The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, was a good and I enjoyed it, but at the same time it wasn’t awesome. It was one of thosReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, was a good and I enjoyed it, but at the same time it wasn’t awesome. It was one of those books that while I enjoyed it when I read it, I also wasn’t desperate to pick it up again after I put it down. At times the plot was slow, but when it worked it did work.
The story follows cowboy Lucian as he returns home from serving in Kuwait, during his time away he has had daily web chats with the lovely Natalie and he has high hopes of a potential relationship. But as he arrives home (a little early) Natalie is already at his home, she greets him with gun in hand as she shoots a troublesome coyote, with a baby in her arms. Much to Lucian’s surprise.
Clearly the story is a lighthearted festive cowboy romance, it is meant to be fun and slightly madcap. Amongst this theme is a recurring problem crazy animals which is fun and the interference of Lucian’s family who have decided they very much want Lucian and Natalie to be together,as well as their adoration of baby Joshua. But, there were some things that just didn’t work for me. The fact that Natalie concealed her pregnancy for the whole time her & Lucas were communicating did irritate me. How can you talk to someone everyday and not tell them such a huge thing? I think Lucas had every right to be angry and while I know he needed to forgive for the story to move on, I did feel that he forgave her quite quickly.
Then there were odd things about how Natalie was looking after her baby, like weaning him onto food at 8 weeks and giving him alcohol to make him sleep. I don’t in general care what age or sex an author is, but these actually came across as quite old fashioned and perhaps showed the author’s age, and could have done with a bit of modern research? Also given that it was only 8 weeks since she gave birth, Natalie seemed to have no concerns about having sex, or even about stretch marks or her body. The there was the fact she conceived her son after an accident one night where she had unprotected sex and the first she sleeps with Lucian she does it again! I mean seriously you would have learnt your lesson… Right?
On the flip side there were things I really enjoyed. Natalie’s sassiness, the way she doesn’t take any nonsense from her love potential rival. I mentioned earlier the funny scenes with the crazy animals and Lucian’s older relatives were incredibly endearing. Lucian is a great cowboy hero, calm, strong and very understanding. I kept reading because I really wanted to see how he and Natalie ended up and where their romance was going to go. It also have a lovely festive feel and you can’t go wrong with a happy festive ending.
This wasn’t the best Christmas or cowboy book, but it was still fun. I did have some problems with the plot, pacing and character decisions. But I did like Lucian and Natalie and wanted to see their happy ending and it gave me a cute Christmas one, with plenty of tinsel!
Rock Chick is my seventh book by Kristen Ashley and as I only discovered her as an author in May this year, that’s qReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
Rock Chick is my seventh book by Kristen Ashley and as I only discovered her as an author in May this year, that’s quite some going. But in this time I have become a fast fan and intend to make my way through her back catalogue. Rock Chick is book number one in Ashley’s Rock Chick series and also the first series she wrote. Quite frankly, it is flipping hilarious!
Indy is a rock chick. She’s a cop’s daughter, she owns a used bookstore with a super cool coffee shop inside it, a wardrobe to die for and man does she love rock music. She’s also been in love with Lee Nightingale, her best friend Ally’s brother since she was five and he held her hand at her mother’s funeral. Lee put a firm end to her crush when she was in her teens, by telling her he saw her as nothing more than a sister and breaking her heart.
Move forward a few years, Indy’s wild, a free spirit and she’s also inadvertently got herself into a spot of bother. It seems her savant like Barista Rosie has got himself in deep with some bad guys and now they’re both being shot at. As luck would have it Lee is now a serious bad-ass and runs his own PI / security company. With a big push from Ally, Indy turns to Lee for help, but it seems that Lee is not quite so uninterested in her as she was led to believe.
Where to start? This book is laugh-out-loud funny, seriously sexy and actually kind of reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series in its style. Which isn’t a bad thing as I love that too. Indy is a truly awesome heroine, she loves her friends, she loves life and I really seriously want a job in her bookshop! But also what makes Indy is her friends, from her crazy bookshop workers, her best friend Ally who is wild, her extended family and her gay next door neighbours every aspect of her life was filled with fun and humour.
Then there’s Lee. Ladies, be still your beating hearts! I defy you not to faint at the sexiness that is Lee. He is sexy, lethally dangerous and a majorly cool bad-ass. He is the epitome of what an awesome romance hero should be. Also, he is surrounded by mega sexy, equally cool bad-asses that work for him. Hmm, maybe I should work for him and not in the bookshop? The chemistry between Indy and Lee, was off the scale, the banter hilarious and the romance will take you into that happy gooey place.
The plot was full of action and crazy thrills and spills. If you’ve not ready anything by Ashley before, expect car bombs, kidnaps, guns and more. Also look out for the drag queen night, too funny. Ashley has quite a slangy writing style, which makes the writing punchy and also incredibly addictive. There were times when I found it near impossible to put it down!
What also really makes this book work is the extended secondary characters within the story. As I mentioned earlier, Indy’s group of friends and fellow ‘rock chicks’ are part of what makes her as a character. Then you have Lee’s family, his Mum, Dad and brother and his co-workers, why they do make fabulous man candy, they are also interesting characters in their own right. I also have to give a special mention for Tex, the ex-con, Vietnam veteran, cat lover, with a love for grenades and tear gas… yes really and I loved him. Ashley has created a whole community of characters that set up this beginning of the series brilliantly.
This is a great start to a series and even better than her Dream Man series. I loved it so much I read books two and three straight after and was very tempted to go straight onto book four too. Indy and Lee were an awesome couple and the book so genuinely funny and sexy all at the same time, I totally loved it. I am now determined to read my way through Ashley’s back list! :-)