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By Rusty on 06-14-15
Hillbilly Rockstar was entertaining in the beginning. Liberty (ex military bodyguard) was a tough, smart, and independent women who could kill with her bare hands, Devin was a self absorbed, promiscuous country star who had let stardom go to both his heads. He was supposed to still mourn a baby sister who died of cancer yet he treated most women with contempt.
At first Devin seemed to admire Liberty and then develop real feelings for her. However, as soon as he got her into bed, Devin become an aggressive, violent jerk. I was hoping that Liberty would knee him in the balls but she allowed herself to be treated like a doormat. As if a soldier who survived combat would surrender her dignity that easily!
I find it annoying when an author creates a strong female character, then has that same woman do things that are totally out of character. Liberty was not a meek, pathetic wimp. I found the sex scenes particularly creepy and cold; Devin was controlling and degrading with no hint of humor, tenderness or affection. Not sexy, not romantic!
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By tina on 08-08-14
Steamy, heartwarming who-dun-it romance
From the description, I was expecting this to be a cross between Christine Feehan's intense rockstar romance Turbulent Sea and Olivia Cunning's Sinners on Tour sexcapades. Since most of Cunning's sinful sexcapades were too much for me with the acrobatic and gratuitous erotica, I was thrilled that this was more like the sexy intensity in Turbulent Sea.
But that's where the similarity ends. With a wonderful role reversal, James creates a fascinating character in Liberty, the soldier sister mentioned in Saddled and Spurred, sister to lead Harper Masterson. Liberty is dealing with post war reintegration as a security specialist and now bodyguard, a role usually played in romantic fiction by the male. But Liberty is far from butch. And Devin is far from the stereotypical music star. If you've caught him in previous books in this edgy series, you probably suspected that!
James does an excellent job of turning these two characters toward one another despite a lot antagonism on both sides and I was thrilled that she avoided some of the usual cliches often seen in romantic suspense. Mostly I was thrilled that she didn't used the tired "misunderstanding" plot device as I was convinced of early on. The who-done-it part was a little too obvious, and I'd down grade a great listen to 4.5 if we could.
The pacing will keep you engaged in the story, the romance will keep you warm, and the sexy parts will make you burn. James has written the best one of the Blacktop Cowboy series--in character development, plot, and resolution. Altho all the other books in the series earned four stars from me, this one gets a 5.
Thoroughly enjoyable. I might even give country music a second try!
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