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Guest Review: A Knight in Cowboy Boots by Suzie Quint

Posted December 28, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of A Knight in Cowboy Boots (McKnight #1) by Suzie Quint.

When Zach McKnight, an irresistible oil rig worker with a thick-as-honey Texan drawl, first pokes into the secrets surrounding the mysterious Maddie Wells, he has no idea that the chance encounter will change his life forever. Maddie Wells is on the run with Jesse, the infant son of her murdered sister. The boy’s father isn’t far behind. He wants his son and is willing to kill to get him. Zach is intrigued from the first moment he sees the dark haired beauty in a hotel, but getting his hard working hands on her delectable body is more easily dreamt than achieved. He gets shot for his trouble, by Maddie no less, and sucked into the web of lies and fear that are her constant companions.

Maddie has kidnapped her nephew, Jesse, and is on the run from his father. You see the father, Derek, is one evil man who not only killed Jesse’s mother, Maddie’s sister, but also killed Maddie’s boyfriend, Vince. She’s bound and determined that Derek will not get his hands on his son. She heads to Galveston, Texas from Wyoming and ends up getting a job as a bartender.

Maddie meets Zach the first night at the bar. They are instantly attracted to each other and end up in Zach’s hotel room. Something scares Maddie before the deal is sealed and not only does she end up leaving but she shoots Zach in the arm she does. Zach likes her feistiness and doesn’t give up on Maddie over a small thing like a shooting and decides that he’s gonna get the girl. Maddie isn’t prepared to get closer to anyone because it’s hard enough to keep her secrets but Zach has a way of pulling her in and not letting go. If she gives in though she runs the risk of becoming complacent and when that happens Derek might find her.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this story. The love that Maddie showed to Jesse and her feelings of protection were wonderful. She had loved her sister and wanted to do right by her son and that meant not letting the evil bastard that was his father get a hold of the boy. I thought the risks she took were crazy but I had to admire her bravery.

Zach was a huge part of what I liked about this story as well. He was a great guy and was raised to respect women by wonderful parents. He came from a huge family (13 kids) and seemed to care about all of them. Sure, they pissed him off as only siblings could be he wouldn’t have traded them for the world. That family loyalty really came through on the pages.

The story itself was very well done and I enjoyed it for the most part. There were, however, 1 major thing that annoyed me and 1 that had me shaking my head in disbelief.

The Disbelief: Zach met Maddie in a bar and took her up to his room and got hot and heavy as Zach had been on an oil rig for 5 or 6 months. I understand that he wanted her to stay but when she decides to leave, goes a bit loco on you, pulls a gun and shoots you I’m thinking there ain’t no way that guy is going to look favorably on that! I think it would be more something like, “What the f*ck woman? You psycho bitch get the hell out of here!” lol But Zach wasn’t like that. He was the type that help hurt animals and stray puppies and apparently he saw the fear in Maddie and didn’t hold it against her. I admire him for that but yet I had to wonder about him all the same.

The Annoyance: The McKnight family is from Eastern Texas. I can’t say that I’ve been to Eastern Texas in my life. Maybe everyone talks like a completely uneducated, unintelligent person but I just don’t think that’s true at all. The McKnight family however took the hick-speak to an all new level. Reading their dialogue was almost a bit too hard to do and the more I read the more annoyed I got. I think the stories saving grace as far as this went was that they didn’t actually “think” in hick-speak, they just spoke that way.

Despite those two issues with the story I really liked the whole premise of the story and how it all played out.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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This book is available from Pink Petal Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 20, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 5 Comments

Well it’s been crazy at our house this past week. First my little one got a bad cold and fever (I was home with her when I wrote the last edition of What I Read Last Week), then we had a really early birthday party for my oldest (her birthday isn’t until the 30th), then she got sick, then my youngest had another belt test for her red belt on Saturday (which she passed with max points – go baby go!), then she came home, threw up and continued to do so for the next 15 hours. She’s feeling much better now but has been at work with me for most of the past two days so it’s been a bit hectic. Life is fun. lol Needless to say I’m behind on EVERYTHING, including this post! But eventually it all gets taken care of. As long as my family gets healthy soon I’ll be one happy camper.
Here’s my youngest breaking a board at her red belt test. A couple of practice kicks and then she got it in 2.

So how are all of you? What have you been up to? What are you reading lately? I’m afraid with life in a whirlwind I’ve not been blog hopping lately so I hope you’re all well.
What I read last week:

I started off the week with The Cowboy’s Christmas Miracle by RaeAnne Thayne. This was the book that I read for my monthly TBR challenge and it was pretty good. Minor angst between the h/h but other than that a sweet Christmas tale. You can read my review here. 3.5 out of 5

All the Pleasures of the Season by Lecia Cornwall was my next read. A novella that was about a woman who tries to do what her family wants when it comes to marriage and her future but between the evil fiancé and the fact that she’s in love with someone else it just didn’t work. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Faery Wedding by Mina Carter was a short read about a woman who is being forced to marry a man she thinks is old and probably evil just to save her family. She goes out the night before and gets her groove on with a great guy who shows up later and surprises her in a big way. It was an ok story but definitely more of an erotic tale rather than love. 2 out of 5

A Knight in Cowboy Boots by Suzie Quint is a book that I read for The Book Binge. This was the story of a girl who basically kidnaps her nephew after the baby’s father kills her sister, the baby’s mother. She goes into hiding but ends up falling for a guy. He’s great but she knows she can’t stay in one place even if she’s in love. It was a pretty good story but there was a bit of hick-speak that made me a bit crazy as I was reading. Luckily they only spoke a bit in hick-speak and didn’t THINK that way. lol 3.75 out of 5

8 Seconds on the Mountain by PD Singer is a short related to Mountain series. This story had the boys, Kurt and Jake, invading the stocks at a rodeo. Kurt riles up the cowboys and makes a bet that he can stay on a bull for 8 seconds. It was cute, short read. 3 out of 5

Priority One by Stephani Hecht is book 4 in the EMS Heat series. I’ve not read the first 3 books but didn’t feel that it was necessary in order to read this one. The story was about newbie EMS Dylan who is mightily attracted to Kaleb the firefighter. The story covers the men getting together and Dylan, who is dealing with emotions left over from when he got kicked out of his parents’ house and his feelings of betrayal from a previous relationship. The romance in this is a bit non-existent as we’re told that the men are basically inseparable but we don’t get to witness any of that. It was a good story just a little short on romance for my liking. 3 out of 5

Beneath the Neon Moon by Theda Black was a free book given away by All Romance eBooks this past week. It was about Zach and Mal who wake up one day and they are chained together in a basement. They discover after a bit that Mal has been bitten by a werewolf and will soon turn one and Zach is to be his first meal. Close proximity, however, bring the two young men together and the last thing either wants is for one to die and the other to be ridden with guilt forever. The book is about Zach and Mal getting to know each other and becoming closer as well as trying to figure out how to change what seems like an inevitable outcome. Really good story, well done. 4 out of 5

I wanted to read When I Fall by Belinda McBride but it had been so long since I had read An Uncommon Whore that I decided to re-read it first. Griffin Hawke is looking for the king of his people and he ends up finding him in an unlikely place. Pasha aka King Helios has been a slave and a whore for years and he knows nothing different. When Griffin finally gets him off planet Helios has to deal the memory/control chip that’s in his head as well as his thoughts of being King and of course his growing feelings for Griffin. It’s a really good book and it was just as good the second time around. 4 out of 5

When I Fall by Belinda McBride starts a year after Helios and Griffin finally make it back to their planet. Helios has fallen into the roll of king easily enough and has made wonderful changes for his people. It seems though that Griffin (this book is from Griffin’s POV while book 1 was from Helios’s) is feeling a bit unneeded and left out. The story deals with many aspects of the men’s world and Griffin’s feelings of impending loss (of Helios). While that was great and I enjoyed the writing tremendously I felt the story lacked the strength of the first book when it came to the men’s relationship. Griffin doubted Helios’s love, Helios kept secrets from Griffin but nothing really got worked out as the conclusion of the book kind of glossed over the issues. Because of a near death experience it seemed that the problems weren’t to be dealt with in depth – Helios admits he did wrong and so did Griffin and then it was all ok. I still gave the book a good grade because as I said, I liked the writing but the lack of true resolution of the problems bothered me a bit, I must admit. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge Reviews that posted last week:
Happy Reading!!

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