This week's (belated) review is over a book that I received in the mail along with "Envy" by the same author (review to come soon) which I won in a Goodreads giveaway.
"Texas! Sage" is the third book in a companion novel trilogy, but it
is in no way entirely necessary to read the first two books before
reading this one (I didn't). If you want to go back and start from the
beginning, you'll be a little spoiled, but at the same time, these are
the types of stories that have pretty standard and predictable endings.
As always here is the book's Goodreads description:
In the dramatic finale of #1 New York Times
bestselling author Sandra Brown’s popular Texas! trilogy, the
headstrong youngest daughter of the Tyler family finally steps out of
the shadows cast by her two older brothers. But forging her own path
will take every ounce of savvy in Sage Tyler’s possession.
youngest heir to her family’s oil fortune, Sage has always been the
unbridled spitfire in the Tyler clan. Now, fresh out of college, she’s
looking to settle down at last with her safe, upper-crust fiancé. Then
into her life saunters Harlan Boyd, a rootless drifter recently hired
for a Tyler Drilling Company project. Harlan’s just the sort of man Sage
should avoid, but there’s something irresistible about the laconic
cowboy that intrigues her.
When a financial crisis threatens to
wreck Tyler Drilling for good, Sage and Harlan must channel their
simmering chemistry into the task of saving the family business. But can
she trust a man who shares her maverick spirit—and harbors long-held
secrets of his own?
"Texas! Tyler Family" trilogy was first published in 1990-1991, so it's
a little bit older than other novels I usually read, and you can
definitely tell that there is a lot of tradition going into the
storyline. I read Envy, a 2002 thriller also by Sandra Brown, before
reading Sage's story, and I think that may have weakened the plot for
I felt the romance in this book was forced, the chemistry
between Harlan and Sage unrealistic and overdone to make it believable.
There were a lot of moments where Harlan basically assaults Sage.
Kissing her when she very clearly doesn't want it. Yes, the story
justifies itself by having Sage give in, that she was fighting it
because she's stubborn, not because kissing a stranger right after being
dumped by a boyfriend is odd in any way.
The storyline dragged a
lot as well. It felt like it wasn't going anywhere and that a lot of
scenes were there for filler because there really didn't seem to be any
point to them. I think the book could have been half the length it ended
up being and it would have been a more enjoyable story. Considering
there were chapters full of forced conflict that all of a sudden wrap up
over the course of literally under five pages, it would have made the
book read less like a rough draft.
Was this a horrible
book? No. Will I go back and read the first two books in the series,
maybe. I'm not sure how much of what I had trouble with in this book is
the author and the story themselves, or the writing trend of the time-
I'll have to read other novels to decide that.
I gave this book 3
stars and I think if you aren't looking for anything intense, something
that could be read quickly in the last few days/weeks of summer, this
might be for you, but it's not the peak of women's literature in my