As you know by the title, I've got two cowboy romances for you this week. I hope you'll see something that helps you find a new book to read or add to your shelves.
Book Review (historical): A Rancher's Surrender by Michelle Beattie
A Rancher's Surrender by Michelle Beattie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had higher hopes for this book, I must confess. A lady vet in the 1800s? Alright! I was ready for an inspiring tale of empowerment and victory.
The writing itself was fairly good with few mistakes. The characters and setting were interesting. But I have a real problem with characters who are proper in every way who decide in a moment of passion to throw caution to the wind. That certainly fits the modern day aesthetic but I just feel like more often than not, sex is tossed into historical romances to get more readers. That's what I felt in this case. I feel like the characters just didn't fit that sort of mindset. Call me weird but I'd have had more respect for the hero if he'd turned her down. To me, he'd have actually shown her that he had /more/ respect for her if he had.
If this kind of thing doesn't bother you, then I recommend it to those who enjoy fanciful pseudo-historical romance.
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I didn't think I needed to add too much to this but reading back over it, I could've worded it better, I guess. I really was upset with the unbelievable actions these two took.
Book Review (contemporary): Treasure Me, Cowboy by Debra Clopton
Treasure Me, Cowboy by Debra Clopton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really do enjoy Debra Clopton's romance tales, especially the ones set in Texas. They remind me so much of the sense of family and community I felt while living there. This tale was so interesting! Texas has a rich and fascinating history so it was nice to see a character who enjoyed researching that. The way the two MCs grew personally over the course of the novel was also interesting to read about. And who doesn't love a good treasure hunt?
If you enjoy contemporary, clean romance and/or cowboy romance, and you enjoy a bit of adventure, you might want to give this book a try.
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I really can't say enough to convey how much I enjoy Debra Clopton's romances set in Texas... I can whole-heartedly recommend books by Debra Clopton. They may not be complex but I think that's one of the joys about reading them. The other draw for me is the absence of blatant, extramarital sex while the romance is still very much there. The way she adds area-specific humor into the dialog is spot-on and wow! It's just great fun. I always feel good after reading these...well, mostly. The only sad part is not having another of her books to go right into. I think I've read all the samples she has available, too. One of these days, I'll purchase some more. :)
If you think you might try one of these, or if you already have, I'd love to hear what you think about them. Share in the comments!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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