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

Review: A Cowboy in Her Arms by Mary Leo

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This was another mixed bag for me, and I knew I would have issues with certain aspects of the story. While in college, Callie had an argument with her boyfriend, and he stormed off. She discovered later that he cheated with her best friend. When her best friend ends up pregnant, Joel does the noble thing and marries her, breaking Callie’s heart. She retreats to her small hometown, and tries to forget both Joel and Sarah, and all the hurt they caused her.

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Review: Her Cowboy Lawman by Pamela Britton

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Despite some minor irritations, I thought this was a great read. Lauren Danners is a young widow struggling to raise her son. She reluctantly moves in with her brother Jax, grateful for his generosity, but slightly resentful that she must rely on him. When Jax encourages Kyle to take up steer riding, Lauren has a whole new set of problems to focus on. What if her baby is hurt by a crazy steer?
Lauren mets Bren at Kyle’s first show. Bren is the town’s sheriff, as well as a retired Green Beret. After a miserable marriage to an ex military man, Lauren has sworn off another relationship with one. Bren, a more mature hero, is bothered by the 12 year age difference between them, and declares Lauren off-limits. Dating her might make waves for his re-election.

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