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Crooked Tree Ranch by R.J. Scott
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did not like it

I had difficulty with this novel from the start. The author waited far too long to introduce the heroes to each other (I'd noted that this was more than a quarter of the book wasted), and most of the information added there had no real significance to the story, and could have been summed up later in a sentence or two (ie. the fact that Jay was recently fired from his job -- you never see his friends again, so their part in the story is pointless -- and the long, drawn out explanation of the reason that the ranch needed to hire someone was repeated enough throughout the book that it wasn't needed at the beginning).

The plot felt very thin, there wasn't enough romance between our heroes (the story felt almost like it wasn't about the two men, but instead about their two families, and I didn't pick this book up because I wanted to read an adult coming-of-age) and there was far too much telling, and not enough showing. It's as though this author is so used to writing short stories, that when they tried to write a novel, they just filled the extra word count in with unnecessary extras.

One main thing that irritated me was that Nate has sex on-page with someone else during the narrative. I am especially upset that it happens 1/3 of the way into the book, when the romance should have already begun. This infuriated me. I was tempted to put the book down right then and there.

The writing just didn't feel quite "there" for me. I felt like the sex was rushed and hardly any detail was given. There isn't enough emotion in the narrative, not enough use of the senses. I got scents here and there, but that's about it. Everything was glossed-over, as though the author was giving us a summary of the novel, rather than actually putting us into it.

This is definitely not for me. I don't think I'll pick up another novel from this author, but I'm sure that their way of writing will appeal to others, so give it a shot.
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Reading Progress

March 2, 2020 – Started Reading
March 2, 2020 – Shelved
March 5, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Cheri Champagne The beginning hasn't been good, so far. The author waited way too long to introduce the heroes (more than a quarter of the book). There have been unimportant scenes containing information that could have been added in later.

Also, I absolutely despise it when one member of the main couple ends up having sex on-page with someone else during the narrative, and I get especially upset when it happens 1/3 of the way into the book, when the romance should have already begun. This infuriates me. I'm hesitant to even keep reading, but I might force myself to with the hope that the next book(s) in the series don't have such a rocky plot. So far, this one isn't fairing well at all.


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