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Although I didn’t like any of the characters in this novel as much as usual, I did find them and the story interesting. Storm was too obstinate about being independent and having her way about everything. Dak jumps to conclusions and thinks the worst of people. There were several things I didn’t like. Storm had a first person point of view, and then the book switched to third for Dak’s. To me, third would have been better for both. The cooking episode with Storm and the girls when on for too long and told so many details that it became boring. The author used steers and cows interchangeable, and one man doesn’t usually flip a full-size steer to brand it. Boots would not have canned chokeberry jelly in bottles but in jars. And finally, Storm had recently had a hysterectomy and the doctor told her not to exert herself or lift anything heavy. She and Dak go to track down the rustlers, and she gets into scuffles and fights, where she’s flipped over a guys back, kicked in the stomach, and helps Dak carry an unconscious man. She had been complaining of the pain back at the house, so all this didn’t seem believable to me. However, this wasn’t a cookie-cutter story, and it did hold my interest, so I gave it 4.5 stars, which rounded up to a five.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a slight lack of focus. I appreciated how the endometriosis episode not only helped define the characters early on, but Storm's physical recovery became a major plot point. The dude ranch idea is given a lot of attention near the beginning, making me think it was what the story would be about, only for that plan to fall apart and largely vanish from the plot. Setting is clear and believable, easy to picture, though I do wish we were told a specific location. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow, as specific months are not mentioned until later in the story.
Characters: 4.5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Storm is a unique mix of strong rancher and talented artist, with a serious inability to cook that she accepts with good humor and an ornery, practical joker streak. Dak balances out her impulsiveness and lends her strength in tough times. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. I liked Boots a lot, but didn't completely get Taggart's mix of helpfulness (the saddle) and heartlessness. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Storm with the horseshoe shows the power of several relationships.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. (Some missing quotation marks, and mild homophone mix-ups.) Good use of POV, mostly 1st-person Storm with some 3rd-person Dak, an interesting mix. Generally skillful writing. Seemed like a lot of dialogue, especially at the beginning. A few times thoughts are included without any italics or anything to help differentiate them.
Redeeming Value: 4.5 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Storm practices forgiveness for the sake of forming relationships. She also learns that it's okay to rely on others sometimes, and that Dak can be trusted. Dak values Storm for who she is, flaws and all. Both are implied Christians, though we don't get a whole lot of the spiritual aspect. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though Storm and Dak are in several fairly violent scuffles with the rustlers. Storm's strict physical boundaries in a relationship are clear, as is Dak's strict moral compass.
Personal Enjoyment: 5 -- I loved it. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. One I'll definitely read again.
Sex - a couple sweet kisses
Language - none
Violence - none beyond what would be expected for characters encountering a mild level of suspense
Religion - a couple brief references to things related to church/Christian faith
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