We are back with a Christmas story review today. I hit NetGalley pretty hard last month requesting Holiday reads.
Today, I'm introducing you to Jessie Gussman.
USA Today best-selling author Jessie Gussman writes sweet and inspirational romance from her farm in central Virginia. Having attended, but never graduating from the school of hard knocks, Jessie uses real life on the farm to inspire her cowboy, rural and blue-collar fiction.
When she’s not chasing kids, cows and the occasional roll-away haybale, Jessie enjoys wading in Naked Creek and not cleaning her house. Most of the time her main goal is to keep from catching herself on fire…again.
While looking for Christmas books to review for this season, I came across DREAMING OF HER COWBOY'S KISS, released last November.
Ethan Shuff had spent a miserable childhood with an abusive father and a mother addicted to drugs and men.
No one had ever even pretended he wasn’t in the way, or that he was wanted.
Not until Race and Penny Steiner opened up their home and their lives to him. When they adopted a group of six siblings, Ethan stayed on the farm to help and to be a good example for the kids. He never intended to fall in love with the oldest sibling, Ruby.
Ruby Barclay became responsible for her siblings at age sixteen. She fought the state, social workers and anyone else who stood in her way until she had her brothers and sisters reunited and together under one roof.
With that mission accomplished, she will let nothing stand in the way of her next dream – becoming an accomplished surgeon. Maybe with more competent medical care, her parents wouldn’t have died.
She doesn’t have time to mess around and she’s not interested in silly boyfriends. If she gets married, it’s going to be to someone who shares her dream of saving lives.
But the dark eyes of the boy who’d fought for her when she was a teen haunt her nights, and maybe under her drive and ambition, she could admit that she still dreams of her cowboy’s kiss.
I had a hard time getting into the book past Chapter 1. The whole set-up just didn't seem to jive. I get being thrown into a situation out of the characer's element and making it work, bre wut I think this really stretched the rope a bit too tight. There were a lot of repetitive 'she can't do this because' passages. We get it. They are polar opposites in what they think they want from life. But in the words of Mickey Gilley, 'the lady takes the cowboy every time'.
While the story did lend us to appreciating abilities of both characters, there just didn't seem to be enough tension between the two characters to make you want to really root for them.
DREAMING OF HER COWBOY'S KISS is Book 1 in the Cowboy Mountain Christmas series and is available on Kindle as of this post for .99.
I'm giving Dreaming of Her Cowboy's Kiss: