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- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
- Format: Paperback | 403 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 175mm x 33mm | 204g
- Publication date: 1 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: Naperville
- ISBN 10: 1402251416
- ISBN 13: 9781402251412
- Sales rank: 483,186
"A delightful read full of heart and passion." -Jodi Thomas, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere Along the Way "She thought she had it all..." A modeling contract with Wrangler got this Miss Rodeo Wyoming a first-class ticket out of town, but somewhere along the way Jodi Brand lost her soul. When she gets back to her hometown, her childhood friend Teague Treadwell's rugged cowboy charm hits her like a ton of bricks... "He believed he wasn't good enough..." Teague is convinced Jodi's success lifted her out of his reach. Now he's got to shed his bad boy image to be worthy of the girl next door... But whoever heard of a beauty queen settling for a down and dirty cowboy... "HOT, HOT, HOT...with more twists and turns than a buckin' bull at a world-class rodeo, lots of sizzlin' sex, and characters so real, you'll swear they live down the road!" -Carolyn Brown, bestselling author of Love Drunk Cowboy
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Joanne Kennedy's debut book sold through over 8,000 copies in its first three months. Joanne has always worked in bookstores, is a member of RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and won or placed in the Colorado Gold Writing and the Heart of the Rockies contests. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
By Ruth Hill 09 Sep 2011
In most ways, this book definitely delivers what is promises. This is a hot and heavy cowboy romance--my first ever. I loved the main characters, Teague and Jodi, and I appreciated the way the author dealt with Teague's brother, Troy, who has Down's Syndrome. In addition to this, the author throws in a little mystery and a lot of steamy sex scenes. For the majority of romance readers, this is a feast for the eyes and the imagination.
For the first half of the book, I was pretty impressed. There was very little detail in the bedroom scenes, and the language used in the book was fairly mild. The author had an easy-to-read style, and I genuinely cared about what happened to the characters. Jodi seemed to want to please everyone else rather than living her life, and I was glad to see how the author showed the true growth and maturity in the character. It was also nice to see Teague beat the odds. And as for Troy, I am always glad to see people with disabilities accomplishing so much.
I decided to give this book three stars for two reasons. First of all, while I can't fault the story too much, it is just a basic romance. The addition of suspense and mystery probably would bump the rating up to a 3.5, but it is still what it is--a cowboy romance. Secondly, as I approached the second half, I found myself skimming the rather descriptive bedroom scenes. I do not mind some description, and thankfully the author did not go into the kind of detail that usually causes me to put it down, but I wish that the characters had not gotten so hot and heavy over and over again with no thought of marriage in sight. But that is just me. I was glad that some foul language was avoided, but the increasing use of the "s" word amongst others got old pretty fast. I also did not find the character of Courtney very believable.
While this book may not have been high in my list, I still appreciated the author's style, and the story never failed to hold my interest. So depending on your individual tastes, this book may or may not be for you. I might hesitate to read another book by the author due to the issues I raised, but I cannot say I would refuse with certainty.
"The plot, the characters, the setting worked brilliantly in this book. I found that I truly enjoyed losing myself in the world that Joanne Kennedy created. " - The Royal Reviews