Saturday, November 14, 2009

Review: Secluded with the Cowboy by Cassie Miles

Title: Secluded with the Cowboy
Series: Christmas at the Carlisles
Author: Cassie Miles
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426844948
ISBN-13: 9781426844942

Colorado rancher Dylan Carlisle had eagerly awaited the safe return of his kidnapped wife. But now that Nicole was finally back home, it seemed the tension that existed before her abduction was still between them. Except now she was being more secretive than ever. Before long, Dylan discovered someone still tracked Nicole's every move, preventing her from moving past her recent trauma and sharing his joys of the holiday season. As Nicole began to let down her guard and trust her husband's protective embrace, Dylan finally felt hopeful about their previously unsettled future. Until she dropped the ultimate bombshell on him and he realized just how much he had to lose.

My rating:

This story should've been the best in this (so far) surprisingly good trilogy, but unfortunately it tanked. Big time.

Something just didn't click for me. Maybe it had to do with the pacing, extremely slow and uneventful compared to the previous two books. Maybe it had to do with the heroine, who was whiny and rather wimpy for a big-animal veterinarian and rancher's wife. Maybe it had to do with the lack of chemistry between the hero and heroine. I don't know, maybe it was the combo of everything mentioned, I just didn't "feel" it.
And the "mastermind" handyman-turned-villain had too little on-screen time (and when he did appear his quest for revenge seemed a little too far-fetched to be believable) to make things interesting.

The only saving grace were Carolyn and Burke, and Fiona and Jesse, the protagonists from the previous two books in this trilogy, that kept things lively and imbued the story with that much-needed he/she chemistry.

I loved the epilogue, though, and it's pinch of humor at the end. Wished it was longer, and maybe focused a little more on the other couple. 😉

A disappointing finale to the Carlisle family trilogy.


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