Month: February 2013

Book Review: B.J. Daniels’ Cardwell Ranch Trespasser

Book Review: B.J. Daniels’ Cardwell Ranch Trespasser

Fifth in the Cardwell Ranch romantic suspense series revolving around Dana Cardwell in Big Sky, Montana. I received this as a story ARC from the publisher. My Take It’s a confusion of dreams and expectations played by a master. It’s also a terrifying insight into the mind of a psychopath. I don’t totally buy this. Sure, I can understand being so excited about finding a long-lost cousin, but I can’t see supposedly intelligent people being this clueless. Even in my excitement, I’d’ve Googled her to learn everything I could, just to know what her life has been like. I mean, hullo, at least check her Facebook page! Ooh, just, ick. I wanna wash my hands when I read “Dee’s” thoughts and plans. Some of it is absolutely fascinating in a spy kind of way. The rest of it…how she feels about the kids, her sense of entitlement about Hud, the way she plans to corrupt. As if she were a demon from Hell instead of a human being. Annndd, it’s yet another example of why parents should be licensed…ick… Mmm, Dawson asking Dee out was rather clumsy. The whole thing is somewhat clumsy. As if Daniels has read a book […]

Posted February 27, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Vicki Doudera’s Final Settlement

Book Review: Vicki Doudera’s Final Settlement

Fourth in the Darby Farr realtor mystery series; this story takes place in Maine. This is a story ARC I received from the publisher. My Take It’s amazing how so many different indiscretions can be captured in one place and wreak such havoc on so many innocents. It’s an interesting twist that Doudera takes with this, building sympathy for the murder victim only to destroy that concern within pages. It’s a cozy read within a small village of people who know each other. We thought. Slipping in alongside is that terror Darby feels about her grandfather’s actions in World War II. The fear, the wonder, the worry about her ancestor and how it shaped her mother. A mother she still misses so horribly. On the whole, I love how Doudera builds her scenes and maintains their warmth — even with a nasty blizzard coming through! Her characters…I dunno. There’s just something missing with them. I want to love them, but I adore her settings more. My WhiningIf you don’t think too much, you’ll miss the odd notes; the sense that Doudera gathered up scattered ideas to form the side traumas, which creates cold spots within the story. As little as […]

Posted February 27, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments