Review

Review: A Man of Legend by Linda Broday (2022)

Lone Star Legends #3

Heat Factor: It’s medium spice–there are certainly scenes but they’re not down-to-the-minute detailed and they aren’t too plentiful

Character Chemistry: Initially very juvenile and irrational but ends up mature and deep

Plot: Paisley moves back to her hometown after the untimely death of her father, convinced that her first love’s family is behind it. Crockett is still as smitten as ever, but until Paisley sees that his family is pure as the driven snow, they can’t be together. Plus, the unhinged and abusive brother wants to kill everyone. 

Overall: It’s a classic western, slower paced and sometimes a bit flat, but the plot ultimately carries the story just fine.

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Review: Blood of the Land by Adrik Kemp (2016)

Heat Factor: There’s a lot of sex. It’s graphic. And most of it isn’t between the protagonists.

Character Chemistry: So, the book isn’t actually focused on Mack and Jason’s relationship as such 

Plot: Sociopath vampires wreak havoc on a ranch in colonial Australia. And then it’s the 90s. 

Overall: WUT

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Review: Calhoun by Diana Palmer (1988)

Long, Tall Texans, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s a little topless fooling around but no (extremely euphemistic) orgasms until wedding bands are exchanged

Character Chemistry: If I’m using my lizard brain, it’s awesome, but if I’m using my emotionally mature brain I have concerns

Plot: “How best can I manufacture drama to ensure that my hopeless, loveless vision for the future will actually come to pass?”

Overall: OMG this book is SO 80s and I love it

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Review: If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon (2020)

Cowboys of California, Book #2

(Review of Cowboys of California, Book #1)

Heat Factor: The characters talk freely and often but the action itself is not so lengthy or involved

Character Chemistry: Very natural and low key

Plot: Cinderella but with an Oscar-winning actor as the prince and a terrible employer as the steps

Overall: It wasn’t really a page turner, but it was very cozy

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Review: Refuge by Willa J. Brand (2020)

Heat Factor: Smoulder, smoulder my friends (but behind closed doors)

Character Chemistry: They just kind of systematically click on every level from the first moment.

Plot: Taylor is escaping an abusive marriage with her infant son when her car breaks down in Montana. When she’s rescued and hired by a local rancher, she ends up meeting the rancher’s wife’s brother, Owen, whose steady and secure nature is kind of exactly what she needs.

Overall: This book is SO well done–the worry over Taylor’s precarious and abusive situation, the warmth from the ranchers and the beauty of Montana…it’s really good stuff.

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