Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2016 – 08/02/2016: James Patterson's Bookshots Flames: Learning to Ride (Sunnybell #1)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here
For review of all books in this series: Go here

Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: A very quick read with a lot of romance, urge to live life and finding the one in your life.

Learning to Ride is another Bookshots book by James Patterson but this time along authored by Erin Knightley. James hadn't co-authored this book. It's a Texan romance between Rodeo king Tanner Callen and a hot Yankee Madeline Harper. This is the first book in the Sunnybell series under Bookshots Flames and was published in July of 2016.

Madeline Harper comes to Sunnybell, TX on a merger and a transfer to take care of the business there. After a week of work and cooped up at her hotel, she walks into The Rebel Yell - a local honky-tonk. Tanner Callen - the local golden boy and a rodeo king - watches her enter and feels his want for her shoot up immediately. A dance and a hot kiss after they both end up at Madeline's room for a night of adventure. Tanner assumes it's only for once since she was an out of towner. And Madeline things no one would have noticed. But then she becomes the talk of the town the next day, much to her frustration. And when Tanner comes to know that she would be staying in the town, his first instinct was to run as far away as he could, cause he wasn’t looking for gossip or a permanent situation. However, when Madeline makes the first move in telling that what they had was just one night and nothing, his pride gets hit and he pursues her. And slowly falls for her. But she has her life in New York and he has his heart set in Sunnybell, TX. Will he go after her? Will she stay back? Will he convince her to stay? Will she love enough to stay?

A speedy novel as promised by the Bookshots series and the plot really charmed me. However, it reminded me so much of Nora Roberts early novels. The flair was not as rich as Nora Roberts, but the plot, the scenes and situations very pretty close.  All in all a very good and sweet romantic story.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Chris Evans gets a mention in the plot. Of course the hero has to have a rugged version of Chris Evans. :P
2) Sometime during the plot, Madeline and Tanner have a conversation about the careers and paths they choose. Madeline says, "What I want is corporate success, to be respected, and to retire with enough money to live well for the rest of my days." To which Tanner responds, "Don't you want to live well now?" How many times I have had the same argument with myself and my family. And some days I feel I am just moving through the motions. Oh well, that's life I guess. :)
3) I believe Erin Knightley will be in my list of authors to read now. This little bookshots charmed me really good.
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