In Morgan, (The Buckhorn Brothers, Book 2), Lori Foster delivers a quick and sexy novella in her series about a family of brothers.
Best Moment: When Sawyer, Jordan, Gabe, and Honey (Morgan’s brothers and sister-in-law) convince Morgan that Misty is leaving him. Classic sense of romantic humor.
Worst Moment: The Epilogue kills me…especially since there are three more books after this one.
Synopsis: Misty Malone, Honey Malone’s sister, arrives in Buckhorn to figure out her life and to find some refuge after the rather traumatic and recent developments in her life. She finds herself welcomed by all except Morgan, the town’s sheriff. Morgan finds Misty a mystery and his attraction to her even more of a mystery. He’s trying to figure out Misty’s angle, and Misty is trying to figure out how to avoid the obvious tension between her and Morgan as she’s a little busy trying to figure out what to do about the baby she’s secretly carrying.
The Good: We all know I love a good baby romance, and this delivers on all fronts. I love the protective suitor. I love the misunderstood girl. I love the sense of family in this novel. What I really like about this book is how it fits into a larger series. The great thing about series books are that they give you more time with individual characters while also giving you time to hold on a bit longer to the characters you already love (or to give characters you don’t like a second chance). Morgan is a favorite hero of mine because he embodies that whole romance trope of smoldering protective type via puppy saving (aka anger about violence against animals, children, and women) and vulnerability in his relationships (but also a lot of empathy).
The Bad: There are a lot of random narrative and/or dialogue toots in this book that I have a feeling reside more in the length factor than bad writing. I’d rather not be told characterization blatantly by the narrator or characters (“I am strong woman!”); instead, I’d rather just…you know…discover it through the process of the story (oh no, Misty won’t stand for that! She’s going to ignore him or yell at him for sure about his attitude!).
The Ugly: Woooooooooh boy…The Cover
We’ve all been there. We’re wandering through a bookstore, or maybe aimlessly searching suggestions, looking at random lists on Amazon.com for something to read. Happily, we traipse through booktopias convinced that we’re going to find something wonderful to read and then… We are greeted with the cover.
Before I begin, I feel I must point out one very simple fact:
Most authors get absolutely no input in their covers, or, if they do, it’s mostly a kind of courtesy. Publishers rule. Authors weep and hope for reprints.
Challenge accepted. Unleashing Mockery…
Forgive the cover artists, for they know not what they do.
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