I loved the story and characters Could not put the book down Loved this book I have always loved Jodi Thomas deft characterizations and engaging plots This book had both Now I need to go back and read the rest of the series Great mystery too I also especially enjoyed the bonus book in the back a historical romance Love Ms Thomas historical voice especially I remember the 1st book I ever read by Jodi Thomas Texas Rain that sealed the deal and I ve been reading her books ever since Now fast forward 12 years and I m still amazed by her delivery and talent in telling a storyIndigo Lake is just marvelous This series has stolen my heart just as her other books before have done Dakota and Blade s story is magical spiritual and could very well end a feud generations in the making The gypsy house still haunts 4 individuals who suffered such great loss one night years agouestion is will Lauren Lucas and Tim let it destroy them or will they finally reveal what actually happened and expose Reid Collins for the lie he told so long agoEven if you ve never read any of the other Ransom Canyon books this one you could pick up and never be lost Each book could be a standalone because of her elouent way of explaining the past you would never be left in the darkThe mystery incorporated in Indigo Lake is truly addictive with a huge surprise twist The love of the townspeople for one another is infectious So enjoy this trip back to Ransom Canyon or if it s your 1st visit get ready to fall in love with these Texan s who always roll out the welcome mat Not entirely bad but hardly satisfyingSpoilersTo my astonishment the leftover sense of disappointment I had from the last installment in the Ransom Canyon series Wild Horse Springs tempted me to not only skip reviewing this one but to skip reading it at all But my curiosity a small sense of duty and years of loving Thomas work combined into a force I couldn t deny so I read itMy overall impression mehOh a uick word of advice don t read this book immediately after reading a dark gritty
thriller like Sandra Brown s work Give yourself some distance between like Sandra Brown s work Give yourself some distance between two because while both romances they have vastly different tones I read Seeing Red the day before I read this and going from Brown s unapologetic bluntness to Thomas fanciful purple prose is seriously jarringThat said it could be just the jarring change of tones but at times this book seemed almost like it wanted to be poetry ins. Two families long divided by an ancient feud Can a powerful love finally unite them Blade Hamilton is the last of his line He's never even heard of Crossroads Texas until he inherits land there Riding in on his vintage Harley Davidson Blade finds a weathered ranch house an empty prairie and a dark river that cuts a decisive. S I m not satisfied at all It doesn t feelearned For twelve years Lauren s mooned after Lucas who pushed her so far away that they became strangers
adults Lauren was content always feeling emotionally lost never finding herself never nowing what she wanted to do with her life and somehow that became Lucas fault She seemed to blame him for not loving her back as if being with him was her only purpose for living I have major problems with that I believe people need to love themselves and be content in who they are as individuals before they can fully apply themselves to loving others and never once did I feel Lauren liked herself at all She was like an automaton going through the motions of life doing what she thought she was supposed to do not finding passion in anything except being moderately obsessed with Lucas and could have beens She became a writer because she d been told she was good at it not because she loved doing it or at least that s the impression I got Then Lucus shows up and finally seems resigned to being with her and she acts as though thatAs Adults Lauren Was
fixed everything like she s perfectly happy now because he s finally payingeverything like she s perfectly happy now because he s finally paying to her It was such horse doo dooSpeaking of doo doo I don t mean to be at all disrespectful to the Apache language but every time Dakota called her grandmother Shichu all I heard in my head for the rest of the page was I shichu not You Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects know cause it sounds like shit you AnywayThe suspense subplot was good except one thing the fires had nothing to do with the drug running They only started because one of the thugs was poking around where he shouldn t have been and somehow his cigarette started the first fire Then he started the other barn on purpose to make it look likewell that they were started on purpose And the man who died in the fire Just a drifter who d snuck into the barn for a dry place to sleep Completely unrelated and useless I was angry when I read those explanations because they were incredibly cheap and lazy Thomas couldn t think of anything else Anything relevant It undermines the entire plot Oh those things that seemed super important Yeah didn t matter whatsoever Overall Blade and Dakota s story was cute and fun but Thomas seemed to just want Lauren and Lucas to be together already so she could be done with themCould this be read as a stand alone Not if you want Lauren and Lucas interactions to make any sensenoapologybookreviewscomkeeneyeeditingcom. Ade is in town to stay and there's something about his wolf gray eyes she just can't ignoreLauren Brigman feels adrift Unhappy in work and unlucky in love shenows she ought to be striving for but she's never truly at peace unless she's at home in Crossroads If the wider world can't satisfy her is home truly where her heart. ,
Tead of a novel I suppose it could just be a romance being a romance but there was a lot of cheese and characters said things I can t imagine a person in real life saying without laughing In those moments it felt fake and cheapThe book carried a sense of finality as though it was the last full length Ransom Canyon book There s a Ransom Canyon holiday novella due out in October I believe but the next project after that seems to be something new I
M Not Sure Ifnot sure if s a new series or a stand alone novel But I didn t notice any mention of this being the series finale or conclusion in any marketing so perhaps Thomas just needs to clean the palate with something different for a just needs to clean the palate with something different for a I guess we ll have to wait and seeI think most of the sense of finality came from Lauren and Lucas getting their HEA at last and all the talk of the gypsy house that started it all Their relationship if it could be called that began in the first book and remained up in the air throughout the series until now and it felt as if storylines were getting tied up in neat bows Except there are still characters we don t have closure on like Tim O Grady and Thatcher from previous books I could probably live without Tim s HEA I m not attached to him He wasn t as annoying here as in Wild Horse Springs but he still got on my nerves just like he got on the sheriff s I liked Thatcher though and would be very interested to see where and with whom he ended up Oh and I d totally be down for Maria Davis and Wes Whitman s story She s blind and he s so shy he hardly speaks which reminds me of one of my favorite Thomas heroes Carter McKoy from Texan s Wager They d have an interesting journeyIn this installment in addition to Lauren and Lucas we saw newbies Blade Hamilton and Dakota Davis get together We also saw some scenes from Dan Brigman s point of view and I m not sure they were entirely necessary But Blade and Dakota were entertaining and fully developed I thought there d be a little to the feud between their families but what there was served its purpose and made their getting to now each other hilarious Although did we ever find out why there weren t any pictures of Hamilton women If the explanation is there I missed itAs for Lauren and Lucas sigh As a character Lauren was a thorough disappointment and I feel that their journey to love was a mess Thomas ept putting it off and putting it off and now I don t now what I was expecting but it wasn t thi. Path between the Hamiltons' land and that of their estranged neighbors When Dakota helps a stranger on the roadside she isn't prepared for the charisma of the man on the motorbike or for the last name he bears Hamilton of her family's sworn enemies representing all she's been raised to loathe The problem is it looks like Bl.