Friday, June 9, 2017

In the Cowboy’s Arms by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Matt Forrest was born to be an actor, but grew up at Thunder Mountain Ranch as a cowboy. So when things go haywire after shooting his first Hollywood movie, he retreats to his childhood home where he knows his parents and foster brothers can help him figure out what he really wants out of life.
But PR agent, Geena Lysander, isn’t about to lose one of her best new clients—so she follows him. And things get complicated because she’s attracted to Matt, and not just for his handsome, movie-star good looks. As she gets to know the man behind the cowboy, their professional relationship becomes passionately personal. Could Matt’s next big role be as Geena’s leading man?

Series: Thunder Mountain Brotherhood #9 | Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition| Release Date: | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: MLM Media Relations | Rating: 2 Cups
I’m a bit behind with this series but I devoured the first three books so when this one popped up, I was each to get my hands on it. Sadly, this one just didn’t hold my interest.
Here’s what’s going on. When Matt finds himself in a scandal, he heads back home to Thunder Mountain Ranch and to the love and support of his foster family. Not wanting to make her PR company look bad, Geena, his agent, follows him and soon the line between personal and professional become blurred.
I’ll admit it: this book bored me, which was a pity considering how engaging the first three books in the series were. I just couldn’t get invested in either Matt or Geena. If he’s going to be an actor, he needs a tougher skin. Seriously, it’s Hollywood, the place was built on scandal. And Geena only thinking about what looked good for her company just left a bad taste in my mouth. So, it definitely wasn’t the best introduction to the characters and it really pulled me out of the story. For me, PR agents as characters sort of fall into that same iffy category as journalist.
I’m sort of wondering if it had something to do with this being the first in the series printed under the Special Edition Imprint rather than Blaze (since Blaze is no more). Whatever the reason, this one just wasn’t for me.
About the Author: VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON is a New York Times bestselling author who worked as a journalist and a high school English teacher before deciding to become a romance novelist. She was the recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has published more than 100 books.

Movie Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to play the characters in a movie. 

Matt Forrest: Because Matt actually is a movie star in the story, I wanted an image of a traditionally gorgeous guy. I’d picked out Henry Cavill to play Matt before I ever started writing.
Geena Lysander: Instead of a movie star, I chose Kate Middleton to play Geena. I’m hoping that Will doesn’t mind.
Rosie Padgett: I’d cast Kathy Bates as Rosie. Yes, she played a memorable villain in Misery, but she’s a fabulous actor and would do a great job as the matriarch of Thunder Mountain Ranch. She’s the one who worked in social services and who started the ranch’s legacy by bringing a homeless boy home with her.
Herb Padgett: I had to search for Herb, but I finally found him. Singer and actor James Darren is about fifteen years older than Herb would be, but he has the right face for a man who’s both a large animal vet and the devoted foster father of more than two dozen boys.
Cade Gallagher: I’d cast Channing Tatum as Cade, the first boy to arrive at the ranch, the one who created the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood and arguably the most memorable of the foster brothers. Because Cade is related to the Chance brothers from the Sons of Chance series, he’s the link between the two. He appears in all the Thunder Mountain books.
Lexi Simmons: I picked Audrey Tautou to play Lexi because she rocks the short curly brown hair look that is so Lexi. Audrey starred opposite Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code. Although she’s French, I’m sure she could manage an American accent for the role of Cade’s soul mate.


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