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Jake: Historical Western Romance (Destiny in Deadwood Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Their closest neighbor was about one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. At age ten, she wrote her first romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
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- Publisher : Firehouse Publishing (January 23, 2014)
- Publication Date : January 23, 2014
- File Size : 4692 KB
- Print Length : 286 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00I1GZAU0
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #821,372 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Language and sex may be a problem for some readers..
It’s been a while since I've read a Western romance. I think I stayed away from them for so long because the ones I had read always, without variation, included the rebel but vulnerable virgin and the renegade but sexy outlaw, or the man on a mission, being it a bounty hunter, or the willing-to-break-the-law-if-needed man in uniform, but it was always the same.
I was gladly surprised this lovely story was nothing of the like. From the beginning the story was not what I expected. The hero was actually on the run from the law but he was not presented as a sexy, demanding, overprotective male. Jake was just one of 3 brothers trying to find a way to clear his name while helping one of the brothers raise his children. Loved that! They were so transparent, so family-oriented, and caring without being overprotective or annoying.
“He wanted to keep holding her but let her go. When she was ready to be held for another reason, to be held for a loving reason, he would be there.”
The heroine, Becky, was in fact a vulnerable virgin but not a reckless rebel by any means. She had had a rough life and was just trying to survive. All her actions were congruent with her character and even though there was plenty of sexual tension the way she and Jack fell in love was steady and believable, given the circumstances and the times.
The author’s voice was engaging and evocative. The images were so vivid that as I was reading I could picture the characters walking down the roads, by the river, panning for gold and it was truly like watching an old western movie, especially with that twang of the characters that was so on point. Also, I appreciated that when Becky was discovering the new physical feelings Jack was awakening in her, she never described such feeling with phrases like “pooling at the pit of her stomach,” “curl her toes,” “between her legs,” and others like that. I know, I get it, it’s a romance, but I think I’ve read those way too many times already.
I found the ending a bit inconclusive as the resolution to their main problems was a bit vague but I will definitely be reading more from this author. Zach and Liam, Jack’s brothers, have books of their own and I’m sure they will be as good or hopefully better.
~ Side note: This is an adult read with sex scenes that may be offensive for people with certain sensibilities. If the cover is not a dead giveaway to you, then heed my warning and stay away from the book.
Jake Anderson killed the man who killed his fiancee, but the other bad guy got away, and he decided to cover up his crime by abusing his authority, forcing Jake and his brother Zach to go on the run. How the brothers, joined by brother Liam and his two children, set off for Deadwood, hoping to stay incognito and forgotten. Upon arrival, Jake encountered Becky Finnegan and her drunken father Billy. Billy blamed her daughter for his dead wife and beat Becky daily. The gold claim barely produces enough gold for him to buy liquor in the local saloon, not that he ever work when he can beat Becky into working the claim for him instead. Jake immediately attempted to protect Becky, but Billy spotted an opportunity... He can sell the locations of the Anderson's to bounty hunters... when that failed, he sold Becky off to a miner instead, but Jake and Becky escaped to get married first. But is it just to save her... or is there real love involved?
While the twists are good, the characters don't seem to love much. It's basically adventure, adventure, and adventure, as heroes just react to bad guys. The only proactive thing they did was run off to get married. Then the inadequacy trope strikes. Not one of the author's best efforts.
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There are quite a few inconsistencies throughout the story and I admit to skipping and skimming through whole chapters in order to finish.
The ending was dreadful. It stopped suddenly without any resolution to the problem posed throughout and jumped to the epilogue. I will not be reading this author again.
Gave up about half way through the first volume and deleted it as I found the story quite boring.
Quite a shock as I usually enjoy a good western or romance, and reading the precis this seemed to tick the correct boxes.
Oh well, it didn't cost me anything apart from a few wasted hours ploughing part way through the first book.
This is one of the reasons I'm reluctant to spend money on unknown authors, the gamble is just too great.
The main characters are well written as are the lesser people, all are interwoven and the subsequent books tell their stories.
Loved the feisty attitude of the heroine and the protective feelings of the hero, they so deserve a h.e.a. The brothers are loyal, principled and hard working. They have all been hurt in different ways and are engaging and believable.