In Gabe, (The Buckhorn Brothers, Book 3), Lori Foster delivers a quick and sexy novella in her series about a family of brothers.
Best Moment: When Elizabeth is talking to various people at the docks and Gabe is getting annoyed at being ignored and worried that he is not attractive or appealing to her. Priceless and well written.
Worst Moment: When Gabe says something along the lines of “Your smile is so beautiful, I feel it in my pants.” So…romantical…I’m going to cry. I thought only Borat was capable of such tender, sweet sentiments.
Synopsis: Elizabeth Parks is researching Heroes for her Thesis when she goes to find Gabe, a local Buckhorn hero. When she meets him, she is undeniably attracted to him, but knows that guys like Gabe don’t like nerdy, red-haired, smart girls like Elizabeth. When Gabe meets Elizabeth he quickly moves from mild irritation at being thought a hero to boiling attraction for the girl who seemingly has no interest in him or his cut-off shorts. But when Gabe strikes a deal with Elizabeth to help her with her research in exchange for “letting loose,” Gabe looses the desire for freedom and Elizabeth starts to lose her head.
The Good: There are a lot of cute moments where Gabe is reacting to suddenly not being Mr. Sexy Pants to all women. We all know he still is, but it’s awfully cute to watch him do his dog and pony show trying to get Elizabeth’s attention. His inner dialogue is often priceless. I also really like the direction of Elizabeth’s character…but this should have been a longer book if you ask me.
The Bad: There’s a lot of sexual attraction in this book and not a whole lot of actual attraction. Sure, sure we get Gabe being challenged and Elizabeth seeing the cute, fluffy side of Sears, but we don’t get a lot of “getting to know you moments” outside of the sexual stuff. Also, there’s quite a bit of chauvanism floating around in this book and though it gets acknowledged, it’s deemed “cute.” While that can work on some levels in historicals, it’s a bit of a dampter in a contemporary novel that purports on occasion to be all female power in your grill. Still, nothing truly annoying happens (beyond the eating of half sandwiches and salads by the ‘ladies’ instead of real food and the horror of Gabe’s cut-off shorts…le sigh). I am also slightly perturbed by the vagueness of Elizabeth’s “studies.” An Undergraduate Thesis which requires this level of research over a summer…suuuuuuuuure.
The Ugly: Woooooooooh boy…The Cover (Also, is it just me or is Gabe NOT blonde on 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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