Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Tumbleweed Heights by Joan Bird

Author: Joan Bird
Publisher: Borough Publishing Group
Date of publication: December 2011

Danger won't find Gilly in tiny Briarwood, Colorado. Right? Banking on her instincts is all she has left. That and a dream of a simpler life as a rancher. Luke Hudson has secrets. Living a lie, he recognizes a kindred spirit the moment he lays eyes on Gilly. What are her secrets quickly becomes how can he protect her when violence slams through her front door. Will truth ruin their fragile bond or will time run out before they have the chance to admit their love?

Moving to Briarwood, Colorado had not been in Gilly Casey’s original life plan. Sure, she’d dreamed of owning a horse ranch, but as kind of a part-time gig, in Topanga Canyon maybe. But the best laid plans of this high-powered L.A. attorney turn to dust when more than her bar card is threatened. Fleeing to a life she had never imagined quickly becomes a cat and mouse game just to stay alive.

Luke Hudson’s road to Briarwood was no less bumpy. Hiding from his own demons, he’s no longer able to float below the radar when he recognizes the feisty Miz Casey is in more trouble than she’ll admit. Donning the hero mantle years after he’d shed that skin, Luke realizes that rescuing Gilly might just save him, too.

With so many secrets between them, does love stand a chance? When the past trains its loaded gun on them, truth may not be enough to safeguard Gilly and Luke.

I was very interested in reading Tumbleweed Heights when I read the synopsis. While I liked the overall story, I found it was just OK for me.

What I liked:  The main characters, Gilly and Luke were very good together.  I really enjoyed their easy banter between each other.  There were a few times I couldn't help but giggle.  Their attraction was instant and I liked that they built up to loving each other.  I was intrigued by both of their secrets and I was rooting for them in the end.

What I didn't like:  I had a hard time getting through the book.  The writing seemed a bit disjointed to me.  There were times when I felt I had missed something or wasn't given a bit of information to figure out what was going on. Also, there was a lot of inner reflection in the middle of conversations and that made some scenes drag on longer than necessary.    

It is a pretty quick read and I think the characters are interesting.  Give it a shot and see for yourself.

About the author:

Joan Bird has been telling stories for years. In her first incarnation she was a singer/song writer with a rock band (yes, her Fender guitars are awesome), then she started writing books, mostly for herself.

Joan’s storytelling is legendary amongst her family and friends. For years she’s been including short stories with her holiday greetings each December and for years her friends and family have been encouraging her to write a book. Little did they know she had a storehouse of novels just waiting to be read by more than just her mailing list.

A couple of years ago she began working on polishing the stories she had already written, which sparked new ideas that led to writing more novels. Tumbleweed Heights is her first published book, but there are more on the way and she can’t wait for you to read them.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Tumbleweed Heights.
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