I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Renegade's Pride (Cahill Ranch #1) by B.J. Daniels
Series: Cahill Ranch #1
Published by Harlequin Books on February 28th 2017
FINAL DECISION: A perfectly adequate book that fails to be completely engrossing because of the number of characters and storylines introduced.
THE STORY: For nine years Lillian Cahill has thought about the man who left her. Trask Beaumont ran out on Lillian under suspicion of murder. He’s now returned to clear his name and get back the only woman he has ever loved. But strange things are now happening in town with women disappearing and the question is whether these things are connected with Trask’s reappearance or Trask himself.
OPINION: The story of a couple who gets a second chance at love, RENEGADE’S PRIDE introduces readers to a town where there are many secrets. During the book, we are introduced to many characters — especially the Cahill’s — who have secrets which will be revealed in the series.
For me, this book spent a lot of time on introducing all the characters. As a result, the relationship of the main couple failed to be compelling. My first problem was that I just couldn’t get over the nine year gap in their relationship. Because the building of the relationship of Trask and Lillian took place years ago, it is considered established as the book begins while I didn’t really get the connection between them. While the relationship progresses as the book goes on, it takes a long time for these two to truly feel like they belong together.
The focus here in the mystery of what happened nine years ago. But with so much going on, the relationship got a little lost. That being said, the story as a whole was good enough to keep me interested and make me want to read more about the people in this town.
WORTH MENTIONING: There are many unfinished storylines as typical of Daniels series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: Renegade’s Pride is the first book in the Cahill Ranch series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
Puppets by Jenna Ryan
Published by Harlequin Books on December 1st 1992
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
“Today I’m a teller of tales. Tomorrow, who knows? I live in the vaults beneath the Puppet Theater, but no one know exactly where. Sometimes I go up and wander through the streets of Paris, but not so much now as when I was young.
“Now I will tell you a story, and maybe when I’m finished, I’ll be wiser than I am at this moment.”
FINAL DECISION: Seemed like a great idea, but most of the story was the mystery with little in the way of romance. The couple seemed already set immediately and there was no real story between them. An okay read, but not one I would pick up again.
THE STORY: Raul Sennett lives in an underground lair beneath the Paris Puppet Theater. He spends his time watching the new human puppet Katarina Lacroix. He wants her and lures her beneath the theater. But Raul has secrets which keep him confined in his lair. Katarina has her own secrets and tragedies which sent her fleeing to Paris. Now the two navigate the secrets and shadows surrounding them.
OPINION: I was disappointed in this book because I expected something more than I got. The entire book is mystery with little romance involved. I’d term it a suspense book with a small smattering of relationship. The description seemed like it would be moody romance based on the Phantom of the Opera theme, but instead, the story was all mystery.
I just didn’t care enough about the solution of the story. The book was well written and had some creepy vibes to it as it tilted between mystery, suspense and paranormal. I just wish there was more romance involved.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book has a strange paranormal vibe to it.
CONNECTED BOOKS: This book is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.
Calamity Mom by Diana Palmer
Published by Harlequin Books on April 25th 2016
FINAL DECISION: This is a sweet story but fairly forgettable. I read it once and thought it was fine, but I didn’t see anything special about the story or the characters.
THE STORY: Faulkner Scott’s twelve year old son wants a mom and has set his eyes on Shelly Aster. Although Faulkner believes Shelly is too young, too poor and too inexperienced for him, he can’t seem to stop spending time with her. As both Faulker and his son fall for Shelly, she has secrets of her own which might make her perfect match for them both.
OPINION: This is a straightforward and sweet story. For a story like this, to be a really good story, I think that there have to be memorable characters. For me, the story was nice, light and easy to read and enjoy, but there was nothing special about it or its characters. I like Diana Palmer’s books, but this story isn’t one of the best. Nice one time read but nothing about it was lasting for me.
WORTH MENTIONING: This novella was originally published in 1993.
CONNECTED BOOKS: CALAMITY MOM is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 2.5 stars.