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  1. Bark Bark says:

    I hadn t read Sharon Sala s work in many years and was kind of excited to get this audiobook started for the Armchair Audie Awards I was once a big fan of Sharon Sala s writing Tallchief Sweet Baby Annie and the Outlaw Now those were some romantic, emotion filled books and were one of the reasons I gorged myself on romances back in the 90 s Haven t read them I recommend seeking them out instead of this one Anything but this oneQuinn is a former soldier with PTSD He s been home fo I hadn t read Sharon Sala s work in many years and was kind of excited to get this audiobook started for the Armchair Audie Awards I was once a big fan of Sharon Sala s writing Tallchief Sweet Baby Annie and the Outlaw Now those were some romantic, emotion filled books and were one of the reasons I gorged myself on romances back in the 90 s Haven t read them I recommend seeking them out instead of this one Anything but this oneQuinn is a former soldier with PTSD He s been home for three years and is living a quiet life near his family way out in the mountains He works as a ranger, a job he enjoys because he rarely has to deal with people One day he gets a phone call and learns that a former comrade, one without a family or place to call home, is being released from the VA Hospital He drives for hours to pick up this old friend who once saved his life and he plans to help out with the healing in any way he can Quinn s a pretty nice guy, right But wait, I thought he didn t like dealing with people Now he has one living with him Color me a little confused.Ahhh, hang on The friend is a she A beautiful she named Mariah They used to have lots of sex while stationed in Afghanistan together And now it s starting to make a littlesense He s a guy alone in the woods and she has no one in her life He becomes her entire world This sort of bugged me and creeped me out just a wee bit, if I m being honest, but I was willing to play along It is fiction after all But you can only push me so far When a crazed bear, a drug dealer with a gross mommy sexual kink, and a nasty poacher are mixed into the story for pizazz and given their own point of view I wanted to hit the delete key in ITunes Actually, let me back up and offer up a warning first There are dog deaths Nasty, unnecessarily descriptive dog deaths of seven or eight redbone coonhounds for the record I am biased, I own a redbone mix and he is the sweetest, silliest dog ever BUT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A ROMANCE NOT A HORROR NOVEL and I was not ready Not ready at all It was at this point, which is kind of early on, that I wanted to delete the audiobook from my Ipod and bleach my brain of the horrid images But I couldn t because I promised to see it through And see it through I did It turned out to be mostly boring for me But remember I don t like suspense much at all and if I don t love the characters I lose interest and that s what happened here Because so much emphasis was put on the suspense, I didn t feel them falling in love, you know what I mean The heroine also suffered from an unforgivable at least to me too stupid to live episode I know, I know, she had some sort of head injury but seriously there is a ravenous, killer bear roaming about and she says something like, Sure let s let the puppy out to play unsupervised Why the heck not He ll be fine Gah, I hate it when a character is setup to look like a moron in order to plot a nail biting scene Despite all of that I DID enjoy the fact that Mariah wasn t a weak save me type and took initiative to go out and save the day herself when necessary I can t give this book anythan two stars I will admit that I am completely biased on many levels when it comes to this story I miss the good old days when romances were actually romantic and didn t have to rely on disjointed suspense plots to fill out the book Narration Notes The audio was read capably but completely without emotion by Kathe Mazur Her voice was dead, as dead as those poor doggies and no I am not letting that go Seriously, that s the only way I can describe it She read it okay but added absolutely no life to the story I m a bit surprised this production is up for an Audie Award, but what do I know


  2. Keri Keri says:

    4.5 Stars Very good read We met Quinn in the first Rebel Ridge book He was suffering from extreme PSTD symptons He is finally getting on his feet when he hears from an old buddy that a person from his past is about to get out of the VA She has been hit by an IED months earlier Mariah, didn t know what she was going to do once she got out of the hospital as she didn t have a family or home to go to Could have knocked her over with a feather when she saw her old flame Quinn walk into her ro 4.5 Stars Very good read We met Quinn in the first Rebel Ridge book He was suffering from extreme PSTD symptons He is finally getting on his feet when he hears from an old buddy that a person from his past is about to get out of the VA She has been hit by an IED months earlier Mariah, didn t know what she was going to do once she got out of the hospital as she didn t have a family or home to go to Could have knocked her over with a feather when she saw her old flame Quinn walk into her room and let her know she was going home with him Back to Rebel Ridge to heal and rekindle the love that they each never forgot, but got lost in the aftermath of war This book was much stronger than the first one, IMO I just wish that we wouldn t have given so much page time to the bad man of the book, but on the other hand, his family ended up being victims as well and deserved it I am really looking forward to Meg s book


  3. Cheri Cheri says:

    I loved Quinn from the 1st book in this series Enjoyin this series


  4. boogenhagen boogenhagen says:

    I love this entire series, but this one was exceptional and Mariah was one of Sharon Sala s best heroines ever I reread this pretty periodically.


  5. Gail Gail says:

    Another heart stopping mystery I love Rebel Ridge and all of their residents A story that will keep you guessing to what will happen next I loved every minute and hated to see it end.


  6. Chris Conley Chris Conley says:

    This seems to be my year for books with amazingly strong women vets Mariah is astonishing She and Quinn make a tremendous statement about resilience.


  7. Kasey Kasey says:

    I loved Mariah and Quinn I absolutely enjoyed watching Mariah mostly work through her history in the war PTSD and injuries It s not an easy thing and I always enjoy a story about a war vet coming to terms with being back in the regular world and finding their way to happiness with the person they are after that experience This should have been a great book for me I loved that this was a female vet and that the two main characters had a history The situation of them having a relationship in I loved Mariah and Quinn I absolutely enjoyed watching Mariah mostly work through her history in the war PTSD and injuries It s not an easy thing and I always enjoy a story about a war vet coming to terms with being back in the regular world and finding their way to happiness with the person they are after that experience This should have been a great book for me I loved that this was a female vet and that the two main characters had a history The situation of them having a relationship in a war zone and losing touch while Quinn came home to deal with his own after war issues even worked for me I loved that even injured Mariah was kinda a bad ass She didn t need to be saved in the way most lead females do especially in a suspense She kicked but and saved the day a couple of times herself I love that the author went this direction The story as a whole was okay, but the suspense aspect felt forced It didn t flow at all with the amazing potential of this story The suspense had almost nothing to do with the story at all until about 60% in The author randomly put us in the head of this bad guy early in the book and he had nothing to do with the story at that time It felt abrupt and forced every time Add in this so cookie cutter stereotype bad guy and it began to ruin a really good story for me Make that worse by the bad guy who has obvious mommy issues from the start Yeah I got that before we end up in a creepy sex scene with him and a prostitute pretending to be his mom I m sorry I m not a prude about sex scenes and I ve even read some that are bad guys and even the kind that are scaring to the character, but this one did nothing for the story It was so unnecessary and added absolutely nothing but a creep factor to the story for me I really wanted to like this storyBut the constant abrupt changes to this irrelevant bad guy felt forced and ruined the story for me


  8. Pamela(AllHoney) Pamela(AllHoney) says:

    The second book in the Rebel Ridge series by Sharon Sala I was a little disappointed in the first book so I was hesitate about buying this one but I did I liked itthan the first book in the series but I didn t feel it was Ms Sala s best by any means Quinn Walker was discharged from the military and was recuperating at home in Rebel Ridge, Kentucky when he learns a fellow soldier and ex lover, Mariah Conrad, has been injured in the line of duty and needs a place to recuperate herself Bo The second book in the Rebel Ridge series by Sharon Sala I was a little disappointed in the first book so I was hesitate about buying this one but I did I liked itthan the first book in the series but I didn t feel it was Ms Sala s best by any means Quinn Walker was discharged from the military and was recuperating at home in Rebel Ridge, Kentucky when he learns a fellow soldier and ex lover, Mariah Conrad, has been injured in the line of duty and needs a place to recuperate herself Both are dealing with PTSD I wasn t fond of getting so much of the villain s POV I didn t mind some but not as much as we got I would have prefer to focuson the main couple But it wasn t bad and the story flowed nice and smooth to the end.I did have one other slight issue Every time I picked up the book and saw the name of the book, I found myself singingDon t cry for me, Argentinaat the top of my lungs My family was not appreciative of this


  9. Golfmagic Golfmagic says:

    This was my first Sharon Sala book Probably my last, too Though I usually like a good romantic suspense, and I have soft spot for military heroes thanks to Suzanne Brockmann , this book did not do it for me Let s start with the hero, Quinn He was a good guy, but kind of old fashioned If my grandma was trying to be hip, she d really like Quinn He cooked but also encouraged the heroine to cook and become better at it , he was protective of the heroine but kind of paternalistic, like havin This was my first Sharon Sala book Probably my last, too Though I usually like a good romantic suspense, and I have soft spot for military heroes thanks to Suzanne Brockmann , this book did not do it for me Let s start with the hero, Quinn He was a good guy, but kind of old fashioned If my grandma was trying to be hip, she d really like Quinn He cooked but also encouraged the heroine to cook and become better at it , he was protective of the heroine but kind of paternalistic, like having her sit on his lap a lot , and he complimented her often but did so by calling her pretty girl, which, I m sorry, totally creeped me out though Gram would probably like it like, No pretty girl, that s not true YUCK I think if someone called me that I d think they were a serial killer, not bf material.Quinn s motivation in the story got off to a rocky start for me Quinn gets a call a few chapters into the book notifying him that a former fellow soldier, Conrad, who s been wounded and rehabbing at a facilty a few hours from him, is being released, but has no family or money Without hesitation, Quinn decides to step in, so he arrives on discharge day to bring his fellow soldier home to live with him It s a big surprise to the reader that view spoiler Conrad, aka Mariah Conrad, is his former hot and heavy girlfriend from his tour of duty My big problem here is that Quinn is pretty nonchalant about the decision, but then apparently is totally trying to get back with her and is in total love with her Never wants her to leave Wants to take care of her for the rest of his life If he is so sure that he can t live without her, why didn t he try to find her before this coincidental turn of events brought her back into his life There s a lame excuse given I didn t know how to find you, but come on You were in the freaking army You don t know how to go about sending a letter to a fellow soldier from your same damn unit And she s all like, yeah, okay hide spoiler That did not ring true for me so it seemed likeof a quick and dirty plot device than careful character development So I wasn t that impressed with good ol paternalistic Quinn.The heroine, Mariah, is pretty kick ass She is suffering from PTSD, and she thinks she s going crazy which bugged me because that could ve been cleared up with a conversation I hate that , but on the up side, she saves the day twice with no help from Quinn In fact, she single handedly saves the day in the end, so I have to give this author points for that That s where she got two stars instead of one The villian is totally cardboard and one dimensional Completely, utterly without complexity His motivation to be a bad guy is super creepy, too Super creepy, based in a violent experience that is not problemetized nearly enough in the story In fact, we re sort of encouraged to havesympathy for the perpetrator of that violence than for the villian victim himself He s completely bad with no redeeming qualitities He s a super asshat, sure, but the reason for that is presented clumsily and not convincing In fact, it s downright unsettling not in the way where you re like, wow, this author dealt with this super creepy topic by skillfully taking me to places that were really uncomfortable I m usually okay with that kind of read because it s clear the author understands how disturbing it is That s the point But this author was not skilled in doing that, so much so that it made me wonder whether she even knew how disturbing this situation is Like, does she get that view spoiler a mother raping her son repeatedly in childhood and trying to get him to play daddy is like the most awful, traumatic, damaging thing that can happen to a child hide spoiler I just thought the way she handled that was ignorant and insensitive and clueless Total turn off.Speaking of one dimensional and stereotypical characters, Quinn s family was too Mary Sue for me Don t you worry your pretty little head none, Mariah, you re one of us now We s take care of our own, up here on the mountain Ay uh Basically the hero s family is salt of the earth poor people the kind that ain t got nuthin but luv, an that s good nuff for our simple hearts, girl And the villian s family serves as a clunky, amateur version of the foil Poor, lazy, good for nuthin mountain folk trash Zero complexity.Overall I did not connect to the characters in this story At all Part of the reason and it s a really big part was the head hopping I ve read books where it s not my favorite Nora does it and does it well and Susan Anderson does it, which I can also live with Still not my favorite, but the reason they do it well is that they change heads once or maybe twice in a scene and they make it really clear who s got the POV now I ve also read books where the authors do this poorly and that s annoying But this book OMG, this book had absolutely no regard for consistent POV NONE So in some scenes, literally from line to line you d be in a different character s head I guess I m thankful to this author for showing me that, wow, I don t connect at all to any of the characters when this technique is used I suppose in the grand scheme of things this could be considered an omnicient POV, which is rarely used in genre fiction these days because hello it s so much less engaging I just hadn t known how bad it could be until reading this book One unfortunate by product of this omniciant POV was that the rogue bear, who causes trouble for Forest Ranger Quinn in the beginning of the book, HAS A POV Seriously, we re inside of the bear s head and not like Dean Koontz takes you into the head of a golden retriever read that in the 80s at some point, and clearly it was so well done I still remember the book but we are in the head of an injured bear Talk about distancing the reader Bleh I felt like it was lazy writing because the author tried to up the suspense by showing us the bear movingtoward people.Ready to kill da da dunnnnnn Kind of like a movie But for whatever reason, books can t use the same techniques as movies, at least for this reader I need to experience the scene from one character s POV to connect with her or him I just couldn t connect with the bear One last thing, which also made me think of my grandma There was like all this god and praying stuff in the climactic scene I was literally flipping back to previous sections of the book going, Jeez, is this book an inspirational How did I miss that So I don t think it was, but there was sure a lot of faith testing in the end The problem with that is there was no discussion of a faith conflict in the rest of the book, so from a story persepctive, it was an element from out of left field and didn t work at all in the overall story or character arcs.So all in all, the book was very marginal I kept readingI really don t know why I won t read another one, though I do find it at least mildly informative to read poorly written books because you can see the skill that talented authors employ seamlessly So that s worth something


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This was just OK Even though this series takes place in a small town, the small town feel is missing for me Ms Sala always manages to grab my attention right away, but unfortunately also usually loses it somewhere along the way I appreciate her heroes who aren t manhos, but I just can t seem to get into the plots of either Rebel Ridge stories I ve read so far.Trigger warning view spoiler the mother of the villain sexually abused him when he was a teen It s mentioned and happened years b This was just OK Even though this series takes place in a small town, the small town feel is missing for me Ms Sala always manages to grab my attention right away, but unfortunately also usually loses it somewhere along the way I appreciate her heroes who aren t manhos, but I just can t seem to get into the plots of either Rebel Ridge stories I ve read so far.Trigger warning view spoiler the mother of the villain sexually abused him when he was a teen It s mentioned and happened years before the actual story, but still something I like to avoid hide spoiler


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Don't Cry for Me ❴Reading❵ ➽ Don't Cry for Me Author Sharon Sala – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Mariah Conrad has come home Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside Quinnhe Mariah Conrad has come home Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go until Quinn Walker arrives at Don't Cry ePUB ´ her bedside Quinnher brother in arms, ex lover and now maybe her futureQuinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally While she s incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated She s always stood on her own two feet, but now even that can literally be torture She s having flashbacks and blackouts, hearing helicopter noises in the night She wants to push Quinn away and hold him closer than everBut will she get the chance Those helicopters are than just post traumatic stress they re real and dangerous Bad things are happening on the mountain Suddenly there s a battle to be fought on the home front, and no guarantee of survival.

    Don't Cry for Me Kindle ´ Don't Cry ePUB ´ blackouts, hearing helicopter noises in the night She wants to push Quinn away and hold him closer than everBut will she get the chance Those helicopters are than just post traumatic stress they re real and dangerous Bad things are happening on the mountain Suddenly there s a battle to be fought on the home front, and no guarantee of survival."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Don't Cry for Me
  • Sharon Sala
  • English
  • 28 December 2018
  • 0778313425

About the Author: Sharon Sala

Biography Sharon Sala is a long time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA She has plus books in print, published in five different genres Romance, Young Adult, Don't Cry ePUB ´ Western, Fiction, and Women s Fiction First published in , she s an eight time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader s Choice Award, and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer s Award of Excellence, winner of the Heart of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Booksellers Best Award In she was named RWA s recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Her books are New York Times , USA Today, Publisher s Weekly best sellers Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.


10 thoughts on “Don't Cry for Me

  1. Bark Bark says:

    I hadn t read Sharon Sala s work in many years and was kind of excited to get this audiobook started for the Armchair Audie Awards I was once a big fan of Sharon Sala s writing Tallchief Sweet Baby Annie and the Outlaw Now those were some romantic, emotion filled books and were one of the reasons I gorged myself on romances back in the 90 s Haven t read them I recommend seeking them out instead of this one Anything but this oneQuinn is a former soldier with PTSD He s been home fo I hadn t read Sharon Sala s work in many years and was kind of excited to get this audiobook started for the Armchair Audie Awards I was once a big fan of Sharon Sala s writing Tallchief Sweet Baby Annie and the Outlaw Now those were some romantic, emotion filled books and were one of the reasons I gorged myself on romances back in the 90 s Haven t read them I recommend seeking them out instead of this one Anything but this oneQuinn is a former soldier with PTSD He s been home for three years and is living a quiet life near his family way out in the mountains He works as a ranger, a job he enjoys because he rarely has to deal with people One day he gets a phone call and learns that a former comrade, one without a family or place to call home, is being released from the VA Hospital He drives for hours to pick up this old friend who once saved his life and he plans to help out with the healing in any way he can Quinn s a pretty nice guy, right But wait, I thought he didn t like dealing with people Now he has one living with him Color me a little confused.Ahhh, hang on The friend is a she A beautiful she named Mariah They used to have lots of sex while stationed in Afghanistan together And now it s starting to make a littlesense He s a guy alone in the woods and she has no one in her life He becomes her entire world This sort of bugged me and creeped me out just a wee bit, if I m being honest, but I was willing to play along It is fiction after all But you can only push me so far When a crazed bear, a drug dealer with a gross mommy sexual kink, and a nasty poacher are mixed into the story for pizazz and given their own point of view I wanted to hit the delete key in ITunes Actually, let me back up and offer up a warning first There are dog deaths Nasty, unnecessarily descriptive dog deaths of seven or eight redbone coonhounds for the record I am biased, I own a redbone mix and he is the sweetest, silliest dog ever BUT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A ROMANCE NOT A HORROR NOVEL and I was not ready Not ready at all It was at this point, which is kind of early on, that I wanted to delete the audiobook from my Ipod and bleach my brain of the horrid images But I couldn t because I promised to see it through And see it through I did It turned out to be mostly boring for me But remember I don t like suspense much at all and if I don t love the characters I lose interest and that s what happened here Because so much emphasis was put on the suspense, I didn t feel them falling in love, you know what I mean The heroine also suffered from an unforgivable at least to me too stupid to live episode I know, I know, she had some sort of head injury but seriously there is a ravenous, killer bear roaming about and she says something like, Sure let s let the puppy out to play unsupervised Why the heck not He ll be fine Gah, I hate it when a character is setup to look like a moron in order to plot a nail biting scene Despite all of that I DID enjoy the fact that Mariah wasn t a weak save me type and took initiative to go out and save the day herself when necessary I can t give this book anythan two stars I will admit that I am completely biased on many levels when it comes to this story I miss the good old days when romances were actually romantic and didn t have to rely on disjointed suspense plots to fill out the book Narration Notes The audio was read capably but completely without emotion by Kathe Mazur Her voice was dead, as dead as those poor doggies and no I am not letting that go Seriously, that s the only way I can describe it She read it okay but added absolutely no life to the story I m a bit surprised this production is up for an Audie Award, but what do I know

  2. Keri Keri says:

    4.5 Stars Very good read We met Quinn in the first Rebel Ridge book He was suffering from extreme PSTD symptons He is finally getting on his feet when he hears from an old buddy that a person from his past is about to get out of the VA She has been hit by an IED months earlier Mariah, didn t know what she was going to do once she got out of the hospital as she didn t have a family or home to go to Could have knocked her over with a feather when she saw her old flame Quinn walk into her ro 4.5 Stars Very good read We met Quinn in the first Rebel Ridge book He was suffering from extreme PSTD symptons He is finally getting on his feet when he hears from an old buddy that a person from his past is about to get out of the VA She has been hit by an IED months earlier Mariah, didn t know what she was going to do once she got out of the hospital as she didn t have a family or home to go to Could have knocked her over with a feather when she saw her old flame Quinn walk into her room and let her know she was going home with him Back to Rebel Ridge to heal and rekindle the love that they each never forgot, but got lost in the aftermath of war This book was much stronger than the first one, IMO I just wish that we wouldn t have given so much page time to the bad man of the book, but on the other hand, his family ended up being victims as well and deserved it I am really looking forward to Meg s book

  3. Cheri Cheri says:

    I loved Quinn from the 1st book in this series Enjoyin this series

  4. boogenhagen boogenhagen says:

    I love this entire series, but this one was exceptional and Mariah was one of Sharon Sala s best heroines ever I reread this pretty periodically.

  5. Gail Gail says:

    Another heart stopping mystery I love Rebel Ridge and all of their residents A story that will keep you guessing to what will happen next I loved every minute and hated to see it end.

  6. Chris Conley Chris Conley says:

    This seems to be my year for books with amazingly strong women vets Mariah is astonishing She and Quinn make a tremendous statement about resilience.

  7. Kasey Kasey says:

    I loved Mariah and Quinn I absolutely enjoyed watching Mariah mostly work through her history in the war PTSD and injuries It s not an easy thing and I always enjoy a story about a war vet coming to terms with being back in the regular world and finding their way to happiness with the person they are after that experience This should have been a great book for me I loved that this was a female vet and that the two main characters had a history The situation of them having a relationship in I loved Mariah and Quinn I absolutely enjoyed watching Mariah mostly work through her history in the war PTSD and injuries It s not an easy thing and I always enjoy a story about a war vet coming to terms with being back in the regular world and finding their way to happiness with the person they are after that experience This should have been a great book for me I loved that this was a female vet and that the two main characters had a history The situation of them having a relationship in a war zone and losing touch while Quinn came home to deal with his own after war issues even worked for me I loved that even injured Mariah was kinda a bad ass She didn t need to be saved in the way most lead females do especially in a suspense She kicked but and saved the day a couple of times herself I love that the author went this direction The story as a whole was okay, but the suspense aspect felt forced It didn t flow at all with the amazing potential of this story The suspense had almost nothing to do with the story at all until about 60% in The author randomly put us in the head of this bad guy early in the book and he had nothing to do with the story at that time It felt abrupt and forced every time Add in this so cookie cutter stereotype bad guy and it began to ruin a really good story for me Make that worse by the bad guy who has obvious mommy issues from the start Yeah I got that before we end up in a creepy sex scene with him and a prostitute pretending to be his mom I m sorry I m not a prude about sex scenes and I ve even read some that are bad guys and even the kind that are scaring to the character, but this one did nothing for the story It was so unnecessary and added absolutely nothing but a creep factor to the story for me I really wanted to like this storyBut the constant abrupt changes to this irrelevant bad guy felt forced and ruined the story for me

  8. Pamela(AllHoney) Pamela(AllHoney) says:

    The second book in the Rebel Ridge series by Sharon Sala I was a little disappointed in the first book so I was hesitate about buying this one but I did I liked itthan the first book in the series but I didn t feel it was Ms Sala s best by any means Quinn Walker was discharged from the military and was recuperating at home in Rebel Ridge, Kentucky when he learns a fellow soldier and ex lover, Mariah Conrad, has been injured in the line of duty and needs a place to recuperate herself Bo The second book in the Rebel Ridge series by Sharon Sala I was a little disappointed in the first book so I was hesitate about buying this one but I did I liked itthan the first book in the series but I didn t feel it was Ms Sala s best by any means Quinn Walker was discharged from the military and was recuperating at home in Rebel Ridge, Kentucky when he learns a fellow soldier and ex lover, Mariah Conrad, has been injured in the line of duty and needs a place to recuperate herself Both are dealing with PTSD I wasn t fond of getting so much of the villain s POV I didn t mind some but not as much as we got I would have prefer to focuson the main couple But it wasn t bad and the story flowed nice and smooth to the end.I did have one other slight issue Every time I picked up the book and saw the name of the book, I found myself singingDon t cry for me, Argentinaat the top of my lungs My family was not appreciative of this

  9. Golfmagic Golfmagic says:

    This was my first Sharon Sala book Probably my last, too Though I usually like a good romantic suspense, and I have soft spot for military heroes thanks to Suzanne Brockmann , this book did not do it for me Let s start with the hero, Quinn He was a good guy, but kind of old fashioned If my grandma was trying to be hip, she d really like Quinn He cooked but also encouraged the heroine to cook and become better at it , he was protective of the heroine but kind of paternalistic, like havin This was my first Sharon Sala book Probably my last, too Though I usually like a good romantic suspense, and I have soft spot for military heroes thanks to Suzanne Brockmann , this book did not do it for me Let s start with the hero, Quinn He was a good guy, but kind of old fashioned If my grandma was trying to be hip, she d really like Quinn He cooked but also encouraged the heroine to cook and become better at it , he was protective of the heroine but kind of paternalistic, like having her sit on his lap a lot , and he complimented her often but did so by calling her pretty girl, which, I m sorry, totally creeped me out though Gram would probably like it like, No pretty girl, that s not true YUCK I think if someone called me that I d think they were a serial killer, not bf material.Quinn s motivation in the story got off to a rocky start for me Quinn gets a call a few chapters into the book notifying him that a former fellow soldier, Conrad, who s been wounded and rehabbing at a facilty a few hours from him, is being released, but has no family or money Without hesitation, Quinn decides to step in, so he arrives on discharge day to bring his fellow soldier home to live with him It s a big surprise to the reader that view spoiler Conrad, aka Mariah Conrad, is his former hot and heavy girlfriend from his tour of duty My big problem here is that Quinn is pretty nonchalant about the decision, but then apparently is totally trying to get back with her and is in total love with her Never wants her to leave Wants to take care of her for the rest of his life If he is so sure that he can t live without her, why didn t he try to find her before this coincidental turn of events brought her back into his life There s a lame excuse given I didn t know how to find you, but come on You were in the freaking army You don t know how to go about sending a letter to a fellow soldier from your same damn unit And she s all like, yeah, okay hide spoiler That did not ring true for me so it seemed likeof a quick and dirty plot device than careful character development So I wasn t that impressed with good ol paternalistic Quinn.The heroine, Mariah, is pretty kick ass She is suffering from PTSD, and she thinks she s going crazy which bugged me because that could ve been cleared up with a conversation I hate that , but on the up side, she saves the day twice with no help from Quinn In fact, she single handedly saves the day in the end, so I have to give this author points for that That s where she got two stars instead of one The villian is totally cardboard and one dimensional Completely, utterly without complexity His motivation to be a bad guy is super creepy, too Super creepy, based in a violent experience that is not problemetized nearly enough in the story In fact, we re sort of encouraged to havesympathy for the perpetrator of that violence than for the villian victim himself He s completely bad with no redeeming qualitities He s a super asshat, sure, but the reason for that is presented clumsily and not convincing In fact, it s downright unsettling not in the way where you re like, wow, this author dealt with this super creepy topic by skillfully taking me to places that were really uncomfortable I m usually okay with that kind of read because it s clear the author understands how disturbing it is That s the point But this author was not skilled in doing that, so much so that it made me wonder whether she even knew how disturbing this situation is Like, does she get that view spoiler a mother raping her son repeatedly in childhood and trying to get him to play daddy is like the most awful, traumatic, damaging thing that can happen to a child hide spoiler I just thought the way she handled that was ignorant and insensitive and clueless Total turn off.Speaking of one dimensional and stereotypical characters, Quinn s family was too Mary Sue for me Don t you worry your pretty little head none, Mariah, you re one of us now We s take care of our own, up here on the mountain Ay uh Basically the hero s family is salt of the earth poor people the kind that ain t got nuthin but luv, an that s good nuff for our simple hearts, girl And the villian s family serves as a clunky, amateur version of the foil Poor, lazy, good for nuthin mountain folk trash Zero complexity.Overall I did not connect to the characters in this story At all Part of the reason and it s a really big part was the head hopping I ve read books where it s not my favorite Nora does it and does it well and Susan Anderson does it, which I can also live with Still not my favorite, but the reason they do it well is that they change heads once or maybe twice in a scene and they make it really clear who s got the POV now I ve also read books where the authors do this poorly and that s annoying But this book OMG, this book had absolutely no regard for consistent POV NONE So in some scenes, literally from line to line you d be in a different character s head I guess I m thankful to this author for showing me that, wow, I don t connect at all to any of the characters when this technique is used I suppose in the grand scheme of things this could be considered an omnicient POV, which is rarely used in genre fiction these days because hello it s so much less engaging I just hadn t known how bad it could be until reading this book One unfortunate by product of this omniciant POV was that the rogue bear, who causes trouble for Forest Ranger Quinn in the beginning of the book, HAS A POV Seriously, we re inside of the bear s head and not like Dean Koontz takes you into the head of a golden retriever read that in the 80s at some point, and clearly it was so well done I still remember the book but we are in the head of an injured bear Talk about distancing the reader Bleh I felt like it was lazy writing because the author tried to up the suspense by showing us the bear movingtoward people.Ready to kill da da dunnnnnn Kind of like a movie But for whatever reason, books can t use the same techniques as movies, at least for this reader I need to experience the scene from one character s POV to connect with her or him I just couldn t connect with the bear One last thing, which also made me think of my grandma There was like all this god and praying stuff in the climactic scene I was literally flipping back to previous sections of the book going, Jeez, is this book an inspirational How did I miss that So I don t think it was, but there was sure a lot of faith testing in the end The problem with that is there was no discussion of a faith conflict in the rest of the book, so from a story persepctive, it was an element from out of left field and didn t work at all in the overall story or character arcs.So all in all, the book was very marginal I kept readingI really don t know why I won t read another one, though I do find it at least mildly informative to read poorly written books because you can see the skill that talented authors employ seamlessly So that s worth something

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This was just OK Even though this series takes place in a small town, the small town feel is missing for me Ms Sala always manages to grab my attention right away, but unfortunately also usually loses it somewhere along the way I appreciate her heroes who aren t manhos, but I just can t seem to get into the plots of either Rebel Ridge stories I ve read so far.Trigger warning view spoiler the mother of the villain sexually abused him when he was a teen It s mentioned and happened years b This was just OK Even though this series takes place in a small town, the small town feel is missing for me Ms Sala always manages to grab my attention right away, but unfortunately also usually loses it somewhere along the way I appreciate her heroes who aren t manhos, but I just can t seem to get into the plots of either Rebel Ridge stories I ve read so far.Trigger warning view spoiler the mother of the villain sexually abused him when he was a teen It s mentioned and happened years before the actual story, but still something I like to avoid hide spoiler

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