This is another book from my blogger shame pile. I actually started and stopped it a few times before deciding to try it in audio on my drive east not long ago. I have been wanting to try Kathy Reichs for a while as I really enjoy Bones, the t[image]
This is another book from my blogger shame pile. I actually started and stopped it a few times before deciding to try it in audio on my drive east not long ago. I have been wanting to try Kathy Reichs for a while as I really enjoy Bones, the television adaptation of the Temperance Brennan series.
Sunday Night is a tortured heroine, former military, former law enforcement, current recluse and part-time private investigator. Sunday suffers from PTSD, slight hallucinations/delusions, and fairly extreme paranoia. Though her paranoia does seem to serve her well in her line of work. Sunday is convinced (somewhat guilted) into taking a case involving a missing girl and bombing, and the investigation will see her traversing the country from Charleston to California to Kentucky. I was not able to connect to Sunday Night - I just couldn't get a bead on her character. She was part film noir, part snark - but those characteristics largely fell flat in the audio version of this book. She also seemed somewhat inept in her role as a private investigator, and I often found myself rolling my eyes or feeling like she was missing the picture completely.
The mystery and suspense was fairly well laid out. I liked the plot line and there were some good twists in there. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get myself interested into the story enough to care. I even fell asleep during one rather important moment once I got to my hotel room, and I wasn't interested enough to rewind and see what happened.
While this story did not work for me, I still plan to give the Temperance Brennan series a shot. I think I may be able to connect to her quirky character better than this noir snark.
I received an advanced copy of this ebook from the publisher, but I ended up reading an audio version from the library instead....more
I have been on the hunt lately for a good solid cowboy series that I could sink my teeth into... but so far I'm kinda striking out in this trope. I don't know if being a southern girl makes me overly picky when it comes to these stories, or if[image]
I have been on the hunt lately for a good solid cowboy series that I could sink my teeth into... but so far I'm kinda striking out in this trope. I don't know if being a southern girl makes me overly picky when it comes to these stories, or if I just haven't found the right fit. But this one didn't work for me at all.
Slade Luckadeau is a moody cowboy, living with his granny and running the Double LL - the Luckadeau Ranch. It seems that Slade does not have the best taste in women, and he's a little bitter and distrusting of gals in general. Slade jumped to a lot of (wrong) conclusions about our heroine, and he was hostile toward her for a good part of the book. One thing that he did have going for him - he was a pretty good cowboy. There was some honest-to-goodness ranch work happening, not just playing at being a cowboy like I've seen in some other books. And once Slade let go of his hangups, he was a decent hero. I just wish there had been more character development so I could have gotten into his head a little more.
Jane Day is a runaway bride and is determined to stay in hiding until her 25th birthday (about 6 weeks time in our story). She was picked up right off the bus in Ringgold, Texas and taken home by the Luckadeau matriarch and given work as a maid and driver. She is full of sass and determined to stay no matter the thoughts of Slade Luckadeau. She did work hard and fit well into the ranch life, but I just could not connect with her character. She was a bit too prickly for my tastes.
The romance in this one was almost in the enemies to lovers realm, with our couple bickering for a good portion of the book. Once things do get more friendly, there wasn't much time for relationship building as our couple was on the run. What we did get was mostly PG-13 some fade to black action happening off page.
Overall, I think I just did not prefer this writing style. It seemed overly simplistic and trying to hard. The over-the-top southernisms threw me out of the story. I mean, I have heard people use the word underbritches before... but they were my grandparents age, not a hot young cowboy. The only time I find these types of colloquialisms to fit into a story is if its a comedic effect. That was not the case here.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca....more