Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Diamonds and Dust (Lonesome Point, Texas #3)

Blog Tour: Review: Diamonds and Dust (Lonesome Point, Texas #3) by Jessie Evans

Passionate, nice, creative, yet serious, somber; personal.

Diamonds and Dust (Lonesome Point, Texas #3)
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A sexy second chance romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Jessie Evans.
The home run neither of them expected… 
Pike Sherman is a legend in Lonesome Point, a hometown boy who made it to the big leagues. Literally. Professional baseball acquired one hell of a pitching arm and its latest celebrity bad boy when the gifted Pike was drafted seven years ago. Pike’s broken heart came along for the ride, too, but he kept that private, and since leaving Lonesome Point has kept his distance from his hometown. But when Pike’s little sister, Mia, begs him to be the Dude of Honor at her wedding, he can’t refuse. He takes advantage of a break in the season and returns home to find himself thrown together with the one woman he never wanted to see again. 
Tulsi Hearst is on the verge of losing her Equine Therapy business, and letting down all the kids she’s come to love. After a mix-up with the grant board, she needs to concentrate on finding more funding, not dealing with Pike Sherman, the boy she sacrificed so much for, and the one person she’s ever lied to. And what a lie it is… Pike would hate her if he found out. She knows she should stay far away from the brooding man her summer love has become, but Tulsi can’t resist a slow dance with the only boy who ever made her blood rush. 
After just a few days back in Lonesome Point, Pike can’t imagine life without the girl he left behind, but when Tulsi’s secret is revealed, his heart is broken all over again. The only thing worse than losing Tulsi, is losing six years with the daughter he didn’t know he had. 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I remember, before reading this book, I was trying to figure out why the title was Diamonds and Dust. I knew the author would include it somewhere in the book's sea of words, and how many there was to get the meaning of it across. What I don't remember was whether the word diamond or dust came first although it is of the least importance and has no relevance whatsoever. Or does it...?

I predicted how things were gonna go down, how the climax of the plot was going to unfold. How the scene was going to begin, what scenario would best suit the story. What I couldn't predict was the characters' feelings and actions. I thought up the complete opposite of what they really ended up doing; how they reacted when they stumbled into a situation.

I don't know what to say as far as praising goes. I can't think of anything that could match up to what I think of this story. Nothing I can really think of at the top of my head can do it justice. It's a given that the writing was good, simple even. It's a given that I fell in love, once again with Evans' work and extended my appreciation and emotional investment in these characters.

Yes, this read, to be succinct, was short and sweet; a damn good story. The author hit the ball out of the ball park with this one, and I am not just saying that because the main man plays pro baseball. It is better, to me, to say that than just a quick 'amazing' or 'fantastic' which don't seem up to par.

I was a total SAP by the end of this book. Stripped to nothing more than a squealing fangirl with a serious complex for romance stories that can just get a reader right where the money is. Sometimes literally.

Overall, this book would be something I definitely recommend. My favorite of the Lonesome Point, Texas series so far. Just keep'em coming.

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About the Author:

Jessie EvansNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary romances she loves to read.

She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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