- File Size: 2696 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kelpie Press (May 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZZV67YX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Spirit of the Rodeo: A Love Story with Ghosts (A Cradle to Grave Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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My other major dissatisfaction with this book was that I felt like I was expected to already know these characters, their pasts, and their motivations. This is the first book in the series, but it feels like it really is number two. We get off-handed comments about a previous mystery, about Jace's ex-wife, and about the friendship between Billy, Jace, and Danny - but I didn't think that there was enough back-story in this book to really find it to be satisfying.
Oh, and Billy is randomly called Mickey several times...
What I really liked was the interpersonal relationships between Jace, Billy, and Danny in this book. It was cool to have them have such a strong, long-standing friendship based on something as random as all having the same birthday in their first grade class. I loved that Billy was there for both Danny and Jace; that he understood that Danny loved Jace, and was truly happy when they got together, but didn't take Jace's fear of not being straight for granted. I loved that both Danny and Jace were the last two to realize that they did, in fact, love each other as more than good friends.
The mystery was fun - if a bit weak in actual clues for us to be able to try and sleuth along. And I wonder if Eddie would have manifested in the gay rodeo school if Alex hadn't been there.
Overall, I liked the story, and I definitely plan on reading more in the series (where I hope that we learn more about the back-story behind & between Danny & Jace), but there were definitely some story-telling faux pas that led to me rating this book as average rather than excellent.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
The worst problem was that the characters kept changing gender, even within the same sentence. With one character, Sunshine, I never did figure out whether it was a he or she. One of the main characters, supposedly straight, in one instance had a husband, then in another it was a wife, then back to a husband. As an aside, that character's spouse was only separated from him, not divorced so that raised another problem, cheating. Also, that whole spouse situation was never explained.
Also, Billy became Mickey, then back to Billy, then back to Mickey too many times. Even with the ghost, who was an 18-year-old MALE, his gravestone said beloved daughter! It's like not one single person even read this book to check for errors. At the end of the book was an excerpt from the next book and the gender back and forth problem was alive and well so the author still is not having the books proofread. I've read lots of e-books and most authors are able to put out a product without all the errors so I know it can be done.
My reading time is too precious to me to waste my time with authors that don't care enough about their readers to put out a quality product. The only thing good about this book was the cover.
Initially I found it a struggle getting to know an understand each characters role, but all was explained.
Danny and Jace with Billy are gay ghost busters. They have been invited to the Gay Rodeo to see if they can explain or resolve the strange happenings.
I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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