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- Print Length: 346 pages
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- Publisher: Captiva Publishing, LLC.; 2 edition (January 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I5HXP9I
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- Lending: Enabled
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Spurs and Lace: A Clearwater County Romance (Lonely Lace Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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So imagine my surprise when I totally loved this book. TOTALLY! I was enthralled by the rural, hard edged Slate from the moment he showed up. Sparks flew between the two leads and I couldn't get enough. I couldn't stop reading.
It's a romance so you know the basic frame work, but Paulson writes so effortlessly, you just fall into it. Completely absorbed from the first chapter. With a sick kid in the story and an emergency surgery during a snow storm, I was HOOKED. I had to keep reading. It sucked me in and didn't let me go.
Chapter after chapter I was fascinated by Slate and just wanted him to get the girl. He made my knees weak and melted me like a frozen Popsicle on a warm day. He's the type of hot headed, sexy, hero you can get behind.
I was happy it was a clean, sweet romance, with just enough fisticuffs to satisfy the violence lover in me. There's a good-old fashioned feud in this story. Reminds me of watching Dallas growing up.
Even if you don't like Westerns, give this book a shot. It's highly entertaining and expertly written!
It's painful giving this book 1 stars. The writing is deft. There are no glaring grammatical errors or formatting problems -- and for a freebie, that's saying something these days. Then there are the bad things. The terrible things. The things that make me want to just bang my head on the keyboard until it stops hurting.
1) Only cowards, bullies, and insecure jackasses POSTURE with weapons. Ronan and Slate don't just wear them. They threaten each other with them in front of their adolescent nephew and others. Childish, irresponsible, and nothing a real man would do. Any cowboy in Montana would know this, no matter how provoked. That's how innocents are killed.
2) Wolves do not come up to front porches, kill horses so no one in the house can hear it happening (because horses scream when they are terrified), eat their full... and then stick around to attack the people in the house. I mean, seriously. Wolves are wild animals. If they were that hungry to come close, they are full now. If they were not starving, they wouldn't have come that close.
3) And then... to top if off, Slate is supposedly a veterinarian, and he declines the Rabies series after a terrible bite from these animals acting out of character. “No, they weren’t rabid. They smelled vulnerability and blood. Natural animal instinct.” WHAT? No professional veterinarian who lives long enough to retire takes chances with rabies. In the history of rabies in the US, it is 100% fatal in humans, 100%. You don't mess around with wild animals behaving out of character and then casually dismiss the threat.
4) Dr. Becky performs dangerous surgery in a kitchen. A kitchen. OK, you may argue that she had no choice -- I think she had plenty of choices for AFTER CARE anyway, but OK. If you let that one go, when Mac, the child, falls down and his mother calls Becky 4 hours away, Becky says, hold on, I'll drive through the storm and be there... Doesn't Montana have medevac helicopters like the other 49 states? There were no doctors between the two of them? That's reckless grandstanding that would make her lose her credentials in any state of the union.
While the writing is deft and technically correct. I find the characters unbelievable and casually reckless about things they should know better. The plot is disjointed too, I mean, why make a big deal about a horse farting? It serves no purpose. And if the loft she is staying in is so terrible, why doesn't she camp out in an exam room where there is at least heat and lights at the same time? Again, implausible plotting.
I tried to like this book. I just wish the writer had consulted with someone who was a doctor, was a veterinarian, and maybe a wildlife expert. This would have been an entirely different story.
The plot has lots of potential, but the the story line doesn't flow well and I think it's because too much was thrown in that wasn't really needed. At the beginning of the book, the author tried to keep too many facts a secret which added to the confusion in the story, and some of the secrecy didn't need to be "secret". It simply made it harder to understand the characters' motivations. Everyone has money problems. Everyone has doubts. No one is communicating. There is a tendency to have the characters act immature. You have our heroine performing kitchen table surgery due to a blizzard but when the weather clears and there's a complication she drives 3 hours to the patient versus having the patient taken to a hospital. Same Dr keeps a flask of whiskey for courage. She's supposed to be strong, but somehow she comes off less than admirable. I'm still not quite sure what or who the hero was supposed to be as his character wasn't fleshed out enough.
Between a blizzard, an appendectomy, a car crash, a wolf attack, a horse in barb wire, multiple deaths, multiple debt issues, an attempted rape, twin telepathy and so on and so on, the actual plot of the story gets lost. The excess drama needs to be edited out and the there should be more focus on the plot which is sporadically touched on. I get the feeling that with proper editing this story would make a good book; the sad part is the story gets lost among the erratic drama.
Romantic suspense is my favorite genre, but I just can't push myself to read any more of the series even though it ended in a cliffhanger.