Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Margot's Lawman by Debra Kayn

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Margot's Lawman by Debra Kayn
Series: Sisters of McDougal Ranch
Release Date: February 13th, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Author
Age Group: Adult
Category: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 236 pages in PDF format
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My Rating : 3.5 Stars 
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Back Of The Book:

It's hard to keep a secret in the small town of Pike, Montana, but veterinarian Margot McDougal and sheriff Roy Lee Hanson managed to keep their relationship on the sly for months. Margot cares for Roy Lee, but the last thing she needs is to worry about local gossip while she's busy running her clinic and dealing with the loss of her beloved father.

Roy Lee can't wait to tell the world that he loves Margot. He respected her decision to keep their affair quiet—until now. It's time for everyone to know Margot is his gal...especially Ryan Martin, her new assistant. He's formed an attachment to Margot and Roy Lee is sure the city boy's unexplained appearance in Pike means he's up to no good.

Margot just wants to help Ryan fit in, and Roy Lee's jealousy soon drives a wedge between them. A wedge that only increases when Margot is roped into Ryan's secret, too...


First Line:

“Oh, no you don’t.” Margot McDougal pushed the thigh-high gate against the side of the black-and-white
hog, urging him to move back out of the doorway.“Lordy, Harley, you need to go on a diet.”


Teaser:

“Roy Lee—”
He placed his finger over her lips. “Give me time to say what I gotta say, sweetheart. I fell hard, right then
and there. Shook me to the core, it did. I didn’t understand how I could know you my whole life, think of you as my friend, and after all that time, you come home and my feelings for you were anything but neighborly.


Plot & Characters:
Margot's Lawman is a sweet contemporary romance that touches upon the importance and strength of family. Margot, the town's veterinarian, has a soft heart and a determined mind. She tries to see the good in everyone and live by the southern morals that run deep into her family's roots. Her five fun-loving sister's are great and add depth to the story and from what we see in this installment of the McDougal Sister series, each have an interesting story of their own. Sheriff Roy Lee , Margot's love interest and childhood friend, is as kindhearted as Margot, yet with a steel southern determination and a possessiveness of his lady. 

Still grieving her father's death, Margot tries to push past the pain and continue to grown her clinic. With the support of her family and her relationship with the town's Sheriff, Margot is finally seeing progress in her ability to continue on without her beloved father. When her assistant,  veterinarian  Ryan, starts to take to much of an interest in Margot, that possessiveness drives a wedge between the two further unveiling a hidden secret as to why Ryan is in Pike, Montana.

While the sweet story line of friend-turn-true love in a small southern town was solid and held a good pace, I had a hard time getting past the writer's attempt to add a southern charm to the character's dialogue and inner ramblings. Being from the deep south myself, I can testify to the slang and dialect used, however when characters use that dialogue to the point of sounding ignorant and incapable of proper grammar it throws me out of the story.

I pushed past this minor detail and came to enjoy the love story. I enjoyed finding out how the two main characters over come their obstacles, pushed past the changes no one could control and find a happily ever after that made me smile as I read the last words......"Any woman, who can train a farm pig to run...and win, is a keeper in my book."

Writing:
Ms. Kayn's writing style provides a deep down home feeling with a lot of southern charm! She writes with great detail and brings together characters that make you see and understand things through a different perspective. 

Summary:
Margot's Lawman is a great romance that has a lot of heart and is filled with southern charm. I'll definitely pick up the other books in this series!

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