Good modern western...love the New Mexico setting...similar to Longmire without the humor...enjoyable but not exceptional
I thought this was a book about 3 mature & confident women (late 30s, 40s) who are looking for adventure and love. Not so much...
Instead, these women were as insecure and timid as teenagers who didn't know their own minds. They don't talk to the men in their lives about anything important or even confide in their female friends. What martyrs!
These women go to a sex club to "have their sexual attractiveness" validated by strangers. Seriously? What a disappointment.
While amusing at times, I found the characters to be a little young & immature for me (over 45) - might be fun novel to under 25 readers.
While the writing was good, I found the main female character Sarah to be wimpy, boring and sometimes just stupid. Sarah allowed herself to be pressured by the cool kids in high school to be cruel to Jackson, a poor boy who had a crush on her.
Next Sarah drops out of college to marry a rich man for financial security, never holding a job. When her husband becomes physically abusive she stays with him for years, even after having a daughter.
After her husband is killed, Sarah runs back to her home town and tries to hide from thugs who believe she has something valuable. Of course, she never reports anything to the police or carries a weapon to protect herself & child.
Somehow Jackson - all grown up, financially secure and too generous - is willing to take care of Sarah & her daughter (the kid is much more appealing than the mother), immediately falling madly in love. Sorry but I like strong, self sufficient women characters.
I can't say if this book was good because I couldn't get past the first hour. The English accent of this narrator, along with her rapid fire style of speech, made it impossible for me to follow the story.
In the past, I've listened to narrators with non-American accents but was always able to adjust after a while and understand most of the words. I was extremely disappointed since I love novels with canine characters.
I really liked the main character Chassie, who has had a rough life but doesn't whine about it. She's an interesting combination tough & soft; strong enough to do ranch work yet still kind & sensitive at heart.
When Chassie finds out that her husband Trevor was once in love with a man (Edgard), she doesn't throw a pity party for herself. Since Chassie wants to save her marriage, she decides to get to know Edgard and possibly share Trevor rather than loose him.
Unlike most of the other cowboys in this series, Trevor actually loves, respects and doesn't abuse his wife. Likewise, Edgard comes to love and appreciate Chassie for her many wonderful qualities, even though he has never been attracted to women. So Chassie wins!
Unlike the first book in this series, the 2 male characters (Phillip and Jonathan) in Love Under Siege were total jerks, not romantic heroes. Phillip married Maggie, an innocent younger woman and instantly expects her to turn into an experienced sex partner.
Instead of slowing and tenderly teaching Maggie about sex, Phillip gets frustrated & short tempered until Jonathan comes for a visit. Together the men plot to persuade Maggie to have a threesome, just what every new wife needs.
Phillip gets all dominant & abusive - hitting should NOT be part of foreplay. Jonathan is sweet & seductive; however both men are mostly concerned with their own needs. So not romantic or love inspiring... Although the story was well-written and engrossing, the male characters left me feeling like I needed a shower.
Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed and frustrated. Maggie was portrayed as enjoying their brutal & disrespectful treatment. I really wanted Maggie to grow a backbone, knock some sense into both jerks and leave. Since I realize that divorce wasn't an option in the 1800s, there was no way for this book to have happy ending.
While I don't usually enjoy historic romances - I don't like to think about life before indoor plumbing - The Courage to Love was instantly engrossing. Kate was a great character, strong, humorous and smart. After her husband was killed in the war, Kate did what she thought necessary to take care of herself and her niece Veronica.
When friends of her late husband Jason & Tony came back to England, they treated Kate with respect & consideration, offering her marriage and protection. The whole "we both love and want to share you" was a bit of a stretch, but a fun fantasy.
FYI, this book contained graphic sex (all types), crude language, and the recounting of a disturbing gang rape. There were also 2 light spankings - violence against women always give me the creeps, particularly in a romance - but mostly the men behaved well, particularly given the time setting.
Finding Home was warm, funny and endearing - particularly to those of us who love all types of animals. The first few chapters were rather slow, while the people, setting and animals were being introduced. After that, I was totally engrossed and loving the unconventional family that Casie scraped together.
At first, I had my doubts about relating to the main character Casie (29). She had a big heart but very low self esteem, putting herself down and letting others take advantage. However, by the end Casie was kicking ass and taking no prisoners.
The best part, to me, was the eclectic group of teens, neighbors and friends who made the Lazy something ranch a place I would want to visit. Although there was a sexy Cowboy love interest for Casie, Finding Home was much more about family and friends than romance.
I really enjoyed the first, second and fourth books in the Colter Legacy. The fantasy of having multiple men who love & worship one woman is sexy and fun, if not realistic.
I hated book 3, in which Callie Colter (only daughter) allowed Max (billionaire jerk) to dominate her body & soul, supposedly in a loving way. Sorry, but hitting another human being is always wrong - I find men who enjoy hurting women revolting, not attractive.
Now in Colter's Gift (book 5), Max's sister Lauren is recovering from an extremely abusive and violent relationship with a criminal. I found it ironic that Max feels entitled to hurt & manipulate women but was outraged when Lauren was victimized by another jerk.
Luckily for Lauren, she has 2 gorgeous bodyguards who treat her with respect, consideration and gentleness as she heals. There is some graphic violence when the criminal sends men to silence Lauren, but mostly the story is about her learning to survive and trust herself.
This is the 6th book in Marie Force's Fatal Series about "Sam" Samantha Holland, police lieutenant in Washing DC. In the first 5 books, Sam was a strong, fearless, gutsy woman who lives to catch killers. She gets shot, punched, blown-up, & knocked down, gets sown up and/or stabled and keeps working.
Sam meets and marries Nick, a Democratic senator who appreciates her determination, strength, intelligence and loyalty. Together they are adopting a 12 year old boy and trying to have a baby, while juggling two professional careers. They have an enthusiastic and creative sex life, which suddenly and unbelievably becomes D/S.
No where in the Sam's character (carefully developed in the first 5 books) does Sam display any desire to be submissive - it's laughable that she would allow any man to hit her. No where in those same 5 books does Nick express any desire to hit & dominate woman.
Evidently every book written now must include some dominant/submissive sex, regardless of how out of character that abusive behavior is. Marie Force, please keep Sam as the strong, interesting female character who doesn't take crap from anyone.
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