Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris

Rating: ★ ★ ☆  ☆
Obtained from: Personal Kindle Library
Read: Aug. 10, 2011 

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copper-haired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy. Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too old for her orphanage, she doesn't take kindly to her "rescue." Still she trusts God can turn any situation to good especially when it seems Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Sullivan's crossed a dangerous man unused to losing and Emily may just be the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

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I really need to stop downloading kindle freebies. I’m sure there are good ones out there, but I never seem to snag them. Case and point, The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris, a cliché inspirational romance that left me both irritated and bored. 

Orphans, saloon brawls, stage coach robberies, dinosaur eggs, it’s all here. Every trivial platitude of western literature, packed together in a single volume. Harris’ depictions of the Crow and their native land were equally disappointing. The author’s descriptions didn’t do justice to either and I felt the image she presented unrealistically thin and offensively stereotypical.

Speaking of imagery… “He had a nice square jaw and was certainly attractive for a gunfighter. Well, not really a gunfighter, but almost. And despite who he was and what he did, his chin was downright cute, with a Y-shaped cleft so deep it folded in on itself.” It folded in on itself? Really? What does that mean and why doesn’t it sound attractive? 

Axel never developed into a despicable antagonist, I felt there was too much going on and I didn’t feel an ounce of chemistry between Luke and Emily. Bottom line, this is not a title that will remain in my library and not something I see myself recommending down the road.  

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"What kind of man advertises in the newspaper for a wife, anyway? Is he crazy?"
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