Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: Truth Be Told, by Carol Cox

One of the things I really like about Carol Cox's writing is that so much of her story is character-driven. Less narrative and descriptive and faster paced with character conversations, getting into the character's head, and the thrust of adventure that is riddled throughout her stories.

There is an element of suspense in Truth Be Told which I also really like. It sets itself apart from other historical romances because Amelia and Ben's story is diving into the world of subterfuge, mystery, and the adventure of uncovering wrong doing.

While I found the villains to be predictable, the story in itself was a fast drive through excitement and detective-like sleuth-work. It's a good read, with some fun twists and turns and two very likable main characters!  I recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance with some kick in the pants action.

About Truth Be Told: 
When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father’s newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper’s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father’s revealing articles about Great Western Investment Company’s business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father’s statements.
Determined to find the truth, Amelia goes through her father’s notes and begins to interview members of the community. She can’t seem to shake Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who’s been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company.
The more Ben and Amelia learn, the more Amelia’s father’s claims appear to be accurate. In fact, the situation is probably worse than he realized. Even Ben is beginning to wonder if he’s become a pawn in the workings of a corrupt empire.
But Great Western isn’t about to stand for a female reporter and one of their own men bringing down their lucrative schemes. Working against time, and uncertain what danger lurks around the next corner, Ben and Amelia set out to reveal all they’ve discovered, before Great Western silences them for good.

If you're reading a historical romance with suspense--do you like the action more than trying to figure out who the "bad guy" is? Or do you want the bad guy to catch you by surprise and be super hard to figure out?

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  1. Thanks for the great review, Jaime!!

    I love being kept "in the dark" and being surprised by the revelation of the "bad guy" in a book - however, that being said, the most important thing to me is loving and/or being awed by the characters and everything else is secondary!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "Truth Be Told" - it sounds like an exciting book!!


    1. You'll enjoy reading this book, Bonnie!! :)

  2. I like the bad guy to catch me by surprise.
    I can't wait to read this book!
    Thank you!
    campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

    1. I'm with you, Amy, but I do love some hefty adventure too! :)

  3. I just like reading. Sometimes even somewhat predictable bad guys are okay because it's been so long since I've sat down with a book, you know?

  4. I enjoy a great surprise in a book! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of TRUTH BE TOLD!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  5. I actually kind of fall in the middle, I think. I like suspense to keep the story moving along, but I also like being a little surprised by the villain. If it's too easy and I figure out who it is right away, I get frustrated because it's so obvious to me that I just want the characters to figure it out and move on. The opposite if also true, if the book can stump me, but has little suspense, I'll get bored and will just flip to the end to find out whodunit. I don't know if that makes any sense, but if it doesn't, that's nothing new. I'm an anomaly to most people. :)
    Thanks for a chance to win! Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. I really like it when the bad guy catches me by surprise.
    Really looking forward to reading another book by Carol Cox! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. Jaime,
    I love this line: "I recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance with some kick in the pants action." So well said :D
    And I know you're all about coffee cups here, but if you'd like a glorious TEA cup, and some Desert Prickly Pear tea to go with it, check out the contest Carol's having to celebrate the book's release!
    Cheering you on,

    1. Hey, I've been known to imbibe in some tea now and then ;) Thanks for the heads up to the link for more giveaways! AWESOME!

  8. I like to be totally surprised! Most of the time my guess on who the villain is, is way off the mark.
    You actually have readers that don't claim their books? For shame! Any unclaimed ones can be sent to have my address!!

  9. I like when a historical can surprise me a little - either with who the bad guy really is, or just an unexpected twist or development will keep me turning pages. I love historical novels in general, and a mystery or suspense aspect is even better!

  10. I like both, depending on my mood. But I lean more towards the surprise bad guy. This sounds like a good one!

    1. Susan, you won!!! shoot me an email with your address and I'll ship this out to you! jaimewrightbooks (at) gmail (dot) com


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