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[[ Read Pdf ]] ì Indigo Lake ⚽ Two Families Long Divided By An Ancient Feud Can A Powerful Love Finally Unite ThemBlade Hamilton Is The Last Of His Line He S Never Even Heard Of Crossroads, Texas, Until He Inherits Land There Riding In On His Vintage Harley Davidson, Blade Finds A Weathered Ranch House, An Empty Prairie And A Dark River That Cuts A Decisive Path Between The Hamiltons Land And That Of Their Estranged Neighbors When Dakota Helps A Stranger On The Roadside, She Isn T Prepared For The Charisma Of The Man On The Motorbike Or For The Last Name He Bears Hamilton, Of Her Family S Sworn Enemies, Representing All She S Been Raised To Loathe The Problem Is, It Looks Like Blade Is In Town To Stay, And There S Something About His Wolf Gray Eyes She Just Can T IgnoreLauren Brigman Feels Adrift Unhappy In Work And Unlucky In Love, She Knows She Ought To Be Striving For , But She S Never Truly At Peace Unless She S At Home In Crossroads If The Wider World Can T Satisfy Her, Is Home Truly Where Her Heart Is I enjoyed this romance which starts out as a revisiting of the old family feud scene but quickly grows beyond it We get suspense, arson and a woven storyline Plenty of good characterisation as a newcomer arrives in a small town This is an adult Western romance with excellent setting description.I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley This is an unbiased review. Not entirely bad but hardly satisfyingSpoilersTo my astonishment, the leftover sense of disappointment I had from the last installment in the Ransom Canyon series, Wild Horse Springs, tempted me to not only skip reviewing this one, but to skip reading it at all But my curiosity, a small sense of duty, and years of loving Thomas work combined into a force I couldn t deny, so I read it.My overall impression meh.Oh, a quick word of advice don t read this book immediately after reading a dark, gritty thriller like Sandra Brown s work Give yourself some distance between the two, because, while both romances, they have vastly different tones I read Seeing Red the day before I read this, and going from Brown s unapologetic bluntness to Thomas fanciful purple prose is seriously jarring.That said, it could be just the jarring change of tones, but at times this book seemed almost like it wanted to be poetry instead of a novel I suppose it could just be a romance being a romance, but there was a lot of cheese, and characters said things I can t imagine a person in real life saying without laughing In those moments, it felt fake and cheap.The book carried a sense of finality, as though it was the last full length Ransom Canyon book There s a Ransom Canyon holiday novella due out in October, I believe, but the next project after that seems to be something new I m not sure if it s a new series or a stand alone novel But I didn t notice any mention of this being the series finale or conclusion in any marketing, so perhaps Thomas just needs to clean the palate with something different for a while I guess we ll have to wait and see.I think most of the sense of finality came from Lauren and Lucas getting their HEA at last and all the talk of the gypsy house that started it all Their relationship, if it could be called that, began in the first book and remained up in the air throughout the series, until now, and it felt as if storylines were getting tied up in neat bows Except there are still characters we don t have closure on, like Tim O Grady and Thatcher from previous books I could probably live without Tim s HEA, I m not attached to him He wasn t as annoying here as in Wild Horse Springs, but he still got on my nerves, just like he got on the sheriff s I liked Thatcher, though, and would be very interested to see where and with whom he ended up Oh, and I d totally be down for Maria Davis and Wes Whitman s story She s blind and he s so shy he hardly speaks which reminds me of one of my favorite Thomas heroes, Carter McKoy from Texan s Wager They d have an interesting journey.In this installment, in addition to Lauren and Lucas, we saw newbies Blade Hamilton and Dakota Davis get together We also saw some scenes from Dan Brigman s point of view, and I m not sure they were entirely necessary But Blade and Dakota were entertaining and fully developed I thought there d be a littleto the feud between their families, but what there was served its purpose and made their getting to know each other hilarious Although, did we ever find out why there weren t any pictures of Hamilton women If the explanation is there, I missed it.As for Lauren and Lucas sigh As a character, Lauren was a thorough disappointment, and I feel that their journey to love was a mess Thomas kept putting it off and putting it off, and now I don t know what I was expecting, but it wasn t this I m not satisfied at all It doesn t feel earned For twelve years Lauren s mooned after Lucas, who pushed her so far away that they became strangers as adults Lauren was never content, always feeling emotionally lost, never finding herself, never knowing what she wanted to do with her life, and somehow that became Lucas fault She seemed to blame him for not loving her back, as if being with him was her only purpose for living I have major problems with that I believe people need to love themselves and be content in who they are as individuals before they can fully apply themselves to loving others, and never once did I feel Lauren liked herself at all She was like an automaton going through the motions of life, doing what she thought she was supposed to do, not finding passion in anything except being moderately obsessed with Lucas and could have beens She became a writer because she d been told she was good at it, not because she loved doing it or at least that s the impression I got Then Lucus shows up and finally seems resigned to being with her, and she acts as though that fixed everything, like she s perfectly happy now because he s finally paying attention to her It was such horse doo doo.Speaking of doo doo, I don t mean to be at all disrespectful to the Apache language, but every time Dakota called her grandmother Shichu, all I heard in my head for the rest of the page was, I shichu not You know, cause it sounds like shit you Anyway.The suspense subplot was good, except one thing the fires had nothing to do with the drug running They only started because one of the thugs was poking around where he shouldn t have been and somehow his cigarette started the first fire Then he started the other barn on purpose to make it look like well, that they were started on purpose And the man who died in the fire Just a drifter who d snuck into the barn for a dry place to sleep Completely unrelated and useless I was angry when I read those explanations, because they were incredibly cheap and lazy Thomas couldn t think of anything else Anything relevant It undermines the entire plot Oh, those things that seemed super important Yeah, didn t matter whatsoever Overall, Blade and Dakota s story was cute and fun, but Thomas seemed to just want Lauren and Lucas to be together already so she could be done with them.Could this be read as a stand alone Not if you want Lauren and Lucas interactions to make any sense.noapologybookreviews.com
4.5 stars Indigo Lake by Jodi Thomas is 6 in the Ransom Canyon series, and what can I say but that I loved this visit to Crossroads Texas Its another one of those places I d love to live or at least visit.We have ourselves a bit of feud between the Hamilton and Davis family, it seems there has been some bad blood in the past and if Grandmother is to be believed its best that they don t approach each other However Blade really likes the pint sized Dakota and if anything he is about to put that feud to bed.We also catch up with Lauren and Lucas and Tim and that other one Ryan, all linked together by a happening when they were teens We ve watched the attraction between Lucas and Lauren wax and wane, and wondered whether they will ever find their way together Plus Tim and Lauren are best friends and might even enjoy sleeping with each other I ask you Where is all this going Something very fishy is going on at Ryan s ranch, there a few bodies and something that just does not seem right Dan Brigman is sheriff and he wants to find out just what it is So before we know it Blade is sworn in as a deputy with little pay and an eighteen hour day orThis is a place where you can expect shootings and danger We re talking a good cowboy story Where people are locked up in the local jail for their own safety and the town looks after them I loved the humor and the turn of phrase that makes this series so fun to read All that I expected was there I was just sorry I couldn t get to visit with all the beloved people of the town, but I hope to make the acquaintance of some of them next time There sure needs to be a 7 andAnd delighted to see that Jodi says she is going to have a story for Dakota s sister, who happens to be blind Yay Going to be an October happy read. I remember the 1st book I ever read by Jodi Thomas, Texas Rain, that sealed the deal and I ve been reading her books ever since Now fast forward 12 years and I m still amazed by her delivery and talent in telling a story.Indigo Lake is just marvelous This series has stolen my heart just as her other books before have done Dakota and Blade s story is magical, spiritual, and could very well end a feud, generations in the making The gypsy house still haunts 4 individuals who suffered such great loss one night, years ago.Question is, will Lauren, Lucas, and Tim let it destroy them or will they finally reveal what actually happened and expose Reid Collins for the lie he told so long ago Even if you ve never read any of the other Ransom Canyon books, this one you could pick up and never be lost Each book could be a standalone, because of her eloquent way of explaining the past, you would never be left in the dark.The mystery incorporated in Indigo Lake is truly addictive, with a huge surprise twist The love of the townspeople for one another is infectious So enjoy this trip back to Ransom Canyon or if it s your 1st visit, get ready to fall in love with these Texan s who always roll out the welcome mat.