26 September 2013
BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY- JANE GRAVES
AVAILABLE NOW/ A GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
ABOUT: "Rainbow Valley, Texas, has always been a refuge for animals, and Shannon North, director of the local shelter, intends to keep it that way. But with donations drying up and more pets in need of a loving home than ever before, Shannon's beginning to fear she's not the savior the shelter needs. When a tall, dark, and handsome cowboy from her past comes to the rescue, she knows that accepting his help may come with a high price: her heart.
Bad boy Luke Dawson shook the dust from this little town off his boots years ago. He walked away from everything...except the memory of the one night of passion he shared with Shannon. Now, a few wins away from becoming the world bull-riding champion, Luke's headed for fame and fortune. But then a crisis calls him back to Rainbow Valley, and Luke is reunited with the good girl who stole--and broke--his heart. As their rekindled relationship deepens into desire, old secrets resurface, and Luke must choose between the future he's always dreamed of and the only woman he's ever loved."
CAUTION - SPOILERS BELOW:
MY REVIEW: This book was a bit of a departure from the more zany(but sometimes still serious) books Ms. Graves has written in the past. I found Cowboy Take Me Away to be an emotional heartfelt book( Luke's childhood and the way he was treated was just terrible) but I thought it was missing most of the things that make small town romances great- especially the sense of family/community. I didn't care for every character(Shannon was unlikable) and even the ones I liked annoyed me from time to time.
I also thought the book had pacing issues (it dragged in parts, the ending felt rushed, the romance was a tad slow). Overall I thought Ms. Graves had some solid ideas (misunderstanding and second chances) for what could have been the start to a great small town romance series- it was just the execution that was off.
Because I really have enjoyed Ms. Graves' past books, I will probably try the next one in this series.
MY RATING: 3 Stars
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY BFF'S BLOG REVIEWS ON THIS BOOK:
Romancing the Readers/Ann :
The Many Faces of Romance/ Karen: