Book Reviews

Review: Ruby by Juliet James

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 182

Series: Come By Chance Mail Order Brides

Rating: 2 stars

Review: I am in dire need of a historical Romance. In one of my challenges it is July’s gemstone, which is ruby, so I have to read a book with the word ruby in the title. I went on amazon and typed in ruby in the books category. This gem popped up and it was free too. It sounded good and I decided to go ahead and read it.

A schoolmistress in Pittsburgh needs to find a way to get away from her boss Mr Murphy. One day running an errand for Mrs. Murphy, Ruby talks to the woman at the Post Office who finds a way to get Ruby out, a mail order bride. They send a letter off to the gentleman along with a photograph of Ruby. Ruby gets a reply from the man named James. He seemed nice and respectable. But James is not what he seems.

Ben, Matt, and Toby live together on their own ranch. Their mother and father left $800 for them to get a mail order bride since there wasn’t many pickings in Billings. They have decided it is time to settle down and get married. But trouble is afoot with a man named Slim Jim.

At the start of this I was hooked. Then between 30-50% it started to get boring. Granted that this is only just under 200 pages but it seemed kind all out together. Some parts were fast pace, some at a slow pace. I wanted to skim the slow pace parts due to it taking forever just to get on with the rest of the book. The story actually ends on page 144.

I wanted some heated love and a gun show down. I didn’t get that at all. This story seemed to be a cowboy story without the cowboys and with very little violence. When I read a western I want Wyatt Earp not this.

Now spoiler alert. Don’t read next paragraph if you don’t want it to be spoiled.

There is one point where James and Ruby are on their wedding night and he forces himself on her. Well after they are riding to his home James asks Ruby if she is untouched. This confused me. It isn’t made clear until a chapter or two after this happens. I wish Juliet had made this a little clearer for people like me that are slow in the *hint, hint. wink, wink.* category.

Spoiler over.

I know I won’t be moving on with this series. The plot was meh and I’m not a fan of the writing style. There story was also kind of predictable. I wouldn’t recommend this but I wouldn’t discourage anyone in reading this.