Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rainbow's End by Valerie Comer, Annalisa Daughety, Nicole O'Dell, Cara Putman

Unexpected Treasure in the Missouri Ozarks
It’s always an interesting group of strangers who show up for the Rainbow’s End geocache hunt each summer, and the spectacular scenery along the bluffs of the Lake of the Ozarks is just one reason. . .
Lyssa, fired up for the ministry and anxious to talk about Jesus, is startled to find her former college professor among the group. Will he upset her mission?
City girl Madison is annoyed that her sister signed her up and then bailed—but now she’s been paired with a complete stranger! Worse, he’s one of those outdoorsy types.
Reagan has always played it safe, doing everything by the book. And then she meets her brother’s frat brother, a guy who’s got his life mapped out, too.
After winning her life-long battle to get fit, Hadley can’t wait to meet men who didn’t know her “before.” But Brad is that species of guy she has no experience with: a player.
God only knows if this adventure in the woods will lead to heartache. . .or love.

Reviewer: Fashionta
It's been a while since I read an anthology where the stories were related by a event set in a small town rather than family ties. They do link the stories though the characters in one small way or another but they all feature the geocaching hunt.

Topaz Treasure
The first book follows one of the organisers and her college professor. Let me say finally a college professor that is around the same age as his students. Most of the books where there is such a relationship there's a ten year plus gap. Nothing wrong with that but there are professors that are only a couple years older then his students and they never seem to be feature until now. Kirk is falling in love with Lyssa but he can’t figure out why she show dislike to him. It’s a cute story about forgiveness and finding love. I won’t say too much but there's more to the forgiveness then the blurb gives us and it's a touching story.

Beneath the Surface
in the previous novel, we get a scene where Kirk is helping two sisters with a GPS unit they bought from his brother’s shop. This story features the two sisters Madison and Brook. Madison is only here in her home area because she lost her job and Brook invited her to stay the summer. She's rather being doing something else and after a series of events, sees it as an opportunity to get out of the competition. But their neighbour has other ideas as he drops outs and tells her why don’t you join Grant his teammate and his grandson. Well sparks will fly as these to try to work together. Each of them have secrets and misconceptions about each other and it's cute as they discover their true selves and each other.

Welcome Home, Love
This story follows Noah, one of the other organisers and the Youth pastor. He was mentioned in the first novel. Noah has a childhood sweetheart, Hadley who he fell in love with and she's back in town. Hadley was mentioned in the previous story by Madison as a possible replacement for Brook so they could continue to work as a team to get Brook off her back. Hadley is back with a slimmed down body but she's not interested in Noah. She's more interested in the hunt and winning it but she getting sidetracked by Brad whose's secrets may bring them together or apart.

Love’s Prize
This one is less focused on the event in the sense there's less hunting of clues and more descriptions of the locations of the places as Colton and Garrett protect Regan, Garrett’s sister, from a stalker that was stalking her in their home town. This story has a bit of a mystery element as we unravel the mystery as new information comes to light and the answer finally comes out. This one is perfect for the fans of romantic suspense, it's toned down as the main mystery part is toward the latter half of the book. They are interested in winning the hunt though as Colton regularly checks the website to check the leaderboard and Hadley is mentioned because she was leading.

I have to give this book 4.5 stars and say this is one of the best anthologies I have read from this publisher.

Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley


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