Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Atonement by B.J. Daniels

Atonement (Hqn Books) by Daniels, B.J. (Feb 25, 2014)

Kindle Edition Available for Pre-order. This item will be released on February 25, 2014. $6.15

Book Description

February 25th and March 1, 2014
Just how far are people willing to go to keep their secrets?
Protecting the citizens of Beartooth, Montana, is never an easy job. It's been one year, and Sheriff Dillon Lawson still feels guilty that he couldn't save his twin brother, Ethan. But the biggest test of his bravery comes when Tessa Winters arrives, claiming to be pregnant…with Ethan's baby. At first, Dillon can't decide if this beautiful woman is a con artist or a victim. If Ethan didn't die in that car crash, then where is he—and why is he hiding?
Now, Dillon is prepared to do anything to uncover the truth—anything except admit his growing feelings for Tessa. But with violence threatening, Tessa and Dillon must trust in each other to save not only themselves…but also Tessa's unborn child.

Many authors are ‘hit and miss’ and this is just how BJ Daniels is with her books.  I had loved the Beartooth, Montana series until this particular book. I am surprised at the amount of positive reviews.  This leads me to believe that there must be something about me that makes me see this book in a different light than so many others do.

This story is not exciting, romantic, gripping, riveting or even very well told.  The writing seems to be childish and quite flat, the romance isn’t really ‘there’ and the side stories are so many and so confusing that I just wanted to scream at times. I just cannot believe that the same author that wrote all of the other stories in this series wrote this one.  It just does not seem to be her usual style.

The book starts out well enough with a lot of promise.  A woman shows up on Dillon Lawsons doorstep thinking that he is his own twin brother Ethan who is supposedly dead.  She is pregnant, emotional and threatening…and this book has nowhere to go but downhill from there. There are, as I said, so many side stories that are all supposed to meld into one whole, but it does not really work. Somehow, BJ has lost her ability to weave multiple story lines into one believable whole. I found myself skimming to see if anything got better and it did not.*ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes*

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