Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 stars-- A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman #QuoteTastic

I love me some Jo Goodman. So I was pretty excited about this one. It kicks off with the heroine getting kidnapped and at some point Phoebe and the hero Remington leave the ranch to head out and see if they can find any clues about the guys who kidnapped her. And they kind of flub things because the skies...open up and they get caught in a massive downpour on a cold day. They'd finally made it to a cabin and this bit just cracked me up.

I did like this heroine.

"I won't be long. You should walk around some, maybe take off your shirt and wring it out." He was out the door without waiting to see what she thought of this last suggestion, but he was a romantic as well, and he lived in hope.


Remington's hopes were dashed when he entered the smoke-house and found Phoebe standing there with an armload of wood.

"What?" she asked, feigning innocence. "You told me to walk around."

"I also told you to take off your shirt."

Phoebe smirked. "Uh-huh."

Goodman is one of my favorites when it comes to western historical and, oh man, I was excited for A Touch of Frost. Basically... Remington's dad asked him to escort his new wife's sister from New York to their ranch in Colorado. Pretty simple! Until...the train she's on is robbed and his charge? Kidnapped. *hangs head* Yeah. Hell of a thing, right?
 First. This cover. Whoa! One of my favorite for the year for sure. It's gorgeous and totally fits the hero and heroine. Look how fierce she is!
The set up was pretty fun. A kidnapping, random demands, a daring rescue, the search for clues and the hunt for those who kidnapped Phoebe. It was quite the start. I figured out a good bit of the mystery but there were a couple little surprises along the way.
I liked Phoebe and Remington. They had fun chemistry, nice heat and seemed to really get each other. Phoebe had backbone, strength and really held herself together when things went south. And Remington was sexy, sweet and solid. And a lawyer. You don't see that too often in historical westerns. 
I like that they worked together to figure things out.  
There was family drama between Phoebe and her sister, between the family housekeeper and the lady of the house, between her sister and new brother-in-law. Some of it was really frustrating and some surprising. Some pretty dang sad.
The ending. While I liked the ending of the romance and got a little sniffly the ending for the mystery kind of ticked me off since half of the bad guys didn't really get punished. So not totally satisfying on that front.
Overall, while I enjoyed a lot of the elements of A Touch of Frost I did struggle with it as well. For some reason it took me for freaking ever to finish this one. 11 days, yall. It just didn't hold my attention and I found myself finding other things to do or picking up other books to read for a while. I'm not sure what it was either. I can't totally pin point any major thing that tripped me up. It just felt really long.

After his train is robbed at gunpoint, Remington Frost awakens from a blow to find the bandits gone...along with the woman he was shadowing for protection. No stranger to risk, Remington will do what it takes to bring Phoebe Apple to safety and her kidnappers to justice. But ransoming Phoebe is just the start of trouble...

Phoebe is shocked to learn that her mysterious rescuer is none other than Remington Frost, the son of her sister's new husband. Home at Twin Star Ranch, she falls happily into western life--and cautiously in love with Remington. But danger hides close to home, and their romance illuminates a web of secrets and betrayal that may put the rancher and his intended bride past the point of rescue.

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