Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Book Review of #1 Let It Ride by Jillian Burns
Author: Jillian Burns
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of a Series: Las Vegas Trilogy; sequels, Seduce and Rescue and Night Maneuvers
Type of book: Blaze, romance, adult, 2009
Year it was published: 2009
Working as a Keno girl in a Vegas casino, Jordan Brenner took her bets off the sex table ages ago. And all the hot flyboys in the world won't make a difference--until Major Cole Jackson sends Jordan's thoughts and hormones into wicked places indeed....
What Jordan doesn't know is that Cole made a deal with his buddies: get some hot-'n'-heavy action from the Keno girl, or pay up! But Cole doesn't need an incentive. Every time he looks at Jordan's lips (or any part of her body, for that matter), he's immediately aware that something is up--and it isn't his ante!
It looks as if Cole won't lose just his shirt. He'll lose all control, too!
The characters feel human and its easy to relate to them. Jordan is an attractive but intelligent blond woman who is looking after her mother who has Alheizmers, while Cole is a fighter pilot who was forced to give up a dream of flying and a dream of ever becoming an astronaut and be the first man to walk on Mars. There are numerous instances shown of the character interaction between Jordan and Cole, Jordan and her mother and Jordan and some of her co-workers at Keno. Cole also worries about disappointing his family and has to deal with trying to let go of his hangups about settling down and Jordan has to deal with trying to open herself up to love.
I think its a combination message, of taking risks yet taking on responsibilities, not knowing where the choices will lead.
The plot is easy to follow and shouldn't be too much trouble for people. I thought that some issues were resolved a little to easily but besides that one hardly notices the pages go by as the book simply grabs the reader and doesn't let them go.
Jillian Burns has always read romance, and spent her teens immersed in the worlds of Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett. She lives in Texas with her husband of twenty years and their three active kids. Jillian likes to think her emotional nature-sometimes referred to as moodiness- has found the perfect outlet in writing stories filled with passion and romance. She believes romance novels have the power to change lives with their message of eternal love and hope.
This is one of the rare times that I can't find a thing to complain about when it comes to a book. I read it three times already yet it still has a same reaction on me; the realism of characters, how one cares for them and wants the best for them. You also meet Alex and Mitch, the couple from Night Maneuvers and how they love playing jokes on one another. Cole is a sweet guy who loves giving gifts to Jordan; Jordan is a heroine that's easy to relate to and how she does her best to take care of her mother. It's also fun how the mother finds Cole attractive and a few times they seemed to gang up on Jordan. While this is a romance novel, it's one of the rare ones that can be re-read over and over and the story will not get tiring.
5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)