Friday, October 21, 2011

Litfuse Blog Tour -- Love On The Line


It's a Battle of Wills ... and Love Is on the Line!

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world . . . which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder. Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.


 Deeanne Gist--known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee--has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical; contemporary romances. Add to this three RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you've got one recipe for success. She has a very active online community on her website at and at


Love on the Line. To celebrate Deeanne's publisher, Bethany House, is hosting the Love on the Line iPad2 giveaway an Author Chat on Facebook! Enter today and follow the link below to RSVP for Deeanne's rip-roarin' Facebook Party!

One fortunate winner will receive: 

  • A Brand New iPad2 
  • An Autographed Hardback Copy of Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at Deeanne's Author Chat Facebook Party. Deeanne will be wrapping up the Love on the Line celebration by chatting with friends new and old! So grab your copy of Love on the Line (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might could win one!) and join Deeanne on the evening of November 8th for a rip roaring book chat, a little trivia and lots of giveaways (books, and Amazon, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates)!

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 8th!

The Review:
My Ranking: 4 out of 10
Age N/A

This review will NOT be including a content warning as I did not finish the book. My reasons for not finishing will be listed below, and if you have questions you are always welcome to email me. 

As y'all probably know by now, I am not really into really edgy romances. A love story in a book is fine, especially when there is lots of history or other useful information to be learned in the story. I prefer the main genre to be something other than romance, such as historical or suspense.

 I've read one of Gist's books before and found it to leave a very bad taste on my mouth. I've discussed it with many people, including some online friends though Goodreads, and one of them agreed with me about Gist's books but informed me that one of hers was actually very good. I haven't had the chance to read the one she suggested, but when my friend Savanah mentioned that she was getting this book when the opportunity came up, and she agreed with me on the last Gist book, I agreed to review it, eager to read it along with Savanah and discuss it together. Suffice to say, I was left disappointed. 

Deeanne introduces us to her characters, one an abnormal girl who's viewed as just a bit off her rocker, and a pride-stuffed, jerk of a hero. Now I'm sure Luke, the hero, is supposed to change into a nicer guy as the story continues, but frankly I didn't feel like getting far enough to find out.

The story line was fair enough but I did find the main character, Georgie, to be a bit strange and almost annoying sometimes. Her view on the life of birds was an interesting one, and one I somewhat disagree with. She fought to make it so birds wouldn't be killed for no reason, but didn't seem to realize that eating them was a reason. I can understand with not killing them simply to make "attractive" apparel, but some of her beliefs were stretched a bit far. 
The book was fair enough, though not in my opinion gripping, until I came to the first "sweet" scene.

Once again, the characters both put themselves in imprudent situations and are not wise in their actions. Deeanne makes the simple action of the girl removing a splinter from the hero's arm a romantic moment. It is told from Luke's perspective, who knows it's a bad idea yet doesn't leave and allows her to do it. Her fingers on his arm, and the way she holds his arm to keep it still while she removes it cause his hand to bump into her chest and...well, you get the picture. 
I was very disappointed.

I put this book down, sadly, and do not plan to ever pick up another Gist again. I found it to be too romancy for my tastes and there was practically nothing else going on. Sure, there was a murder investigation, but really it was drowned by the romance. 
I'm sure others would find this book enjoyable, but for me it just didn't make the cut. 


The Book Blogger said...

I really appreciate your honest review on this book, Jane! I have read a lot of controversial reviews re Ms Gist; however your point is clear.

Clare Kolenda said...

Hey Jane!

I haven't read her lastest book, I've read two books from Gist before, and was slightly dissapointed as well. I think I probably enjoy a little more romance in my books than you do, but I agree that sometimes Gist doesn't always accomplish a steady balance between the romance and the second theme that's going on. And many times I thought her romance scenes were a little too... sweet. :)
Thanks for reviewing this book! I love talking about books with people. :)

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