Category: Book Review

Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Posted August 21, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn DellTougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
Series: Texas Rodeo #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 1, 2017
Genres: Western Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Amazon | B&N | three-half-stars
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He's got five rules
And she's aiming to break them all

Rodeo producer Cole Jacobs has his hands full running Jacobs Livestock. He can't afford to lose a single cowboy, so when cousin Violet offers to send along a more-than-capable replacement, he's got no choice but to accept. He expects a grizzled Texas good ol' boy.

He gets Shawnee Pickett.

Wild and outspoken, ruthlessly self-reliant, Shawnee's not looking for anything but a good time. It doesn't matter how quickly the tall, dark and quiet cowboy gets under her skin—Cole Jacobs deserves something real, and Shawnee can't promise him forever. Life's got a way of kicking her in the teeth, and she's got her bags packed before tragedy can knock her down. Too bad Cole's not the type to give up when the going gets tough...

 

     

 

I have not read the first two books in the Texas Rodeo series. Usually, I wouldn’t just jump in out of order. I didn’t feel lost. I’m sure I would have appreciated some of the other characters more though, if I had. The two previous couples were Violet and Joe, and Tori and Delon.  Of course, I would be more familiar with the world of Jacobs Livestock. I don’t read many Western type romances so this was a nice change for me.

Cole is in charge of the rodeo this summer. He has lost his regular pickup man. Violet sends him a pickup woman, Shawnee, who is always an irritation to him. Being autistic, Cole doesn’t talk a lot and likes his routines. This aspect was handled well. Shawnee is used to being on her own with no support. I like how their differences end up working to their advantage.

Cole really grows, learns more about himself and I love this. Shawnee had more trouble accepting the changes in her life, and I am never as happy when someone isn’t honest with themselves (or others). Her long-time friend and business partner, Tori, tells it like it is. Wowza!    I am going to have to go back and read the first two books, so I will be set for Fearless in Texas, Melanie and Wyatt’s story, on April 3, 2018.

 

About Kari Lynn Dell

KARI LYNN DELL brings a lifetime of personal experience to writing western romance. She is a third-generation rancher and rodeo competitor who works on the family ranch in northern Montana, inside the Blackfeet Nation. She exists in a perpetual state of horse-induced poverty along with her husband, Max and Spike the (female) Cowdogs, a few hundred cows and a son who resides on the same general segment of the autism spectrum as Cole Jacobs and doesn’t believe names should be gender-limited.

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Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

Posted August 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 16 Comments

             I won this book in a prize pack from Sourcebooks Casablanca, the publisher, but since it’s easier to read an ebook I got it from the library to read. While this is a romance, it is dark, dark, and dark. A serial killer is in prison and it looks like there is a copycat using the same style. The son of this serial killer, Cain, has a paranormal ability to provide information and works with the FBI. The characters and their emotions felt authentic. The events are things which could happen. The small paranormal bits were contained enough it wasn’t too unrealistic. I liked the spectrum of good and evil with all the shades. The complexity of characters was excellent […]


The First Law of Love by Abbie Williams

The First Law of Love by Abbie Williams

Posted August 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Tish Gordon has graduated from law school and is poised to begin working as an associate at the prestigious law firm where she’s done her externship the past two summers. Her plan to spend her last free summer back in Landon, Minnesota is derailed when the partner asks her to help out a former colleague. The catch? It’s in Jalesville, Montana…the hometown of Case Spicer, the young musician that professed his heart to her seven years ago at her sister’s wedding. It didn’t go well.   I looked forward to this story as I didn’t know much about Tish other than her drive to be a lawyer and her disastrous encounter with Case at Camille’s wedding. I also had completely different expectations from […]


The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

Posted August 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

  Detective Angie Pallorino is part of the Victoria Metro Police Department sex crimes unit and answers the call for a young woman desecrated in a nearby cemetery. She and her new partner are still finding their way with each other (mostly not) and haven’t created “team” yet. She’s got LOTS of baggage and being the only woman in the detective ranks doesn’t make things easier. When they determine that this case has a lot of similarities to two she investigated a few years ago, both are included on a special task force created when a homicide occurs. Homicide detective James Maddocks, new to the department, is in for a rather big surprise when he’s teamed with Angie. I’ve seen quite a few fictional damaged […]


The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted August 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

              I seem to time the reading of the Kindle version of books in the Bachelors of Arizona series with the release of the mass  market paperback.  I can’t remember exactly how I ended up reading the first one; I think I was trying to work with the publisher and they offered it to me. Anyway, it makes zero sense I am reading them. They use two tropes which are my least favorite (one is the billionaire guy). I won’t mention the second as it is too spoiling. BUT I love them! Each book is also a very loose fairy tale retelling. The Bachelor Auction was a Cinderella story. The Playboy Bachelor is sort of Beauty and the Beast. Rich, hot […]


Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare

Tempting Fate by Pamela Clare

Posted August 15, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Naomi Archer is vacationing in the Colorado mountains near Scarlett Springs when she is confronted by some very bad people. She is ultimately discovered and rescued by Chaska and Winona Belcourt who take her in while she recovers. Naomi gets to see the best of the community during her time with them and is exposed to the Lakota heritage, which may be her own.   I loved everything, and I mean everything, about this story. Naomi captured my heart and Chaska my mind, body and soul. Her story was heartbreaking and her initial encounter with Chaska truly felt destined. Their developing relationship was just wonderful as he also led her to the Native American culture she’d always wanted to embrace. You’ll have to […]


Audio: In His Hands by Adriana Anders

Audio: In His Hands by Adriana Anders

Posted August 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

                 This author / narrator combo has grasped me again and won’t let go. The classification may be contemporary romance but it feels like romantic suspense. I am in tense limbo the entire time I listen. Or heck, when I am not listening. I keep waiting for the bad guys to be …. bad. My head plays every worst case scenario. In His Hands is especially emotional since there is a cult “church” involved which is a real trigger for me. I dislike people using religious beliefs to be unkind or worse. I’m enjoying how the narrator has captured the southern dialects, as well as the other characters from various parts of the world who inhabit this small town […]


At His Mercy by Shelly Bell

At His Mercy by Shelly Bell

Posted August 13, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

  Want I liked about At His Mercy: Hot chemistry – I felt the chemistry between Tristan and Isabella and found their attraction very believable Kink – I liked the D/s elements of the BDSM romance wasn’t over the top. I think for this story and the characters the kink level was just right. No Virgins were hurt in the making of this book – I really loved the fact that Isabella wasn’t a virgin. I just knew during their first sex scene he was going to find out after he pushed into her that she was a virgin. But nope so YEAH FOR NO VIRGINS. She did her research – While Isabellas was not a virgin, she was a newbie to the BDSM lifestyle […]