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Monday, November 19, 2012

Those Violet Eyes by Vonnie Davis

Those Violet Eyes by Vonnie Davis
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (153 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Quince

Evie Caldwell hates her life. Five years ago, she gave up college and her dream of teaching to care for her ailing mother. Now, she's trapped taking care of her worthless brother and the family ranch. Waiting tables to earn her way out of Texas, the last thing she wants is a muscleman with a macho Marine attitude complicating her life. But, oh, how that man makes her insides melt.

Wounded vet Win Fairchild returns to Texas to heal, find a piece of his soul, and open a ranch for amputee children. Finding someone to love is not on his agenda. But when he starts work at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, a spitfire with violet eyes and a major attitude instantly captures his heart.

Evie just wants to escape, but now that Win knows what he wants, can he convince Evie to stay in Texas—and his bed?

Those Violet Eyes is one of the better surprises that's happened to me in my reading life. Because the story is based in a small town in which the hero arrived on a motorcycle (Harley), I expected something completely different. Also because of the setting, I anticipated a gallery of meddling secondary characters. And, since the hero arrived on a Harley I expected that he would be portrayed as a saver of a fragile virgin heroine (something like a new version of the Prince in Shining Armor). But, as I said, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Those Violet Eyes is great story, with wonderfully strong characters. The book is focused on the relationship between Evie and Win, and because they are both strong, independent and real, it has its ups and downs. In the end they accept one another with all their strengths and weaknesses and they end up supporting each other. Both the heroine and hero have one feature or trait that the author could have misused to turn them into whining and pathetic characters. Instead, she turned their weaknesses into their strengths.

Evie, the heroine, is torn between leaving the town to lead her own life and honor bound to take care of her brother. Certainly, that does not make her a weak character. She is maybe torn but she knows what she wants. All she needed was just a small push in the right direction in order to make the decision that was right for her.

Win, the hero, is a war veteran who has PTSD and is missing a leg. He does not see himself as a disabled person, on the contrary he is the one who is pushing Evie into that right direction, while she is the one who is soothing him when he has nightmares. What I particularly loved about the story is that the heroine's virginity is not the central issue or conflict of the relationship between the heroine and hero. There are no meddling secondary characters so Evie and Win totally carry the story.

Those Violet Eyes is not a light read because the author effectively portrayed the aftermath of the atrocities of war on war veterans. The story also contains some scenes of war violence. Regardless of this Those Violet Eyes is a really satisfying emotional read that I highly recommend.