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review 2017-06-21 23:41
A battle for bones…that's rich in old west history…
Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton

 

Book Title:  Dragon Teeth

Author:  Michael Crichton

Narration:  Scott Brick w/ Sherri Crichton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Adventure, Western

Setting:  Old West, Late 1800's

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi  --This lyric video with it's majestic backdrop is the biggest reason I picked this song…but the lyrics are not too far off either.  Especially since Johnson is thought to be dead by many and even put in jail on a couple of occasions…I think.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4 STARS

B+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If you're looking for a book that might be considered a prequel to Jurassic Park, than, yeah, this isn't that.  This is a western.  A western that's interspersed with actual history mixed with some fictional history.   With a sprinkling of how paleontology came to be.  

Based on actual early paleontologists Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, the story itself centers on a fictional guy named William Johnson.  There's also appearances by some famous dudes too, like Wyatt Earp and his brother Morgan.  With a backdrop of such iconic western towns like Cheyenne, Laramie, Deadwood,  and even The Badlands; I could not find myself disappointed in Dragon Teeth.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Who am I kidding, if they unearth something else…I probably will.

 

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review 2017-03-12 18:17
This has sharp shooters, hangings, gold digging and a saloon brawl...just to name a few...
Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman

Book Title:  Vengeance Road

Author:  Erin Bowman

Narration:  Amy Rubinate

Series:  Vengeance Road #1

Genre:  Western, YA, Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

 

 Gold by Imagine Dragons  --Well gold is at the root of all evil…isn't it???  It's also the root of this story.

♫First comes the blessing of all that you've dreamed

But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings

Only at first did it have its appeal

But now you can't tell the false from the real

Who can you trust?♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yeah, I might.  I swear when I started reading this it was a stand-alone, and by the time I finished it, there was a second book added.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I needed something different and this fit; since I really don't read a lot of westerns.  The audio was well done by Amy Rubinate complete with a western twang. 

I would of liked a little more character development, especially with Jesse, he came off as a douche most of the time, and I didn't really like him at first, he was only marginally better by the end.  He is definitely a man of few words.  Kate is a gutsy, take-no-crap kind of girl and I liked her.   There's a twist near the end, I didn't see coming at all.  Overall, I wish the ending…let's just say…went a little differently than it did.

 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜  The romance is very subtle, and completely clean.

 

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review 2017-02-06 17:45
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

 

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd, a Chicago socialite from the 1800s, who signs on to the Federal government plan of Brides for Indians as a means to escape an insane asylum where her family has placed her because she had fallen in love with a man below her station. Through her journals May describes her life in the asylum and later her new life as a prairie bride of Chief Little Wolf of the Cheyennes. Along her journey she tells of her fellow brides who come from all walks of life. In return for their marriage to a Cheyenne and subsequent bearing of a mixed race baby or two, the government hopes to assimilate the Cheyennes into the white man’s culture. Along the way May meets an Army Captain and they fall in love but part, knowing that their love could never be. May continues on her journey, assimilating into the life of the Cheyennes as the third wife of Chief Little Wolf, all the while keeping a set of notebooks that become her journals.

 

The descriptions of life on the prairie are both breathtaking and brutal. But through it all May begins to question which side is the real savage – Native American or white Christian. A detailed and fast booking book, it will appear to the reader that the journals they are reading are true although the author states up front that everything contained in the book is fiction based on the true fact that such a Brides for Indians program was proposed but never acted upon.

 

I loved the different ‘brides’ who, although stereotypical, give much needed diversity to the story. And although we see Chief Little Wolf as a proud and courageous warrior we soon learn that he is so much more. Finely researched, cleverly written, and engrossing the reader will find this story difficult to put down.

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review 2016-08-21 00:22
Great Story and Characters
Brides of the Old West: - Darlene Franklin,Peggy Darty,Sally Laity,Nancy Lavo,Kathleen Paul

In one of the story’s Suzanne is out checking the fence when she sees a man on a horse and the man is almost falling off his horse as he gets closer Suzanne sees red on his shirt she is not even sure she can get him back to the ranch alive. She finds out when he is in better shape his name is Luke he had won at poker then  he was shot and robbed oh his money. Luke is better now but has lost his faith. Suzanne on the other hand has had alot of bad things happen but still has a strong faith in God. She kept her faith even through all the strife she was going through. There is another story about Blanche and she has inherited money from an unknown father but she has to follow some stipulations: one was knowing her dads boat would reveal alot to Blanche. A third story is about Amanda and Sara Jane who had recently buried there father in Missouri on their way to Oregon. All they really have is each other. The wagon train master won’t let them join alone so they follow behind. Sara Jane and Amanda have faith that God will get through all that happens on this very hard trip. The fourth story is about Luke who was a half breed and had never known any kind of love or even affection. Deborah’s uncle Cyrus had given him the only home he had ever known at fourteen. Deborah toke her seven year old brother Case who had been through alot with their home burning and his own physical problems . Luke and Deborah met where he considered a rest place. Not a very nice place and dirty. Luke and case become friends. Even though Case has been looked down upon by most and has physical limitations he loves Jesus and has a very strong faith. Luke won’t leave Deborah and Case alone it just wouldn’t be right. The fifth story is about Tildie who has had a very tough life . Her family had all died from illness. Tildie is with her aunt and step uncle who is a very good man . She is traveling with her  aunt and her aunts family when there is an accident and when she wakes up she is in an Indian camp. Her aunt is dead and john her husband is dyeing but as bad as he was Tildie lead him to God before he toke his last breath. Tildie three cousins are still alive and Okay. tilde meets a missionary his name was Jan and as time goes on he loves Tildie and the three kids who have also lost so much and this is about the hard journey back to civilization and Tildie wondering how Jon a man of God could love her and the three kids that aren’t his own.

These stories were all great and very inspiring even if in a time long gone by. What people endured then yet kept their faith in God was stupendous. There was a mix of stories but all had good plots and ups and downs but with God interweaves into the story, I loved all the stories and I highly recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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text 2015-07-21 15:16
Well Versed: Poets Leads in Romance Novels
Letters from Skye: A Novel - Jessica Brockmole
Santa Viking - Sandra Hill
Beauty and the Mustache: A Philisophical Romance (Knitting in the City Book 4) - Penny Reid
Scandal - Amanda Quick
The Poet and the Hypotenuse - Karine Hetherington
Romancing the West: Peacemakers: Old West (Book 2) - Beth Ciotta
Poetry Man (Friends & Lovers Book 5) - Melanie Schuster
Surrender to an Irish Warrior - Michelle Willingham
Snow: A Novel - Maxence Fermine
Poets And Promises - Lucy Muir

I suppose the reason poets are rare as leads in Romance Novels is that writers are afraid they will have to write poems in the novel. 

 

For the most part, please don't.  

 

Poets are quirky language lovers and make just wonderful heroes and heroines. We need more!

 

Here are some lovely wordsmiths in Romance Novels!

 

My lists are never in any particular order.

 

 

1. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

 

A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.
 
March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.
 
June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.

 

2. Santa Viking by Sandra Hill

 

Bolthor the Skald has been there for his fellow warriors, both in battle and as a friend. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, so to speak. This gentle giant, now scarred and retired from the fray, has never found a woman who loves him despite his rough appearance—and his poetry, which is woefully bad.  

Enter the sexy, Saxon widow Katherine of Wickshire Manor, a woman in need of a strong man to take care of her, her four children, not to mention about two hundred chickens, in the style none of her first three husbands could manage.

When Viking meets Saxon, the sparks do fly.

 

3. Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

 

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

 

4. Scandal by Amanda Quick

 

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood–until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily . . . never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known.

 

5. The Poet and the Hypotenuse by Karine Hetherington

 

Paris, 1935. Tatiana is a Russian immigrant whose family have fled the Bolsheviks. She falls for a young Frenchman, Daniel, but her family remains trapped in the prejudices of its aristocratic past. The impoverished Daniel, secretary to a poet, is not considered a worthy match, and he has a secret he must share with Tatiana. 

 

6. Romancing the West by Beth Ciotta

 

Emily McBride is in a pickle. The preacher’s daughter writes scandalous romantic adventures under a penname and someone’s uncovered her true identity. If the blackmailer exposes her double life her small town friends and the man of her dreams will never speak to her again. Worse, she’s growing fond of her new friend, a literary poet, who would surely be horrified by her dime novel fame. 

When lawman Seth Wright is recruited into the covert government agency, The Peacemaker Alliance, he’s eager to kick desperado butt. Instead his first mission is to travel to California to propose to Miss Emily McBride on behalf of his boss. Worse, when he arrives, the small town librarian mistakes him for a dandified poet! With two unwanted suitors and a blackmailer hounding her, Seth pretends to be that poet so he can stay close and protect her. It’s what his new boss would want. Unfortunately, Seth develops genuine feelings for the passionate book lover, which risks his future as a Peacemaker, especially when he learns she is not what she seems. More jolting . . . neither is he. 

 

7. Poetry Man  by Melanie Schuster

 

After trying everything from blind dates to online matchmaking to speed dating, Alexis Sharp has given up finding Mr. Right. Or even Mr. Almost Right. Until the stormy night when the South Carolina spa owner gets a flat…and a hunky stranger comes to her rescue.

Sexy, sensitive, supersuccessful Chicago chef Jared Van Buren is everything Alexis could want in a man. There's only one thing standing in the way of their budding romance—Jared isn't black.

To her surprise, Alexis discovers she and Jared aren't as different as she thinks. As desire melts their barriers, Jared vows to prove to Alexis that they belong together. When it comes to affairs of the heart, what will it take to convince the woman who fills his life with passionate poetry that love is color-blind?

 

8. Surrender to an Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham

 

Bard and storyteller Trahern MacEgan wants vengeance for the death of his betrothed by Viking raiders. He is on their trail when he comes upon an injured Morren O'Reilly. Trahern rescues Morren and her sister and takes them back to her people. The village is destroyed and with the help of a neighboring clan they all begin to rebuild. Trahern shelters Morren from the men, but her nightmares come back when one of the raiders is discovered. Now he has two women to avenge, and a new love that scares him, as much as it grants him solace. 

 

9. Snow by Maxence Fermine

 

It is April 1884 and Yuko Akita has reached his seventeenth birthday on the Island of Hokkaid in the North of Japan. The time has come to choose his vocation, warrior or monk, but against the wishes of his father, Yuko settles on a third option: he will be a poet. Yuko begins to write the seventeen-syllable poems we know as haiku--all celebrating the beauty of snow, his one great subject. 


One day, the Imperial Poet arrives from the Emperor's court. He has heard about the beauty of Yuko's poems and has come to meet the young poet himself. While agreeing the poems have a music all their own, the Imperial Poet notes that lacking color, Yuko's poems are destined to remain invisible to the world. If the young poet is to learn color, he must study with the great artist Soseki in the south of Japan.


Yuko sets off on a treacherous journey across the whole of Japan. Cold, hungry, and exhausted, he encounters a vision that will forever change his life. It is a woman, frozen in the ice. With pale gold hair, ice blue eyes and a face as white as snow, the dead beauty will obsess Yuko. Who was she? How did she come to meet her death in the depths of his beloved snow?


Arriving at Soseki's door, Yuko is shocked to discover that the great master of color is blind. He will gradullay come to learn that color is not something outside of us, but within us. He will also learn about his master's Samurai past...and Soseki's link to the woman in the snow. It is a beautiful love story which will have its echo in Yuko's own as he finds his own, living, daughter of snow...

 

10. Poets and Promises by Lucy Muir

 

Elisabeth Ashwood is quite content with her quiet country life and has no desire to alter it, but she finds her whole life changing when circumstances dictate that she agree to a betrothal to the son of a family friend. Their reacquaintance, however, could only charitably be described as perilous.


Lord Sherbourne, in an attempt to gain favor with his betrothed, decides to introduce the studious Elisabeth to Leigh Hunt, leader of the London literary set. Delighted, Elisabeth finds herself frequently spending time with the morally ambiguous group, which includes Mary and Percy Shelley, despite knowing it’s not considered an acceptable milieu for a young woman of good family.


Having set herself on a path certain to clash with societal mores, Elisabeth may have to fight to save both her good character and her growing relationship with the dashing Lord Sherbourne.

 

 

Got more? Gimme! 

 

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