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- Print Length: 307 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985923474
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Camp Rogers Press (January 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RUJXEPM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It sounds like a very serious story, but it is actually a comedy, and a fairly good one. Most of the humor comes from the working girls. I like that the author gave each of them a backstory, and I would have liked to know more about them. Apparently the author is planning on writing a series of novellas that will tell their stories which explains why we are left with so many hanging storylines.
I think both of main characters were truly interesting, both having very intense and detailed back stories but I wish more had been done with it. The main problems that I had with book was that it seemed to drag on in parts. There are some sections that I think could be cut out completely because they didn't really contribute to the story. Another big problem that I had was the end of the book. It was pretty anticlimactic. Sure it was a HEA, but there were so many things that I think needed to be cleared up, particularly with the fate of the working girls. But again I'm guessing the author did this intentionally for the purposes of the follow up books. I get it, but it is still very frustrating. I was really confused by the way the storyline with the villain ended. I don't want to spoil it, but that plot twist came completely out of left field and was really unnecessary. Also I still don't know exactly who Charlie is, and what his involvement with the rustling was. There were other minor issues, such as use of terms that didn't feel appropriate to the time period, but that wasn't too distracting. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
There was a charming heroine, Lucina, who is very determined and strong-willed in addition to being beautiful and tender-hearted. Also, there was the practically perfect hero, Reese, who was kind and caring as well as handsome and strong-minded. (I fell a little in love with him myself.) Not to mention really great, well-developed secondary characters consisting of three powerful men hired by Reese to help take care of the seven "soiled doves" (whores) that Reese found himself saddled with.
Lucinda and Reese and all the other characters had complex, well-defined personalities and I loved seeing the terrific interactions between everyone. The dialogues were mostly authentic to the time period. (The word "duster" means a lady's short coat popular during the 1920's and was used on several occasions to mean a man's coat.) Unfortunately, there were quite a few editing mistakes (like "looked" for "locked" and "of" for "off" just to name two examples) which sometimes interrupted the flow of the story and is the main reason that I took off a star. However, the dialogues were a lot of fun to read and the imagery was really first-rate so I really cared what happened to the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; it really held my interest through the entire book. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes their historical romances to also be amusing and entertaining.
Rogers' talent shines as she creates a stunning portrait of what it was like to live in the old west. Her characters leap off the page and she handles humor with as much skill as she does the deeper emotions. MUCH ADO ABOUT MADAMS was a fabulous read. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the Much Ado series.
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