Title: Sparkle and Shine (Spurs & Saddles)
Authors: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Genre(s): Western Romance
Page Count: 72
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
All that glitters is not gold. No-frills cowboy Evan learned that lesson the hard way while married to a rodeo princess, a relationship that was all flash and no substance. At least Evan held on to his daughter, Cheyenne, and his best friend, Brooks, when the sparkle wore off and things fell apart. Life could be a lot worse.
But it could also be better… if Evan and Brooks took a step beyond friendship. Just as they start to explore their feelings, Evan’s ex-wife sticks her nose in to sabotage them. Suddenly everything is up in the air, and they have difficult choices to make about the rodeo, Cheyenne, and the romance they both want so badly to pursue
First edition published by Torquere Press, November 2007.
I feel so bad, because I will probably be the odd man out here with my review. I just ask you don’t burn me at the stakes.
Meh. IMO it was lacking character development and I felt like the flow was choppy. Therefore, it was a longer read then it should have been; failing to keep my interest several times. Overall I did like the realistic cowboy slang and southern feel to it. Oh, and I did like the way the author portrayed Evan’s daughter, Chay.
I do feel a bit short-changed when it came to the antagonist part of the story. The whole ex-wife storyline just felt put in and didn’t really support the story too well. I really can’t say if the story would have been better if longer, because I have read stories this length that seem to have it all worked out. However, with how quick and choppy it felt it and with the underdeveloped storyline, it just seems like the only rational reason.
The blurb sounded great, however I felt the story didn’t deliver. Overall, it was okay at best. In the end, even thought it’s written as a HEA; what it felt like to me is HFN.