Review: Pony Express Courtship by Rhonda Gibson

May Contain Spoilers What a heartwarming read! I loved how dedicated to each other everyone in the Young family was. Rebecca is trying to raise her family after the death of her husband, but she is leery of the arrangements her late husband made to have her farm become a Pony Express station. Her adopted sons are going to be riders, and right off the bat Rebecca has reservations about the safety of this endeavor. The boys do need to earn money so they can build lives for themselves, but Rebecca can’t help but worry about them being on the trail by themselves. Read more

Manga Review: The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki

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When I started this, I thought that I would hate it.  It was pretty weird when Natsuru was grabbing his mom’s boobs.  Their entire relationship took a while to get used to, and even though it’s obvious that they are close, I just don’t know. I guess you have to have a few boob references since it is a boys’ comic, but, yuck.

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Review: His Amish Teacher by Patricia Davids

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This was a quick, pleasant read that had a touch of mystery.  My biggest gripe was that there was too much telling, instead of showing, especially when it came to the Amish way of life and Amish philosophy.  The dry, matter of fact dialog during these infodumps did not hold my attention.  Otherwise, the characters were likeable enough, and while the story won’t stick with me for long, it did keep me entertained for a few hours.

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Review: Pony Express Mail-Order Bride by Rhonda Gibson

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This is the second of the Saddles and Spurs novels that I have read. I have enjoyed both, but I think Pony Express Mail-Order Bride was the best so far.  Though I thought the characters were a bit on the young side (eighteen), and Bella’s lack of trust made unnecessary hardships for the couple, the story kept me engaged from beginning to end.  That’s actually saying a lot, since they spent a lot of time doing every day tasks around the homestead, and there weren’t a lot of diversions other than what kind of sweets Bella baked for dessert, so the author’s writing style is engrossing, and the protagonists’ inner monologues were kept at a steady tempo to draw the reader in and care about the characters.

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Review: The Consequence of His Vengeance by Jennie Lucas

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I have mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, it was engrossing and filled with angst. On the other, Darius was a jerk, and it took a while to warm up to a guy whose only motivation for seeing his ex was revenge.  He’s going to seduce her for dumping him the day they were going to elope, when she was eighteen.  Letty’s rejection of Darius was an act of desperation and love; her father had just confessed to running a Ponzi scheme, and she didn’t want to put Darius’s dreams of starting a software company in danger. 

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Review: Baby for the Deputy by Cathy McDavid

May Contain Spoilers Cathy McDavid is one of my favorite Harlequin Western Romance writers.  Her books always feature likable, relatable characters.  Instead of exotic locations and billionaires, she writes about cowboys and ranches and living in rural America.  In Baby for the Deputy, the protagonists have to deal with the unexpected discovery that their no strings attached relationship now has a very important string; Melody is pregnant.  While she and Aaron struggle to figure out how to work a baby into their lives, and what their relationship really means to them, Mel must learn to become more open-minded in terms of Aaron, her future, and even the rest of her family. Read more