Wednesday 11 December 2013

Review ~ Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello.

Title: Her Dakota Man (Dakota Hearts #1).
Author: Lisa Mondello.
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance.
Release Date: October 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon ; B&N

She needed to risk the truth to get a second chance…

Poppy Erickson had spent the year wondering how all their lives might have been different after hearing the deathbed confession of her childhood friend. She'd left South Dakota years ago because she couldn't bear to watch the man she loved loving another woman. But now she knows the truth. She'll keep the promise she made to a friend, but will Logan understand when he learns the truth? More important, can they again recapture the passion that had been between them all those years ago?

He needed to face the past to get the love of a woman he thought he'd lost…

Everyone knows that the Dakotas didn't get the name Badlands for nothing. Harsh weather and rough living are a way of life. But single dad, Logan McKinnon, had seen more than his share of bad times after the death of his wife a year ago. The last thing he needs is Poppy Erickson, an old flame and his late wife's best friend, showing up unannounced to help after devastating floods nearly washed away their hometown. With no place to stay in town, he has no choice but to offer her a bed at his house. But can he live under the same roof with a woman he'd once loved passionately without feeling he's betraying his late wife?


Her Dakota Man was an emotional story written so eloquently by Lisa Mondello. Right from the start, she had me feeling for Logan and all the turn of events in his life. He was definitely stubborn and I’d like to have thrown some sense into him but the author made me care.

The character development throughout was great and I loved the strength and bravery Poppy showed most of the time. I really liked how she had a strong character herself and that this book was reversed from so many romance stories these days in that there wasn’t a na├»ve, pushover of a lead female.

As for the other characters, Logan’s son Keith was a little star. I thought he had a really uplifting character and helped bring a happier edge to the story throughout all the twists between Logan and Poppy. I did want to see a bit more of Logan’s brothers but that was just me falling for characters which have their own lead stories in the remainder of the Dakota Hearts series.

I felt the beginning of Her Dakota Man was a little bit repetitive when dealing with Logan’s reaction and resistance to Poppy. Although I appreciated that this was a slow-burner of a romance story and not a rushed, exaggerated, unbelievable one, I still would have liked a little more happening.

However, I don’t really have any complaints other than that cover was way too distracting! (But please don’t change it).

The plot itself was really interesting and I was desperate myself to find out the reason Poppy was back! Everything worked well and it didn’t feel like there was any wasted motion.

Her Dakota Man was a charming little story in a series which has so much promise with strong characters and development alike.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she'll ever have. She's not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she'd still be penning stories with paper and pen.

Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You won Best First Book in the Golden Quill. Her books have finaled in the HOLT Medallion, and the Colorado Award of Excellence contests. In 2011 she re-released her award winning book All I Want for Christmas is You along with a re-issue of her romantic comedy, The Marriage Contract, with a new contemporary romance called The Knight and Maggie's Baby. In 2012 she reissued the first 3 books of her popular Western Romance Series TEXAS HEARTS including Her Heart for the Asking, His Heart for the Trusting and The More I See. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List.

You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at

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