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review 2017-09-22 23:02
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas) by Carolyn Brown
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas) - Carolyn Brown

 

Scrumptious.  Serious subjects, tender sweet moments and new beginnings are packaged inside this heartbreaker of a read.  Life has not been kind to Nash or Kasey.  Trapped in his own personal hell, Nash keeps to himself, grieving the man he used to be and despising the one he has become. Until a couple sweet faces and a beautiful woman turn this beast into a family man.  Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas resonates, because we all have regrets and painful memories that litter our life. The key is to not let fear dictate our choices and hold us back, but push for something better.

 

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review 2017-09-19 01:04
One Good Man (American Heroes: The Texas Rangers) - Alison Kent

You'd kinda think that a Texas Ranger would be a little smarter than your average bear. Unfortunately, a lot of these books featuring some nameless bad guy seem to have law enforcement heroes who seem...careless?

 

Ok, so 10 years ago, an armed robbery took place at the diner the h worked at. She was the only survivor, and it was mostly due to being grazed - head - and the addlepated robber not checking. I never really understood why he made the owner drive to the middle of nowhere and killed him elsewhere. The h's parents split up due to dear old dad not being able to handle this, the h's mom got a legal name change (and was able to continue being a vet. Huh). And they reinvented themselves.

 

The owner's remains have been found and our H shows up shortly after the h gets a newspaper and finds this out. He wants her to undergo hypnosis to see if she remembers anything. She comments that she'd always sort of had the impression the killer knew where she was but since she didn't seem to remember anything, he left her alone.

 

Undergoes hypnosis, remembers a detail or three, goes home. Ok yes; sex does happen shortly after the hypnosis, and he stays the night after taking her home, but he leaves her there. No-one to watch her or anything.

 

The killer shows up at the office she works in. She recognizes the tattoo but keeps her cool until well after he's left (and her co-worker comes back from break). She quickly calls H and tells him. He collects her and takes her to his mountain hideaway (that everyone at the office knows about). And then he decides to set a trap. Of course, they go to the pond unarmed and without a phone. He goes back to fetch and well...

 

We never learn the ID of the killer - there was some speculation that his brother worked with the Rangers but it's never clarified. And even when he's suspicious that there might be a leak, he doesn't exactly make much effort to cover his tracks. And why, if you're setting a trap, would you ever be unarmed, let alone without the phone?

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review 2017-09-14 19:43
Day Shift
Day Shift: A Novel of Midnight, Texas - Charlaine Harris

This opens up with the renovation of the old hotel. One of Manfred's client dies, in front of him, and he is accused of jewelry theft. Olivia, also in Dallas at the same time, gets enlisted by the Rev to fix it. 
Told in alternating points of view, this one mainly has Olivia and Manfred, with a little bit of Joe and Fiji. Some new characters, although I don't know how long they will stay around. What the Rev, Joe and Chuy are, are confirmed. I learned more about Olivia (she still has many secrets), mainly her past. This is a better book than book 1. Less dry, faster paced. I did think the resolution of the stolen jewelry and murder was too quick and just eh. I was disappointed in that. I still wonder about the hotel and the owner of it; does it mean anything? (Mainly because of the elderly residents they picked up that didn't have family/money. Then, later, paying for them to live in an assisted living facility. At least I'm assuming the owner is doing that. There wasn't an explanation.)
From the Sookie books: Quinn and Barry make appearances.

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review 2017-09-09 22:21
Fantastic Christmas Book!
The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas) - Donna Grant

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant is an awesome Christmas read.  Ms Grant has delivered a well-written book.  Donna Grant gets an A+ for her characters and dialog in this book.  I love these characters!  Abby and Clayton's story is like a Christmas stocking overflowing with drama, suspense, action, humor, sizzle and holiday spirit.  All the goodies wrapped up in one book.  This book hooked me at the first page and held me captive until the end.  I totally loved The Christmas Cowboy Hero and can't wait for my next book by Donna Grant.  The Christmas Cowboy Hero is book 1 of the Heart Of Texas Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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review 2017-09-03 02:11
Night Shift
Night Shift (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) - Charlaine Harris

The third in this trilogy wrapped things up nicely, but left enough open ended that should the author want to revisit Midnight in the future she could.

 

This one earned a full four stars for all the background we (finally) got on the various characters.

 

I didn't know it before beginning, but this book would also fit on the demon square as well. However, I did decide to go with the "witches" square, because (1) Fiji was one of my favorite characters, and (2) she ended up being central to the plot of this book.

 

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