Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Corralling the Stones: The Chase by Ava Mitchell and Sydney Holiday

Corralling the Stones: The Chase (Part 1) by Ava Mitchell and Sydney Holiday

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Menage Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Ambitious and no-nonsense, Lily Chisholm thinks her dreams of becoming a famous designer may be too big for a small town like Liebling, Texas. Unable to resist the creative challenge, she makes one final commitment to sex-proof the furniture at The Sweet Spot, the local B&B. But challenges come in more ways than one, and she finds out the two hunky carpenters chosen to assist her are none other than the Stone twins, two men she hasn’t spoken to in ten years.

Known around Liebling for their prowess with the ladies, Jackson and Ethan Stone have been forbidden from speaking to Lily ever since a teenage prank designed to get her attention backfired and fueled the fires of the generations’ old feud between their families. But after working with Lily during the sultry Texas summer, Jackson and Ethan cannot deny the sexual tension mounting between them. When a stranger threatens Lily, their protective instincts go on overdrive, and they unleash the passion that has lain dormant for years.

But Lily has a secret that could separate them forever...

Clare C's Review

A Liebling woman sets her sights on a pair of brothers and ends up in a ménage relationship. It had all the accoutrements of the other novels in the series: cowboys, a strong woman, a reason they shouldn’t be together. While the plot doesn’t hold surprises, that doesn’t really matter. You know what you’re getting from the beginning. As someone who enjoyed previous novels in the Liebling series, I looked forward to the story. On all those levels, this novel is appealing.

The writing is good. Fans of Mitchell/Holiday will be pleased with the friendly style and easy flow of the story. From the beginning, it sucks you in and makes you want to read it all. Lily Chisholm is a fun heroine and the Stone brothers are sexy and appealing.

My only issue with the story is that it ended before it was over. As a reader, I felt cheated. Lily and the Stones established their relationship, but the fundamental issue of whether she would give up her dreams to stay with them in Liebling isn’t addressed until future installments. To me, it was the main conflict, and it wasn’t resolved. While the writing was good, the characters aren’t very distinguishable from others in the many cowboy/ménage series available. Because of that, I would be hard pressed to pick up part two. It was like watching half a cute movie and then being told you’d have to wait a month to see the second half. That would be a movie whose end I would never see. I like the series. I like Mitchell/Holiday. The marketing strategy is a huge turn-off, which does a disservice to their authors.

4 Tea Cups!

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