This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on July 1, 2013
When I read the book description, right off I was intrigued with reading about a Hawaiian Rancher. That was the one fact that got me to request this from NetGalley. I knew it was book four in a series, but I just had to grab up a Hawaiian rancher story! Unfortunately, I came away more disappointed than drowning in hotness.
We join Keanu, or Key as he is called mostly, a certain amount of time after his mother’s death while he is going through her belongs. He has just found out the truth about his and his twin brother’s parentage and debating how to handle telling his brother, Nick. Shortly after her death, the family agreed to take on a reality show about their Hawaiian ranching life. Mostly the family wanted to get out the environmental message about ranching in Hawaii, but also the respect for the land. In reality, people love the hunky twin brothers who are very different. Nick is the playboy, while Key is devoted to more than the next woman he can find. That doesn’t stop the public from loving them.
Sonia Stevens is the producer of the reality show. She is attracted to Key, but keeps it under wraps because she has a job to do. Key notices her too and keeps it under wraps, but when the show wants a second season, he negotiates with Sonia and it takes a turn towards more than a quick tumble.
The first chapter set a tone with me that I couldn’t get over for most of the book. Through the chapter, we get to see Key and what he has just discovered as he makes his way back to the ranch. The entire chapter is in his head except for a brief talk to a stable hand about his horse at the end of it. We know he is attracted to Sonia, that he loves the land and now has a big secret that has been kept from him and his brother all their lives. But there is no interaction between him and anyone besides the stable boy.
So I moved on thinking it was just laying the ground to the story and would get more into the dynamics of the two. By 50% of the book, I was kind of left behind on finding anything I liked about this characters. In the first half of the book, the hero and heroine only have one conversation to set up a dinner together. I almost put the book down. Not that the actual writing was terrible, it just wasn’t interesting after I wanted to lust after a Hawaiian cowboy.
I continued to read hoping that it was just a slow start, but key things were glossed over. Someone important has a stroke and it is a background piece that I didn’t believe at first. Conversations with the bad person, left out. Misunderstandings where they fight and if they would have talked would have easily been overcome. When the hero needed to do something big, he kind of lets it go.
So in the end, I didn’t really like the book at all and never got what I wanted from it going in. Not having have read the first books in the series, I don’t think you need them to understand this story since you never see the other part of the Wilde family.
I am not saying don’t read this book, but I am saying it didn’t resonate with me and I can’t really recommend it. I wish that wasn’t true, but unfortunately, it just fell flat on so many levels.
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