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This book was given to me for a fair and honest review. Publishing is small. We breathe the same air. Yada, yada.
Have you ever read a book and weeks later you're still thinking about it? Yeah. Earth Bound is that book for me.
First you have to understand Star Dust and Midnight Clear have been on my TBR pile. They were hand sold to me by fan girls of this series. And why not? I was promised romances that take place during the golden age that leads up to the moon landing.
Take my money.
What I expected this book to be and what this book turned out to be...Let's put it this way. I've stalked both Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner on Twitter to squee at them.
So let's get into why.
The worldbuilding. The goddamn worldbuilding is breathtaking. I knew next to nothing to how we ended up on the moon. It's this fixed point in history that one accepts at face value. This book drops you right into the thick of it. This is a world filled with scientists, engineers, astronauts. This is a world that isn't too kind to women in that field. (Yeah. We've come so far. Not.) The details that creates this world is both intricate and completely understandable. It's the third character of this story—the space race.
It is what keeps the hero and heroine together and apart. For me that's what makes this romance stand out. This is a historical that feels absolutely modern.
And still that's not the biggest reason why I'm still thinking about this book weeks later. WEEKS.
Charlie Easton (the heroine) is kick ass. She's learned to be this way. A woman in the 60s who is smarter than most of the men she works with, and for. Who often thinks her place is only in the home...yeah, she can't miss a damn step. She doesn't until she meets the hero, and it's not simply because he's hot. (HE IS.) It's not because he's an uber alpha. (HE IS.) He sees her for exactly who she is. It is both endearing, comforting and sad that this is what unmans her. Why? Can't say. Spoilers. The heroine reads authentic and I rooted for her from the beginning even when she made mistakes or refused to give. God, I loved her.
Now we get to the part of the review in which I fanwank.
EUGENE PARSONS. Can I have your babies?
He was the perfect foil for the heroine. She is tough because she has to be. She is smart, because she was born that way and refuses to diminish her light to fit someone else's vision of her. She is often an immovable force.
Parsons is exactly the kind of man you would put in her path. He is stubborn, exacting, has little patience—and the only reason he's annoyed she's a woman and in his department is because he wants to push her against the nearest wall and do amazing things.
Can he be real? Can he breathe in my direction so I can melt?
It's the details of him, of them when they drop their guard that makes the romance work. These two on the page together was...intense, sometimes frustrating, and so, so good.
So...this is not a romance about two people meeting and sparks fly. Earth Bound is about two strong forces colliding, and you, the reader, end up being the one wrecked in the aftermath. This book is so good it hurts.
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