Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Cera's Place by Elizabeth McKenna

eBook, 270 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published September 25th 2011)
ISBN 13: 9781468110272
Source: Author for the purpose of an honest review
Genre:  Historical, Western, Romance fiction
Stars: 4
Flames: 3
Reviewed by Chandra

SETTING: 19th century post Civil War San Francisco

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: She runs a clean and successful, no whores, no nonsense saloon in one of the worse parts of town imaginable.  The food is good.  The gambling tables are full.  The whiskey soothes the palate.  Always providing an opportunity to give any woman a life with dignity, she is not afraid to stand up to anyone.  Even the most dangerous and notorious citizen of them all.

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: Haunted by the past, he comes into town wearing the jacket of a Union Army captain.  He has searched the past (4) years for the object of a promise made to one of his fellow soldiers.  Though his reception is cold, he proceeds “uninvited” into the world of a beautiful woman with kissable lips and a derringer on her hips.    

WHAT I LIKED:  Cera’s Place has a nice balance of character dialogue and descriptive language.  L’amour is expressive (ahhh sigh).  Like with most romance books, the author starts slow but once the action picks up, you can hardly put the book down.  Relationships that did not exist in the beginning are well established by the end.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:   The brief mentioning of a man reaching into his pants as pleasure filled his hands did not really add anything to the book.  Accents were inconsistent.  One minute you thought the person spoke with an everyday common folk accent and the next minute that same person talked like Festus’ western drawl. 

Love’s  misunderstandings and resistance;
Villain aka the trouble-maker aka the bad guy;
Small amount of colorful language;
Moderate sexual content 

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  1. I read this review over a month ago on Amazon, why is it just getting posted to the blog?

    1. Thanks for stopping by Mindi. I have close to a 50 scheduled posts at any time. To give an author top post on my blog they generally have to wait 6-8 weeks for one of those dates. To help word get around on their book the review generally posts to goodreads & amazon at least a month before the book posts to my blog.

    2. Thank you for clearing that up for me! I was really wondering, I am a new book blogger and don't have that many posts yet. I also reviewed this book and loved your review I think is was honest and thorough. I am following you now. If you would like to read my review of the book you can here Thanks again

  2. I love historical romance particularly when the setting is the Old West. This one sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.