I saw the movie with Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris a few months ago and, since I'm going through a phase where I'm obsessively reading Westerns, I figI saw the movie with Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris a few months ago and, since I'm going through a phase where I'm obsessively reading Westerns, I figured I'd give the book a shot. The movie is an incredibly faithful adaptation. If I didn't know better, I might think the book is the novelization of the movie, just because the movie nailed it so well, right down to the characters and the pacing. I enjoyed the book, but I wish I'd read it before I saw the movie, because I think it lost something because I knew how the central mystery unraveled. Still, I like Everett Hitch enough as a character/narrator that I plan to read the sequel. ...more
It's kind of a catalog of romance novel tropes: the hero is rescued by a woman dressed as a boy, and so he says thinThis book is a total cheese-fest.
It's kind of a catalog of romance novel tropes: the hero is rescued by a woman dressed as a boy, and so he says things he would never say to a woman and then gets creeped out when he thinks said boy is attractive; the attraction between Ty and Janna is so intense that they just can't keep their hands off each other, not even when they're being hunted down by both the US Army and Indian renegades, so they tend to do it out in the open where anyone could just walk along and shoot them both; there is SO MUCH ANGST because neither character ever feels it's appropriate to tell the other how s/he really feels; after spending the whole novel dressed as a boy, Janna puts on a dress in the last chapter, and of course, everyone thinks she is now the most beautiful woman who has ever lived; the ending is so deliriously happy that I put the book down and said, "Oh, yuck," out loud.
Still, it was fun enough that I stuck with it and read the whole book in two days, so make of that what you will. ...more
Oh, this book had me until about the halfway point, when the heroine suddenly turned into a weak, mushy female. One of the things I like about the genOh, this book had me until about the halfway point, when the heroine suddenly turned into a weak, mushy female. One of the things I like about the genre is that the woman are strong, resourceful, and outspoken by necessity; a shrinking violet would never have survived the old west. And Sarah is educated and smart and has a job and people keep saying she is strong and speaks her mind (she's a "career-woman spinster" at the novel's opening), but her inner monologue keeps betraying her. Apparently her feelings for the titular rustler make her want to be traditional and feminine. She's not a virgin, but at one point, she wishes with all her heart that she'd saved herself for Wyatt. I rolled my eyes aggressively.
Also, generally, I wish there were less character development and more gunslinging....more
I liked this book generally, but it would have benefited from a stronger editorial eye for sure. I mean, there's suspense, there's gunslinging, thereI liked this book generally, but it would have benefited from a stronger editorial eye for sure. I mean, there's suspense, there's gunslinging, there are macho cowboys in unlikely situations, it's a good ride and all that, but there are also long passages of dialogue that are tedious and repetitive, characters who magically change names (there's a dead prostitute named Sally or Betty who sometimes switches names in the same paragraph), and characters have a tendency to forget what happened on previous pages (Isabella spends a good portion of the book trying to get into Sam's pants, and every damn time she propositions him, he's shocked, shocked, like she hadn't just told him she wanted him on the previous page), etc. Also, and I realize this is a function of the drama, but I was kind of tired of the sex scenes by the end of the book. Like, yeah, yeah, I get it, they're in love, they want to do it all the time, but sometimes it's better to gloss over it and get to the action, you know? I mean, Isabella was being chased by very bad people, so rather than run, you're going to stop and have sex in public? Yeah, that's smart.
All this complaining for a book I actually liked, heh. ...more
The plot in this one is a little over the top, but it's fun and I devoured the book. It's a Western. There are shoot outs and tornadoes and a lot of sThe plot in this one is a little over the top, but it's fun and I devoured the book. It's a Western. There are shoot outs and tornadoes and a lot of sassy women. Caroline is a good heroine; she's got a spine and a fierce independent streak that comes across as genuine and admirable rather than stubborn and annoying, as is so often the case with "strong" romance heroines. Logan is attracted to that part of her, so it makes sense when they team up for a crazy mission to find members of Caroline's family that have gone missing. It's not a flawless book, but it was a really fun read. ...more