RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: The Last Single Maverick by Christine Rimmer


Title: The Last Single Maverick
Author: Christine Rimmer
Publication Info: Harlequin 2012
ISBN: 9780373656790
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book the Last Single Maverick This RITA® Reader Challenge 2013 review was written by Susan. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Contemporary Series Romance category.

The summary:     

Look out, ladies: there's another Traub bachelor in town!

Jason “Jace” Traub is every bit as gorgeous as his sexy twin brother, but rumor has it he is even more marriage-shy. There's not a woman alive who could make this restless rancher settle down….Yet insiders whisper that Jace has been talking wedding plans with Jocelyn Bennings, the chestnut-haired beauty who ran out on her own wedding just days ago!

Could the confirmed bachelor really be hooking up with heartbroken, headstrong Joss?

Stay tuned, loyal readers, to find out if their marriage of convenience runs amuck—or if lasting passion will finally rope in the last single maverick!

And here is Susan's review:

I’m familiar with this author’s work from reading a few of her other books.   This book clearly is one in a long series of stories that tells us the romance and HEA of the passel of Traub family siblings.  Although I have not read the other books in this series, I was not left feeling that I was missing key facts due to that. The author has style and talent.  She is very good at blending the necessary details from the past, descriptions of the characters, their relationships, as well as the sites and sounds of the setting that flow well through out the book.

That said, you might ask why I give the book a C grade.  Let me explain further…

I find this book to be entertaining, but fluffy.  Everything is clean and tidy and tied up with a nice bow at the end.  For my personal taste in romance it does not hit the mark to ever read another book by this author.  It’s not a compelling story, which I have not found to be based on word count or if it’s a category romance.

The writing is good, but lacks emotional depth even when there is strong conflict between the characters as there is between Joss (Jocelyn) and her mother.   Jase’s (Jason) redemption from years of, I’m so dating myself here, being a well-to-do Playboy with many lost nights of drunken, pleasure-filled encounters is weak.  This is such a serious issue that when it’s used with such little depth in romance novels I have to chant to myself, it’s a romance novel, to get past it and keep my head in the book. 

I like that when Jase and Joss meet, each being soured on relationships, they strike up a friendship and just have fun being together.  They have many conversations and the humor is well done.  Again, this author is has a nice style and a lot of talent.  The book is well balanced.  If I compare it to a TV show it would be to a half hour sit-com – little depth, but somehow touching on the serious with a nice dash of humor as well.

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