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A Marriage Below Zero by Alan Dale

A Marriage Below Zero

A Marriage Below Zero by Alan Dale

Published by: G.W. Dillingham in 1889
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Elsie Ravener knows something is up with her husband, Arthur, but she can’t quite seem to figure it out. Her mother suggests it’s another woman, but Elsie won’t believe it. Her husband would never do that to her. But as her suspicions continue to grow, she decides that she needs to know the truth. And when a private detective puts her on Arthur’s trail and she catches him in the company of his best friend, Jack, she still isn’t quite sure what to think. But as time goes on, it becomes harder and harder to deny a love, even when it is one that is forbidden to be spoken aloud…

I found myself going back and forth between feeling sympathetic for Elsie and being enraged by her. While I can understand her feeling of betrayal when Arthur disappears for periods of time, her responses to him are sometimes rather vicious, making it somewhat understandable why he won’t just break things off and move on. Even as Arthur finds what might be a new happiness, Elsie seems unable to just let things go and try to find a real happiness for herself…and that may be the real tragedy of this story.

 

Texas Heat by R.J. Scott

Texas Heat

Texas Heat by R.J. Scott

Series: Texas, Book 3
Published by: Silver Publishing on August 18, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Despite a nontraditional start and a few obstacles thrown in their path, Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes finally seem to have things going right for them. The Jack is expanding the ranch and Riley is working on business ventures of his own. A newcomer to the ranch, Robbie, is still reeling from a loss but happy to be on board and assisting Jack in any way he can. And Riley’s photography friend Eli has convinced the guys to let him use the Double D for a cowboy-themed photoshoot. When Eli and Robbie’s paths cross, it’s lust-at-first-sight for Eli…but Robbie’s hesitant to get involved with someone new. As the various business opportunities are pursued all around, it’s Eli and Robbie who need to decide what to do about the Texas heat this time around…

I find myself thoroughly enjoying this series–more than I expected I would. With everything that went on in the first book, I was not sure if the author would be able to sustain an interesting story that continues to develop the characters and keep readers interested. But while everything did blow up in the first book, I still find myself along with these guys every step of the way and on every single page.