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Guest Review: Holding Out for a Hero by Ana Leigh

Posted May 26, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Holding Out for a Hero by Ana LeighReviewer: Tracy
Holding Out for a Hero by Ana Leigh
Series: The Frasers #5

Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Genres: Westerns
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Series Rating: four-stars

Rico Fraser would love to return to the Fraser clan’s California home, find a good woman, and start a family of his own. But first he must deal out some frontier justice to Ben Slatter, who brutally murdered Rico’s mother three years earlier. So when Slatter and his gang abduct a young ranch heiress, Rico seizes his chance to bring his adversary in–dead or alive.

Breathtakingly lovely Jenny Burke was born into privilege, and sentenced to a life devoid of excitement . . . until she is kidnapped. When Rico Fraser courageously saves her from Slatter, Jenny is indebted to the tough, rugged hero–but also very curious about the arrogant bounty hunter with revenge in his eyes. And as her innocent awareness grows into passion, she realizes Rico Fraser has changed her life forever. But can a man determined to fulfill a brutal vow at all costs find room in his heart for love?

Rico Fraser has been away from home for a darned long time. He made a vow over his mother’s grave that he would find and kill the man that murdered her. He would like to go back to his family home, get married and start a family but has absolutely no interest in doing that until he has fulfilled his vow.

When he is sent after Jenny and Andrea Burke he doesn’t expect to find them alive. When he does find them they are a little worse for wear but basically unharmed. Unfortunate events cause the trio, plus a military man, to spend a couple of days in the wilderness. Jenny and Rico, for all of their arguing, find that not only are they attracted to each other physically but they start really liking one another.

Jenny Burke was raised by her father and her Aunt Andrea. Receiving no love and nothing but harsh words from her father Andrea is her only friend. While Rico finds Jenny pampered she knows that it’s because Andrea has cushioned her from life’s hardships. Rico and Jenny find themselves drawn to each other, despite their differences, and unable to stop themselves from taking their relationship to the next level.

This book for me was a slow start. Not that the action in the book didn’t start right away but for the most part I just couldn’t get into the characters or the dialogue. It felt a little abrupt…not mechanical…it seemed that the characters would go from completely indignant to grinning in the blink of an eye and I wasn’t seeing the transitions as easy ones. I really couldn’t get the emotional feel for the book until about half way through. Jenny and Rico are good together and I thought they fit as a couple quite nicely. Jenny was quite intelligent as was Rico and they played off of each others personalities well.

Jenny’s father was a piece of work to say the least. He blamed Jenny for her birth and was just horrible to her. He does come around in the end but by that time I don’t know that I found it believable. Too much water under the bridge I think in this case.

The villain plot of the story was strong in the beginning but tapered off until right at the end. I kept expecting there to be more to it but the author concentrated on the h/h relationship.

Overall it as an ok read for me. I haven’t read the previous books in this series but after reading this one, and hearing about what went on in past books, I don’t feel the need to read them. It was a good stand alone novel that is part of a series.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars



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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted May 25, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 10 Comments

Hidee Ho Neighbors! Wassup with your bad selves? Are you all having good weekends? Hope so.

It was a pretty normal week for me here in Tracy Town. My boss finally got back from her 5 week Sabbatical. I swear it didn’t seem like 5 weeks went by. 🙂

This weekend I made an impromptu trip to visit Holly. We had a great time. I drove to her place (about 3 hours away from me) yesterday. I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of Daphne’s visit with Holly so we all went out to dinner last night and had Mexican food – yum. Then my youngest and I went back to Holly’s and I invaded her book room. Oh it’s so beautifully stuffed with books! lol Then today we went back to Holly’s and I invaded “the room” again. Needless to say we had a great time talking books and I borrowed some great stuff. My youngest had a fab time with Holly’s Rock Band – she got pretty good on those drums! lol

Ok – so on to what I read this week:

Holding Out for a Hero by Ana Leigh was my first read of the week. This is a book that I read for The Book Binge. The book releases on Tuesday and the review will post that day as well.

Next up was Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy which I’ve already review here.

My next read was Hot Summer Fling by Toni Zuma. This was a short I read for The Book Binge. You can read my review here.

Next up was Hero by Perry Moore. This is a YA novel that I read about on Kris’s blog (click the link to see her thoughts). It’s a book about a teenage boy who is discovering he has super powers but he has to keep that info from his dad because his dad was once a superhero and was later spurned by the super hero League. He also has to keep the fact that he’s gay from his dad. It’s a book about a boy coming into his own and the relationships that are forming the person he is becoming. It’s an incredible read and I recommend it. Although it doesn’t seem totally dark and has humor in it, it’s definitely not a happy tale. Rating: 4.5 out of 5

For Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read for the week I chose Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich. I have to admit I picked this one because it was short. lol A story about a screenwriter and his neighbor who start off by hating each other but come together to try to find out what happened to a pig. Sounds cute, and it is. Rating 3 out of 5

My last read was Under Fire by Jo Davis. I’m having mixed feelings about this second book in her series. I think I’m going to review it this week but I truly can’t decide whether I liked it or not – and I’m definitely having problems rating it. hmmmm….need to ponder.

So did you read anything good this week? What was it? Tell all!

Happy Reading!

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