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Guest Review: Jesse by C. H. Admirand

Posted July 6, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Judith’s review of Jesse (The Secret Life of Cowboys #3) by C. H. Admirand.

Jesse Garahan no longer believes in love. Until he meets Danielle Brockway and her tiny daughter, Lacey, on their way to their new home in Pleasure, TX. Danielle’s worthless ex-husband left her high and dry, and now she’s looking for a simple small-town to start over in — and then she meets Jesse. She just can’t seem to help herself where long-limbed, swaggering Texas men are concerned. Suddenly, life is anything but simple.

He found her on the side of the road, her engine spouting heat and steam, her delectable backside hanging out over the rim of the engine space, and her efforts to bring her engine alive once more accompanied by the concerned questions of her tiny daughter. Yet Danielle Brockway was a woman unlike any Jesse Garahan had ever encountered, and this quiet man, with feelings and emotions he would rather keep to himself, found that his life was never the same.

Readers who enjoyed the other books in this series have met Jesse Garahan, the youngest brother in the family and one whose heart had been shattered by the repeated disregard of a woman who seemed to encourage his affections but who, both times, returned to the arms of her not-real-nice husband. Go figure. Now Jesse is trying to find his way back to some semblance of normalcy, some way of dealing with the inner emotional pain, and some way to bring balance back into his life. He has come to believe that love just wasn’t in the cards for him, unlike his two older brothers.

This is a story that is built around the lives of two very hurt and disappointed people. For Danielle, life has taken her down the path of love and motherhood only to leave her high and dry when her rodeo-loving husband declared that he didn’t want her or her daughter anymore, that he was leaving their lives permanently. Danielle could understand his attitude toward her, sort of anyway, but she just couldn’t understand how anyone could take one look at Lacey and be able to walk away. Yet that is what Lacey’s dad did, and now mother and daughter are seeking some kind of geographical anchor to give them permanence and and new start in living. For Jesse, he knows that the ranch and his brothers are his solid grounding, but his life is hurting and empty, his heart broken and his belief in other people really decimated. He’s more than willing to give into his physical urges like any normal man, but his heart is definitely out of commission and likely to remain so.

Yet this story is filled with delightful moments that one little girl brings alive with her joyful innocence, her wide-eyed expressions of disappointment that her daddy doesn’t want her anymore, her acceptance of others without qualifiers, and her delight in experiencing now people and situations. And Jesse finds that while he is more than on the defensive where women are concerned, his defense mechanisms toward one little girl are null and void. She makes him her captive almost from the first. This novel, like the two before it, is filled with family and loving, with life as it is lived on a modern-day ranch, with people who know the ups and downs, the negatives and positives of human relationships and have known disappointment but lived to see another, finer day. This author has brought characters to life that will speak to the emotions and feelings of readers, will engage the imagination with fine descriptive passages that live in balance with personal interaction, making this a novel that is a joy to read and a story that is engaging. It is filled with the tensions of any living situation–making good decisions about the future, meeting the financial burdens of running a modern ranch, experiencing and making sense of human relationships at several levels, and recognizing the power of family to embrace and support those within that special circle. All in all, it is a novel that promises a good reading experience for those who love cowboy romance and fulfills that promise in every way.

Jesse’s deep hurt and disappointment figured in the previous book and readers knew that he was a broken and defeated man. Now his story comes alive and readers find that he has been given another opportunity to move beyond the hurts of the past. I enjoyed this novel so very much and appreciate the consistency that the author displayed in carrying one with the stories of the three borthers in this family. Series writing is not really easy, and this particular author has proven that she can do and do it well.

I give this novel a rating of 4.25 out of 5

The series:
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This book is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Guest Review: Dylan by C. H. Admirand

Posted May 19, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Judith’s review of Dylan (The Secret Life of Cowboys #2) by C. H. Admirand.

THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULDN’T TAME…

Dylan Garahan might be an old hand at lassoing fillies, but one night at the Lucky Star club, and he ends up wrapping his rope around someone that even his formidable strength can’t tame. She’s wily and beautiful… and she’s his new boss. Dylan’s had his heart broken before, but even an honest cowpoke has to wrestle with temptation…

UNTIL HE GOT HIS LASSO AROUND HER…

Ronnie DelVecchio might be fresh off the bus from New Jersey, but she’s a hard-edged businesswoman and has had her fill of men she can’t trust—although she might consider getting off her high horse for that big, handsome rancher with a Texas drawl.


Second in a series, this novel is indeed a stand alone story yet introduces new readers to the characters in the first novel as background characters. Dylan is cowboy through and through–he really loves the family ranch and does all he can to make sure that it is financially as sound as he can make it through his contributions. That means he is an active member of the family and takes care of the ranch as actively as his brothers. Yet he is also a master carpenter and, would you believe, he fills in at the Lucky Star Club, not really stripping, but definitely as a male erotic dancer and his final part of the act is roping in the lady of the moment–bride, birthday girl, etc. One of those birthday princesses is Ronnie Del Vecchio–a woman from New Jersey and one who has come out West in order to begin anew. But her new business–Guilty Pleasures– in Pleasure, Texas, has not set well with some of the residents as she sells ladies’ lingerie, some of which is definitely not your granny’s panties’ style. Now some teens (or at least, that is the general opinion) have vandalized her business and Dylan Garahan is taking the job of rebuilding her showrooms and storage areas, all in exchange for Ronnie’s cooking for the Garahan Brothers.
This is a warm and winsome cowboy romance that has intensity, sexual tension, a good deal of very down-home humor, and some hot loving. The only downer for me was the on-again-off-again attitude that Ronnie displayed toward Dylan. I think that is a natural part of many beginning love relationships, but really–it gets old after awhile and I found myself getting a bit weary of the push-pull between them. There has been a lot of heartache with these three brothers and Ronnie’s culinary contributions were much appreciated since their cook/housekeeper has again run off with her man, a person who doesn’t seem to be the best kind of husband. So Ronnie is truly welcomed and some of the scenes when they were all enjoying her meals were delightful to read. I had no problem visualizing my grandma’s great big kitchen in rural Indiana, one of my favorite places on the planet when I was growing up.
There is no doubt that I like cowboy romance and wish I had read the first book in this series. I think I’m going to do that after this. I know that I found this story to be fun and engaging, a well-written story that used the language well, was expressive in its descriptions of people, their situations and feelings. Good editing and best of all, good spelling. So I hope those of you who really like cowboy romance will take the time to add this one to your library. It was really a fun read and one that I am pleased to have been able to read.

I give it a rating of 4 out of 5

The series:

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You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca. You can buy it here or here in e-format.