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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:


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 2017-11-03 00:04
Review: The History of Vegas
The History of Vegas - Jodi Angel

Jodi Angel's first collection of stories, The History of Vegas, is full of grit, surprise, and exceptional talent. That's all great, but there's a problem with writing such shocking stories in such a skillful manner: the reader begins to expect it.

The History of Vegas begins with one bang, then another. These are stories that pull you in and then punch you in the gut. At first, an unexpected reader may open their eyes wide with shock, go back and reread a passage or an entire page or two. These are fabulous stories that are original and memorable.

Seriously, the only problem with this collection, assuming you don't have extremely conservative leanings in which everything about this collection is a problem, the only problem is that awe becomes an expectation after two or three stories. You may not know what will happen, but you know that something forceful is coming, and this blunts the impact significantly. Also, some readers may not care for the abrupt ending many of these stories have, but I found that trait to be important to the jolt of the ending.

I look forward to reading Angel's second collection, but I think I may give it a little time so that maybe my expectations lower a bit for the first couple stories. By that time, I'll be ready for another gut-punch.

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review 2017-10-29 19:41
Good fun and adventure and drama BUT
And the Rest is History - Jodi Taylor

The author pulled the same trick again.


Leon was killed again. I actually had a suspicion from the beginning that it would turn out as a fake again, but thought Naw, she won't do that twice. But yes, she did.

(spoiler show)


Also I really didn't understand the direction the story took with Matthew. This made Max look really really bad. The way she felt, or rather the lack of emotion towards him that she exudes, and also the way she handled it.

I also disliked that Max was told by everyone how she was the heart and soul of everything St. Mary's. That felt a bit like a Mary Sue moment - and no amount of self-deprecation ("look at my fat thighs and how unathletic I am") counters the devotion and admiration that seems to come out of thin air. That's the problem with the first person narrator - there is basically no elegant way to tell how great the person is. It will always sound stupid or narcissistic...


As always there was a lot of banter and also dry humour.


Well, it was a good read, but it could have been better. Maybe it is time to have a different person as the protag?


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review 2017-10-24 21:00
A Christmas Affair
A Christmas Affair (Ransom Canyon) - Jodi Thomas

Title: Christmas Affair

Author:  Jodi Thomas

Publisher:  HQN Books

Series: Ransom Canyon #6.5) 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four



"A Christmas Affair" by Jodi Thomas


My Thoughts....


I loved this heartwarming 'Ransom Canyon #6.5 series'... Christmas novella that will keep you turning the pages till the end.  We find that Maria Davis who is blind from a accident would like something special this Christmas...an affair with a certain storekeeper Wes Whitman where she sells her jams and jellies in the local grocery.  Now what will come of this especially with both Maria and Wes being so shy? Also in this story will be about a 15 year old teenager [Travis] who arrives to stay with his great uncles.  What will come of this situation? Be ready for a sweet romance that will definitely leave you with a heartwarming lighthearted story as this author does her magic at wrapping ones heart around her interesting characters and yes we get a happy ending!


Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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review 2017-10-23 02:08
Great Sampler
Once Upon a Valentine's Day: A Romance Sampler: Under PressureHer Sweetest FortuneWild Horse SpringsThe Last Di Sione Claims His PrizeRough & TumbleRenegade's Pride - Lori Foster,Stella Bagwell,Jodi Thomas,Maisey Yates,Rhenna Morgan,B.J. Daniels

The Once Upon a Valentine’s Day Sampler contains works from several of today’s best authors, giving readers snippets of some of their work.

I am very familiar with some of these authors and this Sampler made me want more! It also introduced me to several authors I hadn’t read before. I recommend for those that want an introduction to some great authors.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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