Archive for May, 2013

Blame it on Texas

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Christie Craig
Paperback: $7.19
eBook: $6.64
Publisher: Forever, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0446582834
Genre: Mystery / Romance

Zoe Adams is aware that her loneliness doesn’t simply come from the death of her parents, but because of unanswered questions she has about her childhood. When watching an unsolved mystery show on TV old memories surface about being locked in a closet at a child. Unable to explain them, she decides to go to Texas and pursue a twenty-year-old story of a kidnapped child, she feels may be her. Her search leads her to one of Texas’ richest families and she enlists the help of PI Tyler Lopez to unlock the secrets.

Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ private lives. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.

My Take: The great thing about fiction is the fictional truth always plays, even when outlandish. I enjoy all of Christie Craig’s Texas series, however, the believability of this one pushed the limit. I know that males are “visual” but when a story is built around the male’s attraction to the heroine based solely on the size of her bust line, I am disappointed. It sadly may be a normal criteria for today’s males for choosing a mate, however, even in a book where reality is suspended, I expected a higher bar.

Also, the “I don’t usually go to bed with guys on the first date” talk by Zoe dims when she climbs onto his lap with the first kiss and it explodes into sex. Hmmm…methinks she’s not being truthful.
However, I’m great at overlooking lapses in book characters and so the story was fast-paced, well-written and fun, so I enjoyed the read.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Cowboy’s Texas Rescue

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Beth Cornelison
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780373278169
Price: $5.50 / paperback
$3.82 / eBook

Description: “It’s nice to have someone with your…um, skill set…around when there’s a killer on the loose.”
Taking out bad guys is in Jake Connelly’s DNA as much as strength, fearlessness and Greek-god good looks. So is rescuing women like Chelsea Harris, who’s kidnapped by a brutal escaped convict. What isn’t in the cowboy hunk’s DNA, Chelsea fears, is an interest in relationships-especially with a jilted size-fourteen plain Jane like herself.
With the killer on the loose and a Texas-size blizzard raging, Jake and Chelsea take refuge in an icy farmhouse. Sudden sparks between them turn on plenty of heat! But Jake has sworn to put his black ops career before distracting emotions. He needs to stay focused to stop the convict’s reign of terror… and protect Chelsea from the danger of falling for him….

My take: The tension in the book between the characters was well written. The bad guy was truly bad and kept his evil persona through the end. Beth Carnelison built the drama and relationships into a crescendo that kept my interest throughout the book. I found the slow-paced romance a nice break from the usual and felt the story was great.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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