Being the second book in a series, I know there are things I've missed out on by not having read the first one. Every now and then the author hints atBeing the second book in a series, I know there are things I've missed out on by not having read the first one. Every now and then the author hints at something that happened in the first book, which made me wonder what she was talking about. Some things were explained to an extent later, but I was left with that nagging feeling that I should have picked up the first book before diving into this one.
The basics are that the three Sorentino sisters have transformed their ranch to some tourist thing to bring in the money and keep the ranch going. Something that has been a success. However, this success is cutting into someone else's profits of a different kind, and vandalism of the Sorentino property ensues.
Things get really hairy when Rachel Sorentino is shot and wounded. Enter Sheriff Vaughn Cooper. Yum. He's crazy about Rachel, and Rachel is secretly crazy about him too, but is in deep denial. These two hook up every now and then, and then one or the other has second thoughts about it, and they dance around each other, pretending like nothing is going on between the two of them.
All the back and forth between Rachel and Vaughn was pretty tiresome, which is why I docked this story half a star. The reasons why I did give it such high rating is because despite the annoying back and forth, these characters are solid. They're easy to like, and even love. They're so well written you actually do care about what is happening to them, and you're rooting for them to get together.
What had me glued to my Kindle, was them trying to solve the mystery of the vandalism, why the Sorentino ranch was left nearly bankrupt, and trying to find out exactly who shot Rachel and why. This was so well written I hated to put the book down so that I could get a few hours of sleep. I just love a book that keeps me that engaged. If you're getting this book, I would recommend to get the first one in the series, but it is not a must. You can get away with just jumping into this one, but be prepared to have some plot questions when there are references to the first book.
This book is part of a series I already have lined up to read on my Kindle. Sadly, this book left me feeling a little…meh. I wanted to love this storyThis book is part of a series I already have lined up to read on my Kindle. Sadly, this book left me feeling a little…meh. I wanted to love this story, I really did. I had this book lined up as a favorite only based on the blurb. But sadly, I ended up only liking it.
Both Morgan and Rob have the potential to be lovable characters, but they come across as too self centered and thus fall a little short. I just never managed to connect with them. I wanted Morgan to be the kick ass heroine I knew she should have been, instead she was whiny and kept jerking Rob back and forth. Not. Cool. It’s one thing to keep a guy guessing, but the way she kept treating Rob made me want to slap her once or twice to wake her up.
I really wanted to adore Rob. You have a sexy cowboy who desperately wants to fall in love, have babies, and he’s sexy to boot? Recipe for the perfect cowboy, right? Wrong. He was flaky as hell, living up to his reputation as a no-good jokester.
I guess when you have to meh characters, they’re kind of perfect for each other. Sadly, they were not for me. I will be parking the rest of the series as “maybe read some day when I run out of books to read”.
Love of books really is colorblind. I never realized the color of the characters' skin until I checked out the rest of the series on Goodreads. I justLove of books really is colorblind. I never realized the color of the characters' skin until I checked out the rest of the series on Goodreads. I just fell in love with the characters, and felt as if I was missing out on something with the supporting characters. I was sure this was part of a series, I just had no idea it was book 27 (!) in a series. I see people on Goodreads place books on shelves like "interracial" or "African-American" - and I don't get it! Isn't romance simply romance anymore?
I went into this book with no expectations. None. Brown eyes and brown hair translates to just that, brown eyes and brown hair. I like a good visual, just like anyone else reading a romance book; meaning well developed characters I can picture in my head. Ms Jackson more than delivers on that.
I don't want to end up sounding like a racist pug, I'm just trying to say that I fell in love with the characters and I fell in love with their romance. I was colorblind until I read a little more about the series. This book is that good! I don't always understand the shelvings on Goodreads, but this is a sweet story about how love steals a cowboy's heart.
All right. Rant over. JoJo and Stern. Where do I begin? I fell in love with Stern. I want a Stern. Ms Jackson really knows how to write a dreamboat of a man. He's protective of JoJo, yet he doesn't smother her. He adores her, and he fights his feelings for her until he can't anymore. I just love a good friends-come-lovers story. It makes me giddy.
JoJo is a kick ass heroine. Strong, independent, and not afraid to lean on her friend when she needs to. Admitting you need help and a shoulder to cry on, so to speak, takes real strength. It made me love JoJo that much more. I understand her dilemma. Completely. How do you tell your bestie you've fallen in love with him? I mean, really!
Not having read the previous 26 books in the series, I had no idea about their backgrounds. And it made me a little sad that they had such tragic backgrounds. I look at my own background and I can't even imagine.
Those who have followed this series are sure to love this book. But if you're like me, and have no idea what you're getting yourself into, trust in Ms Jackson. Even if you haven't read the other books, you get enough of a background on supporting characters so that you don't feel too left out and confused half the time. Reading the rest of the series isn't necessary to fall in love with this book.
Reads like an odd duck. Most of the story is in the heads of the characters, and there’s very little dialogue and interaction going on. Which means itReads like an odd duck. Most of the story is in the heads of the characters, and there’s very little dialogue and interaction going on. Which means it’s impossible to connect with the characters. Because of this lack of interaction between the characters, a lot of key moments leave you feeling indifferent.
Usually I complain about too much dialogue and never being able to get under the characters’ skin. This time it’s too much in their heads, which takes you too deeply under their skin. It ought to have been a good thing, but the one thing that would have worked well here, is a balance of the two. That would have connected the readers to the characters on a whole different level.
The story is too one sided, making for a very dull read, and it made me want to flounce several times. But being OCD about reading, flouncing is difficult, so I ended up skimming through huge chunks of it just in order to read the whole thing.
This book is part of a series I haven’t read, and after this book, I have no interest in reading it either. I have a few other books by this author, and I’m hoping they’ll give me a different experience to this book.