Review: Karma (Cattle Valley #33) by Carol Lynne

April 23, 2016 Review 0

Review: Karma (Cattle Valley #33) by Carol Lynne

From an Olympic Gold Medalist to jail inmate, one man’s journey to rebuild his life after hitting rock bottom.

Once a celebrated athlete, Guy Hoisington fell from grace and into a bottle. For years, the citizens of Cattle Valley went out of their way to avoid the drunk lecher, but one man, Shane Rendell, not only dated Guy during a brief period of relative sobriety but fell in love with him before he was hastily cast aside.

Living within the thick haze of liquor and sex, Guy rarely made good decisions, but on one particular dark night, he makes the worst decision of his life when he decides to drive down the mountain after a long evening of drinking. He wakes from a coma to discover he’s run an innocent man off the road and has a life-changing injury. For the first time in a very long time, Guy is able to look at himself through sober eyes, and he hates the man in the mirror. In one stupid move, he’s lost everything.

Shane has tried for two years to move on with his life after falling for the town alcoholic, but when he learns of Guy’s accident, he rushes to the hospital. Although the entire town may hate Guy, Shane is determined to prove Guy hasn’t lost everything.

Title: Karma
Author: Carol Lynne
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ghosts of Alcatraz, Alrick, Unconventional In Atlanta , Alrik
Series: Cattle Valley #33
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hawk's Landing
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: 04/26/2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 88
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

It is always tricky when you are reading a blurb and you are excited to read a book.  You have high expectations (on an inspiring read) and when they are not met, it can be easy to write a review solely based on what could have been.  I decided to take a couple of days to really let the story sink in.

Second chance is a theme that I really do like.  It has a lot to do with the fact that I had quite a bumpy ride in life and I am not proud of all the things that I have said and done.  I can relate with some parts of Guy story.  It has a lot to do with shaming ourselves of what we are and being afraid to open to the world.  This story touches me because it is still an ongoing process for me to learn to trust and open up in my life.

I really liked this story, but it was too short!  I personally feel that when you are giving so many elements in a story, you need to wrap it up very well.  There is a lot of complex elements that were playing throughout the story and I feel a little let down by how it ends.  This being said, it is a good story, I love the chemistry between Guy and Shane; it is one of those love/hate relationships that is blossoming into something totally new.

Guy is a total jerk, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything he was doing until he had his accident.  Then little by little having to stay sober and cope with his amputation, he is seeing his life through another perspective.  Shane presence ,while Guy is in recovery, is playing a big role in those changes.  Shane has deep feelings for Guy, but those were never returned.  We see Guy struggling and deciding to dig within himself to get in contact with himself.  It was hard a really hard thing for him to do.

What will happen with all the events that Guy went through?  What about Shane story? Those things could have been explored in much more details and given a depth that would have transformed it into a wonderful read. It was nicely written and characters are well built, but I was left wanting more.  It was feeling rushed and while she did a good job having me care about the character and story, the author could have left some of the background elements out of the story.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but that is frustrating to see all the avenues that could have been taken but ending in a dead end.  As you can expect, my biggest issue is the story length.  It should have been a full novel and most of my issues with the book would have been resolved.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a quick read about second chances and struggling with addiction, that is a good book, just keep that in mind while reading.

 

Fredz
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