March 5, 2013

Book Review: Cardwell Ranch Trespasser by B.J. Daniels

Title: Cardwell Ranch Trespasser
Author: B.J. Daniels
Release Date: March 19th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley

CARDWELL BEWARE!The Cardwell clan has a new, mysterious member. Dana Cardwell warmly welcomed her Justice cousin into the family fold and to the ranch for a reunion. But this cunning kin has other plans for Dana...and designs on her husband, Hud.

Hilde Jacobson has known Dana too long to let her best friend get conned-or worse, killed. Unfortunately Hilde is no match for a skilled impostor who's duped everyone in the canyon. Only Deputy Marshal Colt Dawson believes Hilde's claims about the phony relation; only his strong arms have saved her from "accidents" intended to get her out of the way. Together can they convince the Cardwells that a predator lurks in their happy home?

My Thoughts

Cardwell Ranch Trespasser is an okay story, if a little over-the-top with its storyline. The writing flows easily but is made a little disjointed by its multiple points-of-view.

Colt and Hilde were far from a believable couple, they really didn't have anything to base a friendship on let alone a relationship. It was all too easy and convenient for them to be together - they should have been made to work harder for their relationship in order to bring more realism to the story.

I found all the characters to be a bit shallow and lacking in personality, so I wasn't really invested all that much in the mystery/story - a
nd Dana was an out-and-out cow; my least favourite person in the world is the friend that drops you like a hot stone when they think you've done them wrong.

Overall, Cardwell Ranch Trespasser had some good moments but it was lacking in realism, story, and character likability too much for it to be anything more than meh.
2 stars :|

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