Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Pink Heart Picks Book Club: Bachelor Sheriff by Paula Graves
The first chapter really hooked me in and Paula did a great job of adding red herrings to the story. Just when you think you sort of know who the villian is, something happens that makes you just a bit unsure. She did keep me guessing. She also did a great job of escalating the danger, building up to the climax at the end. Melissa was in danger from the first page, but at the end she's really in trouble, and I LOVED how it echoed a defining moment from her past.
There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen and I know very well how word count constraints make it tough to include everything, so I wonder if that might have been why a few things felt unfinished. Melissa's dog plays a large part in the first few chapters, but then we kind of lose him and it would have been neat to see the same kind of symmetry with the dog as we did with the ending. I also wish that Melissa's father had explained his past to her. He does say he is going to when the time is right. It made me wonder if that right time will be in a later book. And the last thing is a red herring and don't read this if you're attempting to stay spoiler free (I'll put it in white, drag your cursor over the end of this paragraph to see what I've written). When Melissa's ex arrives on the scene, it felt a little coincidental. He was a great red herring but he wasn't anchored to anything else. I think it would have been way cool if he'd been hired by the villian to do some of the dirty work. It certainly would have added to the deviousness of the bad guy!
My favourite part? When Aaron is running through the woods calling for her to stop. I could really see that unfolding and hear his voice as he was shouting "Baby, it's me!"
So tell me - did you read this month's selection? What did you think? Do you regularly read the Intrigue line? Do you like the balance of action to romance? And for you Intrigue readers and authors, is this a normal heat level for Intrigue or do they run the range from sweet to smokin'? I think my daughter would like the Intrigue line for the action but she's not quite into the hot stuff yet...
You can check out the book's page at eharlequin HERE.
And now for October's Pick:
In October we're reading Jeannie Lin's historical debut, BUTTERFLY SWORDS! Come back on October 26 to chat about this author's first sale and the innovative settting of China! Jeannie is also joining us for a blog during the month so you're not going to want to miss it!