I read many historical romances of varying levels of sensuality.
I read the kindle edition, and found several misused words that sound similar but have entirely different meanings.For example "hum", which means 'to hum a tune', when the author meant 'hmmm', the nonsensical 'now let me think' noise people make. Another glaring error "so think barely any light filtrated through." No. Filtrated is a word, but it isn't equivalent to filtered. Another one is 'discus', a heavy thick-centered disk athletes throw in competition. Author *meant* discuss, as in talk it through. Argh!!
*I read the first third of the book and never fell in love with the characters, the story, or the premise.*
My reasons include, but are not limited to:
* The hero and heroine squabble all the time. They snip, criticize, argue, and I'm supposed to believe they're falling for each other?
* Important happenings are covered in a statement rather than dramatized. I feel like I missed the important stuff, while pages and pages are filled with what's going on in the characters' heads, and I couldn't be less interested.
* Overused exclamation points until none have emphasis.
* Some parts of the history are poorly researched and utterly wrong. While other research (the saloon's interior and how things were in them, for example) is spelled out in excruciating detail and doesn't matter because it's not as the heroine would see it or care. The details are included for the benefit of the reader, and the reader doesn't care or benefit.
* Stuff happens, but none of the string of occurrences contribute to a sense of escalating trouble for the main characters. Aren't books, even romances, supposed to be about a serious problem the character must resolve? The greatest trouble of their whole lives? The author treated us to page after page after page of everything that happened in the characters' lives before the book started but none of it seems to matter.
* The heroine, Sunny, is a twit. Ruth, the grandmotherly friend, essentially tells her about Sunny's mother's escape from town in shame, hiding her pregnancy from everyone under lies, but Sunny's too big of a twit to comprehend what happened. No mystery there.
* Sunny's in love with an urchin, a mistreated child in need after what, a week? Meanwhile, she's determined to keep this child from her own mother, without any thought to wanting to restore that precious relationship, after ensuring the mother would care for the little girl (Teddy). Sunny entirely lost all credibility with me at that point. I don't care if Sunny triumphs, wins the love of a supposedly good man (who swears constantly in the presence of ladies as if he'd never been taught better). It's a romance, so I know the Texas Ranger, Jake and our grieving twit of a heroine, Sunny, are supposed to fall in love (epic fail to this point) and live happily ever after. Frankly, I don't care if they do. They don't deserve happiness and have done nothing to earn it. They're meandering about without acting with common sense and effort against the forces against them. Instead, they're chattering leaves, tossed in the wind. I don't care if they live happily ever after. I won't be here to see it. I'm 1/3 of the way through, and I'm done.
The storytelling is awkward, overly wordy, with phrase after phrase after phrase that either repeat what's already been relayed or said, or sentences are so jumbled and use twice as many words as needed so they don't make sense. I wanted an easy, enjoyable read, and instead, ended up wading through mud and hitting speed bump after speed bump. The writing is amateurish, rough, and needs a far better editor. Not my kind of reading.
Sensuality Level: Moderate (and awkward)
Language: Rated PG to R, depending on personal boundaries. Swearing is abundant, unnecessary, almost gratuitous and includes taking the Lord's name in vain. Some readers will take offense.
Violence: Moderate (child abuse) but takes place between the scenes.
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Too much wrong with the story and its presentation. Did not finish.Reviewed in the United States on 7 May 2017
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