WORTH THE PRICE (Hart’s Fall, Montana) by Delilah Hunt
The Good: I love, love, love, blackmail marriage stories, and I love Ms. Hunt’s writing, so this was a good combination for me. I’m also a sucker for a hero who isn’t traditionally handsome. Brandon is not only tortured and vulnerable, he also has both emotional and physical scars. Sexy! Sexy! Also, there’s a very intriguing B story with Danika’s best friend that will definitely bring me back for the next installment of the Hart’s Fall, Montana series.
The Bad: The story starts off strong, but falters when Ms. Hunt runs into a rather tricky bit of writer’s physics. Basically the heroine leaves, comes back, leaves, comes back, then leaves some more. This creates a yo-yo effect that not only diminishes the overall romance but makes the reader care less about Danika. It begins to feels as if she’s torturing the already tortured hero and makes the resolution less satisfying than it could have been. Leaving, like tears, is writing dynamite. If a character is going to leave, she should do so twice, maybe three times, tops, or else she risks alienating the reader.
The Naughty: Steamy. I hereby declare Ms. Hunt queen of the written blow job as hers are always very sexy.
Editing issues: Weird overuse of the word “tautened.”
Publisher: Swept Away Publishing (Indie)
Length: 169 pages
Final Grade: B- (three stars)
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Theodora Taylor writes and reviews in Pittsburgh, PA.