I really, really enjoyed this book. The hero was noble, grouchy and sexy as hell. The heroine had true backbone and not just the kind that author tellI really, really enjoyed this book. The hero was noble, grouchy and sexy as hell. The heroine had true backbone and not just the kind that author tells you about ad nausem without an ounce of proof. I always enjoy a read by Holley Trent but this one is going to stick with me. Hell, it's going to make me check out the entire series. Plus, I really loved the fact or rather the view that the alpha pack is a community. Everyone serves a purpose. That's not something I've seen too often in a PNR. You know someone's going to die or they have to stop a curse. This book showed a preview of the actual world of living as a wolf. Loved it. And the humor, oh lawd. Loved it. Totally check this one out and like me, pick up the entire series....more
Caveat: I'm not a reviewer nor do I play one on TV. The publishing industry is probably smaller than a mustard seed so, yes, I do know the author. I rCaveat: I'm not a reviewer nor do I play one on TV. The publishing industry is probably smaller than a mustard seed so, yes, I do know the author. I received this copy for free when I was on FB complaining about my current read. I wanted something light and fun. She offered the book, I said yes, because FREE BOOK. And it's not even out yet. #win With that out of the way, read the blurb to get the gist.
I'm going to try to do this without spoilers. I can't promise I won't ramble. So...okay...
Let's first talk about the fact this book has a cast of thousands. I am a sucker for a cast of thousands. You've got Di, the main character. Then Jess, Mary, Minx, Tiger, Honey, Owley and Liam. (We'll have a paragraph on him. Just you wait, Henry Higgins!) (Also, special shout out to Moo. I adored Moo.) They were fully-fleshed out characters, with distinctive voices and wants. The relationships shifted and evolved even in this novella form. That takes skill and it seemed effortless for the author. So right away I felt like I was in good hands as each character was introduced.
And this cast was set in a backdrop of Wyoming and there's competitive archery. <---Okay, I know I said that I took the book because I was getting it for free...I was being less than truthful. My interest for this book was piqued the moment I heard archery. Like, Arrow archery? In a cozy mystery? Take my money. It's not something most people would think of as a sport, much less delve into for this genre. Sigh. And the way the author wove in those elements gave it punch. Archery (I don't think that's the proper term I want to use but go with me) wasn't just something these people did for fun, but it was a calling, it takes some serious skill to be good and boy, oh, boy could it lead to drama.
So you've got a casts of thousands, archery and murder. (Which I'm keeping mum about to stay away from spoilers.) But what stands out is the humor. At least for me. If a cast of thousands is my weakness then humor is my crack.
“She reminded me of the saying, if you don't have anything nice to say, then come sit by me.”
Not only is that snort-worthy but that's a description of Mary, one of the main secondaries. And that's always how the humor comes across. The author drops the jokes and keeps walking. She's a debut author, but I felt so safe in sitting back and enjoying the story as it unfolded.
As promised...Liam aka Lumberjack. TEAM LIAM. No, he didn't play a huge part in the scheme of things. This is not a romance, but every time he graced my Kindle screen I sat up a little straighter. I smell a hero here and it gives off the faint musk of broad shoulders, a Viking-like description and a quick wit. So, yeah, TEAM LIAM.
All right. This book is a novella, but a full story that kept me entertained and definitely fulfilled my light and fun need. There's promise of more i.e. this is a series, baby. DEATH ON THE RANGE is full of humor, has all the elements of a great cozy, a wonderful cast and it's a debut from Nikki Haverstock. She's an author to watch....more