-to-me author again. In truth, I already looked for the available ebooks in this series at my library and put them in my wish book bag there. It was a quick read, and the writing flowed nicely.
About the Characters—Heroine: Shotgun Bride Is there anything you particularly liked or disliked about the heroine in the book? Please be as specific as possible—include characters names! I liked our heroine, Maddie. There was a nice little mystery as to whether or not she was the long lost adoptive daughter of Jerilyn, as two babies are born on the same night. I could understand why Maddie didn’t want to make a formal complaint against Bo, her ex-fiancé, as it might have escalated his temper. However, I get a little tired of a heroine that has people who love and care for her (in this case her family/cousins/cousins-in-law), know there is an abusive ex-fiancé now back in town, express their concerns and yet don't do a simple thing like make sure she is not locking up a restaurant alone at night. Where were those two strong cousins-in-law, Bridger and Deputy Nick Giovanni?
Is there anything you particularly liked or disliked about the hero in the book? Please be as specific as possible—include characters names! Here again, Shane, our hero, is a seasoned Texas Ranger. (view spoiler)[When he discovers Maddie on the run (after practically running her down – expert driving, nice reflexes!) and she tells him Earl Ray is still chasing after her, what does he say? “Not to worry! The search and rescue is on the way.” My point exactly! They are on the way, not here right now! Shane has already come across the murder scene, which is relatively close by, seen the larger footprints, and must know the bad man is closer than the S&R team, even if they are coming by helicopter. So, does he take a protective/defensive action like any reasonably intelligent lawman? Nope, he practically greets the car coming toward them. Of course, it is driven by the bad guy, Earl Ray! (hide spoiler)] I don’t think Shane would have done that. Not my Shane. (Yes, he’s mine!) (view spoiler)[He might have least attempted to take Maddie to the shelter of the trees. (hide spoiler)]
I did think Shane being clueless about his younger brother, Jud’s, (view spoiler)[matchmaking (hide spoiler)] was cute and sweet in a way that made me smile. I liked that he knew something was up with his new mother-in-law. I liked that I pictured him stoic by his actions and not the writer telling me he was. I enjoyed his feelings for Maddie; his coming to the realization he was falling for her was set at the right pace. Though the actual sex scenes were (view spoiler)[a bit of a surprise when they happened (the romance was zilch up till then – well...there was that nice little dance at the rodeo) (hide spoiler)]. I had to think about whether I would do the same thing with all that adrenaline surely pumping in my veins; I shrugged and went with it because the end of the book was coming!
And the ending comes fast! We’ve miss a whole month when the last chapter opens. Oh well, for 212 pages, it was a Good Read!
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