Book Reviews

Rafe by Kathy Ivan

My edition: Kindle Owned
Pages: 223
Series: Texas Boudreau Brotherhood #1
Genre: Romance, Western, Suspense
Published: April 14, 2020
Rating: DNF @ pg 63


When Sheriff Rafe Boudreau catches Tessa Maxwell climbing through the window of a house where she doesn’t belong, the crime rate isn’t the only thing that spikes. Turns out, trouble has followed the small-town schoolteacher to Shiloh Springs, and Rafe and the rest of the Boudreau clan must step in to keep her safe. Can they decipher the clues and end the danger Tessa faces before time runs out?


Oh, do I have a bone to pick with this book! I don’t think I have ever had so many Goodread updates before.

First, since I am married to a LEO, I know how cops talk. Rafe does not talk like one. He uses the Q word which if you know first responders, they don’t like that word. It’s a jinx. Also, they don’t call cases or leads a story. They call them cases or leads. There is much more I could say but not going to.

Second, the two MCs apparently had a different meeting than what I read because both said they had an “instant” connection/chemistry. I’m not buying it. There is a difference between finding someone attractive versus actually having a connection with the person.

Third, there is a chapter in which Rafe goes and checks on Tessa at the elementary when he is supposed to be finding a teenage (or I think he was a teenage) boy who might be facing charges due to a young lady’s parents finding out he has been with (just says canoodling) her. Are you freaking kidding me? It even says he should be going to find said dude (we will call him since I don’t know his exact age). Also, there should have been a DUI when a woman was driving her husband’s tractor in town drunk on moonshine, but she gets to sober up and then go home. NO!!!! It’s a DUI!!! Wy’s voice is screaming inside my head at this.

My husband’s voice is inside my head nitpicking at everything. Do you know how bad a book has to be for my husband to be in my head?!

For authors, if you are going to write about law enforcement, please educate yourself. No good LEO would let a woman drunk driving a tractor in town go home. They would do a field sobriety test, write a DUI, then take the drunk woman to jail until she could bond out. It doesn’t matter how small a town it is. The law is the law and they could lose their job or be sued.

There are so many problems I have with how law enforcement is depicted in this book. Let’s not even start with the “romance”. I’m done. I pulled the plug.