It’s been a couple of years or so since I’ve read Carolyn Brown. While I like her idea of cowboys and the storylines she has for them in her series, it’s her execution that’s always been a problem for me. So with this latest book in her Lucky Penny Ranch series, I thought perhaps I’d check in and see if maybe things have changed.
Unfortunately, things haven’t changed, at least that I could tell in the two chapters I read before I just couldn’t go any further. I started out liking the main characters, Deke and Josie, and figured I had a good story ahead of me. But the next thing I know, Deke and Josie are sitting around the dinner table with, I assume, nearly every other character of any import from the series so far. Talking about ranch matters and cattle, other characters and their lives, and other things I just didn’t care about at that point. I wanted more of Deke and Josie before this huge information dump all at once to try to bring a new reader to the series up to speed.
Even though I hadn’t read any of the other books in this series, I didn’t want all those many characters and all that talk/info thrown at me so soon and so quickly. Not caring leads to boredom, and that’s exactly where I ended up, and that’s when I decided to go no further. Okay, maybe I jumped the gun and I missed better scenes once Deke and Josie are snowed in together during a blizzard. But that’s what happens when an author doesn’t pull the reader into her characters’ lives so they’re vested right off the bat and can’t help but keep turning the pages. That definitely didn’t happen here.
For me, there’s been no growth in Ms. Brown’s writing in the years since I last read her books. Even Nora Roberts gets better year after year. So I’ll have toss in the towel and say that Ms. Brown and I just don’t mix.
ONE BLIZZARD, ONE BUNKHOUSE,
AND A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE . . .
Josie Dawson is new in town, but it doesn’t take a local to know that Deke Sullivan is trouble-in a smokin’ hot package. He’s sweet, sexy, and has charmed just about every woman in Dry Creek, Texas. Well, Josie won’t be next. She’ll keep her distance, even if he is great with babies and makes a mean cup of homemade hot chocolate.
Deke Sullivan really is a one-woman type of guy. He just had to do a lot of looking to find that one woman. Now he thinks he’s found her and he won’t let a strong, sassy gal like Josie slip away. Just when he’s wondering how to convince her he only has eyes for her, they get stranded in a tiny cabin during a major blizzard. If Deke can melt her heart before they dig out of the snow, he’ll be the luckiest cowboy in Texas . . .
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