A Love to Last by Kelsey Browning

Posted July 9, 2016 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments

A Love to Last by Kelsey BrowningA Love to Last by Kelsey Browning
Series: Prophecy of Love #1
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Cowboys, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Her boots were made for walking...

Drifter Delaney Shields plans to breeze through Prophecy, Texas, before setting off on an around-the-world trip of a lifetime. She never expects to see sexy-as-sin Cal Maddox, the man she ran out on a decade ago. One look between them and their past attraction reignites, flaming hotter than ever. But acting on it would be disastrous because she's not the sticking kind, and Cal has roots a mile deep.

Cal Maddox left the military only to find the health of his dad and his hometown both failing. When Delaney walks into his father's custom boot shop, she spurs emotional memories and sexual fantasies Cal has no business indulging in. Especially once he realizes that she's the next Prophecy bootmaker, the only person who can design custom cowboy boots with the power to change a person's destiny. But if fanning those old flames will keep her in Prophecy, he's willing to take the heat, even if it means keeping secrets and risking his heart again.

Duty and desire throw Cal and Delaney together, but will their feelings be strong enough to forge a new bond? Or will they destroy their second chance at love?

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I had high hopes for this book, I wanted to love it. It takes place in Texas, my home, the place I still miss a whole heck of a lot. Oh and it’s about book makers, and I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good pair of cowboy boots, I mean seriously, my mom has spent more money then she cares to admit on a pair of red cowboy boots that she still shows off whenever she wears them. Unfortunately, this book did nothing for me. I came very close, several times, to not finishing, but I powered through.

Honestly, this book is super kitchy, I grew up in Texas, and even in the small town I have never heard people talk the way they do in this book. It was almost like the author went out of her way to make things down home and quaint, like giving pecan pie a special name, actually every food had a folksy name. It wasn’t endearing, it was super annoying.

Our main character is Delaney, who is flighty, and that might be an understatement. She comes from kind of nomad home life until she was a teenager and went to live with her aunt. It seems like none of her parents really cared about her at all, and the situation is sad, but she uses it as reasoning for self sabotaging kind of everything. She was in love with Cal way back when and left him because she got scared and then just never looked back. And she spends so much of this book trying to haul herself away from everyone who ever cared about her as quick as possible that I just could not like her.

Cal, well I felt bad for. He’s in love with this woman who is always getting ready to leave. He wants to settle down and it just ain’t happening. His dad is sick, he needs to leave the boot business to someone who knows what they are doing, enter Delaney. So Cal tries anything and everything to get Delaney to stay to take over, and that includes not always being honest, which kind of sucked. Also I think I wanted Cal to be more assertive or something, he just came off as kind of bland.

A lot of the book is about this boot business. Apparently these are magic boots that help give the wearer a happier life, it’s cute to think about, but I dunno, it just took up so much of the book that I was bored. I wanted to quit this book more than a couple of times. There were a few scenes at the end that made me feel for the characters, but it didn’t last long. All in all, this was a skip it book for me.

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