Friday, December 31, 2010

Review - Marry Me

Title: Marry Me
Author: Jo Goodman
Publishing Date: December 2010
Genre: Western
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I downloaded an ebook from Barnes and Noble for my Nook. The day I went to purchase the book, Barnes and Noble had it available for free. Lucky me!

Marry Me is the second book in Jo Goodman's Reidsville series. Cole Monroe finds himself accepting a position as town doctor for Reidsville, Colorado after his younger, mischievous sister sends the town his impressive resume. One of his first goals as the new doctor is to see all the patients in the town and that includes the recluses who live in the nearby mountains. Cole is escorted by the local deputy, Will “that no account Betty boy” to the Abbott's cabin in the woods. When he gets there he finds Runt Abbott in a very bad way. He stays to take care of her and then eventually offers her a position as housekeeper in his home.

Marry Me starts off at a very brisk pace with Dr. Monroe saving Runt or Rhyne Abbott’s life. I felt like the author started at the ending of the story and then slowly back tracked to allow the readers to figure out why Rhyne was in the situation she was in at the beginning of the story. This type of writing has the ability to just suck me right into the story and is one of the reason's I just love Jo Goodman. Not to mention that her characters are always fully fleshed out. In the case of Marry Me the situation was very unique and unusual.

Most of the book revolves around Rhyne and Cole, although Rhyne and her back story is the main focus. There are some secondary characters. I think Whitney, Cole's sister stands out the most to me. At sixteen she is a breath of fresh air. Most people think she has a strange way about her. I found her to be refreshing and her vibrancy was not annoying at all. She balanced Cole's staid personality very well. I wonder if she will get her own story down the road.

One little quirk in the book that sort of irritated me was that Will's character was always referred to as "that no account Betty boy". After a while that got old. Essentially, throughout the whole book he was ALWAYS referred to that way. But really, that aside, a Jo Goodman book is always a treat and Marry Me is no exception.


Hilcia said...

Jill, I agree! Goodman really did an excellent job with her characters. Whitley was definitely a favorite with me, and I also wonder if she'll get that story. :)

I think if I had not read The Doctor's Wife by Cheryl St. John recently, the story would have felt "fresh" to me, but as it was, there were similarities. However, this book was really quite good!

nath said...

I've been reading good reviews for this book, Jill, and now I'm really tempted to get it :) Glad you enjoyed as well!!

By the way, Happy New Year! :P

Kris said...

I grabbed this one when it was free too, but have not read it yet. Glad it is good. Do not think I have read Jo Goodman before.

Tracy said...

I just bought this one - I hope I like it as much as everyone else! lol

Yeah, the Betty boy thing would get to me too. :)

Jill D. said...

Hilcia - Cheryl St. John is another great author. I haven't read The Doctor's Wife yet, so I'll look forward to that one. Glad you enjoyed Marry Me too!

Nath - I think you will enjoy it. If you have enjoyed other Jo Goodman's than you should like this as well. Rhyne is not your typical heroine and I think you will like her.

Kris - You are in for a treat. Jo Goodman is one of my favorite authors. I hope you enjoy this! She has an extensive back list and a lot of the books you can find in used book stores. I would recommend anything by her.

Tracy - Joining the club, huh! Well, I hope you enjoy it!

nath said...

Yeah, that's the problem... I haven't really enjoyed Ms Goodman books... but I still went ahead and bought Marry Me :)

Kaetrin said...

Hi Jill!

I finished this one on the weekend. I liked it - mostly I like Goodman's work anyhow, but I wasn't struck by it. I think I rated it a B-. I was completely engaged when I was reading it and I was eager to continue and then finish, but it wasn't (for me) as good as Never Love a Lawman or some of her other books. It's kind of hard to describe, but the engagement didn't last once I finished the book. (Make sense?)

And, I got a bit sick of the references to "that no account Beatty boy" too! :)