Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mexican Fire by Martha Hix


DNF @ 36%

No shade to this book. It's interesting and set during a time period that I can't remember reading about in a historical romance before-- in Veracruz, in the 1830s, in what I believe was the beginning of Santa Anna's dictatorship. The heroine is a resistor who wants to help overthrow him and the hero, Reece Montgomery, is a Yankee they want to recruit into their cause. Unfortunately, he's a womanizer and his loyalties aren't exactly clear, which leads to tensions of the most troublesome kind. If you know what I mean.

It was just a little too purple prose-flavored for me. Sometimes I'm in the mood for that writing style, but I guess I'm not right now. I'd read the sample if you're unsure if this is for you. It doesn't appear to be particularly un-PC and the hero is forceful but not rapey. The Spanish, from what I could tell, was all mostly correct, and I thought that the heroine's dysfunctional friends, family, and allies, were all portrayed as flawed individuals. The style just didn't work for me so I'm giving it a pass.

2 out of 5 stars

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