Monday, November 14, 2011

REVIEW: Tall, Dark and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Kelly Eileen Hake and her publisher for sending me an electronic copy of "Tall, Dark and Determined" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and their generosity.

“Tall, Dark and Determined” by Kelly Eileen Hake is Book Two in the Husbands For Hire Series. In this second novel of Hope Falls, Colorado, the gals we’ve come to adore in Book One, “Rugged and Relentless”, are back, trying to make a go of a sawmill, having advertised in the newspaper for experienced loggers and potential husbands.

Jake Granger is taking Twyman back east to face the music for his brother’s murder. So he calls on Chase Dunston to look after the town and the ladies who run it while he is away. Chase has another reason to check out Hope Falls: a man he knows was killed in the mining cave-in that injured Braden Lyman, and Chase wants the opportunity to investigate the Lymans in the hopes of placing blame.

What Chase never counted on was falling for Lacey Lyman. His “murder” investigation was not meant to endear his suspect to himself or give him a longing to put down roots in a logging community. Although this is a similar plot to the first novel, the story is different enough that it doesn’t feel like a rehashing of book one. This is a truly enjoyable book.

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