Saturday, April 20, 2013

Love at Any Cost

Love at Any Cost
Julie Lessman
Revell Publishers
April 1, 2013

Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man? 

With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in "Love at Any Cost."

Perhaps one of my favorite parts of Lessman's books are hows he weaves historical fact into fiction. This book does not disappoint. San Francisco comes to life and you'll be instantly transported. Lessman also write very real characters who are likable. Cassidy is spunky and a spit-fire. Jamie is a typical Lessman man, he has roguish good looks, struggles in his relationships, and has secrets. Of course he opens up and changes through this book. Call me crazy but I found myself feeling a bit "over" the typical man that Lessman writes. I had a hard time getting into the book and found myself frustrated with the shallowness of the characters. One could argue that that's real characterization but I found it to be a bit tired. Overall, this is an enjoyable read and a very typical read for fans of Lessman. I look forward to her possibly branching out into different kinds of characters at some point. 

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
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