Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Broken Arrow by Chelsey Butler

Broken Arrows by Chelsey Butler
Page Count: 174
Released Feb. 6, 2014 
Adult Romantic Fantasy 
Cari Harris lives what should be a charmed life. She owns a quaint bed and breakfast in a charming southern town, is surrounded by loving friends and family, and possesses magical powers. Most of the residents in Fable, GA, are descended from mythical creatures straight out of fairy tales, and Cari is no exception. As a descendent of Cupid, she has the ability to see when two people are soul mates and the power to make sure they fall in love. However, this power is sometimes more of a curse than a blessing, because Cari is also the town screw up. While hosting a murder mystery weekend at her inn, she tries to match a young couple and makes a huge mistake. Now she must fix her mistake before the guests leave at the end of the weekend, all while making a bigger mess of things along the way, in her typical fashion. As if Cari didn’t have enough to worry about already, her old boyfriend just moved back to town. Years ago, she forced herself to stop thinking about Mike, but now that he’s back, there is no avoiding him. It’s a small town and she keeps running in to him, no matter how much she hopes to avoid it. When she stumbles across some unexpected secrets, and Mike helps her with her current matchmaking dilemma, all of her feelings from the past come flooding back.

My Review:
This is a cute book. Cari is a likable character. She's known as the town screw up which may be true. I will say that her problem is that she doesn't ensure that her matches are in prime position when she makes her move. An obvious remedy but she hasn't figured that out yet.

The writing was average. It did it's job to keep me wanting to read. The characters engaged me. The story was predictable but really most plot lines are. I will tell you that it could have been better. What does Cari look like? We know she has a pointed chin, red hair, a little curvy but what else? Is she short or tall. How does she dress? The same is true for the rest of the characters.

Cari works in a bed and breakfast. We as readers have no idea what it looks like. We know that the town square has old fashion Southern charm but what does that look like. What I am saying is that we were told these things but there were not described to us. For an author I know it's a delicate balance. Too many details and you bore the reader. Too little detail and the story isn't as tight as it could be.

Broken Arrow is not a stand alone. The way it ends, you expect there to be a second book. There are questions left unanswered. The novel is fast paced; it's perfect for a weekend read. If this book was a person and a cupid asked me about it as a match may answer would be "I liked it but I'm not in love."


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About the Author:
Chelsey Butler was born and raised near Fort Worth, Texas. She still lives in north Texas with her husband and four daughters, but she rebels against the Texan stereotype. She loves God, her family, and all things involving books, and is a self-proclaimed nerd, a history buff, and vintage enthusiast. She also writes young adult fantasy under the name S.G. Tillery. Chelsey loves hearing from her fans and encourages them to find her on Facebook.

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