Review: Chasing Her Trail by Keri Ford (Apple Trail #6)
Contemporary Erotic Romance
November 9 2011
Sapphire Night Books
Received from author
Yummy Man – Henry Green
Kick Ass Chick – Jessie McBride
Jessie McBride barely survived the unexpected death of her loving parents. Forced to fend for herself with few people to depend on while raising her younger cousin, Jessie learned to be self-sufficient. She kept a few friends close and pushed the rest of the world away, along with that helpless, dependent girl she was once. Been there, done that, never again.
It works until Henry Green enters her life, with sentimental tales of his grandpa and family. Jessie is drawn in as Henry strives to take care of the man who raised him. But while Henry is putting things in place for his grandpa to retire, his well-intended controlling ways are smothering Jessie.
Can Henry’s invitation back to life and love tempt Jessie to drop the emotional wall, or will Henry give up on chasing the girl she once was?
Chasing Her Tail is the sixth and final book in Keri Ford’s Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas series. I read the first book and really liked it and now I’ve read the last book. Someday, I’ll get to the others – because I really want to. I like how Keri writes and I smile while I’m reading her books.
I really enjoyed the first book, Through the Wall. It was cute and spunky and made me giggle often. While I did like this latest installment, I didn’t feel as strongly for it as I did the first. The reason: I didn’t quite click with the two main characters. Jessie lost her parents and raised her young cousin who also lost her parents. She has always been in charge: In charge of her life, of her surroundings, of her decisions. But a traumatizing event left her emotionally damaged and completely dependent on someone else for a while. Once she got past that event, she decided that she was never going to rely on anyone else ever again. She convinced herself that she didn’t need help because she was strong enough to take care of everything.
Henry is the opposite. He’s been taken care of so well by his grand-father during pretty much his whole life that he just wants to take care of someone else that way. When he meets Jessie and starts ‘taking care’ of her the way he feels he should, it goes against her plans of not accepting help from anyone. There are many arguments and many make-up sessions in this book, let me tell you.
I didn’t click with Jessie as much as I wished I had because I never really understood why she was so reluctant to accept help. Yes, she went through a terrible ordeal, but I didn’t see how it would make her so fanatical about accepting help. She sleeps in a house that is literally falling apart, with no heat. Her roof is patched with pieces of an old above-ground swimming pool and glue! Unfortunately, I wanted to smack her a little. I also wanted to smack Henry a little. I understand what he was trying to do with Jessie but I didn’t agree with how he was going about it. He just came in and started ordering her around. Yes, he was telling her things she should have known and things she should have been doing, but you don’t go in and talk to any woman like that. Ever. She is going to kick you in the goods. Guaranteed. Of course they eventually learn to listen and compromise and all that jazz, but it’s such a hard road getting there.
I did really like Henry’s grandpa. He’s really only in one scene but I found him to be just adorable. I can see how Jessie eventually fell for Henry – there’s just something about a man who loves his grandpa. I also liked the little glimpses of the characters from the other books. It made me excited to read their stories. And fans of this series will appreciate the epilogue. It puts a nice pretty bow on this series. I believe if you’ve read all six books, you’ll love it.
Overall, I found Chasing Her Tail to be an entertaining read. I may not have fallen for the main characters but they did have their good moments. I did enjoy this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Books in the Uninhibited in Apple Trail series –
Though the Wall
On the Fence
In the Hay
Making Her Nights
Satisfying Her Tastes
Chasing Her Tail