3/5/15

Cowboy Heaven-Cowboy Heaven #1 {My Thoughts}

Cowboy Heaven (Cowboy Heaven, #1)Cowboy Heaven by Cheryl Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492607452 (ISBN13: 9781492607458)
edition language English
series Cowboy Heaven #1
other editions None found
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Cheryl Brooks, well known for her blazing hot love scenes, presents a smoking new erotic romance series set at a Wyoming ranch and featuring sexy-as-sin cowboys.

When widow Angela McClure decides to let loose and start a secret affair with a younger ranch hand, she inflames rancher Dusty Jackson's long simmering desire. Both men are irresistible - and forbidden - so Angela forms a plan to divert her old-fashioned father's suspicions: flirt with all of "her cowboys.' The new competition makes Circle Bar K ranch hotter than it's ever been before...

My Thoughts
Be aware that this is written for mature adults, be also aware you should be willing to suspend belief in realism and just go with the story and in my opinion also be aware that sometimes having fun with your characters allows the reader to have fun vicariously in a manner that will be safe while still full of thrills along the way.

Angela McClure is not your typical over 40 female lead, she is the daughter and heir to a Wyoming ranch where she lives with her ailing father and a bunkhouse full of cowboys.

Having raised her sons and now having been alone after being widowed 2 years before Angela is basically about as lonely for human contact as she can get, even a handshake can make her day just because it allowed her a brief moment of warmth and connection to another human being.

On her way into town for some supplies she spies a cowboy on the side of the road hitchhiking. While on her way home from town 3 hours later she comes upon the same handsome cowboy, still on foot carrying his saddle and he halfheartedly attempts to thumb a ride. Much to the surprise of Angela as well as the cowboy she stops and asks him to get in to her truck. Finding out that he is on the way to Jackson Hole for the upcoming rodeo she tells him he can ride with her until her ranch turnoff where she will let him out.

As Angela gets to talking with young Liam she finds herself attracted to his masculine good looks, she also realizes that she may have a way in which they can help each other out beyond just the short ride in the truck. Thing is one of her cowboys has recently broken his leg so while Dusty is out of commission the ranch is short a hand, Liam is flat broke and at his own admission grew up doing ranch work so filling in is right up his alley.

Of course where would we be if a ranch hand job were the only reason for taking the sexy young cowboy home?

This is where you need to start ”going with the flow” as the unabashed fantasies playing out in Angela’s head are not only scorching they are full fledged blush worthy descriptions that are not meant to be read by the faint of heart, or someone with any kind of sexual inhibitions.

I thought that this was a great introduction to an author new to me in erotic romance, she took what could have been a very plain cowboy romance and turned it into something both sexy as well as fun as the characters interact in dialogues that are about as naughty as it gets while still providing interesting input to help move the scenes from humdrum to titillating.

If you are looking for something outrageous, in a good way, look no farther as this tale of a lonely widow on a ranch full of single cowboys is intriguing as well as has a twist that bumps it into more serious territory near the end.
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3/4/15

Turkey stroll.

On Sunday January 11th on the way to the grocery store these Turkeys decided to take a stroll by the Farm To Market road that my husband was driving on, there were 7 total and just thought would share some of the wildlife that lives around us that we only see rarely in winter.


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3/3/15

September Sky-American Journey #1 {My Thoughts}

September Sky (American Journey #1)September Sky by John A. Heldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 409 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by John A. Heldt
original title September Sky
ASIN B00RNQI5ZQ
edition language English
setting Galveston, Texas (United States)
other editions None found
Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend, 45, and his college dropout son, Justin, take a trip to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they meet a cruise-ship lecturer who has discovered the secret of time travel.

Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city.

Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, September Sky follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make their peace with the past, find new purposes, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.

My Thoughts
As much as it engaged me from the beginning this story also brought tears to my eyes on behalf of the characters when certain situations seemed almost hopeless. Especially enjoyed the relationship that evolved between Charles and Justin Townsend, the estranged father and son slowly became close and in time best of friends over the course of their time together.

The pacing, the timing, the flow of each chapter into the next was as usual easy to follow and very much filled with moments that came alive for me as the journey that Chuck and Justin undertook unfolded.

I felt their turmoil as they became enmeshed with the people of 1900 Galveston, relationships were formed that they neither expected nor hoped for prior to their trip. Not only were these relationships unexpected they caused both Chuck and Justin many hours of worry as to how the truth of where and when they both came from would be received once explained.

The worst part about traveling from 2016 to 1900 was the knowledge about the mass destruction and deaths looming over the town of Galveston at the hands of a category 5 Hurricane, a storm that residents never dreamed would cause as much damage and loss of life as it did.

How does one know ahead of time that such a horrendous catastrophe would happen and not be able to avert a lot of the danger by informing authorities and preparing the inhabitants rather than having to keep the knowledge to oneself so as not to drastically alter history?

This was the the true test faced by our intrepid duo of time travelers, one that became even more urgent as the time for them to leave 1900 Galveston counted down. What occurred next ratcheted up the readers tension and left one in no doubt that once again like a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat this author has created a masterful story that combined all the best elements into one read!

I have to say that as usual am in awe of the depth of description used that brings both the settings and the characters to vivid life, am also happy at the way the book ended as it allows one to find closure and also the hope of new beginnings in books to come.

I am grateful to have been asked to read and share my thoughts on this book by the author, it was intriguing to me because of the main storyline being a Texas setting was both familiar and easy to relate to. My kudos to not only the development of the characters, the connecting plots and all the different elements that made up this story as it was well worth my time as has been true of every book that I have read by John A Heldt thus far.

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