Thursday, February 23, 2012

California's Creepy Caress

Published: June 21st, 2011
California Caress
By: Rebecca Sinclair
ISBN-13: 9780821727713

Hope Bennett was determined to save her brother's life. And if that meant paying notorious gunslinger Drake Frazier to take his place in a fight, she'd barter her last gold nugget. But Hope soon discovered she'd have to give the handsome rattlesnake more than riches if she wanted his help. His improper demands infuriated her; even as she luxuriated in the tantalizing heat of his embrace, she refused to yield to her desires. She'd accept his terms, then find a way to escape him... somehow...


   Hope Bennett has been taking care of her brother ever since an accident when they were children left him with the mental capacity of an eight year old.  That's why she'll do anything to get him out of a fight with a vicious man who's trying to jump their family's mining claim; even if it means promising her virginity to gunslinger Drake Frazier in exchange for him taking her brother's place.  Of course Hope will do anything to try and get out of it, even though their chemistry is smoking hot.  When tragedy strikes and Hope is forced to leave town with Drake, will she find out there's more to him than she ever could have imagined?  I'm sorry but this book made me extremely angry.  I wanted to like Hope and Drake - they had their moments I will admit.  But most of the time she was a simpering idiot being led around by her lust and he was an uncaring lout who came really close to raping her to get what he wanted.  They were basically the friends with benefits of the 1800s, but without the friend part really being a factor.  The thought that Hope found Drake attractive at ALL after he kept threatening to (and almost carrying out his threats) to rape her to get her payment.  It was truly disgusting.  Sometimes after the tragedy happened (won't say anymore for fear of spoilers) she acted like a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, which honestly is the only reasonable excuse for her behavior.  I definitely will NOT be reading any more books by Miss Sinclair, for fear that they'll be like this one in any way, shape or form.  Not at ALL recommended.

VERDICT:  1/5  Stars

*A copy of this book was given to me by the author herself, in exchange only for an honest review which I've given.  No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in online.*

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