Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Unfair Catch by Kelsie Stelting


Title: Unfair Catch
Author: Kelsie Stelting
Series: Savannah's Story 1 (Texas Sun Series)
Genre: Clean New Adult Romance


Blurb:


Get ready to fall in love all over again—with self-discovery, handsome cowboys, and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship.

After losing her dream job in Austin, Savannah Dondi has to do the unthinkable—move back to her small hometown. Living minutes from her parents and working in her aunt’s beauty parlor isn’t exactly the glamorous life she had planned.

When she sees Hudson McAllister at the local rodeo, he’s even better than she remembered. Tall, lean, and clinging to a bucking horse. She only wishes she’d held onto him so tightly.

Her misguided feelings for Rhett Lane had ruined it then, and if she doesn’t stop herself from falling back in love with Rhett, he’ll come between her and Hudson this time too. Avoiding him in a small town will be hard, though. Especially since their best friends are in love.

A second chance with Hudson would make all her troubles worth it, but resisting Rhett might be more than Savannah bargained for.

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Author Bio:


Kelsie Stelting grew up in the country in Western Kansas, where she gained an appreciation for agriculture and developed her love of writing. She is also passionate about her faith and starting honest conversations about mental illness. In May 2015, she graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and Industry, and she will soon graduate with a master’s degree in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University. She will continue exploring the world with her husband and writing works of fiction and nonfiction.

Please visit kelsiestelting.com to stay in touch!


My Review: 

When I first started reading this book it felt like your average, run-of-the-mill New Adult Western story about a girl returning to her hometown and facing the hotties she used to date and all the memories and drama that came along with it. I was sucked in immediately by Savannah's emotions and felt as though I were seeing the world through her eyes. I felt her pain and longing as she confronted these two important guys from her past. Her hometown felt so real to me. I could imagine all the people and all their lives. Kelsie did a fantastic job painting Savannah's world. I liked it that Savannah messed up and then had to live with the pain of her mistakes and learn lessons from them. I was biting my nails as she interacted with Hudson and Rhett. The suspense was killing me! Other characters made mistakes as well. A teen drinks and then has to live with the ugly consequences of getting totally smashed. I loved it! The scene was perfectly cringeworthy! 

And then church is brought into the story. TOTALLY unexpected and SO refreshing. It's not this in-your-face-conversion kind of thing. It's just part of their lives. It really bugs me that religion is so absent from books. So, well done, Kelsie for weaving it into your story. Because let's be honest, how many readers go to church or at least have been at some point in their lives? It's a huge part of our culture. You still see it in movies all the time. Someone's confessing to the priest or lighting a candle in a church. But books? Hardly ever anymore. And that bugs me. It's something that I'd like to see more. 

I loved watching the characters change and grow and overcome their past hurts. It was so beautiful to read. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I'm looking forward to reading the second one!

**Five Stars**