Welcome back! I have two more book reviews for you this week. One of them (Lucas's Lady) may contain spoilers so you may want to skip that one until you've read the book. I'll place it at the end so you don't have to risk spoiling it if you don't want to. :) So let's get to it!
Book Review: "Rachel & the Hired Gun" by Elaine Levine
Rachel and the Hired Gun by Elaine Levine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm hooked. I wasn't sure what to expect from this western romance, whether it would be like others I've read or completely unique. It was unique enough to keep me invested. I think I read it in about three days. I can't exactly remember when I started so my start date is a guess. (I read late at night and dates aren't exactly things I remember easily anyway.)
From the first page, the adventure was non-stop. All the action was period-accurate. The characters stayed in character and grew in believable increments. I could actually root for the MCs. I love how the author introduced new important characters and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romance and western romance. Be aware there are some sexual scenes and darker overtones in places. But there's a definite, strong plot and that is what I look for in a good romance novel. So it was a win for me.
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Book Review: "Lucas's Lady" by Caroline Lee
Do NOT read any further if you don't want to risk spoilers...
Lucas's Lady by Caroline Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book, mainly for the plot which is, I suppose, interesting since most people read a romance novel for the romance. I thought the determination of main characters to love each other even when they weren't sure of the other's love was a nice theme. It's a typical historical western romance but with an atypical hero.
I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of the main characters' personalities, though. For the hero to have worked on a ranch in the wild west for 22 years and not make a practice of having at least a rifle nearby seemed a bit odd. Carrying a firearm in that place at that time wasn't so much a choice as a way of life because there were so many outlaws and so few law men. I just found his aversion to guns hard to believe, even knowing the history between him and his 'father'. I also found it even harder to believe the heroine knew how to shoot considering the nature she displayed throughout the entire book. I think I'd have been more impressed if she'd been taught and was a quick study or if the gun had been handed off to the older sister who seems much more likely to be handy with a firearm. I had a very hard time believing the hired gun would just pass off a firearm to an untried innocent.
I think I get the statement the author was trying to make in having a hero who has an aversion to guns, but it's just not believable to me in this setting, especially since, even in the modern era, I have lived in areas where the cops were few and spread out over long distances. I myself, don't like guns, but I see the necessity of being able to use one in case of emergencies. And if I was in the place of the hero, I'd have been carrying some kind of weapon, especially if I had a new wife and a kid on the way. That would make me more determined to carry a gun. Protecting my property and my livestock would be important, too, since that would be how I was making my money.
If you don't mind that, you should read this book. It's a sweet romance and a clean read.
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#TalesofAmbiaPhotoChallenge: Days 21 - 27
Since these photos are all labeled, I'm not going to type in the list of prompts. I hope you're enjoying these bookstagram aesthetics as much as I enjoyed putting them together.
Thanks for reading! Come back Friday to check out my responses to the writing challenges I've been participating in. I'll be finishing those up and I'm looking forward to see what I accomplished in August.
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