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review 2017-11-07 07:33
When a Texan Gambles by Jodi Thomas
When a Texan Gambles - Jodi Thomas

Title:  When a Texan Gambles

Author:  Jodi Thomas

Genre: Historical Romance

Year Published: 2003

Number of Pages:  304 pages

 

Date Read: 3/11/2011

Series: Wife Lottery #2

Publisher:  Berkley Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 16+ (Some Language and Gun Violence)

 

I have been currently reading Jodi Thomas's “Wife Lottery” series and after I have just finished the first book of the series, “The Texan's Wager,” which starred Bailee Moore and Carter McKoy, I finally got the chance to read the second book of the series, “When a Texan Gambles.” “When a Texan Gambles” stars Sarah Andrews and Sam Gatlin and boy, do they have wild adventures throughout this book! Expect a whole lot of drama, adventure and romance in this exciting sequel to “The Texan's Wager!”

After Sarah Andrews confessed to the murder of Zeb Whitaker along with her friends Bailee and Lacy, she was auctioned off in a “Wife Lottery” and ends up with a man named Sam Gatlin. Things were not going well for Sarah until she realized that Sam was stabbed in the back with a knife! Now that Sarah has taken care of Sam's wounds, she will soon discover that she is probably married to the most dangerous man the west have ever known!

Wow! I think this had to be the most action-packed story out of the entire “Wife Lottery” series so far! Jodi Thomas has done an awesome job at providing action throughout this novel, which just had me sitting on the edge of my seat every time I read about Sam and Sarah's escapades in escaping from various crooks who are after Sam's neck! What I really loved about this book were the characters themselves and my favorite characters in this book were Sam Gatlin and Sarah Andrews! I will admit that I really adored Sarah's spunk and kindness towards others as she is an innocent yet kind-hearted woman and I loved the way that she is willing to help anyone in their time of need, which includes helping various families reunite with each other. I also loved the little arguments that Sarah has with Sam because they were so cute and they always seem to make up at the end. Now, I am saving the best character for last and that is the sexiest and bravest cowboy to ever walk the planet, Sam Gatlin! Sam Gatlin is probably the most amazing romance heroes ever created because he is one-hundred percent all muscle on the outside and has a huge heart on the inside and that is what I like about my romance heroes! Here's what I think Sam Gatlin might look like:

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Now, this book does not just have adventure, it also has hot and sizzling romantic scenes! The sexual moments between Sarah and Sam were just so steamy that I was literally fanning myself every time I read these scenes between Sarah and Sam!

The reason why I gave this book a four star rating is because I often got a little frustrated with Sarah throughout the book because she does not seem to trust Sam enough and she rarely reciprocates her feelings for Sam. Now, I do understand that she is a little reluctant in loving someone again because of her empty relationship with Mitchell, her first husband, but sometimes I think that Sarah tends to go a little overboard with telling off Sam about showing his love for her and also the fact that Sarah keeps telling Sam about the rules of love sort of makes me a little uncomfortable because I always love seeing how love comes naturally to romance heroes and heroines, rather than base it on a set of rules.

Overall, “When a Texan Gambles” is a great sequel to “The Texan's Wager” that romance fans of Jodi Thomas's works will greatly enjoy. I am definitely looking forward to reading the third book in the series “A Texan's Luck” next!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-07-17 01:08
The Last Olympian
The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan

Overall this was a satisfying end to the series. There's so much action, and it's so good. The series isn't perfect by any means, but it was definitely worth the reread.

 

The rest of this post is just a list of rambling notes/questions/observations so it's all going under a cut.

 

Potential spoilers for all Percy Jackson books from TheLightning Thief to The Last Olympian here.

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review 2017-07-17 00:37
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) - Rick Riordan

I remember this one being my favorite the first time I read the books, but now I'm not quite sure why.

 

I kind of like that Rachel Elizabeth Dare shows back up. In The Titan's Curse it kind of felt like someone had won a contest to get a character named after them... her appearance was so random. So it's nice that she actually has a part to play. (Like I said in my last review, I completely forgot so much of this series. Whole subplots didn't stick with me at all.)

 

There was another annoying cliche in the book of women who are naturally beautiful vs women who wear "too much makeup" (see Calypso vs The Sphinx). This idea crops up in a few of Riordan's books and I'm not a fan. It's an annoying, cliched message that just feels like lazy writing.

 

The use of cripple comes up again in this book. In this case Hephaestus is using it to describe himself, so I'm not quite sure what to make of that. Possibly still ableist usage of the term.

 

And can we please just kill the description "almond eyes" with fire? Even for non-Asian characters.

 

Overall, the pacing felt a little strange at times, but the story is good, raising the stakes and leading into the finale.

 

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review 2017-07-17 00:18
The Titan's Curse
The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan

Wow, I forgot basically everything that happens in this series, but the rereading was great because it was almost like reading it for the first time.

 

I enjoyed this one so much. It's probably my favorite this time around. I love the Hunters, and the story really starts ramping up. I love all these characters so much parts made me cry.

 

Also, Mr D is definitely Paul Giamatti’s character from Sideways, yes? I mean, he's excited about Pinot Noir making a comeback and going to stuff someone in a bottle of Merlot…

And thank you Rick Riordan for saying that freeze dried astronaut food is gross. Everyone I know says they loved the stuff as a kid, but it’s actually disgusting.

Onto my favorite from last time!

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review 2017-07-17 00:12
The Sea of Monsters
The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

This time around I gave The Lightning Thief an extra star and took one away from Sea of Monsters.

 

This is a perfectly serviceable sequel. It's just not as good as some of the other books/as good as I remember.

 

There are some continuity issues between this book and the first one from Mr D’s shirt (tiger print changes to leopard print) to camp food (from mainly healthy Greek fare to anything imaginable) to blue food (honestly, the reasoning behind the blue food changes in every book like Riordan was playing a game of telephone with himself).

 

I wasn't a fan of the "hula women" tattoos or the centaur with "his face painted like a Comanche warrior"... even if the centaur was Comanche, why would he wear war paint to a party? I don't think that makes sense...

 

I do love Tyson, and the adventure in this book is OK but feels too derivative of The Odyssey. Full disclosure: I've never really read The Odyssey, despite being assigned it freshman year of high school, so I'm mostly going off what I remember from sparknotes/pop culture references.

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