A Dark & Stormy Knight, Suzie Quint
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’d seen some great reviews, love second chance romances and of course cowboys = horses….but this just didn’t work as well for me as I’d hoped.
It was an OK read, some interesting and fun plots but I found it really hard to like Georgia. She just seemed to be one of lifes moaners, and dragged everything round to how it affected her. I just didn’t understand why when she’d known Sol for so long, knew about the world he was involved in, she’d marry him and then decamp just six short weeks later. Why she didn’t talk to him, why she didn’t share her fears…and then we we meet her now its all about her. She thinks her daughter’s best friend’s dad would make a good husband for her even though she just cares for him, doesn’t love him – she never thinks what she could bring to a possible marriage, or how unfair it is to him that she doesn’t love him. She moans about her parents and sister and yet doesn’t do anything constructive to help the situation. She wants Sol to take more parenting decisions, but to only say yes to those she approves of….it almost got to the stage where I felt why on earth was Sol still in love with her.
Sol is a great guy, works hard, a great dad, son and brother and is still puzzled…why did she leave? What can he do to get her back? Their daughter Eden is a gem and made a great link between them. His family were terrific, full of fun, loving and supportive and very close. The ideal family IMO. Georgia loves them too and yet she couldn’t voice her fears to anyone. To me to be honest it all felt like storm in a teacup reasons, and I understood Sol’s reaction when it all came out. Maybe at the time she/they were just too young, too impulsive to adapt if they’d talked but who knows? Still, 12 years have passed and I find it weird that she’s not tried to explain her reasons in the meantime, nor that Sol had pressed her. I mean in the circumstances who wouldn’t say “ look, I know we were young but why did you leave?” Most people would be curious surely. I know he’s a patient guy but even patience wears thin after that long.
Some potentially great plots here, and I loved the ranch and rodeo setting but it just didn’t come through for me. I just couldn’t accept that she was never tempted in those 12 years to talk to him about her fears, that she would rather be alone than risk being with him, that he wouldn’t ask her, demand to know why she left. Just didn’t seem to fit with the people the appeared to be. And…that moustache!! Eurghh. I’m not a fan of face fungus anyway but how anyone can describe the “Tom Selleck” type moustache as sexy, attractive etc. beats me. Nope, not sexy!
Stars: Three, an ok read for me
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
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