Friday, June 7, 2013

Above Rubies by Jaclyn M. Hawkes LDS Blog Tour

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above rubiesAbove Rubies

His chivalry was strangling her. He thought he was helping her—and in truth, he was. She was in desperate straits. But as honorable as he was, he was also breaking her heart. Her attraction was drowning him. When World Champion rodeo cowboy Rossen Rockland and his friends rescue a young runaway who has been abused by her foster father and take her home to his parents’ ranch, he expects her to turn out to be a pain in the neck. And sometimes she is. It doesn’t take him long to figure out that she has way more than her allotment of troubles—and far more than her share of gifts. Lovely, talented, and ravingly brilliant, Kit Star is too young, unbelievably humble, and oh, so loveable. Knowing that she needs his protection and time to grow into her potential, Rossen also figures out that what she really is, is a pain in the heart. Watch for more of the Rockland Ranch Series!  

Praise for Above Rubies:

I absolutely could not put this book down. It had me laughing, crying, angry and pretty much every other emotion. I can not wait for the next one in the series to come out. Keep them coming!!! ~Addicted to Books This is the second book in the Rockland Ranch Romance Series. It can be read as a stand alone or copies of Peace River can be supplied if you would also like to review it.  

peace riverPeace River (Book 1)

The police didn't understand the danger, but she did. Her father had always been abusive, but now, with a ten million dollar Thoroughbred farm on the line, and a powerful bookie leaning on him, her father had become out of control. But how do you get away and take a world famous stallion with you? Carrie was getting desperate when a handsome and honorable but thoroughly cynical rodeo cowboy from Wyoming happened to show up with a horse trailer. He didn't ride a white horse, but he was definitely a knight in shining armor. He'll protect her from the mob, but can she survive falling in love with a bull rider?  

Praise for Peace River

"Give me a clean romance, humor and a good looking cowboy and I'm a happy girl. LDS fiction isn't always my favorite but I really enjoyed the characters and adventure in this book." ~Carol - Goodreads "There was plenty of action, adventure and danger to keep me guessing just how everything was going to turn out. I didn't want to put it down until I finished! Jaclyn Hawkes is one of my favorite LDS romance authors. You really can't go wrong with any of her books that you pick up!" ~Cathy -Goodreads

jaclynAuthor Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.
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My Review:

The beginning of the book grabbed my attention right away!  I felt drawn into the story of this mysterious girl and this incredible cowboy who had rescued her.  For the majority of the book, I was completely interested and couldn't seem to put it down, yet there were some points where the book felt slow and and disjointed from the rest of the story.  I liked the fast pace that Kit's life became, yet I felt like she was too perfect at everything.  She then became almost unreal and non relatable.  It seemed unrealistic that someone could be a prodigy at sculpting, guitar, a super intelligent person and on top of that, every guy wants her?  Where was her flaw?  Rossen was a fabulous character yet he was frustrating me so much with his blind sense of chivalry.  At the end, I felt like things were too rushed, I finally got what I was hoping for and then poof!  It's over with one short paragraph for an epilogue?  I felt cheated somehow!  Don't get me wrong, this book was completely intriguing and I want to read the next one, I just felt like there were a few things that could have helped the book be even better!  Kit really needed some type of flaw!  Overall this is a really good read and I look forward to reading about Rossen's brother in the next book in the Rockland Ranch Series!

Source:  Blog Tour/Author for review

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