Saturday, January 21, 2012
Book Review of #3 Just Give In...by Kathleen O'Reilly
Author: Kathleen O'Reilly
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of a Series: Harts of Texas Trilogy: Just Surrender... and Just Let Go... prequels
Type of book: Texas, recluse, junkyard, homeless, lies, family, Adult, romance, 2011
Year it was published: 2011
Ever feel like your life took a wrong turn somewhere? Brooke Hart is in the tiny town of Tin Cup-broke and with no place to stay. All she has is a fierce of independence. So when an ex-soldier named Jason Kincaid-a taciturn-but-gruffly-sexy local-offers her a job, Brooke can't say no...in fact, something about Jason makes Brooke's sex drive whisper, "Oh yeah!"
The attraction between them is irresistible. So irresistible, in fact, that it doesn't take long before Brooke tempts Jason beyond the point of no return. But Jason isn't one to easily trust anyone. Can he give in to his craving...without giving up his heart?
The characters are well developed, although unfortunately not enough is learned about the hero and if information is given, for some odd reason it didn't stick into my mind; for example why the alienation from his father or the town in general? Jason Kincaid, aka The Captain isn't very social and sticks to himself. He enjoys fixing things and creates his own inventions such as Dog which helps with cleaning up the tables and other things. We first meet Brooke towards the end of Just Surrender...where the Hart brothers, Austen and Tyler agree to meet her and are struck with a picture perfect storybook story. In this book we learn a secret that relates to the story and that Brooke in fact went down to Texas to get a claim on her piece of land. Brooke is very independent and has severe anxiety when it comes to being accepted as herself. Austen and Gillian also make appearances and play a significant role in the story, in particular of Jason trying to help Austen and Brooke in getting along, but little is learned about Austen and Gillian beyond what we know of them.
Be true to yourself.
This is in third person narrative from Brooke's and Jason's points of views, and few times Austen and Gillian's as well. For the most part the pacing is nice although fast and the author makes up for that with vivid character descriptions. However, towards the end, there is a big rush and lot was rushed over unfortunately which will create suspension of belief for the reader.
Kathleen O'Reilly wrote her first romance at the age of eleven, which to her undying embarrassment was read aloud to her class. After taking more than twenty years to recover from the profound distress, she is now proud to finally announce her career-romance author. Now she is an award-winning author of nearly twenty romances published in countries all over the world. Kathleen lives in New York with her husband and their two children, who outwit her daily.
Aside from the last few chapters, this is actually well written and enjoyable, although some situations really needed extra pages for them to make sense. (I won't reveal which ones.) I enjoyed Brooke's and Jason's story, especially the teasing between them, and Brooke's independence. (No kidding, she is.) I do wish that some things would have been revealed, such as Tyler witnessing their mother's abandonment. (He never revealed how the situation happened.) It also seemed as if the author had a lot to do in the book beside create the chemistry and why the hero deserved the heroine part, thus the romance is slightly rushed in my view, although it doesn't detract from the already developed chemistry. To read and learn more about Brooke, this is recommended, but if you want to learn more about the Hart brothers, not recommended.
4 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.)