Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake

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Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake

Published: 2011

Publisher: Barbour Books

Series: Husbands for Hire(Book 2)

Goodreads Summery: Welcome to Hope Falls where three enterprising young females are accepting applications for husbands-for-hire. With one woman already snagged, Lacey Lyman is one of only two remaining. No one really catches her eye until a handsome hunter arrives. Will Lacey find a way to bag her prey? Determined to investigate why Hope Falls’s mine collapsed, Chase Dunstan poses as a potential husband and a hunter, giving him the perfect excuse to poke around inside and outside of town. If only he could get the chatterbox Lacey Lyman off his trail. Can he keep his cover while solving the mystery of the mine?

     Book two starts off right at the end of book one. We are once again back in Hope Falls where Lacey has brought her three good friends to start a saw mill and to look for husbands. In this book it’s Lacey’s turn to tell the story. Lacey is struggling to maintain being the leader of the town as there has been some issues with fighting amount the men and in the last book she almost got herself killed hds it not been for Evelyn’s beau saving her life. Jake has to escort a criminal back east and while he is gone he hired his friend Chase to keep order of the town and look after the ladies while he is gone and Lacey is none to happy about this.

     Chase is a mountain man and does not really like people he spends his time tracking and hunting with his wolf hound decoy. Lacey takes a strong dislike to him and Chase does not like her much better. Will these two be able to work together for the better of the town and maybe find love along the way?

     I must say after reading the first book in the series I was really looking forward to this book and I hate to say I was some what disappointed. Some of the other reviews where complaining about the amount of characters in this book.  I will say this is a series you MUST read the first book or you will be very very lost. I don’t think its far to rate a book low if you have not read the whole series(one where they are very much tied together) but that is just my two cents. Smile with tongue out 

     What I liked. The same great characters are back from the first book. This book actually over laps just a little with the first so it’s a quick recap which is nice and there is no lost time. The author continues to develop her characters and we get a better understanding as to why Lacey came to Hope Falls and why she is the way she is. I also liked how the action/mystery story line is continued and deepened. I am very much looking forward to the next book to see what will happen next!

     What I did not like. The story between Lacey and Chase. I don’t want to give to much away but I did not feel there was much chemistry between them and we where 70% into the book before they even started to have any notion of attraction and then the climax came out of now where. Not saying it was bad but to me it was very unbelievable. The mystery aspect of the story between the two was very good but I felt the two should have just ended up being friends not more with so little chemistry.

     Even though I did not love this book as much as the first I still enjoyed it and felt it was a good continuation in the series. I look forward to the next book to see how the storyline continues.

Book Rating

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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