I grabbed this thinking it was an IR read based on the simply gorgeous cover. I love that Kimani has opened up to IR books and I was hoping to find more than the wall to wall hot sex stories.
Engaging Brooke was a very welcome addition. I loved that the setting was on a ranch with a cowboy hero and cowgirl heroine. This book had the marriage of convenience trope which I love and a close knit family showcasing each generation as secondary characters.
Sadly the story still ended up falling flat. The writing was a bit stilted which kept stopping my enjoyment of the story. I didn't get an accurate description of the hero and heroine which made me forget what they looked like. And I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I wanted to be. Untimately the story was a letdown.
I want to keep supporting Kimani because its treated like the red-headed stepchild of the Harlequin lines and the potential is there to be an epic purveyor of multicultural & IR romance. Sadly, with Harlequin it's the only line open to diversity with its characters but I wish the stories and characters were more engaging. Although this was a bust for me, I'll keep supporting the line.
Engaging Brooke is available now from Harlequin and available May 1st from online stores.