Sunday, April 24, 2016

"the bluebonnet bride" by pamela tracy

Sometimes, you just want a quick, sweet, romantic read. The Bluebonnet Bride perfectly fits the bill—it's short enough to read in just a couple hours, and it's perfectly light and sweet.

This is Daniel Starr's year. He's moving up the rankings on the bull-riding circuit and is determined to catch his twin brother. Nothing is going to stop him.

Well, almost nothing. When his beloved grandmother falls and needs a caretaker, Daniel finds himself on the road back to Pecan, Texas, rather than making the next rodeo. Why did this happen now? And why, when he's jeopardizing his career to come home, does Miss Bossypants Amy Benjamin think he's not doing enough?

Amy knows all about the swashbuckling Starr Brothers, but anyone who turns his back on her beloved Pecan--and on his own grandmother--doesn't deserve admiration. If Amy had been lucky enough to have family like Grandma Starr, her life would have been so different! Well, she's going to make sure Daniel does his duty. But the longer he stays in Pecan, the harder it'll be to see him go.

I really enjoyed The Bluebonnet Bride. While at first I thought it would be incredibly predictable as Amy and Daniel progressed from meeting to falling in love, author Pamela Tracy did throw in some twists I didn't anticipate, which added interest. I wouldn't say that I was riveted to the story, but I did enjoy watching it unfold. Though the story is fairly short (basically novella length), I didn't feel the romance progressed at too rapid a rate, a problem that I often see in novellas.

The title The Bluebonnet Bride is a bit of a misnomer, though, as there's no wedding (or engagement) to be found. The series will continue with books about Daniel's brothers Dusty and Luke, and I assume that at some point Amy will become Daniel's bride—it just doesn't happen in this book.

The Bluebonnet Bride is the first book I've read from Serenade Books, but it won't be my last. It is a great introduction to the Lone Star Brides series, and I'm looking forward to continuing with the novels about the other Starr brothers. 3-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.

Pamela Tracy is a USA Today award-winning author who lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time). While earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University, she wrote a very bad science fiction novel and then decided to write what she read: romance. First published in 1999 , Pamela has since published twenty-six books. Her suspense novels have garnered her an American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol award and a RITA finalist.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Serenade Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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