Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Lure of the Wild West

Inheriting half Jonah Spartman's ranch in Arkansas, for New York author Maddie Taylor, was an opportunity she couldn’t believe.  She was suffering from writer’s block.  Her condo was being remodeled.  Her boyfriend needed to move on.  She was hoping to live upstairs in the ranch house for three months, (A stipulation in Jonah Spartman’s will).  She couldn’t pass it up.

The novel, Maddie’s Choice by Joyce Zeller, opens with this situation.  As the story proceeds, Maddie meets  Gideon Spartman, the other half owner.  Gideon was prepared to hate Maddie and hoped to drive her off.  The trouble is, they were made for each other.  Jonah Spartman’s Will, was a set-up.

They are both attracted to each other.  Gideon is an Afghanistan veteran who suffers from Traumatic Stress Disorder, and at first thought Maddie a gold-digger.  Maddie thought Gideon a big lout, albeit a fine specimen of sexual masculinity.

Maddie’s retreat from New York is far from idyllic.  She finds herself mothering two needy teenage boys, whom she grows to cherish.  Ranch life is hard.  Her writing isn’t progressing as well as she hoped.  Her agent is making demands.  Add to the mix, money problems, drug dealers, cattle rustlers and carnal desire. 

Did I mention the fact that this is a Western romance novel?  It’s set on a ranch with horses and cattle and cowboys.  It’s also a racy romance.  I’d rate it “adult only.”  Sex hovers expectantly just about every time Maddie and Gideon are together.  They finally do consummate their relationship explicitly.  This book is not for impressionable teens.

Maddie’s Choice is an easy read.  In 265 pages, the author, Joyce Zeller, managed to express the ever present struggle of balancing family, work, love and hate. I’d like to thank Tribute Books   for providing me with a complimentary review copy.

 Maddie chose well.  I’m not spoiling the story for the reader.  Here’s a raffle “give away” to make up.  It’s a $ 25 Amazon Gift Card, or Pay Pal cash.
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Pages: 274
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: September 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60381-959-6

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