When history professor Alison Carter became a consultant to the film version of the Wild West legend she’d dedicated her career to researching, she couldn’t possibly have known that she would not only get a front-row seat to a full-blown Hollywood circus but would innocently witness something that would put her life in peril. Nor did she expect that a tall stranger in a cowboy hat would turn the movie — and her world — completely upside down.
A. J. Gallagher didn’t crash the set in dusty Arizona to rub elbows with Hollywood’s elite. Unable to ignore ghosts from the past that refuse to stay buried, A.J. came to put an end to the false legend that has tarnished the reputation of his family. But when he confronts Alison, sparks fly. And when Alison is targeted by ruthless criminals, suddenly she and A.J. must face the intense attraction that threatens to consume them—and survive the danger that threatens their very lives.
©2010 Suzanne Brockmann (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"[Brockmann] is one of the superstars of romantic suspense.” (The Dallas Morning News)
Very unexpected... I really enjoyed it, mostly because of the interesting characters. we got to know them in depth and and to love them (or hate them). The story line kept me interested, and although predictable at times I didn’t mind it because the dialogs were enjoyable. The narration was nice, although a bit too fast to my liking at first, but later i got used to it.
I'm sorry. Those super steamy hearts-beating-as-one endlessly long chapters with the requisite earth-moving simultaneous orgasms are soooo over the top. The plot's really not bad, although stretched way beyond what it needs to be. Regardless of any review to the contrary, this is a romance novel, not a mystery or adventure story. If you are into this kind of thing, well, you'll probably love it. I really hated it, flipped through the last bunch of chapters just to see if it would end the way I thought it would (yes, it did). For the genre, it's well written and maybe even innovative, but I hated it. I reached the point of near nausea toward the end of the last half, as if I'd eaten way too much very sweet dessert. Maybe it's age related, or maybe I just need grittier characters and more complex stories. Whatever. I also found the male narrator's voice very annoying. I've encountered him before and found his voice very annoying then, too. It has a whiny quality that is like chalk on my personal blackboard. Yes, it is subjective and maybe it wouldn't bother you, but it actually began to make my skin crawl. I wanted to enjoy this, really I did. I tried to like it. I stuck with it past the point when I might have otherwise stopped, but ... For the hard core steamy romance enthusiasts only. The rest of you, beware!
This had to be a literary challenge to write and I was Impressed. Spent a little time Confused at first until I got the hang of the "characters". Blending present vs. past, natural vs supernatural, sane vs insane, love vs. lust...wheew you got to have skills but she pulled it off.
My first Suzanne Brockmann novel, but I'll certainly read more! This was a fun, exciting romance with good depth in the characters, a historical mystery and a funny but determined ghost! The duel narrators was a little annoying, but do-able.
Awesome! I had so much fun "reading" this one...I could not put it down. In fact I listened to it twice in 3 days, and I am not an avid reader! Suz writes in such a vivid way that I thought I was in the plot most of the time. Many of the situations were just hilarious.
I got to say, when I first started listening to Patrick Lowler (who makes Suz's books just GREAT to listen to), I kept seeing Decker and Dave (from the Troubleshooter series) in my mind because he used the same voices. It was kind of funny, but it dissapeared within 1 or 2 chapters!
If you have never read Suz's books, be aware of explicit passages.
This was such a great story. I enjoyed it all the way through and didnt want to put it down. It is a great comedy romance book. I caught myself laughing out loud then rewinding it and listening to it again to laugh again. I like how the story is told from the view of each character and the fact that it has a male and female narrator made it more fun. This is a chick lit but a fun laugh out loud romance. Worth the credit and I will be telling my book buddies about it.
I love Suzanne Brockmann.. I thought this was a little different. It was very good, but not great. If your looking for Navy Seals, not the book for you.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I've never listened to anything by Suzanne Brockmann before though I had heard of her. I am going to download more of her books after this good listen.
I almost didn't buy the book because of some of the reviews and I'm so glad I did. It was exactly was I was looking for. Lighthearted enough that it didn't take itself too seriously and enough things going on that I didn't fell like I was trudging along.
Story is simple enough. AJ Gallagher is visited by the spirit of his great-grandfather Jamie Gallagher, who was an American Western "outlaw" and he is tired of all the lies about him and convinces his great-grandson to crash the movie set of a film being made about his nemesis US Marshall Silas Quinn to finally set the record straight. Once there he confronts Alison Carter, the film's historical consultant and the author of the definitive book about Quinn praising him for the "hero" he was.
Its pretty obvious how that plays out. They clash ,they bond. They fight, they love. They want to, but can't. They do, but shouldn't have. Even though the main focus is AJ and Alison, what I really enjoyed were the other characters. Jamie Gallagher is the funny man to AJ's straight man. Hugh is Alison's gay "boyfriend". Rob and Charlotte are the other "how is that going to out?" Melody is the other "heroine" with her own struggles to overcome.
I can only assume that seasoned Brockmann readers found it overwhelming because it wasn't like her other novels. Sure there was a lot going, different subplots, story lines and back stories but I found it refreshing. It has its fair share of steamy sex scenes but wasn't drawn out and not all of them were about AJ and Alison.
A few times Mrs. Brockmann got a bit preachy but I found them to be so minor that I wasn't fazed. I figured she was aiming at an audience closer to her age.You don't have to convince me to be more accepting of gays. But I did find it odd that it was even mentioned because she apparently known for writing about gay characters.
All in all, I really liked it. It had a little bit of everything that at times I found myself asking, this is a romance? But by the end I was reminded that, indeed, it was a romance. Let's be honest, I'm not really giving anything away when I say AJ and Alison end up together.
So if you're looking for a story that you know is going to end well for everyone and what you're really looking for is that drama and suspense in between, I'd recommend it.
Angela Dawe , Patrick Lawlor were good with the delivery of the story
I chose this book out of NEED. Books by my favorite authors are just not showing up fast enough to keep me entertained, so while out looking for something, I read reviews by others and took the chance. Am I ever glad I did. Although this book does not have a story that carries from one book to the next, it does contain many stories in one. The story of a young boy who has lost his cornerstone in life, a young man dealing with experiences he had while fighting for our freedom, and the addiction he developed when he came home. It also becomes entertaining because of the love that develops with a historian, that has been hired to help with a historical film. Although there are some "sex" scenes, it isn't porno.
I really enjoyed this book it made me laugh, cry and fear for the characters. The narrators were great creating the atmosphere that was required for each character and circumstance. I highly recommend this book for a great listen.
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