Summer Heat: Back to the Farm by Alex Carreras
Genre: M/M romance, cowboys/western
Length: novella (75 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 Handcuffs - An Erotic Ride.
This is the third book in Alex Carreras' Heat series, and it brings back the couples from the first two books to the wedding of Bill and Andrea (met in the first book). Bill's nephew, Travis and Andrea's son, Hunter face an angry, jealous ex when they come back to the farm from Texas, and Bill's other nephew, Jaxson, faces an ex of his own as well.
This novel is a cute look at the relationships formed in the first two books and a sweet ending for Andrea and Bill, who have come back together after her battle with cancer. In a way, facing
Derek makes Hunter come to terms with more of his own demons, and both Chase and
Travis see a need to work on their jealousy issues, but mostly the story just confirms the relationships with which it began. My only problem with the book was some of the overblown phrases ('velvety wonderland'? really?) and repetitive terms in the sex scenes (of which there were plenty!). Overall, though, a hot read and confirmation of the happily-ever-afters begun in the first two books for Hunter and Travis, Jaxson and Chase, and Bill and Andrea.
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Sons of Thunder by James Rollo
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Telling was a real issue in this book. It was also hard to deal with the descriptions of people such as the first details of Pop Thunder. It was one paragraph of exactly what he looked like. There was no blending or careful weaving. It’s the like editor or publisher said this character needs some description and the author just threw a paragraph it in to please them. It’s also very jumpy. One minute Pop Thunder is looking at his boys trying to remember where he stole these tight boots and the next where TOLD that the thunders didn’t know they were seen by those they were following. Still with me? Then there’s the dreaded head hopping. This combined with the telling and let me tell you this was freaking hard to read. I barely made it through the first few chapters and that’s such a shame. I haven’t read a good western (non-romance) in a long time.
What happened to the days of Bonanza and Clint Eastwood wielding a gun and saying memorable one-liners? Oh well, Sons of Thunder was a bust.
Romance - novel
TBR reviewer: Brutally Honest
This is 3rd in a series, yes I’ve read them all. I recommend reading them in order because they kick some serious ass. I’ve fallen for Ms. Nelson’s series and when I got my hands on the new book I was practically drooling.
Winny is...very domestic, yes, that’s the word I’d use. She’s sweet and I did like her character. Her son, Roy, stalked and tried to kill Luke’s family. Lucas is a forty something year old ranch owner who is in love with Winny. He rather reminds me of Harrison Ford. (Who I would take home at any age! *wink* Email me Harrison, lol.)
I love the fact that the story plays out just before Roy’s trial, which we know from the
2nd book that he escapes. The story overlaps in a very interesting manner. The romance is a blend of heat and elegance. They had this underlying sweetness that really gave the characters that much more depth.
So, why not 5 shiny stars? There was a lot to be fixed about Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek. First is the scenes. Some were rushed, others slow and then there are several scenes that were so boring I was tempted to skip over them. Ms. Nelson wrote a lot of domestic scenes, cooking and spending time with the boys. It should have been trimmed so it wouldn’t hinder the flow so drastically. Parts of the book were more outlines; there was no fleshing out
and little details. I can’t help but wonder why this book took such a downward turn when the first two in the series were fantastic! The action was tame. There wasn’t suspense or edge of your seat scenes like the first two. This needed another intense look by an editor; I think that would have solved half the problems.
Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek was a good read but certainly not a favorite. If you liked the first two in this series you’ll enjoy this one.