Note: Stands alone read, but leaves unanswered and unresolved issues.
> . 1st book in Coffee Creek, Montana series. G-rated sexual content.
Well written. HOWEVER, the plot is fragmented and unfocused, the lead characters undeveloped, and the supporting cast is either unpleasant or MIA. The story drags in places, and leaves issues unresolved, clearly setting up the next books in the series, which is annoying.
THE STORY revolves around New York magazine editor, Laurel Sheridan, who returns home to Montana to act as maid of honor for her best friend, Winnie. She spends the week with the groom's brother, Corb Lambert, and winds up in bed. Unfortunately, on the way to the wedding there is a terrible accident. The groom dies and Corb winds up with amnesia, which presents a problem for now pregnant Laurel. The rest of the story follows Laurel and Corb as they try to re-spark their romance, and largely fail.
THE CHARACTERS are poorly developed. Laurel is wishy-washy, Corb is a bit of a dishrag, and there is no real spark of romance between them. Corb's mother is just unpleasant to everyone, including Winnie and Laurel. Winnie, the grieving and now pregnant bride, fades into the background, as do Corb's siblings, J. D., Jackson, and Cassidy, who will all probably star in future books in this series.
WRITING is pretty good, but uninspired. The heartbreak of Winnie's wedding tragedy will touch the reader, but then is abruptly dropped from the storyline. This switch detracts from the book, leaving the writing fragmented and unfocused. OVERALL, just disappointing.
You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, L. L. Miller, E. Palfrey, R. C. Ryan, or L. Wilde (worst endings ever). For sweet, funny, romances with great descriptive imagery and heart touching angst, try S. Fox, C. Colter, and E. Palfrey.