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Autumn Lover (Maxwells Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012


    I thought it was a good read, planning to check out the brothers story next.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    This book just toes the line of being okay. The main male character, Hunter Maxwell, is a conflicted bully who distrusts all women because his first wife betrayed him, thus painting the entire sex with the "untrustworthy flirt" brush, ad nauseum. Frankly, it gets tiresome listening to how Belinda, his late wife, is the epitome of the worst type of female there could ever be and how Hunter believes all women are of the same ilk. Also tedious is how much he belittles the main female character, Alissa, owner of the Ladder-S Ranch, while being attracted to her at the same time. The contradictions are myriad, the insults many. Alissa is described as being a strong willed, independent free-thinker for the late 1800's. She continually takes his verbal abuse and feels insulted as she is unable to fire him due to the precarious situation she is in, so they play a lot of insult tennis. Hunter is *actually tracking the 2 dimensionally evil Culpepper Gang and takes a job on the ranch as cover for his search. Conveniently, the Culpeppers are trying to take over the Ladder-S ranch in attempts that escalate from embarrassingly badly worded threats ("What Culpeppers want Culpeppers git!", "I ain't gonna throw ye and mount ye right off. I jest wanna get a feel 'o them teats." Seriously?!? lol)to a drawn out shoot-out attack on the ranch that takes days to resolve.

    Amidst the drama, somehow Hunter and Alissa become lovers. The sex seems a bit contrived, considering how much Hunter seems to dislike Alissa, while Alissa is mysteriously drawn to the insulting bad boy. Also, since this is a first book in a series, Ms. Lowell leaves several strings dangling. I listened to this book a year ago and didn't think much of it then, but then recently thought I should give it another chance and maybe buy the 2nd in the series. While the dangling strings are normally fine for series books, I don't think I want to take a chance on Hunter's brother being just as offensive in the next book. This is not the first Elizabeth Lowell book I've listened to and I was hoping that distrustful mean-spirited men were not the norm for her, but this is the third book in which the men have few redeeming qualities (The men in "To the Ends of the Earth" and "A Woman Without Lies" are cookie cutouts of Hunter with different names). For me personally, I'm not impressed with mean men, so I'm done with this author.

    In conclusion, if you like the insolent-turned-romantic (loosely defined) type of man, you may enjoy Lowell's books. Overall, Laural Merlington does a decent job portraying different character voices. The recommendations below all have excellent performers for the audio books and are good books in general.

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