Friday, January 20, 2012

Book Review of #2 Just Let Go...by Kathleen O'Reilly

Name of Book: Just Let Go...

Author: Kathleen O'Reilly

ISBN: 978-0-373-79629-8

Publisher: Harlequin Blaze

Part of a Series: Harts of Texas; Just Surrender prequel, Just Give in, sequel

Type of book: Adult, romance, politics, small town, Texas, sheriff

Year it was published: 2011

Summary:

As town sheriff and all around go-to girl, Gillian Wanamaker has always gotten everything she's ever wanted-except Austen Hart on prom night ten years ago. She's never forgiven or forgotten his disappearing act, and now the super-sexy bad boy of Tin Cup, Texas, is back! And Gilly's getting even! Austen's not the only one who can love 'em and leave 'em. And she's gonna love him, sugar. All. Night. Long.

The leaving part is tougher. Especially when important Tin Cup business keeps throwing them together. But if she ever hopes for more, will Austen leave her again?

Characters:

Unfortunately Austen isn't sufficiently explored in the book, although he is the interesting character, and one does want to know more about him and his family. I also would have liked to see more of Tyler and Eddie from Just Surrender to see how they were doing. In a way though, this book does explain Tyler's character and why he is the way he is. Gillian is a very strong female character, and also a fascinating one as well. She's extremely tough, and her fear is disappointing her mother to whom she looks up to very much. Her mother loves her and does one thing that she doesn't even agree with. Austen seems to think that he's a bad boy and seems to relish the part, but he also has a soft side when it comes to Gillian and does his best to make her happy.

Theme:

Reputation is faulty and at times don't trust in it.

Plot:

This is written in third person narrative from Austen's and Gillian's points of views. I don't think its necessary to read Just Surrender to understand the book. The book seems to flow smoothly until the very end when it seems to make an abrupt cut and cut out all the necessary and believable details.

Author Information:

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.

Opinion:

It had potential to be a good book; I enjoyed the trip that Gillian and Austen had, as well as Gillian's amazing personality, that she's  not just a typical overachiever, but she has her quirks too, but something felt off in the book. In a way, this book also explains a little about the hero from Just Surrender, why he is the way he is, but unfortunately very little Austen exploration. Ironically I have been to Austin with an ex of mine and some of the things the author wrote I could picture. Also, I felt that the ending tended to be abrupt and I wish I could understand why Austen is the way he is. (He seems to enjoy being the bad boy.) Also in someways this is reminiscent of Gone with the wind, with families judging you by the last name. The politics part were confusing though, but interesting. (You scratch mine back and I'll scratch yours is a lot more complex in the book.)

3 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.)

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