- File Size: 710 KB
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (June 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 9, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ONTR994
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Before I proceed with my review I must warn you that this is the third book in the Colter’s Gamblers series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it would be good if you had a chance to read the first two books before proceeding with this one. I say this because there is a lot of information about past characters that can be overwhelming. I had the chance to read book one, but missed out on book 2.
This story is about Dawn Madison and Wyatt McPherson. The two have been friends since childhood. As adults they became law enforcement officers for the Dallas PD. They became romantically involved, however tragic circumstances led to them breaking apart. After the break-up Wyatt joined the Texas Rangers and Dawn returned to Colton where she is now the interim sheriff. Their paths would cross again when Wyatt was called in to assist in the investigation of a string of drug related murders that had taken place in Colton. It was evident that they were still in love with each other. Now what really made me want to knock some sense into these two was the way they played the blame game. None of them wanted to take responsibility for their break-up. Instead of sitting down and discussing what happened they continued to cast blame. If it was not for the interference of a mutual friend they would probably still be playing that game even after everything was over. In spite of this I was drawn to Dawn. I thought she was strong, determined and brave. She was not the one to back down from a challenge and was not afraid to take risks.
I thought the drama surrounding the murders and the drug trafficking could have been better dealt with. It didn’t have the effect that I have come to expect from romantic suspense. I was curious to find out who was supplying the teens with drugs and why were they being killed. I had my suspicions as to whom the villain was from early in the story as such when it was revealed I was not in the least surprised. This aspect of the story shows just how greed can cause destruction.
There was more than one story taking place, however this did not detract from the main story. The author was able to blend all the stories making for an interesting read. I am guessing that based on the details provided as it relates to Rachel (Wyatt’s sister) and Talon (Dawn’s brother) I am assuming that readers will be treated to their story next. I am so hoping that will be the case.
I wavered with my rating for this title. I was not sure if it was worth 4 stars or 3.5 stars. However, after going back over the story in my mind I finally settled on 3 stars. This was a quick and entertaining read, however, it was not mind-blowing.
I recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and a second chance at love romances.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
When I read the blurb for this book, I thought it sounded like a good suspense. It turns out it’s pretty much the standard mushy romance. If this is your genre of choice, I think you will be pleased with this book.
My main peeve with this book is that there is too much information. I was less than 10% in when I thought I had learned about every character from the previous two books in the series, but more characters kept coming all the way through the end of the book. It’s too much extraneous information. The way I see it, if I’ve read the previous books then I know who these people are so I don’t need a recap. If I haven’t read the books, then who they are and their past doesn’t really matter, does it?
The characters were somewhat bland by my standards. There was nothing exciting or mysterious about them, no flaws to make them interesting. There was a past between Dawn and Wyatt which caused some tension but they worked through it easily enough. I would have liked to see more conflict, maybe even some childish behavior, to make it more appealing.
The writing itself is good (if a bit too descriptive for my tastes). If you’re a fan of the romantic run-on series, you will probably enjoy this book – though I do suggest you start with the first book in the series and read through.
I really liked this story... It felt well balanced and realistic. I liked the supporting characters as well, especially Dawn's brother. I would recommend this book to fans of small town romance and romantic suspense.
I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com