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Monday, April 6, 2009

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues by Jacquie Rogers



Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues by Jacquie Rogers
Publisher: Highland Press Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (181 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lilac

It Happened in the Idaho Desert

The rodeo clown:

Brody wants the thrill of bullfighting and the wind at his feet.

The actuary:

Rita doesn't want anything to do with a busted up cowboy—and odds are, Brody will be.

The mule:

Socrates understands humans. And love, even if humans don't.

Can Socrates lead Brody to Rita's heart?

Will Rita let herself take the biggest risk of all?

With fascinating characters, a fun romance, and a matchmaking mule named Socrates, Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues is an entertaining story.

When Rita returns home to help her mother recover from surgery, she finds more than she bargained for in the form of rodeo clown and neighbor, Brody Alexander. Both seem to want very different things in life as Rita is very career-focused as an actuary and Brody likes the freedom that bullfighting and performing provides, but a matchmaking mule named Socrates has different plans in mind for this intriguing couple.

What really stood out for me in the story was the characters. It is filled with colorful characters, both of the two-legged and four-legged variety. Rita is a very career-driven individual who thinks she knows what she wants out of life. Brody, meanwhile, has a few secrets from his past that he is keeping that once revealed could change everything. He is every bit the gentleman and flirt and I really liked him.

I absolutely loved the matchmaking menagerie led by Socrates the mule. These animals, which included a skunk, a couple of dogs, and even a porcupine, definitely had personality and were scene-stealers. In fact, at times they outshined the main couple of the story and I found myself looking forward to reading Socrates' POV of various events and his antics, which the author brilliantly included.

In addition to the four-legged secondary characters, there are quite a few two-legged ones that stood out to me from Rita’s mother, who has a romance of her own and urges Rita to avoid cowboys, to Brody’s mother and sister, who stir things up quite a bit. Each had distinct personalities and added some humor to this fun story.

While I did enjoy this entertaining romp and its cast of lively characters, at times I found the relationship between the main characters hard to buy or get into and things felt a bit rushed or too coincidental. Rita and Brody were very different from one another, but as the story progressed we learn of connections and events that just felt a bit too convenient for me.

But despite this I found the overall story to be entertaining and fun and am glad to have read it. Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues is a fun read that is sure to keep you smiling!

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