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blackrock_small_smallBlack Rock: A Time for Love

By E. G. Parsons

The Wild Rose Press, January 2008

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rock-E-G-Parsons/dp/1601541716

Author website: http://egparsons.com  

 

 

 

This book has been on my TBR (To Be Read) pile for quite awhile. I was waiting until I was in the mood for a good historical romance to read it. What a mistake that was! If I had known just how good Black Rock: A Time for Love was going to be I would have read it weeks ago.

 

The author sets the stage for this wonderfully intriguing story with a brief prologue. The year is 1846. On a small ranch in the town of Wild Rose, Texas, two ranch hands have mysteriously disappeared inside the magnificent black rock from which Black Rock Ranch takes its name.

 

As the story opens, more than fifty years later, twenty-year-old Roxanne Ingram is looking forward to returning home to Black Rock Ranch after ten years in a Boston girls’ school. Shortly before her departure, Roxanne gets word that her beloved father has passed away, and she will be retuning as sole heir to the family ranch. Confusion is added to grief, when, attempting to settle the estate, Roxanne discovers the date of birth recorded for her in the family Bible does not match the one she has always known to be her true birth date. Touring the ranch, which she now owns, Roxanne has an unexpected encounter with Collin, who has come to study the giant black rock on the edge of her property. She is outraged by his rudeness, but can’t help being attracted to the irresistibly handsome Colin. Shortly after her encounter with Colin, Roxanne meets charming Brad Wellman, the wealthy rancher whose property adjoins her own. As both men vie for her affections, it becomes a race against time for the two men — one a deadly villain, and the other a prince charming who holds the key to the shocking secrets of Roxanne’s origin.

 

If you’re looking for a beautiful historical romance you need look no further than Black Rock: A Time For Love. The author is so in tune with the late 1800s that it almost seems as though she must have lived them in a former life. The clothing, customs, and dialogue are written to perfection as the story moves seamlessly from one breathtaking scene to the next. The paranormal twist to this story is a most intriguing and welcome bonus. Roxanne is a thoroughly likeable heroine, and Colin will steal your breath away! I highly recommend this book to any lover of paranormal and/or historical fiction, or to anyone who just plain loves a good story.

 

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Things came together here at Working Girl Reviews a little faster than we thought, so we’re posting out first review a little ahead of schedule. Since our review site is geared toward helping busy women find great books for the leisure time they have so little of, I thought we’d kick things off with a short, fast paced romance perfect for a weekend read.

 

fortysomething2Forty Something

By Mary Eason

Romance – Sweet

September 2008

The Wild Rose Press

ISBN: 978-1601543493

E-book or Paperback

Paperback Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Forty-Something-Mary-Eason/dp/1601543492/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232112752&sr=1-10

 

 

Laney Winters is living the life she thought she’d always wanted—perfect home, wealthy husband and a successful, if somewhat mediocre, romance writing career. At forty-one, Laney discovers she’s expecting her first child and can’t wait to rush home and surprise her husband with the great news. Her husband, Tom, has a surprise of his own waiting for her. She walks in on him in bed with his much younger secretary. He wants a divorce and wants Laney out of his house. Having signed a prenuptial agreement, she has little choice other than her oft-imagined murder scenarios.

 

Coming to the realization murder isn’t the answer, Laney leaves her shattered big city life and returns to the small town she grew up in and the two elderly, eccentric aunts who raised her. Sometimes life throws you a curve and forces you to make life-altering decisions. Wanting a place to hide and lick her wounds, the one thing Laney doesn’t want is to fall in love again. But life is full of surprises, the bad and the good.

 

Mary Eason’s writing is upbeat and often humorous, which served to suck me into the story from page one. Forty Something is a short, fast paced, delightful romance packed full of tender emotion and heartwarming moments. I found Laney and her aunts wonderfully flawed and completely lovable. The only issue I had with the story was with Jake, the hero. Although he was everything a hero should be, I could never get a true feel for him and to me he seemed a little one dimentional. I was more than pleasantly surprised by some of the more intriguing moments in the story and truly enjoyed reading it. I think those who love a sweet romance will like this one.

 

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