Tucked Away (Hearts of Montana #1) by Jennie MartsTucked Away by Jennie Marts
Published April 2015
Series: Hearts of Montana #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
one-star
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places...

Charlie Ryan's cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She's hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs - and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.

Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn't need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma's ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can't he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots...and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?

Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk...one night will change everything.

Charlie Ryan is leaving her New-York City life and some bad memories behind for Broken Falls, Montana, where she just inherited a farm from a grandmother she never knew she had. This change of scenery will be the perfect thing for her to forget about her cheating fiancé.

However, as soon as she sets foot in Broken Falls, the troubles begin, and a new love interest, in the form of hot veterinarian Zack Cooper is threatening her resolve. Zack is a single-dad who is content with his life on the country, and while he knows exactly that city-girls like Charlie mean nothing but bad news, and that she’lll soon have her fill of the country, he can’t help but feel drawn to her.

What I loved about this book:

  • The setting

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The awful heroine
  • The slow-paced drama-ridden storyline
  • The writing

I was granted an ARC of Tucked Away through Netgalley, and was expecting a cute and heartwarming story about cowboys, city girls, and farm-animals (I never thought I’d hear myself say that I actually love myself a good cowboy novel). So yeah, I did get cowboys and city-girls having to make-do with country-life, but I was extremely disappointed with the book as a whole, especially with the writing, the overly ridiculous storyline and the awful heroine.

I was a bit annoyed with Charlie: she thought that everyone flirted with her, so that made her quite pretentious to my eyes! Also, I hated the fact that she jumped to conclusions without even double checking, or believed every single rumor she heard. And of course, whenever something like that happened, she’d make a run for it or hide, or even act like a bitch. Yeah, and her “insecurities” totally get the best of her, because for some weird reason she thinks Zack is not any better than her cheating ex-boyfriend. It was really annoying to see how mistrusting she could be of him when he was left in the exact same situation in which she was left in.

The only characters that felt real here were the actual cowboys: veterinarian Zack and his buddy Cash. They were the only ones who did not go crazy and to whom I could relate.

In terms of storyline, the concept of it was actually not too bad: there was the growing romantic involvement between Zack and Charlie that could have held my interest if it wouldn’t have been so slow-paced (also, don’t expect the book to be steamy at all!), then there was the whole mystery around the farm and around who killed Charlie’s grandmother.

However, all of this book was just full of unnecessary drama and the stuff that happened was just so cliché. Like Charlie’s car running out of gas the moment she arrives at her destination. Or suddenly, in one day, Zack’s ex-wife shows up after 14 years, and so does Charlie’s father, that she never met. Oh, and Charlie’s mother suddenly show up at the farm too, and is a completely changed person? How more unrealistic can this book be?

Now as far as the writing is concerned, I found it mediocre at best. There were lots of punctuation mistakes (spaces missing after dots or commas) and also, sometimes, between two paragraphs, a whole new scene would start, so there should have been a graphic separator instead of just a new paragraph. It made reading Tucked Away quite difficult, and I found the 3rd person alternating POV poorly executed, and made it harder to connect with the main characters.

So all in all, I am afraid Tucked Away wasn’t for me.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
1 Stars
Writing
2 Stars
All the feels
1 Stars
Overall: one-star