Contemporary Romance Challenge: January 2009
Category: Contemporary Romance
Series: Yes – Book 1 of the McKettrick Men series
Like his celebrated ancestors who tamed the wilds of
Let me start with a confession – I’ve already read Book 2 of this series (McKettrick’s Pride) – and yes, I’m notorious for reading out of sequence. I liked Book 2 well enough to want to backtrack to Book 1, so that’s a good thing, right? *wink*
The plot of this story is nothing new. Girl has a crush on rich, sexy bad boy but nothing comes out of it. Girl leaves town. Years pass. Girl, now a toughened and focused executive, returns to persuade boy, now a rich and sexy layabout, to sell a piece of land to her company.
Jesse (the rich and sexy layabout) is living the life he likes – no commitment – he spends his days between rearing horses and playing poker, and leaves the tedious matter of running the family business and making money to his cousins Rance and Keegan (heroes of Book 2 and 3 respectively). He likes women, but there’s no one he’s willing to commit to. I like Jesse for his charm and easy-going demeanour, as well as the deeper side of him, which is solid, quiet, perceptive and compassionate.
The conflict between Jesse and
What I do like about this story are:
* Jesse – a likeable and decent layabout
* Jesse’s interaction and camaraderie with Rance and Keegan – well done and amusing
* the ambiance of the setting – the small town feel is evocative
* the various secondary and minor characters – they liven up the story
* the author’s writing – readable and undemanding
3.5 out of 5. I like it – it’s a pleasant, average read. Sensuality: Warm