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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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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.


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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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.


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