Category: 3 Horseshoes


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Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon’s founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O’Grady…or that she has her own secret that no one living knows. 

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand’s son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn’t imagined. 

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn’t plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town’s weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car’s pedals, isn’t prepared for what he encounters.
In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying—for.

My Review:

Overall, this was a good book. It was well written and there was good character development. However, I would not classify this book as a romance novel. A romance novel has a plot that is driven by the developing romantic relationship of two or more characters. This book more along the lines of Chick-Lit. While there is a Happily Ever After ending, this still wasn’t a romance novel.

This was an ensemble novel. Every few chapters (sometimes every chapter) was from the point of view of a different character. There six different points of view written in this book. All of them were written in third person, which was nice otherwise I would have been confused even with the beginning of the chapter having the character’s name. Eventually, all of the story lines collide at the end of the novel.

These types of stories are some of my least favorite to read. There are very few exceptions, but I don’t tend to select ensemble books.

There were only two story lines (which actually covers four of the characters) that I was interested in. I feel that each story line could have been it’s own story. The other story line, I’m not sure why it was included other than to give a uniting event for the climax and ending of the novel.

I give Ransom Canyon a 3 Horseshoe rating.

This book was provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ransom Canyon is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also available from Barnes and Noble in Nook and Print.

Publication Details:

Author Jodi Thomas
Title Ransom Canyon
Format Print
Length 335 Pages
Publication Date August 25, 2015
Publisher HQN
ISBN 978-0-3737-8844-6
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ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA…

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.

BUT TIME’S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF THE VAMPIRES…

Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong…

My Review:

Overall, I enjoyed this novel while I read it. The characters are well arounded and enjoyable. Ms Staab did a good job describing Tampa and the other locations in the book. But there were several things that threw the story’s flow and my enjoyment.

The first problem is the number of cliches that were in the story. Holy vampire there were a lot. I started counting them after the first couple. There were multiple variations along the lines of “six ways to Sunday.” More than once was the phrase “colder than a witch’s tit” was used to describe the weather. In some books the use of cliches are appropriate to the character’s personality. But for these characters they don’t fit. They would jar me out of the story and it would take a little bit for me to get back in to the story.

I felt that there were too many sub-plots to this story, and they took away from the main plot. There wasn’t much in the way of courting by the hero. The love story didn’t really develop. Most of the story was spent on dealing with the wizards, and the emotions of moving in to the parent’s old home. If more of the story was spent on the actual romance, it would have been an improvement.

With all the said, I’m curious enough about what has happened to a couple of the characters that I would read the next book in the series.

I give King of Darkness a 3 Horseshoe rating.

King of Darkness is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Elisabeth Staab
Title King of Darkness
Format Print
Length 340 Pages
Publication Date February 2012
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-6315-6

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A RECIPE FOR DISASTER…

Matthias Ambrose is a demon mercenary who never took sides, until his attraction to the spunky caterer he was hired to kidnap leads him to almost botch a job for the first time in eight hundred years. Now he must protect her from his former clients, but even an ice—cold demon like Matthias struggles to resist her fiery charms.

OR THE PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR PASSION…

Completely engrossed with planning menus and prepping recipes for her shot at cooking show fame, star caterer Serah SanGermano refuses to believe she’s on a fast track to Hades. But how is she supposed to stick to the kitchen if she can’t stand the heat of her gorgeous demonic bodyguard? As a wicked plot to destroy humanity unfolds and all hell breaks loose in Serah’s kitchen, she and Matthias find themselves knee—deep in demons and up to their eyeballs in love…

My Review:

While I read this book I enjoyed it, but afterward I did not have the drive to re-read any of it. This is the second book in a series, and I have not read the first book. I don’t know if my reaction to this book is due to the fact I didn’t read the first book.

I felt that this story was missing very important pieces. Especially about the previous mission Matthias had with Serah. Because of this it took about 100 pages before I figured out what was important to story.

I did enjoy the characters and some of the twists to the plot. I think I will read the first book in the series, Demons Prefer Blondes, and see if that changes my feelings about this book.

I give Demons Like It Hot a 3 Horseshoe rating.

Demons Like It Hot is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook.

Publication Details:

Author Sidney Ayers
Title Demons Like It Hot
Format Print
Length 418 Pages
Publication Date December 2011
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-5177-1

From Author’s Website:

She was an angel at the gates of Hell.

When Kenan, an incubus, finds a caged angel for sale in the Hellsgate marketplace, he sees her as a challenge. Certain that his skills in seduction will work as well on a heavenly creature as they do on mortal women, he buys Jahel, intent on having her soul as a novelty in his collection.

Knowing he must gain Jahel’s trust if she is to come to his bed willingly, Kenan treats her more as his guest than as his slave. When she reveals what brought her to the mouth of Hell in the first place — retrieving the soul of a young girl she was guarding — he even offers to help her complete her mission.

Though he has promised Jahel freedom, Kenan soon realizes she has captured his heart instead. And as their passion for one another grows, they find themselves caught in a struggle between Heaven and Hell, one that will lead them to the very edge of the apocalypse…

My Review:

While I read this book, I enjoyed the story but it really didn’t capture me. After I finished the book, I realized that I never really felt a connection to the story or the characters. Which saddens me. There was a lot of potential for these characters. I felt that the author was “telling” and not “showing” the story. I did not find myself immersed in to the Hellsgate realm. It was a bit flat. Same with the characters. There were glimpses of being more than just two dimensional characters but they were few and far between. I think the very end of the book showed the characters with their most depth. It wasn’t until then that I got a sense of emotional growth or willingness to sacrifice themselves for their love.

I picked this book to review because the premise intrigued me. I see potential in this author, so I will try another of her books in the future.

I give Demon’s Fall a 3 Horseshoe rating!

Publication Details:

Author 

Karalynn Lee
Title 

Demon’s Fall
Format eBook
Publication Date October 25, 2010
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 978-1-4268-9068-0

From Author’s Website:

Rebecca Harper is making a clean break. The ink is dry on her divorce decree and her dream job has finally come to fruition. In two weeks, she will be on a plane to St. Louis. All her plans are set until sexy cop Justin Cain, her former high school crush, asks her to dinner.

This one night out instigates a roller coaster ride of hot sex, serious soul searching and heart breaking decisions. Will Rebecca leave Justin behind to follow her dreams? Or will his love be enough to keep her in Memory Grove?

My Review:

Pull The Trigger is Melissa Ecker’s debut novella. Overall, it was a fun read and I enjoyed the characters of Justin and Rebecca. Melissa did a wonderful job bringing depth to the characters and their surroundings.

I did have one major problem with the story. At the beginning of the story Rebecca is thinking about her life with her ex-husband and how he ended up her ex. She also is remembering when she was pulled over by Justin for speeding. The reader knows that all of that happened in the past, but there was no context as to how long in the past those events happened. The not knowing the time line of events that lead to the following events in the story, drove me nuts. I re-read the story multiple times to make sure I wasn’t being dense and missing a mention of the time line.

If that item had not been forgotten, I would have given this novella a higher rating. Even with the problem in this novella, I am looking forward to reading the second novella in the Seduction in Memory Groves series.

I give Pull The Trigger a 3 Horseshoe rating!

Publication Details:

Author 

Melissa Ecker
Title 

Pull The Trigger
Format eBook
Publication Date December 1, 2010
Publisher Lazy Day Publishing
ISBN 978-1-6125-8004-3

From Publisher’s Website:

Jane Day is on the run from the paid assassin who had been her fiancé. In Wichita Falls, Texas, she meets Nellie Luckadeau, a spitfire of an old lady who desperately needs someone to work on her ranch. But Nellie’s drop-dead gorgeous grandson “Lucky Slade” is sure he can spot a con artist a mile away. He’s determined not to let some upstart like Jane fleece his granny.

When his signature intimidation methods don’t convince Jane to leave, he pours on the charm to make her spill what she’s up to. She’s happy to play along, but she’s not going to let this hot, hostile cowboy run her off his land when all she needs is a lucky break…

My Review:

Even though One Lucky Cowboy was a well written story with interesting characters, I was disappointed in it. Carolyn did a good job of describing life on a working ranch in Texas. But the constant arguing between the main characters bothered me and their romance was very slow to develop. I also did not feel the urgency that the suspense portion of the book should have conveyed. Some of the suspense story line was predictable as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed the grandmother, Nellie, and her sister Ellen. They provided a colorful infusion to the story. I wish I had women like that in my life. I did enjoy the book as I read it, but as a lasting impression, it won’t be a book that will reside on my night stand.

I was shocked to discover that Carolyn Brown does not have a website. According to Sourcebooks Casablanca, she has published over 60 books, but she does not have a website for her books. That seems very strange in the world of personal marketing via the internet.

I give One Lucky Cowboy a 3 Horseshoe rating!

Publication Details:

Author 

Carolyn Brown
Title 

One Lucky Cowboy
Number of Pages 336
Publication Date October 2009
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-40222-437-9

From Author’s Website:

Love is a wonderful thing. Unless you don’t get a choice in the matters of your own heart.

Jocelyn has loved Max since the day she met him. Even when he scares her enough to leave, she can’t resist going back. No matter how many times she tries to break free from him, she ends up in his arms and bed again.

Not this time. Jocelyn needs to be free, and Max isn’t going to stop her from walking away — no matter how hard he tries.

My Review:

When I first read this book, I didn’t like it.  I was confused by the story time line.  I felt that I was dropped in the middle of a story.  The writing was well done and the characters were interesting, but I felt lost.  At first I was reluctant to write a review.  How ever a few weeks later I re-read the book and enjoyed it.  It is not the best book I have ever read, but it was an enjoyable read.  I would have liked more information on Max, more than that he had amazing blue eyes.  I wanted to know his motivation for not telling Jocelyn about himself.  But like I said, over all it was an enjoyable read.

I give Of Course I Try a 3 Horseshoe rating.

Publication Details:

Author 

Seleste deLaney
Title 

Of Course I Try
Format eBook
Publication Date August 2010
Publisher Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN 978-1-936394-06-7