Friday, February 22, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: Stroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels


From New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels, comes STROKE OF LUCK—the stunning first novel in her brand new Western-set romantic suspense Sterling’s Montana Series!

STROKE OF LUCK is now available! Grab your copy today!

Stroke of Luck by B.J. DanielsAuthor: B.J. Daniels
Series: Sterling's Montana #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: February 19th 2019
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
He’s hoping to bury the past. She’s ready to settle the score.

The Sterling Ranch’s season opening isn’t going so smoothly. With the ranch’s lodge full of guests and a Montana blizzard threatening, Will Sterling needs help—and he needs it fast. So when his childhood friend Poppy Carmichael agrees to lend a hand, he’s grateful for a second chance…and more enticed by the woman she’s become than he cares to admit.

For Poppy, it was supposed to be a retreat full of horse rides and hoedowns—with a side of showing Will what he’s been missing all these years. But as the snow deepens outside, the guests’ suspicion and mistrust turn sinister inside, catching Will and Poppy in the crosshairs.

Weathering the storm in each other’s arms is all too easy for Will and Poppy, but will a confrontation with a killer mean their reunion is short-lived?

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author B.J. Daniels starts her Sterling’s Ranch series off with a bang in this suspenseful story of romance and revenge.
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

This was my first B.J. Daniels book and let me tell you, I quite enjoyed it.

Stroke of Luck is a story that took me by surprise. I really didn't expect how suspenseful this book was going to be, and I really enjoyed that.

The book starts out with Will trying to come to terms with being in charge of the ranch after his father's death. Will is struggling with what his father wanted for the ranch, but also with what he knows he should change around. I will say that I was amused by how he couldn't figure out in the beginning what Poppy's intentions were. He was kind of freaking out in the beginning, and I thought that was charming in a way.

Poppy was a mystery to me. She was holding on to her young love too hard, and she seemed intent on making Will pay for something that happened 20 years prior, when she was twelve and he was fifteen. I found it hard to connect with her, because of how tightly she held on to that memory and that heartbreak. While I know how important first loves are in someone's life, I felt that Poppy was too intent on keeping that memory fresh in her mind, and also on letting Will know that she remembers it all, even after all those years. I did love that she was a cook. I loved how she speaks of what made her want to become a cook, her memories of Will's mother and cooking with her. I liked that side of her.

I was very intrigued by Big Jack and his employees, the group of guests staying at the ranch. I was curious about their dynamics, who was hiding what, and the author made a good job at playing with that aspect. There were a bunch of surprises along the way that I didn't see coming, and I enjoyed those. The pacing was a little too slow for my liking, but I still enjoyed the book.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and I'm going to keep my eye out for when the next book in the series comes out.

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She had touched the antler lamps and admired the massive ranch kitchen with all its counter space. Even at twelve and a tomboy, she had loved to cook. Back in the lounge, the well-worn leather furniture had looked so comfortable that she hadn’t been able to help herself. She’d plopped down in one of the chairs and was running her hands along the warm smooth leather when Will Sterling had found her. She hadn’t thought anyone was home and she’d been itching to see inside, so having never lacked courage, she’d dared enter without permission.
“What do you think you’re doing?” he’d demanded.
Startled, she’d struggled to get out of the deep comfort of the chair. “I was just…” She had managed to get to her feet and turned. The cutest cowboy she’d ever seen stole any words she might have said. His longish brown hair under his Western hat was dusted with gold as if kissed by the sun. His brown eyes were the color of sweet molasses.
Dressed in a Western shirt, jeans, boots and a hat that looked a little too large for him, she’d fallen in love at that exact instant.
“I need to get moving,” she told Kara. “I promised to get up there in a couple of hours and I have to pack. I also want to pick up some supplies.”
“Supplies? I would think they would have those.”
Poppy chuckled. “Buckshot Brewster is their usual camp cook. Apparently he broke his leg. To Buckshot, cuisine is a slab of beef and a side of beans.”
Kara laughed. “Wait a minute. That cowboy you were telling me about who you met when you were twelve—”
“Will Sterling, the man who just hired me.”
Her friend raised a brow in concern. “But I thought he broke your heart.”
Poppy nodded. “Oh, he did.”
“Wait, I know that look. What are you planning to do?”
She smiled, eyes narrowing. “If it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is his stomach… Well, then, I plan to give him a taste of his own medicine.”
“You wouldn’t.”
Oh, but she would.

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  About B.J. Daniels: NYT and USA Today Bestselling author B.J. Daniels was born in Texas but moved with her family to Montana at the age of five. Her first home was a cabin in the Gallatin Canyon and later a lake house on Hebgen Lake outside of West Yellowstone. Most of her books are set in Montana, a place she loves. She lives now in a unique part of the state with her husband and three Springer Spaniels. When she isn't writing, she loves to play tennis, boat, camp, quilt and snowboard. There is nothing she enjoys more than curling up with a good book.  

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