Kane by Sinclair Jayne
Series: American Extreme Bull Riders Tour #6
Published by Tule Publishing on August 15, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Twice-buckled American Extreme Bull Riders tour world champion Kane Wilder is riding high at the top of his game, rolling in fame, adulation, women, and money. When he hits his hometown of Phoenix, he’s sure of another win. Nothing shakes his confidence and focus–until he comes face-to-face with his former friend and lover, Sky, holding the hand of a toddler with his eyes and trademarked dark curls and smile. Suddenly winning is about more than sticking his ride for eight seconds.
When one of her artworks is chosen for a world class hospital guild art auction, Sky Gordon thinks she’s finally going to make a name for herself artistically and cleanse her life and heart of Kane Wilder for good. But when Kane shows up at the gallery and learns the secret she’s kept, Sky realizes more’s at stake than just her pride and heart. Kane may be even more devastatingly sexy, but he doesn’t take no for an answer, and he plays to win at any cost.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
For some unknown reason, especially considering I’m not all about angst and hate stupid communication issues, I occasionally get in the mood for a book with a secret baby in it. But only as long as there is a somewhat legit reason for the father not knowing or the heroine is so kickass I can get past it. WhenKane popped up on NetGalley the mood was right so I jumped on it. Unfortunately for me it was all over the place and not in good ways. Sigh.
Sky was weak, neurotic, probably the least sharp tool in the shed of all and an emotional basket case. Plus, her reasons for keeping her secret from Kane were complete and utter bullshit. Seriously, I could not stand this chick and felt sorry Kane for being stuck with her and also for cute little Montana because her mother was whacked.
After what Sky had done to Kane, I couldn’t believe what he came up with as a solution. Instead of finding the closest judge, he should have found a good lawyer and gotten custody because, again, this woman was nuts. I guess that wouldn’t have made much of a good romance story, well, unless it included a different heroine. That would have worked.
The author also kept throwing in all these little plot bombs that fell flat for me mainly because we kept getting told things instead of being shown. In fact, this is another story that starts in the middle. This is possibly because this is not the first in a series, but all the history that is shared between the couple is shared through them talking about it, and there is a lot of it. I kept asking myself “Why am I being TOLD this? I want to be shown it as it happens, dammit!” (and yes, I wanted to stomp my foot as I typed that, but that’s tough to do sitting in a recliner).
But the absolute straw that broke the camel’s back was the freaking ending. I cannot begin to describe how bad it sucked. View Spoiler » It ends with him getting on a bull. We don’t know if he got hurt or killed or if he won or just did fair to middlin’ coming in second or something. It completely sucked. « Hide Spoiler
So yeah, this didn’t work for me at all.
Rating: 2 Still Shaking My Head Stars
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