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review 2017-03-27 03:31
Good story, only one of the eight
Journey of the Heart: A Collection of Western Romance Short Stories - Stacey Coverstone,Karen J. Hasley,Melissa Lynne Blue,Tanya Hanson,Jacqui Nelson,Linda LaRoque,Anne Carrole,Debora Dennis

Following Faith is one of the stories in this collection. It is the story of Faith who is turned from her home unjustly. She rides the horse that she nursed back to health, and she hopes to return the horse to its rightful owner. Along the way, Eagle approaches her and explains the horse is his. Trouble comes and follows them. As they protect and care for each other, their feelings grow. I loved how Faith did not give up when the town pushed her out. Her acceptance of Eagle and the trust she put in him made her stronger in my eyes.

I received a copy of this book, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-03-26 19:39
Favor For A Friend, Annie Boone
Mail Order Bride: Favor for a Friend: Sw... Mail Order Bride: Favor for a Friend: Sweet and Clean Western Romance (A Kansas Mail Order Bride Story Book 5) - Annie Boone

I really enjoyed this clean western Romance and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. This Mail Order Bride Story is a sweet read and another short enough to enjoy if you don't have a lot of time to read. Nice ending.

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review 2017-03-26 18:57
RazorWire by Troy Hallewell
RazorWire: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Western (RazorWire: After Civilization Book 1) - Troy Hallewell

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Rock is an indie wanderer, traveling from place to place trading news and whatever he might have come by in between. He meets Caroline and her powerful father and is given a mission to escort her to the Wall. There her mission will begin as she attempts to find and bring back the last unscathed and powerful remnants of humanity. A tide of warriors is sweeping the land. They don’t trade, they don’t take tribute and submission. Instead, they seem bent on wiping the land clean of inhabitants and Caroline won’t let that happen without a last desperate attempt to push them back. Rock will have to figure out where his loyalties lie.

Basically, this was a Western given a little post-apocalyptic flare. It followed a pretty standard, and, at times, cliched, script. The beginning held a lot of promise and I was rather excited to venture into another destroyed future that was mostly desert and full of folks who have their own agendas. Once they started circling the wagons and shooting at warriors on horseback, I had to roll my eyes a little. This is a Western, which can be fun if a bit tired and worn.

On the plus side, Rock is an interesting character if a bit standard. I always have a thing for those strong silent types that are good in a fight but bad in relationships. Still, I was rooting for him the whole way. Caroline was your standard plucky female wild west woman. She’s beautiful and knows how to shoot but is a bit brash and wants to rebel. Still, she’s dead set on saving her people, if she can, even if it kills her. There were very few women in this story, which might explain why the world hasn’t managed to repopulate itself yet. There’s Caroline (who has plenty of lines), a mysterious female leader of the warrior tribe that is sweeping the land (who has perhaps 3 lines), a little baby girl that gets to be cute and cuddly for a scene or two, and then Rock’s remembrances of his own mother (who has 3 or 4 lines as well). This story could definitely improve with some gender balancing.

I also feel the need to comment on how the invading hoard all seem to be brown skinned, instead of a greater mix of ethnicities as I had been expecting with humanity surviving an apocalyptic event. Perhaps they are akin to a Mongolian tribe or perhaps akin to a Native American tribe. Since we haven’t met any of them individually, other than that brief encounter with one of their female leaders, we don’t know much about them. Still, their feathers, beaded clothing, horse skills, and archery all add to the Western story tone of the book.

Now I am very curious what lies beyond the Wall and why everyone thinks their saviors may be hidden in that direction. After all, no one has survived their journey over the Wall and returned to tell about it. In fact, bones of those who died shortly after traversing the Wall can be seen from it. I think Caroline definitely has her hands full in attempting this quest.

Over all, if you enjoy your standard fare Western and want a little more sprinkled in, then this is a good book for you. For me, it was so-so. It started off promising but the middle was very predictable. The ending has promise for the series with the Wall and beyond.

I received a free copy of this book through Audiobook Jukebox.

Narration: The author performed his own narration of this book. It was mediocre. First, the production quality wasn’t all good but it wasn’t all bad either. The volume goes up and down but never so loud as to blow out your ears. Also, sometimes it sounds a bit tinny and sometimes it’s good and clear. Hallewell does do a good job of keeping each character distinct. However, most of his voices appear to be based off old Western serials, which adds to the whole cliched Western flavor of this book. His female voice for Caroline is OK.

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review 2017-03-25 20:33
Saving Her Reputation, Annie Boone
Mail Order Bride: Saving Her Reputation:... Mail Order Bride: Saving Her Reputation: A Sweet and Clean Romance (A Kansas Mail Order Bride Story Book 4) - Annie Boone

I really enjoyed this short and clean Western Romance and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. The heroine is a strong woman and ends up taking maters into her own hands to take care of herself and her brother. Her choices weren't always the best but she made do with what she had. Then in walks the sherriff. Well, I just got tickled with some of it. Lots going on in this little story.

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review 2017-03-23 18:03
The Western Socialite, Annie Boone
Mail Order Bride: The Western Socialite:... Mail Order Bride: The Western Socialite: A Clean and Wholesome Western Romance (A Kansas Mail Order Bride Story Book 3) - Annie Boone

This is from the "Kansas Mail Order Bride" set by Annie Boone and I voluntairily chose to review it. I've Given this a 4.5* reivew. This is another short Romance and was enjoyable. The stories in this set are great when you don't have a lot of time to read. They are short and sweet and I found myself chuckling a few times. I wouldn't have minded it being longer. A nice happy ending.

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