Life doesn't always give you what you want. In the end you have to make it yourself.
Life is Hard. But it was harder in the Old West. Harrison Carter's worked hard to make his fortune in the silver mines of Colorado, to be able to finally send for his long-awaited fiance Jenny back in Illinois. So it's little wonder he's pissed when who should arrive by train on his wedding day is not Jenny but her sister Retta, complete with toddler in tow.
While the idea of swapping one bride for another makes for good storytelling, in those days it was not just a story; it was sometimes a necessity. Harrison's initial rejection of Retta and anger at Jenny is understandable, but marries Retta anyway to honor Jenny's dying wish. Retta is just as apprehensive but has little prospects herself being the mother of an illegitimate child. Both Harrison and Retta are taking big risks, but with big risks come big rewards. The development of their relationship is heartwarming and Harrison's acceptance of Retta's daughter Adeline as his own shows the strong type of character he is. Retta also shows a bit of steel in her spine while at the same time doing what's expected of her under difficult circumstances. Throw in the token villain, in this case Slim Morgan and his cadre of slime balls who aim to take both Harrison's livelihood as well as his pretty new wife, and you have a fairly cliche if somewhat boring period drama that seems dragged out over more pages than is necessary. However, what makes it intriguing is that the story was inspired by a true-life family history. If that's so, then any preconceived ideas of the era's straight-laced, buttoned-up behavior in the bedroom in are out the window thanks to the author's skillful depiction of some wild west action between homespun sheets!
Western romance fans can saddle up comfortably with this predictable but satisfying read!
Summer Quinn has been away from her family’s ranch for a long time. Now she’s ready to come home. Can she handle what awaits her? Summer has been hurt and now she has lost her trust in men. Will she ever be able to trust again? Trouble is, she is in love with a man she never thought would want her. Barrett Thorne quit the rodeo circuit due to an injury. One more and it could have been fatal. After his wife leaves him, he feels less than desirable. All he wants is to work hard to forget his troubles. When Summer comes back things change for them. Can the two of them overcome their insecurities and be together.
I like this story. Two old friends reconnecting after years apart. This time things are different though. Feelings have surfaced and despite each having issues to deal with they come together with an intensity. The story is sweet and sexy all rolled into one. I do hope this turns into a series as I can see the other family members getting their story!
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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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.