Monday, July 20, 2015

#Review Sunrise Ridge by Shirleen Davies

Title: Sunrise Ridge
Author: Shirleen Davies
Rating: 3 stars

I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a while since I've read a historical romance. I tend to prefer contemporary, but I do, on occasion, pick up a historical if it peeks my interest.

Unfortunately, I wasn't all that impressed with this one. From the blurb I was expecting a heartfelt romance with the hero struggling with the ghosts of his past. While I liked Noah well enough, the blurb made it sounds as if he'd be dealing with issues from his time as an officer in the Union army during the Civil War. Instead, the war had nothing to do with what was keeping him from going after the woman he wanted.

Abby was a good character and for the most part I enjoyed her. While there were a few things she did that irritated me, I had to remind myself that she was only twenty years old and living in a very different time.

There were a lot of characters in this book and a lot of point of view changes. The romance between Noah and Abby ended up getting pushed to the side with everything else going on. I felt the driving romance took a backseat to setting up future stories.

Also, I feel I should mention that this is a 'fade to black' romance. There is a lot of angst...a lot of build up...and then nothing. We make it to the bed with them, and then it's the next morning. After all that build up I was expecting more.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet romance set in the frontier west.


Author Bio

I have been writing most of my life, but only recently began the transition into fiction. Historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and short stories are what keep me reading, so that is the focus of my writing. 

I was born in California, grew up between a growing beach town and a small town at the base of the San Bernardino mountains. My mother originally planned to name me Katherine, but she read an article in the paper about a woman named Shirleen shortly before my birth, so instead of having a cool nickname, like Kate, I am simply Shirleen. My mainstays growing up were all the Nancy Drew mystery books; I loved them. Eventually I moved on to mysteries, suspense stories, crime novels, and romance. Pride and Prejudice will always be one of my favorites.

Besides California, life changes have allowed me to live in Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona. Everywhere I have lived has been inspirational in one way or another, giving me the opportunity to meet remarkable people with their own stories to tell. I've sailed, skied, owned horses plus lots of other animals, and ridden various off-road vehicles. I enjoy dancing, fishing, hunting, being the back-seater on my husband's Harley, traveling and, of course, reading and writing.

Prior to transitioning to writing fiction, I worked for Fortune 500 and many smaller, start-up companies. Fortunately, I regained my sanity long enough to start my own consulting firm, which I still maintain today. 

My husband and I spend most of our time at our main home in the mountains of Arizona and our second home in Southern California. Between us we have five boys with growing careers and families of their own. So, from my perspective, my life is a success and always an adventure. I wouldn't change a thing; well, except finding more time to write.


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