One More Ride, by J. Hepburn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Amanda runs the only hotel in a young town on the edge of white settlement in Australia. It’s a far cry from the life she used to lead, a life only her business partner knows anything about, and she prefers it. But when bush-rangers hold the hotel at gunpoint, threaten everyone in it, and ride off with the contents of the safe, it’s an insult she can’t let slide.
Set on vengeance, Amanda swallows her pride and seeks help from the two men she parted ways with long ago. But the past stirred by their company is harder to ignore than anticipated, and Amanda struggles both with the deadly fight in front of them and the old desires she thought she left behind.
I was incredibly impressed with J. Hepburn’s western novella set in the Australian Outback. It has everything: action, adventure, a great love story, and a fantastic emotional component!
Amanda is exactly the kind of character that I love to read about. She’s strong and independent, but she cares about the people she’s responsible for, and she has a very strong sense of right and wrong. I love how complex she is, and her emotional journey was excellent.
“And it’s always good to see you happy, Mandy,” Nathanial said as he hugged her, more fiercely than Devin had.
“I’m where I needed to be,” Amanda said. “And where I need to be. And I’ve told you before, it’s Amanda now. Mandy is not who I am any more.”
The climax built up nicely, but I think it resolved too quickly… sort of a “that’s all?!” moment for me.
I did like the relationship, too, but more for what it did for Amanda than for the whole triad.
I think this is a great novella, and J. Hepburn is incredibly talented. Amanda was a pleasure to read, and the highlight of this story!