Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Book review of Too Far Down by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins



With Danger Drawing Ever Closer, The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever
Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can't seem to make up his mind about staying in New Mexico. 

When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and the family finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

Too Far Down is a solid finish to a very enjoyable series. I enjoyed finally getting to read Cole and Melanie's story. I love the tough girl persona of cowgirl Melanie, feeling like she can't show how anything affects her, having to keep up with the men she lives and works with, loving her home and work and yet starting to wish for more. Cole is also an interesting character, having grown up in the east and living in the west, yet always planning to return to the city. He can easily survive in either environment, yet does he truly belong to either one?

The one piece that started to annoy me in the last book and really put me off here is the parents story. I. Don't. Care. I would have taken those sections out and just had the characters on the ranch briefly discuss every so often how they were doing or mention a letter or something. Other than that, this is another fun western story that I highly recommend. I would, however, strongly recommend that you start at the beginning of the series because there is a lot going on that carries on from one book to another. There's always a portion that wraps up so there is some closure each time and the series doesn't feel like one giant book.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Book review of Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House) by papertapepins



The Wrath is Coming. But They Don't Know Where--Or When.

"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner. 

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension between them also includes a spark she can't deny--and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. 

This third book of the Chesapeake Valore Series is my favourite yet and that's saying something because I've loved the first two as well! I think what made this book my favourite so far are the characters of Tanner and Declan. Tanner is awesome. She's feisty and tough, and it turns out, surprisingly skilled and able to take care of herself. That doesn't stop Declan from nearly having a coronary whenever she does something he deems "reckless"... but is it really? 

And perhaps it wasn't just the main characters who made this one extraordinarily great. Taking down human traffickers and stopping a major terrorist threat to the US just in time adds some big time suspense to an already exciting series. 

I didn't think I could enjoy another series quite as much as the previous Alaskan Courage series by this author by oh my oh my oh my I'm loving this one as much or more. You need to check it out!!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.




THE AUTHOR


  1. Dani Pettrey
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    Dani Pettrey

    Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey's novels have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and...
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Monday, October 23, 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book review of An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter (Bethany House) by papertapepins



Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, so he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. While he's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, she is strangely elusive, and he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, she has no choice but to agree to a bargain that puts her at odds with all her romantic hopes--as well as her conscience. And the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she regrets the unpleasant obligation that prevents her from any dream of a future with him.

As all Griffith's and Isabella's long-held expectations are shaken to the core, can they set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim a happily-ever-after?

I loved this book, and I loved the entire series! This particular story started out a little slow and I initially had trouble connecting to Miss Breckenridge and Miss St Clair but within a few chapters I was over that and from there on I was engaged in the story. I had trouble putting it down more than one evening. It's the sort of series where you could pick up and read the books in any order without too much trouble, but it's even more enjoyable when you are connecting again with characters that you've met in previous books.

At first I was somewhat put off by the focus on how extraordinarily beautiful Isabelle Breckenridge is, I mean it seemed over the top, and then I got that it was supposed to be somewhat in order to hit home that it didn't define her. In the beginning she and her less physically beautiful cousin seem one dimensional and stereotyped but then they somewhat suddenly pop up into 3D characters you can really get behind. 

Griffith too has been portrayed throughout the books and rather staid and controlled, lacking a very rounded character. In this book we are invited in behind the careful control and find out the reasons for the this. He also, of course, learns to loosen up somewhat.

Like I said, it did take me a few chapters to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down and it was worth the initial slow beginning to get into the heart of the story.  


This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. She lives with her husband and...
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