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Stranded, Stalked and Finally Sated ( Western Cowboy Romance) (License to Love Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As Novellas go, this was actually surprisingly well written. As far as the technical side is concerned: the grammar was spot-on. Word’s weren’t misspelled or redundant. Punctuation was correct, and the narrative moved at a quick jaunt. There was tension, and excellently written dialogue…overall, this was a well-written Novella.
Unfortunately, as with all Novellas, the story was a bit rushed—but even then, I must admit, the author managed to construct the story in such a way that the rushed bits didn’t feel disjointed or skipped over. I’ve found over the years that most Novella’s tend to have really rushed narrative. There’s a lot of “telling” as the characters skip through the story at light speed, sometimes forgoing scenes all together. In this story that isn’t the case. Scenes are played out naturally as if from a longer book. There are a fair share of time jumps; the story takes place over a period of about three days—but the important scenes are all present.
My biggest gripe is probably that the romance seems a bit fake. The characters are making out in the first 24 hours (okay it can happen) and having sex within the first 48 (again, it can happen, but we’re pushing it) by the end of the third day, they’re moving in together permanently (okay, you’d have to be insane to allow this…). It certainly stretches my ability to believe in the story, but considering the short length of the story, I feel I can suspend my disbelief a little.
Overall, the story is cute. It’s well written, and if you can get around the time frame, it’s a good story. There’s a steamy sex scene, and a (somewhat rushed) fight with a stalker—I will say that I wasn’t a huge fan of the stalker. He was creepy and adamant on pursuing the main female lead…but I’m not entirely sure why he was doing it.
Would I recommend this Novella? Yes. If you like steamy romances and have 20 minutes to pick up a book, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. Would I read it again? Sure. Why not? I’m not a huge fan of Novella’s, but this one was good.
Clara is trying, unsuccessfully, to escape the hacker who has been terrorizing her and ruining her life. After emptying her bank accounts, ruining her credit, causing her to lose her home, and her job, and building a false felony criminal record against her, he has then set about ruining anyone who tries to help her. After spending her last dollar on gas, her truck breaks down in what seems like the middle of nowhere.
When a handsome cowboy offers her a ride to the nearest garage (owned by his brother), she has little choice but to accept his offer, in spite of her trepidation. The helpful stranger turns out to be Shad Brandt, a local rancher. Clara has no money to pay for the repairs to her truck, and Shad, who has a tendency to rescue anything lost or wounded, sees both in Clara. He offers his assistance.
The characters in this book are so beautifully described, they immediately become people you care about. It is skillfully written, with no grammatical or spelling errors to distract the reader. The story is a possibility we all face everyday, but rarely see it carried to this extreme in fact or fiction. None the less, it is very believable, and I totally enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.
The plot uses 'stalking' as a means of driving the story forwards and this in itself makes for an engaging read. I also feel it saved the book from an untimely demise. The story is fast paced, perhaps a little too fast, however it covered a lot of ground for a short read. Maybe a helpful suggestion would to make the book a little longer, just to strike the right balance between a fast paced short story and a plot that clearly lends itself to a little more length.
The book was well written too and didn't have grammatical and formatting pitfalls to negotiate and in my opinion, this is always a huge plus from my perspective as a reader.
All in all, for a first book, I liked it and have already bought the next one in the series, which by the way, I expect to be better, as experience will have kicked in.
So I am looking forward to reading the next one when I have a little spare time.