Pretty much the only author I buy hardcover books for is Nora Roberts and this book gave me no reason to change that (and at $19.56 the book better bePretty much the only author I buy hardcover books for is Nora Roberts and this book gave me no reason to change that (and at $19.56 the book better be good ;)
Series Note: No series connections.
Summary: Raised by a cold, calculating, unloving mother, 16 year old Elizabeth Fitch gives in to an urge for rebellion one evening and forever lives to regret the choices she made. When the "smoke" clears, her life will never be the same.
Twelve years pass, and Elizabeth, now Abigail Lowery, has been on the run ever since. But now she's settled into a small town in Arkansas where she hopes to remain invisible and be left alone. Then the local sheriff, Brooks Gleason, takes an interest in mysterious loner Abigail. She tries to put him off, but he's determined.
Brooks can't help but want to know more about Abigail. Who is she? What is she hiding? Why does she always carry a gun? He wants answers but as he gets to know Abigail, he wants to get to know HER better. But he'll have to get through her barriers and help her resolve her past before either of them can move on.
Review: I've read a lot of Nora Roberts books. I've probably been reading her for about 10 years now. She's the author that got me into reading romance books. Off the top of my head, I think there's only one book that I didn't really care for of hers. Many of her books are all-time favs of mine that I've reread many, many times. And even though I've liked her last 5 or so hardcover releases, they've all come up a bit short when compared to her past single title releases. Don't get me wrong, they were still good books, but they didn't really hold a candle to books like Honest Illusions, Montana Sky, Carnal Innocence, True Betrayals and the like.
I can't quite say this book reaches the level of those books, but I do think it's much closer in tone and story than a lot of the more recent ones. For one thing, the detail immersion is absent. Those of you who've read NR's recent hardcovers know that those books took a subject matter and dove into it full-boar. You knew a lot more about a subject once you finished the book. Me, I didn't mind it at all because the subjects were all ones I enjoyed but I know a lot of readers were a bit turned off by that aspect. If you were one of those, you'll be happy to know that doesn't happen in this book at all. And while I liked the attention to detail in the past books, I can't say I missed it's presence in this one.
Another issue I came across in reader reviews from time to time was a questioning of originality. This character made me think of that character, this story seemed like a combination of this book and that book or was a divergent story of another book. I've noticed it when reading some of her recent books but mostly just shrugged it off. I didn't notice it at all in this book. Not once while reading the story did I think a character reminded me of another of her characters or that a story had similarities to another. Everything seemed rather original to me.
And both these issues, or lack thereof, definitely give the book a different vibe than the other recent ones. It's something I think those critical of those recent books will appreciate.
Now, on to the review of the book itself.
Great initial set up. NR starts off by going back to the beginning to where things all went wrong for Elizabeth. She spends about 100 pages setting up the story and I was thoroughly hooked. Poor Elizabeth. What that girl went through. NR did a great job getting readers into Elizabeth's head and setting up her situation. It really had me wanting to keep reading to see what happened to her.
After that the story jumps ahead 12 years to the current time with Elizabeth, now Abigail, living in a small Arkansas town, trying not to draw any attention to herself. I think the biggest thing to say about Elizabeth is her similarity to the character of Temperance Brennan from the TV Show Bones...though that character originates from Kathy Reichs's books. If you watch the show and read this book, the similarity is very very obvious. There's actually a line a little ways into the book that's very close to something Temperance Brennan said in an episode of Bones. So I kinda have to assume the similarity was intentional.
Did it bother me? Not in the least. Temperance Brennan is a fascinating character personality wise. Very clinical, logical, a bit emotionally stunted, not up on modern cultural references and all that. I've just always liked the character. So to see that translated into a pure romance heroine was great. It's definitely not a personality type you comes across often...or ever...in romance books. It definitely gave a uniqueness to the character that I appreciated.
And like on the show, you get to see the character grow and change when that special man comes into her life. I really enjoyed the romance that grows between Abigail and Brooks. Brooks may not be a fav hero of the ones NR has written (he just lacked that little extra special something). But he was very likable. Not quite Alpha, not quite Beta, but an all around nice guy who knew how to push Abigail to open herself up. The romance that grows between these two is a bit on the low-key side but very sweet and enjoyable.
The plot focuses in two areas: one being Abigail finally facing up to the past and trying to put it behind her, and the second being troubles around the town they live that Brooks, as sheriff, has to deal with. Both aspects give the story life and keep things from being too one-track. It also makes you wonder a bit about which issue will be the dominant conflict point as you near the end.
I liked how everything wrapped up, though. The finale could have been perhaps a bit stronger, a bit more tense, action-filled and dangerous, but at the same time I thought it was a fitting end. And NR did throw something in there at the end that surprised me a little. Plus, there's an epilogue. Just the fact that there was an epilogue made me happy. I don't think one of her single titles has had an epilogue or even just a good closing scene between the H/H in a while. But this one did and it gave you that nice happy sigh because you got a final scene between the H/H that was just about their relationship and the happiness they're hoping to build.
Did I have any complaints or criticisms about the book?....Honestly, no. None that leap out and come to mind. I was pretty damn satisfied from page one till the end. Each of the last few books of hers (single titles) has had one or two things that knocked down my rating a little, but I didn't have any issues with this book. I enjoyed each and every part of the book and when I finished I was perfectly content with the way everything played out.
So...final conclusions? A pretty great book from an awesome author. The die-hard Nora fans I think will love the book, new fans will probably enjoy it. And those of you who've been straddling the line of her last few hardcovers not quite coming up to par may find this one more to your liking. ...more
I really liked this book a lot. Which is not all that surprising since I've enjoyed this series overall.
Series Note: 4th book in Foster's "Men Who WalkI really liked this book a lot. Which is not all that surprising since I've enjoyed this series overall.
Series Note: 4th book in Foster's "Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor" series about a bunch of Alpha males who fight to stop crimes like human trafficking. I wouldn't say you had to read the other books first, but there would be a benefit to doing so.
Summary: Arizona Storm has been through hell in her life, growing up with an alcoholic mother and a cruel father who eventually sells her into forced prostitution. She managed to escape thanks to a good friend but the emotional scars of her ordeal still linger. She's never been able to let herself get close to a man and most people can't accept her need to go after human traffickers like the ones who held her captive.
Then came bounty hunter Spencer Lark. Since they first met she hasn't been able to stop thinking about him and she's experiencing feelings she's never had before. But first she needs his help shutting down a forced labor/human trafficking operation. Of course, during the course of the case, Spencer takes the opportunity to show Arizona that men and intimacy are not bad things. But both have tragedies of the past to get over, and a danger case, before they can move on to the future.
Review: I almost didn't read this series by Lori Foster. I've read a lot of her books and enjoyed almost all of them, but the last two books of her "Fighters" series totally turned me off. So much so that I had been close to passing on this series. But I'm really glad that I decided to give it a try because I rather enjoyed this series. And I really liked this book, probably equally as much as the first book in the series.
The best thing about this book, in my opinion, is by far the character of Arizona Storm. What a kick ass awesome heroine. You can't help but feel for her because of all she's been through, but personality wise she's such a fascinating character. She's spunky, a wiseass, she swears left and right, she kicks ass, loves knives...she's just so different from you're average heroine. And that's a great thing because sometimes in romance books heroines tend to follow a mold. They may be very different, but they have the same core characteristics. Arizona doesn't. And that along made this book worthwhile. She was just utterly fascinating. A mix of bad ass tough girl, and vulnerable innocent (though she'd kick anyone's butt who thought that ;)
And then there's Spencer; the hunky bounty hunter who's never quite gotten over the murder of his wife but who is hopelessly drawn to Arizona. I liked Spencer and how he was with Arizona. They worked really well together and had a great chemistry.
I also liked how the author played out the conflict between Arizona and her friends/family...how they come to realize what they need to do to make her feel truly accepted. I loved that they realized it was there mindset that needed to change and not Arizona.
Of course, there is a bit of a plot, too, though is does take a bit of a backseat to the characters and the budding relationship between Arizona and Spencer. This book falls into the category that I call romance-suspense (versus romantic suspense) because it's a romance with some suspense elements instead of a suspense with a romance. It's an interesting story and I thought very fitting to the characters and all that's gone on throughout the series. It definitely kept me reading, though it was the characters/romance that had me hooked.
The only minor thing I can quibble about is the borderline TSTL moment at the end when Arizona goes off on her own to do something. And it's questionable as to whether it was TSTL because she had a very specific reason for doing things the way she did. However, I still think it was dumb to put herself in the position she did.
Great book overall. Arizona is definitely a character that will stick with me and I'm a little bummed this was the last book in the series and we won't get to read any updates on her and Spencer in future books....more
Review: There seem to be a lot of good reviews and ratings of this but I was rather disappointed in the book. It bored me for the most pRating: 2.5 / 5
Review: There seem to be a lot of good reviews and ratings of this but I was rather disappointed in the book. It bored me for the most part. I was expecting a lot more from it.
Series Note: Second book in Adair's “Cutter Cay” series about the Cutter brothers and their marine salvage business. I don't think you have to read the first book in order to read this one.
Summary: Princess Gabriella “Bria” Visconti is livid that her brother invested their country's much needed funds into a salvage dive being run by Nick Cutter. If her brother, the king of her island country, can't make a bank loan payment by the end of the month, the country will revert back to Italy. So she goes to Nick Cutter to beg for a refund of the money.
What Bria doesn't know when she boards Nick's ship, the Scorpion, is that Nick is helping out a counterterrorism group who is trying to stop the sale of blood diamonds. And Bria has landed smack dab in the middle of a dangerous situation.
For Nick, who always keeps his emotions buttoned up, having Bria around tests everything in him. He doesn't know whether to trust the beautiful princess. But that doesn't stop him from wanting her, and wanting to keep her safe. And as the danger escalates, Nick must decide whether to let Bria in or keep her at arm's length away.
Review: This book didn't really give me anything I wanted out of it, except for a fairly decent romance. I was just disappointed all the way around.
I guess a large part of that is because I love romantic suspense books. They are my favorite romance sub-genre out there. And this book was supposed to be a romantic suspense, but it doesn't exactly come across as one for the first two-thirds of the book.
I was bored for a majority of this book. There's so much that is supposed to be going on with the storyline...with the plot to catch the people selling blood diamonds, an attack on Bria her first night on the ship, the issues with Bria's brother and other threats on Bria and Nick's lives. There's just a wealth of plot aspects to add tension and action to the story. And yet for the first two-thirds of the book, all you really get is constant interaction between Bria and Nick. Them sitting on the deck, them looking at stars, them working out, them in the hot tub, them sightseeing, them arguing, them screwing. Maybe in a traditional contemporary romance that would be fine. But when I'm reading a romantic suspense, I want plot development, not an almost sole focus on the H/h. It just made the first two-thirds of the book very boring for me.
My disappointment also lies in the lack of attention to the salvage diving aspect of this series. For me, that's a fascinating story point. I just think salvage diving is very interesting. And in this book, it's not given much attention at all. Bria looks at some finds the divers brought up, and they do one sightseeing dive, but other than that, there's not much else about the topic. I was disappointed in that. I wanted to read more about the dives, finding the treasure and all that.
And honestly, I could do without the tie-in to Adair's “T-Flac” series. For me, it's just a totally unnecessary addition to the series. The connection is just not needed to make the series work. And because of the nature of T-Flac, as a counterterrorism group, it means a terrorism aspect is added to the series. That's another thing I could do without. Terrorism is such a popular romantic suspense topic these days that I get a little tired of it and want to read something different. I thought that's what this series would give me when it's focused on three brothers who run a dive salvage operation. But in both books so far, Adair has added in a terrorism aspect and tie in to T-Flac. It's another thing that's just not working for me in these books.
But I will still read the next book. I'm interested enough in the characters to want to find out what happens to them. ...more
I have to admit, I was disappointed in this book, and this series overall. I've read so many Sharon Sala books that I've loved, but this series fell sI have to admit, I was disappointed in this book, and this series overall. I've read so many Sharon Sala books that I've loved, but this series fell short of delivering what I expect from her.
Series Note: Third and last book in Sala's “The Searchers” trilogy about 3 sisters who find out they aren't really sisters and come from terrible backgrounds so they travel to find answers to who they are. It's not particularly necessary to read the books in order.
Summary: Holly Slade is the last of her 3 sisters to leave home to find out answers to who she really is after learning from her father's will that she's not really Holly Slade, but instead Harriet Mackey, who was taken in by Andrew Slade after her mother feared her father was a terrible serial killer named The Hunter. She's hesitant to search from answers, fearing what she would find. And she's also hesitant to leave her home, and the man she secretly love, Bud Tate.
But she eventually does leave, traveling to St. Louis, Missouri to find out if her past is as terrible as she suspects. Holly's search for answers leads her to some grim truths, but they become a little easier to handle when Bud joins her in St Louis and the two finally admit their feelings for each other. Unfortunately, after years of not killing, The Hunter is on the hunt again, and Holly's life and her future happiness with Bud are in serious jeopardy.
Review: Sharon Sala's books almost always tend to engage me. They're so well written, emotionally satisfying, and just overall great books to read. But this book (and the series) didn't make the cut for me. When I finished each one, I didn't really feel satisfied.
The romance in this book felt flat. Holly and Bud have secretly loved each other for years. Bud is about 14 years older than Holly and was waiting for her to be old enough, and Holly never thought Bud would have those feelings for her. Lots of potential for some angsty romance, but after a bit of fumbling around for the first chunk of pages, these two admit their feelings and then there is absolutely no romantic conflict between them for the rest of the book. That's not really what I'm looking for in a romance book. Generally the whole point of a romance book is the sometimes long-winding road the H/H take to get to the HEA, with all its twist and turns and broken hearts. But not in this book. Before you're even halfway through the book the two are settled into an HEA relationship. It took some of the oomph out of the story and definitely caused a lack of romantic tension. That didn't work for me.
Then there's the suspense plot...I didn't mind it. It had a lot of potential to be a really great suspense plot, and there were some good scenes and nice tension at times. But it was also a bit oversimplified. I guess maybe because I'm a huge romantic suspense fan I'm a bit overcritical and prefer an in-depth suspense plot. This was a simple plot with everything moving along quickly with few problem and twists and turns. I didn't mind reading it, liked it to a point, but it didn't entirely hook me.
One of the most disappointing aspects of this series, for me, was a underplayed connection between the sisters. They are supposed to be super close, best friends along with being sisters. Yet as you read these three stories, it feels like they are simply sisters. They go off on their journeys and hardly keep in touch, only calling each other when something bad happens to one of them. It just came off really weird and made the connection between the three books rather weak. I wanted a deeper development when it came to the relationship between these three characters.
I also felt the wrap-up, on the series whole, was a bit weak. Not that it left any plot lines unanswered. You do find out the whole story for each sister, but you're left wondering somewhat about where things will go from there with them. I mentioned in my review for book 1 that you don't get any answers as to where Maria and Bodie plan to settle, what they'll do with their lives. That's still not explicitly answered. And it seems like the other two sisters will remain in their home area. But where are they all going to live? What are they going to do? I wanted something more solid to let me know what these characters plans were.
I wouldn't say this was a bad series or that any of the books were particularly bad...I think some readers would love them. But there were just some things missing for me that took away from each book and the series as a whole....more
I've read better books by Palmer. This one just seemed off.
Series Note: Oh what a tangled web the Jacobsville books are. This book is partRating: 2.5/5
I've read better books by Palmer. This one just seemed off.
Series Note: Oh what a tangled web the Jacobsville books are. This book is part of Palmer's "Long, Tall Texan"/Jacobsville series. Which is just books connected by characters and location with Western themes. But it's such a complicated series with many many many books. Really, this books should not be read as a stand alone, but honestly, trying to backtrack and find a spot to jump in would be nearly impossible. There's so much backstory in this book that I think new readers would get confused. I've read I think all the recent Jacobsville books and I was still confused. So yeah, take that however you want.
Summary: Joceline Perry has been FBI agent Job Blackhawk's administrative assistant for years. She's also been in love with almost as long, but doesn't believe he'd every accept that she truly wanted him so she hid her feelings. And kept a deep dark secret from him. But now a case has put not just Jon's life in danger, but also her life and her son's life.
As Jon tries to keep Joceline safe, he's forced to face the feelings he's had for her. The two finally realize how much they care about each other. But secrets, meddling family, and the threat against their lives will make it hard to move on to a future together.
Review: I've read a lot of Diana Palmer books. She's not an author who appeals to everything. Her stories are a bit antiquated, have lots of religious references, are very formulaic, and just have characteristics not everyone would like. Something about her stories have always appealed to me, though. I don't know what it is. They're just something different, and I can appreciate that she sticks to an older code of conduct where not everything jumps into bed and says outlandish stuff. Usually when I read her books, I can sort of shift my mind to a different track where her books don't come off so utterly out of date.
But this one? Something about this book came off wrong for me. Not necessarily bad, but just off.
On the one hand, I appreciated the fact that she deviated a little from her recent strict formulaic standards. The heroine isn't a virgin, there are multiple references to her small breasts or to the heroine's hairy chest, and for once the hero doesn't treat the heroine downright nastily in the spirit of romantic conflict. That last one surprised me. I kept waiting for it and waiting for it, thought I knew just where/why it would happen. Then it didn't. Color me shocked. I liked those difference in this story from others. Palmer tends to stick to her formula without fail so it was nice to get some variation.
Other than that, though, there wasn't a whole lot about book that I liked. Being the hedonistic atheist that I am, the religious element didn't do it for me. Palmer's books have increasingly used religion in them as a way to play off the characters' moral ethics but in this one it seemed even more prominent. I didn't care for it.
And the suspense plot was confusing. The recent Jacobsville storylines have been very intertwined across books, whether it be the longer HQN releases or the short HQ releases. Lots of interwoven storylines, continuing storylines and all that. So it was hard to remember all that had happened before to lead up to the main storyline in this one. Besides that, there's a boat load of characters mentioned in this book, and it was really hard to keep track of who was was, what was what, who did what, why things happened, etc. I just had a very hard time trying to keep track of it all and make sense of it.
The characters were okay. Didn't love them as I have some past characters. I didn't really find anything remarkable about either of them. They were just characters. I had a hard time buying into Jon. He came off as utterly antiquated. Because of his religious upbringing, he's an early 30's (supposed) virgin...which yeah, I find hard to believe, but aside from that, he's just antiquated. The way he dresses, talks, makes him seem like he's in the wrong era. It just doesn't work in this modern day in age.
But really, the thing that stood out for me the most in this book was that the whole thing felt like it was in the wrong era. It's not unusual for a Palmer book to come off old fashioned but this one literally felt to me like it was written ages ago. Part of me wondered if this book was written in some form years ago then edited to be more fitting for today. And part of me wondered more than once if a ghostwriter had written the book and in trying to emulate Palmer's typical old-fashioned writing had gone a bit too far.
Why? There were just things about the writing that came off wrong. Aside from the antiquated characters and situations, the way the characters spoke was awkward and at times completely un-modern. There were situations that felt like they were written with no modern reference. There's one scene where the heroine talks about an answering machine likes it's a novelty, linking it to high ticket items like plasma TVs. I mean, really? Answering machines are a dime a dozen these days. And overall, the writing felt choppy at times and lacked the smoothness you usually find in Palmer's books that make them so easy to read.
All of it just made this book feel wrong. Part of me really does wonder if she's got a ghostwriter trying to emulate her style and doing a poor job of it. Either that, or Palmer is another author rebelling against the "freeness" of today's modern romances by going more the other way, more old fashioned and religious (like Catherine Anderson seems to be doing).
Whatever the whys, this book just didn't really do it for me. I didn't hate it. It wasn't terrible, but it's by far not the most enjoyable book of her that I've read....more
Of the three books in this series, this one fell in between. The first book was a little flat, and I enjoyed the second book quite a bit...this one feOf the three books in this series, this one fell in between. The first book was a little flat, and I enjoyed the second book quite a bit...this one fell in between the two.
Series Note: Third book in Martin's "Raines of Wind Canyon" series about 3 brothers who have bad childhoods and who grow up to make good of their lives. I don't think you have to read them in order, but it may help.
Summary: Devlin Raines is the owner of a successful private investigation company, but these days he's mostly retired an only works on cases that really interest him. When Lark Delaney shows up on his door, at the recommendation of a mutual friend, he's intrigued. Lark's sister recently passed away and on her death bed, her sister asked Lark to find the baby girl she gave up for adoption when she was 16 and make sure she was okay. Lark is determined to complete her sister's dying wish, and make sure her niece is in a safe and loving home. So she goes to Devlin and asks for his help.
As the two begin investigating, it becomes clear that the adoption was less than legal and that they really need to find the little girl and make sure she's alright. Things go from bad to worse when the discover the girl's adopted parents murdered by a ruthless drug lord, but the girl miraculously alive. Lark takes charge of the girl, but it isn't long before the child is kidnapped as revenge. Lark and Devlin will do anything to get her back. And all the while, they try to fight the strong chemistry between them.
Review: This story had a lot of potential to be a great story. The characters are interesting, the plot potential great, and the romance solid. I was expecting this to be a really interesting story, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Mostly because of the plot and how it all worked out.
I really liked the premise...Lark wants to make sure the baby her sister gave up for adoption is okay after her sister dies and she asks Dev to help. Great potential there. And it starts off well as the dig around trying to find out what happened to the baby and find out it was an illegal adoption. I was interested in that part. But then things start to go kind of commando. Bring in a ruthless drug lord, a kidnapping, a trip to the Mexico, battles with drug lords while making deal with the drug lord's rival, guns and death and all that...and it gets to be a bit much. I really could have done without all the drug lord stuff.
The romance was fairly decent, though. Lark is a pretty interesting character, a well-known purse designer and Dev a bit of the enigmatic Alpha who has never gotten over being dumped by his fiance. They set off sparks between them right from the start, but Dev doesn't mix business with pleasure, nor does he do relationships anymore. But the two can't resist each other. It's a pretty good romance. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy it.
Martin also introduces some supporting characters that she says she hopes will be spun-off into a second series. I'd probably read it. And you also get some time with the characters from the past books, which is nice.
I think those of you who have been reading this series and enjoying it will probably like this book....more
The first book in this series was a bit lackluster, but I thought this one had a lot more spark to it (no pun intended). There's a lot more depth to tThe first book in this series was a bit lackluster, but I thought this one had a lot more spark to it (no pun intended). There's a lot more depth to the story and it was just more engaging.
Series Note: Second book in Martin's "Raines of Wind Canyon" series about 3 brothers who had bad childhoods but turned their lives around. I wouldn't necessarily say you need to read the first book first.
Summary: Gabriel Raines is a successful real estate developer in Dallas whose buildings are suddenly going up in flames. The cops find evidence of arson and suspect a local teen with a history of burning buildings. But Mattie Baker, local architect and shelter volunteer, knows the boy couldn't have done it. In order to prove it, she'll team up with Gabe to help find the real culprit.
In doing so, she puts herself in danger because someone wants to hit Gabe where it hurts. They've got a vendetta against Gabe that they'll put paid on no matter what the cost. Gabe is baffled. He doesn't know anyone who'd want to hurt him. And to make things even more confusing, the sparks between him and Mattie are impossible to ignore. But getting Mattie to give in to the chemistry between them is not easy chore. By the time all is said and done, Gabe hopes to be free from the arsonists and to have Mattie by his side, permanently.
Review: Compared to the first book, the suspense angle of this book is so much stronger. Martin does a really good job of developing the plot and keeping the reader engaged in all that's going on. I wouldn't put the story on the same level as a full fledged romantic suspense...like that of a Karen Rose whose stories are suspense with enough romance to make it a romance...it's more of a romance with a nicely developed suspense plot to go with it. But it was a well done aspect of the story. It was pretty well written, logical and interesting to read. It kept my attention in the story, unlike the plot of the first book.
The romance is pretty good as well. I really liked Gabe. He came from a rough beginning but really managed to make something of his life. Plus, he comes around as just an all around nice guy. And the patience he has for Mattie definitely ups his good-guy factor. As for Mattie...I mostly liked her, but she did get frustrating with all her hang-ups. At times it feels like she overblows things in her life and the reasons she's pushing Gabe away seem not enough. But on the whole, the romance was pretty good.
For those of you who read the first book and found it to be a bit blah, I think you'll find this one much more readable. Looking forward to the last book in the trilogy....more
I've read a handful of Kat Martin's books and enjoyed them so when I saw this series and the western flavor it looked to have, I thought I'd give it aI've read a handful of Kat Martin's books and enjoyed them so when I saw this series and the western flavor it looked to have, I thought I'd give it a go. This first book was okay, but didn't stand out as much as I'd hoped it would.
Series Note: This is the first book in the "Raines of Wind Cayon" series about 3 brothers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but were able to turn their lives around.
Summary: Sarah Allen is getting over a devastating time in her life. Her bad marriage to an abusive man ended when he was murdered so Sarah decides to take her daughter and return to her home down of Wind Canyon, Wyoming where she has rented a cottage on a ranch. Little does she know that the ranch is now owned by Jackson Raines, a man she spurned as teenager. And Jackson has never forgotten it.
So when Sarah reappears in his life, he's not the least bit happy. He remembers how she treated him. But it quickly becomes clear to Jackson that Sarah is in danger. He can leave her and young Holly unprotected. Nor can he ignore the feelings that still exist between them. As the two try to figure out what kind of danger Sarah's late husband got her into, they grow closer, but someone wants to get to Sarah. No matter what.
Review: I read this about a month ago and I don't remember much of what I wanted to say about this book.
I didn't mind the story. It falls into that in between of not hating but not loving it. Something about the story just fell a bit flat for me. I'm not sure there's any exact reason why. Everything just came across very average to me.
Plus, the storyline isn't all that original. You've got the poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks growing up to make something of himself. He moves back home, buys a ranch and is an upstanding citizen. Then you have Sarah, who back in high school was a middle class teen who wanted to be part of the rich in-crowd and mocked Jackson for asking her out. She moves away, marries money, then comes running home with her tail between her legs and danger following her when everything falls apart. And the bad boy-turned good Jackson comes riding to the rescue.
It's a rather cliched, much used plot. And there wasn't really anything to make it standout from all the others like it out there.
But it wasn't a bad story. The characters were fairly good and there was a bit of suspense to keep the story moving. The story just lacked some zing to really hook me in.
I'm sure there was more I wanted to say about this book, but I don't remember. Oh well....more