Posted August 21, 2017 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

REVIEW: COME SUNDOWN by Nora RobertsCome Sundown by Nora Roberts
on May 30th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

Dorsey’s Review

3 Stars!!

The book takes place on the Bodine Dude Ranch and Resort which is a very large spread Montana and is part Dude Ranch and part Luxury Spa & Event Center. Twenty-five years prior, Alice Bodine the rebel of the family and youngest daughter ran off to Hollywood. Things didn’t go as planned for Alice in Hollywood and she decides to return home. Sadly, Alice never makes home…and what happens to her will shock readers as pieces of her story play out in the book.

The resort is now run primarily by Alice’s niece, Bodine, and the ranch by Bodine’s brother Chace. Her parents, older sister Maureen, grandmother, great-grandmother, and brothers are all involved in the Bodine Ranch holdings. I must say, the first quarter of the book feels like a tutorial of the running the Bodine Ranch and Resort.

Finally, we meet Callen who, coincidentally also left Montana to make a name for himself in Hollywood, he is now retired from Hollywood and has returned home to settle in Montana and takes on a position at the Bodine Dude Ranch. He has a history with the Bodine’s as Chace’s best friend and love interest for Bodine and I must say I really liked Callen and I honestly wish we had more of a focus on the love affair between Bodine and Callen, and Bodine’s brothers Chace and Rory who also have love interests introduced.

When there are a couple murders of local women, an old enemy is attempting to pin the murders on Callen, these murders should have piqued some of the, for lack of a better word, excitement in this book, but sadly, they simply didn’t, but I understood the need for them.

When Alice finally is found, the book finally picks up, mainly because the book itself finally gets the excitement it was lacking. Lastly, I love epilogs and this book desperately needed one….had it had one, for all the characters we were introduced to, my rating may have been different.

*Trigger warning: Rape


About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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2 years 6 months ago

I used to gobble up everything NR wrote, but her past few have just been okay in my book. I probably won’t pick this one up either!
Great review!

2 years 5 months ago

Thanks Samantha! Obviously this one didn’t work well for me, but, you may have a different opinion. NR is hit or miss for me as well. Thanks for stopping by!!