Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.
But that was before she met Patrick Henley.
“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help”, which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.
The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.
When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.
I’m so perplexed about this book. I just loved the premise of it – a Romeo and Juliet type of romance with cowboy boots and horses – but it left me so unfulfilled and a little bit annoyed.
As fun as the story appeared to be, it was predictable from the very beginning. Girl from a wealthy family – daddy’s little girl – with matching boyfriend and bright future ahead. Boy from poor family forced to put his future on hold to support mother and sister. Girl meets boy, sparks fly and it doesn’t take much to guess where the story would be heading. It had the potential to be a sweet little YA story that could warm the readers’ hearts and remind us what it was like being young and hopelessly in love. However, it failed to do so at every single turn. I was OK with it having a predictable plot, I was even expecting and welcoming it. But there is a difference between predictable and plain old disappointing. The story was scattered. It hinted at so many things, followed through with only some, and it left me gaping at my Kindle, wondering whether I had blacked-out at some point and missed entire chapters.
I think my biggest problem was the actual writing style of this book – not very unique and rather simplistic at times. There was an uncomfortable amount of narrative – I felt like things were spelled out to us rather than conveyed through other more interesting writing modes. The chapters were told from two points of view – Cami’s and Trick’s – but instead of using this to fully expose both characters and aid the storyline, it just gave us endless monologues and not enough dialogues between the key characters. As a result, not enough actually happens between them to justify the ‘intensity’ of what they are allegedly feeling towards each other. I get lust at first sight, I get raging hormones and the attraction of doing what you’re told not to do, but there has to be more in the storyline to support a plot of this sort. Everything felt ‘imaginary’ and, as a result, even the twists in the story failed to make an impact. Too many things were described in too much detail; I felt I was choking on details but left hungry for any actual action. Just when I thought something would happen and wake me up, I was thrown into yet another inner rant about how much she likes him, how she cannot stop thinking about him, how much she needs to see him again … or a detailed description of what he’s wearing.
Matters sometimes got resolved just because we are told they got resolved, not because it was a natural progression of events and the way actual people would act. Several elements that were at some point hinted at remained unresolved or just neglected. What was Trick’s mother’s reaction to their ending? What was Cami’s mother’s reaction? I felt that it would have been much more significant to the overall story to have their acceptance and blessing rather than Cami’s father’s. He might be the patriarch of the family but what complicated Trick and Cami’s relationship ultimately did not come from his past actions. We never get to hear Cami’s mother’s story. I think something like that would have actually enriched the storyline, added credibility to the overall book and it baffled me that it was never explored. I was left with too many questions and ‘what-the-hecks’.
It was an enjoyable read as much as it could be since it never really grabbed me. I kept waiting for something and that something was never delivered.