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Posted May 6, 2014
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in the Men of White Sandy, and while I did read it first and it stands well on its own, if you can get hold of the previous two books, Mystic Cowboy and Masked Cowboy I'd highly suggest it, because it takes a little something away from those two books to read Nobody first, in my opinion.
Now on to the review.
Oh, this story is just lovely, lovely and heart wrenching and heartwarming. Nobody Bodine is tall, dark and enigmatic. He's a vicious fighter and a protector of horses and children. He's also the invisible man...except to Melinda Mitchell. SHE can see him, even when he doesn't necessarily want to be seen. Melinda is Madeleine's sister (she's the heroine from Mystic Cowboy) and she's just about as opposite to her uptight doctor sister as is humanly possible. She's artistic and empathetic, and to put it not too kindly, something of a flake. But she can SEE Nobody in both a physical and a metaphorical sense. And their dance back and forth between each other and their own issues was something I adored watching unfold.
I'm torn between labeling this contemporary and paranormal because the paranormal aspect of this is really light and not a major focus of the story, but it is in there so I suppose it isn't a strict contemporary either. What I loved about this story is how clueless and sweet Nobody is (and his inner monologues can be quite humorous) behind that gruff exterior. He's just a rough, tough, cream puff and that's my favorite kind of hero. And I really enjoyed that Melinda is a strong capable heroine while still managing to be understanding without being a doormat. There is no "big misunderstanding", just the logical sort of miscommunications and difficulties one might expect from their backgrounds. And the way that Melinda learns to be the grown up and make the hard choices for the right reasons, and the way that Nobody learns that trust comes in a thousand different daily actions rather than one big gesture is just perfect.
Only two things didn't work for me. One, I was really hoping for that ooey gooey sweet real name reveal that never happened (I cracked up when Melinda was screaming "Nobody" during intimate moments). I mean I suppose it is acceptable that it supposedly doesn't matter since he's a someone to Melinda, but dang I wanted it. And I really wanted an epilogue of some sort. But that may have been more a function of how much I wanted more of their story than any actual need for it to complete the story. This will definitely be going on my re-read list.
Posted May 6, 2014
Posted May 4, 2014
Nobody is one of those books that reaches right to your heart and squeezes it. Ever since I was first introduced to Nobody in Mystic Cowboy, book 1 of the Men of the White Sandy series, I have had many questions. Where did Nobody come from? What made him the way he was? Could anyone ever touch his heart enough to force him to come out of the shadows? Fortunately we get all of that and more with Nobody.
To be honest I didn’t expect to get to see as much of the inner workings of Nobody because he has always been such a mysterious character but I’m thrilled that we really get to know him. A large portion of the book is from his point of view and gives us a real taste for his spirit and heart. Both of which makes me adore the man even more. Meanwhile we get to meet Melinda Mitchell and her unique way of looking at the world which includes actually seeing a man that nobody else can. This gift makes Melinda perfect for Nobody in part because she isn’t afraid to try new things or be limited to what others think or believe.
This story revolves around child on the rez, Jamie Kills Deer, who is being mistreated by his parents, Nobody’s demand to protect Jamie and Melinda’s desire to see the best for Jamie. Jamie’s story is told with such care that you could feel the anger, frustration, and protection that Nobody and Melinda all feel for this little boy. The conflict arises with how they each want to deal with the matter. The reader is pulled along during this story and there were a number of times I had a hard time reading through my tears. Well done Ms. Anderson, you have another tear jerker here.
The roller coaster of emotions is encapsulated in an environment that screams mystery and possibilities of anything happening. In truth, there is no way that I could find my way to Nobody’s home any more than Melinda can because of the wonderful storytelling of Ms. Anderson. She gives us just enough to whet the appetite but never enough to pin the location down which I think is awonderful use of the environment and allows for more possibilities in later books. And PLEASE let there be more books in this, series, Ms. Anderson!
So what about the chemistry between Nobody and Melinda? It is A-MAZ-ING. These are two characters that just are perfect for each other. She is literally the light in his world. Providing a connection to the world and others. While Nobody is the shadows that protect and terrify anyone that would use the dark to hide themselves in. Providing her protection and a safe place to fall even when everything is going crazy around them.
I highly recommend you at least read Mystic Cowboy first in this series to really get to know our Nobody. He is one of the secondary characters there but Wow did he make his presence known in a big way. I know that he also is part of Masked Cowboy even though I’ve not been able to squeeze this book into my timetable.
Final thoughts: This review has been one of the most difficult to write for a while in part because I really wanted to get this right for Nobody. I know he is a character but after you read this story tell me you don’t see glimpses of either yourself or someone close to you. The other reason is because I have fluctuated on the actual rating for this review from the time I finished reading the book to even now as I type it up but there is only one place this book can sit and I be at peace and that is with a 5 star. In fact this book will be added to my Best of 2014 list which I’m so pleased is growing. If you haven’t grabbed this series then do it.
As an additional benefit at the time of this post Nobody is currently on SALE for 99 cents so you have no excuse not to pick this book up NOW!
Sarah M. Anderson provided me with a copy of Nobody but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.
Posted May 1, 2014
Do you think NOTHING can break through your armor and put a tight squeeze on your heart? Read Nobody by Sarah M. Anderson. I love a good, tension-filled romance, add a dark and mysterious hero, give me a good and feisty heroine and I’m on board! What I didn’t expect was how deeply I would get involved in Nobody Bodine’s story. Huge, scary, and able to blend into the shadows, Nobody has few friends, lives is a world of loneliness and secrets, he is almost like a ghost, a nobody. What nightmares from his past have made him feel less than deserving of living a full life? Why does he do endless good things for people under the cover of the shadows?
Melinda has made a mess of her life, always making bad “boyfriend” choices, getting hurt, and never quite able to fit into the mold the world has prescribed for her. Needing a fresh start, she comes to the White Sandy Reservation, where her super successful, super confident and super in love sister is the only doctor for miles. Melinda is determined not to fail this time as she sets out to open a day care for those on the reservation. What she hadn’t planned on was Nobody or her reaction to him. What Nobody hadn’t planned on was the beautiful woman who actually “saw” him, treated him like a man, a somebody. What she saw was a scarred man, desperately alone, who would risk his life for an abused boy, and be his champion, all without the glory of notoriety.
When things get out of hand, Nobody becomes a wounded fugitive, and Melinda is determined to make things right, but at what cost? Can she turn her back on him when he needs her the most? Hinged on her actions, she has the power to save the young boy, but possibly kill that last ember of hope in the man’s heart.
Sarah M. Anderson dug deep for this one! Nobody is probably the most damaged and misunderstood hero I have ever read about! And Melinda? Talk about a hidden warrior woman unleashed! Wonderful writing from the heart, filled with amazing characters, a twisted plot and an awkward romance between two completely different people. If you like romance with heart and grit, pick this one up, you’ll be glad you did!
Posted April 5, 2014
I can't really describe how much I love these Native American heroes in the Men of the White Sandy series. I still call them Indians in my head because I grew up with Cowboys and Indians.
Nobody is a secondary character in the previous two books and he was intriguing right from the start. A kind of vigilante, who protects kids in danger but has a dark and mysterious past and spends his life in the shadows.
When Melinda turns up, the wild child sister of the doctor heroine in Mystic Cowboy, she seems an unlikely person to become involved with a man who is quite simply scary to look at. Big, scarred, definitely not a smiley kind of guy.
Yet somehow she is drawn to him. And the amazing thing is that she sees him. A man who has a gift for melting into the darkness, for watching without being seen. Right from the start, he is somebody to Melinda.
A romance between them was bound to be complicated, even before it got tangled up with saving a mistreated child, and finding out just how dark Nobody's history really is.
This book had me all choked up and in tears before the end. These guys aren't your average romance heroes. Nobody is strong in so many ways, but it is his unexpected vulnerability that catches you off guard. He brings out the best in seemingly ditzy Melinda, and she finds her strength even when it hurts.
Posted March 31, 2014
Nobody Bodine has always been forgotten, neglected, and ignored by his family, his tribe, and white society. He's gotten good at staying in the shadows and only coming out to protect those who can't protect themselves.
Melinda Mitchell has gone through more bad relationships than she can count. She always seems to choose the wrong guy. Maybe she needs a change. Coming to the White Sandy Reservation where her sister Madeline is the doctor seems to be a good plan. She's a creative artist who loves children, so who better to run the new day care center on the reservation?
For once, Melinda really sees Nobody, and she's not scared of him. She's fascinated. Who is this mystery man with wounds that have left scars both inside and out? Why is he the only one who seems able to protect an abused little boy who shows up at the day care? And why is she falling for someone who can slip away as easily as a shadow?
Sarah M. Anderson realistically portrays the hardships of life on the reservation, while still describing the beauty of the land and the determination of the people. The romance is steamy, yet there are heart-breaking scenes when circumstances push Melinda and Nobody apart. I was rooting for these two to find a way to make their love work. You won't be disappointed in this latest installment in The Men of White Sandy series!