Review of Escape to You

Escape to You (Montana Heat, #1)Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not having ever read Jennifer Ryan before, and not reading a lot of western romances, I didn’t have high expectations; I was pleasantly surprised! I will be seeking out the other stories in the series, and I expect to read this one again before I let it go.

Creative plotting, good-to-excellent character development, and this story does not commit one of my pet peeves, which is to wait until the last possible moment before you know if the characters are going to manage to stay together. I kept thinking that the heroine was going to run away to save the hero from danger, which I would have hated, but she listened to reason…hooray!

Being a romance, you have an idea going in what the ending will be, so it’s the journey that counts…the journey was fun, enjoyable, made sense (in a story-logic way) and had plenty of escapism, plus, the bad guys get what’s coming to them!

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Review of Hidden Thorns

Hidden ThornsHidden Thorns by Melissa Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a leisurely stroll through the development of a sweet romance between a terrified, fragile, very recently divorced devout Christian woman and the handsome, commitment-phobic detective who is trying to find the stalker who has shaken up her world. While the editing is not all it should be, the story itself is an emotional roller-coaster ride and has a lot to recommend it if this is your style of read.

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Midlist to Mad Money

Through RWA I recently found a marvelous workshop by Kristen Painter and Roxanne St. Claire called Midlist to Mad Money. It talks about a way to indie publish your stories that helps readers stay interested once they find you. It’s chock full of great information from two successful romance authors. If you get a chance, I recommend taking the time to go through it.

I haven’t read any Roxanne St. Claire, and I’ve only read a couple of Kristen Painter’s stories from her traditional publishing days, but their books are now on my very long To Be Read list. Here are a couple of their most recent covers!

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