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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lone Star Trouble by Autumn Piper

Lone Star Trouble by Autumn Piper
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (201 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

One hot cowboy plus one tough rancher-girl adds up to trouble!

Kiersten Day holds a grudge against all things Texan, especially cattle baron CJ Howell, with his hubcap-sized belt buckle and tacky white hat. He’s set his sights on her tiny Colorado ranch, and he’s a master of dirty tactics, slinging threats to make her sell out.

Caught in the fight of her life, Kiersten meets Cleve, a tall, handsome good guy. Too late, she finds out he’s Howell’s son. She might be pregnant, she doesn’t know who to trust, and danger is closing in. She’s head over heels -- and kicking herself!

Home for Kierstan Day is Rocky Peak, a high range sheep ranch. She had no intentions of letting it become a part of some rich Texas rancher’s cattle ranch.

With humor, suspense, mystery, and “potty mouth” expressions, Autumn Piper creates a story with an undercurrent of deep-seated need for self-preservation and a desire to have a “home” that is not just a place but also a state of mind and heart.

The wide array of characters range from the very wealthy to the dropouts of society like the neo-Nazi element that plagues Kierstan’s life. These characters create havoc from court battles to burned out range and business—all directed at Kierstan.

The main plot and sub-plots mesh to make a spellbinding story. The heroine’s negativity and prejudice along with her crude language and attitude take away from the love story. However, her unshakeable love for her grandfather and her best friend Nate reveal her true character.

This story of a rich playboy growing up and a woman whose psyche and heart have been wounded by her now-dead husband is compelling. Added bonuses are the parts about familial ties, old and new friendships, and enemies. All these elements pull the reader into the happenings with a “what-in-the-world-will-happen-next feeling. Entertaining reading.