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A KickStart to Morning

Got a huge compliment this morning.  Gave my morning a kickstart.
“The opening is a white knuckle ride and I could feel myself anxiously sitting in the passenger seat next to Dree. As an author of sci-fi, my reading roots started in romance (A must for character relationship) and this read brought me back to that. If you are a writer, you might want to study the style of +DL Keur​, where you never remember reading about the character’s discription, but you know perfectly well what she looks and thinks like. Brilliant. ” From David Nadas on G+.

Full Review of Through Better & Worse

Originally published on The Contrary Canadian, (https://thecontrarycanadian.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/the-contrary-canadian-49/) here’s the full review by Marva Dasef.

ThruBetterWorse2_PreFinalFCTrimSzWebSeries: A Country James Novel
Book #1
Title: Through Better & Worse
Subtitle: A Montana Love Story
Author: D.L. Keur writing as C.J “Country” James
Kindle Select Exclusive Release eBook ASIN: B013AUZTCK
Print: ISBN-13: 978-0692491751
Print: ISBN-10: 0692491759
420 pages
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance (Semi-Sweet)

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UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013AUZTCK
CA http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B013AUZTCK
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The first encounter between Dree Blake and Jake Jarvis couldn’t have been worse. Jake has a teenage mind inside a man’s body. Driving his fancy pickup too fast, he wants to get around the old clunker pulling a horse trailer. But there isn’t room to pass. Narrowly missing Dree’s horse trailer by a hair, he yells insults at the girl driving the rig.

Dree certainly didn’t want a confrontation with the rude cowboy. Jake sure as hell didn’t want to see her anywhere anytime soon. Both go about their business.

But the Fates are fond of creating coincidental meetings. Dree is heading to the Jarvis ranch to help teach the hands a new, more humane method of castrating bull calves. After a demo, Dree and the two men from the Montana Department of Agriculture are asked to stay around for the upcoming roundup of the calves. Just as she’s putting her mule, Cougar, into the stable, who should come driving in all la-di-da except the man who nearly drove her off the road.

Jake figures Dree is at the ranch to rat on him. He waits nervously for the blow up from his grandfather, Franklin. But nothing happens. Relieved, Jake is grateful the blocky little lady has kept her peace about the encounter.

Dree recognizes Jake all right, and figures out he’s the heir to the Jarvis Ranch. It wouldn’t be in her best interests to cause a ruckus. Besides, Dree does not like confrontation…at all. An incident from her childhood, violent beyond measure, gives her horrible anxiety attacks. The result is Dree is too quiet and too easily dismissed.

With this inauspicious beginning, Jake and Dree are forced to learn more about each other. They each find the other isn’t quite as horrible as they first thought.

As the story progresses, a lot happens, but that’d all be spoiler material. However, this is a big R Romance, so you have an idea of how it turns out. What will surprise the hell out of you is how.

Not many books are perfect, but this one’s darned close. The details of cattle ranching and division of property I know to be accurate, however it might be a bit more information than the reader would like. Get on with the kissing! Nevertheless, I very much appreciate a book that doesn’t slide by the setting and circumstances with no more than a howdy along the way. Readers who are sticklers for details will be pleased.

This is not your bare-chested, sexy cowboy romance (though Jake ain’t bad). Those are mere cotton candy representations of real ranch life and real ranch people. Author, C.J. “Country” James, knows the people she writes about far better than most. She’s taken a pen name for the Country series, of which this book is the first.

Not only does the pseudonymous James write truly and honestly about the modern west, but is also an artist and has recorded her own audio versions of the book. With a woman that talented, you can’t go wrong reading or listening to her books.

Hint: Also look for E.J. Ruek’s books “Old Hickory Lane” and “To Inherit a Murderer.” A few more books are in the works.

Find the author at: http://www.ejruek.com/  and http://www.countryjames.com/

About the Reviewer: Marva Dasef has authored a number of young adult fantasies, along with a couple of books in western settings. She was given an Advance Review Copy by the author in return for an unbiased review.

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