Too Far Down: a book review

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When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She’s determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that’s threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm’s way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

My Review: 

Cole Boden is pulled between two worlds. If anyone could help him choose, it would be Mel, the feisty sharpshooting cowgirl who has always managed to best him at just about everything. The family dynamic between characters is strong and the pace of the book never slows for long.

The romance wan’t particularly memorable though. It’s a bit too familiar of a formula with Connealy’s books. Feisty independent heroines, and slightly clueless heroes sniping at each other until the realize they love each other. It’s still fun, just beginning to lose a bit of its sparkle.

Too Far Down, the finale to the Cimarron Legacy series, is a solid tale, but not a standout. Though my review might sound a bit harsh, It’s still worth the read and I’d happily recommend it to lovers of cowboy romances.

**I received this book free from Bethany House for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.**

My Rating: Four Flames

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Long Time Gone: a book review

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The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

My Review: 

Things are really heating up at the Boden ranch. As Cole fights for his life, the rest of his family hunt desperately for answers. Though Dantalion is dead, the clues he leaves behind point to a much larger conspiracy that will put more than just the Bodens in danger.

The plot of Long Time Gone was fast paced and fun, with a helping of Connealy’s trademark whit, though it isn’t as pronounced as usual. There is plenty of intrigue and action that will keep you locked to the book, even when you should be doing other things.

The main weak point of this novel were the characters. Though they weren’t bad by any means, they just…lacked something.
As the main heroine, Angie was okay, but we didn’t really didn’t get enough of a strong backstory for me to fully connect with her. She fell a bit flat to me. She kept fighting her attraction to Justin in the first half of the story, saying she needed to stand on her own, but suddenly near the last third of the story she is just falling into his arms and agreeing to marry him. The change felt abrupt and unless I totally missed something – which is possible given how busy I was around the time I read it – her breakneck turnaround was never really explained much, no catalyst that I could find – except attraction.

Justin was a decent hero, but a bit forgettable. I read the book only last week and I’m already having trouble recalling any details about him.

Long Time Good was another solid read by Connealy and I am eager to read the final book, but I don’t think this is nearly her best work.

***I got this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a good review. Heck, do you think I would have been so critical  if I was?***

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: some kissing and the mention of one character having several illegitamate children.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: clean
Blood/violence: This is the wild west, there will be fights and shootouts. It’s practically a law in this genre. There is a bit of blood, as several gunshot wounds are tended throughout the story, and there are some deaths. But Connealy doesn’t go into gruesome detail.

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