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Nov 20, 2014
Stallions at Burnt Rock (West Texas Sunrise #1)Stallions at Burnt Rock by Paul Bagdon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lee Morgan was a lady working a man's job in a man's world. Raising horses on a Texas ranch was hard enough, but  at the end of the War Between the States, ex-soldiers roaming the land made it more dangerous. She and fellow horse rancher Jonas Dwyer decide to drum up buyers for their animals by staging a race. Their plan drums up a lot more than just horse buyers. Marshall Ben Flood has his hands full. This race will change all their lives.

If you like westerns you'll enjoy this story. If you know horses, you'll enjoy it. Love a western with accurate horse-sense in it! But the relationships between the characters just doesn't spark a lot of emotion, except between Lee and her ranch foreman, Carlos. The genuine friendship and respect between them comes through beautifully.



Nov 14, 2014
Where Two Hearts MeetWhere Two Hearts Meet by Carrie Turansky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First - this is two novellas published as one book. I didn't realize that when I picked it up. (My fault - it's clear if you actually read the cover.) The two stories are related, the heroines are sisters, but the second isn't a sequel to the first. Just so you know.

Allison Bennett runs a tea shop with her sister, Tessa. Things are financially tight and looking grim when in walks Tyler Lawrence. The past and the present clash when Tyler offers a helping hand with the business. Allison trusted him once, and he disappeared. Will he stay around and finish what he started this time?

Tessa Malone worked hard at the tea shop. She had to. Her husband, Matt, had led their family into financial ruin. Sure, he helped her around the house and with the kids and he had a job - one he hated. But when an elderly relative leaves him property across the country, how can he even think of uprooting her and their children again?

Good stories, worth reading when you want an uncomplicated story to relax with.
Nov 7, 2014
The Falcon and the SparrowThe Falcon and the Sparrow by M.L. Tyndall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like MaryLu Tyndall's stories. This is the third of her books I have read. It's the first one I've read that she self-published. The story is very good and I recommend it. But it could have benefited from an editor. There are places where words are missing, where boots change to shoes and then back to boots again, where a minor character's name switches spelling a couple of times. Nothing that diminishes the story, but all things that jarred me out of it for a few moments. I wouldn't be surprised if she hasn't already corrected those issues in the ebook format, but I have copy that came out quite a while ago.

Dominique Dawson is meek, unassuming, fearful ... and a spy. Admiral Chase Randal is cold, purposeful, and determined to resume his life at sea. The daughter of Admiral Dawson, who Chase greatly admired, comes to be his son's governess. He's appreciative of the change Dominique brings to his son, and caught off guard by the change she begins in him. But if he ever finds out her real purpose in his household has nothing to do with his son ... she could hang.

Told in MaryLu Tyndall's style with plenty of drama and a swashbuckling sword fight - of course!



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