Wednesday, October 31, 2012
E-Reading: Book Review of #2 Ambushed! By Vicki Lewis Thompson
Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of a Series: Sons of Chance
Type of book: Cowboy, relationships, adult, belonging, friendship, family, to have kids/not to have kids
Year it was published: 2010
Morgan O'Connelli hated the restless lifestyle she'd had as a child. All she wants now is to create a real home in small-town Wyoming. So first she hangs up her real-estate agent shingle...then she promptly borrows the horse of the hottest cowboy in town Cutting-horse champion Gabe Chance is blown away by the feisty redhead who unexpectedly lands right in his bed...and, soon enough, his heart Morgan's perfect for him in every way. Until he realizes that while she's turned out to be everything he never knew he wanted, he's "got" everything someone in her profession has ever wanted...his family's ranch.
And that's a legacy he's just not willing to give up--not even for the sexiest woman he's ever fallen for....
Gabe is slightly changed from a typical Blaze hero: for one he is the rare shade of blond hair (Almost all the heroes are dark haired...) and he seems to not want commitment for different reasons rather than the usual fare of relationship gone wrong. I also don't think he was a playboy who had multiple experiences with different women. Morgan is a fun person who doesn't like to be compared with the mother earth image, and she's determined too. Due to the past issues of isolation and her being the responsible one, she doesn't want any children, just relationship with sex. More is revealed about Jack, the oldest half brother, and Dominique and Nick make appearances too along with the matriarch Sarah. I also can't wait to read Jack's book. The book is more character driven rather than the plot, and the author does a good job in making the characters memorable.
In order to be together there has to be some comprises one makes.
This is written in third person narrative from Gabe's and Morgan's points of view. Although there were slight conflicts, and big conflicts too, along with Gabe trying to decide what's more important: being married or getting Top Drawer to the top, and Morgan, too with her realty as well as her childhood in raising and taking care of her siblings, they were wrapped up unrealistically or too quickly. I feel that the book should have been slightly longer or at least the conflicts could have had a reasonable deadline.
Literature & Fiction, Romance, Humor
About this author
New York Times and USA Today bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson believes love makes the world go around and laughter makes the trip worth taking. The recipient of RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and the author of more than ninety books, Vicki pioneered a new kind of romance hero with Nerd in Shining Armor. Following the success of her nerd stories, Vicki launched a boisterous paranormal series featuring a matchmaking witch and wizard, an ADD dragon named George, and a black cat inspired by her own precocious feline, Eve.
Unfortunately the book wasn't as enjoyable as the first one. There was enjoyment and perhaps its me, but there was a lack of chemistry between the two, and I don't buy a HEA after only a few weeks or so. I did enjoy learning more about Jack and why he's possibly the way he is, as well as seeing Dominique and Nick make an appearance. It's a light escapism story, although I felt that the certain issue, that of Morgan desiring no children happened a little too fast for me. What might have been realistic is that she said she'd think about it or consider it, instead of instantly changing her mind. Even if there are some conflicts in the book, namely that of Morgan's job vs Sarah and Jack, they didn't feel genuine.
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.)