Friday, February 1, 2013

"Chasing Clovers" by Kat Flannery Book Review

Chasing Clovers
by Kat Flannery
Published by Imajin Books
Historical Western Romance/Romantic Suspense
Length: 75,000 words
Heat Level: Sweet

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Kat Flannery’s CHASING CLOVERS is the perfect mix of sweet romance and Wild West adventure, with a generous dash of emotion.

Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?

Longing to escape the awful memories and the saloon she once sang in, Livy Green lies about her past so she can be a wife to John Taylor and step mother to his two young children. Overwhelmed by the task, she struggles to put her resentment aside and love them as her own.

John loved his first wife and is still heartbroken over the loss, but he needs a mother for his children. When his distant and unfriendly mail order bride arrives, he begins to doubt his decision though one glance into Livy's terrified green eyes tells him he can't turn his back on her.

As Livy's past catches up with her and suspicious accidents begin to happen on the ranch, she is tempted to come clean and tell John the truth. But will he send her back if he does? Or will they forever be CHASING CLOVERS?

I bet this one has confused some of my readers.  Let me explain.  I participated in this blog tour back in December, and I planned to read it.  And then I got busy and forgot.  I have now finished the book, and I will be posting my review.  If interested, you can check out the additional information (including an excerpt) at this post.
This is one of those books that you can read in one evening, and you do not want to miss it!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was one that sat on my e-reader for a while, and I forgot about it.  I got so busy and was only recently reminded about it.  And all I can say is that I had no idea what I was missing!  This is a short book, but within a very short time of beginning it, I knew this was my kind of book!  It is a historical romance with a twist, and I honestly am hooked on this author!  In fact, I was shocked to discover that Kat Flannery is a debut author, and this is her first book!  Wow!

This is a short book, but don't let that fool you.  There is a lot of story packed into the pages.  I was delighted with Livy and John.  And Boyd was truly evil to the core.  These characters seemed so real.  I felt like I wanted to shake some sense into both Livy and John.

I want to commend the author for not writing sappy romance.  I often got chills up and down my spine when the things heated up, and I found some of the interactions quite humorous.  And the kids were darling.  I am glad that there were no bedroom scenes.  Yes, there are some adult situations that are necessary to the story, but nothing descriptive.

I only have one complaint.  There is some profanity, but I am happy to report the following.  There are no instances of the Lord's name being abused, and all the other instances of "hard" profanity only occurred amongst the men.  Livy lets a few minor words fly, but nothing too horrible.  On the flip side of this, John professes to know the Lord.  In fact, it would seem that he has a personal relationship with God, and although the story is not evangelical in nature, it is always nice to see a Christian message.  I am so glad that the characters had morals.  This is almost a sweet, clean romance with a few minor exceptions.  I certainly recommend it highly!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.


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