Sunday, March 22, 2009

87 (2009 #12). A Gentle Rain

by Deborah Smith

I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, and read it during Spring Break, which turned out to be appropriate timing.

Typical of its genre, this romance was ultimately predictable, but still a fun and easy escapist read. Like some of the events in the story (like the untrained heroine becoming a barrel racing champion on a nearly-wild horse in just a few months), most of the characters are a little "too-too" to be true. Ben Thocco, the hero, is a Seminole struggling rancher who used to be a Mexican wrestler (and gigolo), who the adopted-now-orphaned, wealthy, can-do-anything heroine, Kara Whittenbrook (aka Karen Johnson) drooled over while her environmentalist adoptive parents worked in Brazil. The supporting characters (mostly mentally-challenged ranch hands, including Ben's Down Syndrome younger brother and Kara's birth parents) are all good, and the villains are all bad. Nevertheless, I particularly enjoyed the depiction of the setting of rural, non-tourist Florida. Good beach reading.

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