South Dakota

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Unforgiven

I'm not sure why I decided to re-read Unforgiven. I'd read it years ago and thought it was good but not great. This go-round, it impressed the hell out of me. It resonated in a way contemporary romance rarely does with me. Adam Collins and Marissa Brooks grew up in the small town of Walker’s Fo ...

B-
Shooter

There are only so many ways to do the woman-running-from-a-traumatic-past story. And while Shooter, the first in the Burnout series about Army Rangers turned good-guy bikers, has its share of clichés, I found it to be highly readable and with enough twists to give it a solid thumbs up. Hayley ...

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After All These Years

After a car accident took at least one parent from two-year-old Curry Trent, Huck James, and Tom Winchester, the three grew up inseparable in the small South Dakota town of Gleeson. Until, that is, Curry married Huck, and both Huck and Tom went to Vietnam - but only Tom came back. Fifteen years late ...

B-
Unforgiven

When it comes to reviewing contemporaries, adult leads hung up on high school drama ranks pretty high on the complaint list. However, I've long said that a good author can make even the most problematic plot element work, and that's exactly what Anne Calhoun does with Unforgiven. This book centers o ...

B-
Black Hills

If Nora Roberts were beginning her career today, a book like Black Hills wouldn’t be anywhere near enough to move her out of the pack. Still, for fans and those looking for a reliable read, there are pleasures to be found here. The book begins with 11 year-old Cooper Sullivan’s “sentence ...

B+
Ride a Painted Pony

I can only attest to reading one of Kathleen Eagle’s books in the past and it moved so slowly that I was hesitant to try another. Therefore, I must admit that as I began to read Ride a Painted Pony, I was a bit surprised by not only its ability to garner my total attention but also by the feeling ...

A
Reason to Believe

A recent post about Kathleen Eagle's books made me stop and think. Why do I love her writing so much? This book is one of the reasons why. Beautiful writing is a given for Kathleen Eagle. She could write stereo instructions and I'd buy them - in hardback. Scenes are never overwritten and no strings ...

B
Charity

The title of this book, Charity, is drawn from two sources. The first is the setting, which is turn of the century Charity, South Dakota. The second is the text from First Corinthians, referring to charity as the pure love of Christ. The harsh South Dakota climate plays an important part in the plot ...

B+
Black Tree Moon

I haven't had much time lately to read any of my beloved romance novels, but one day I couldn't take it anymore. I needed a fix so I delved into my TBR pile and decided on what proved to be a gem of a book. Black Tree Moon is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours getting away from it all. ...