The first book I read of Georgina Gentry's was "Colt", another in The Texans series, and I found that it kept me pretty engaged, enough so that I bought "Rio" at the bookstore the next day, despite the fact that I usually shy away from reading novels with heros and heroines with soap opera names (Turquoise and Rio? Come on!). But I bought and I read it, and I really should've followed my No-books-with-soap-opera-names rule.
I'd like to do a hatchet job on the plot, but there really wasn't too terribly much of one, so I'll stick with the characters. To say that Turquoise was spoiled is an understatement. She never shows an inkling of humanity, though the author tried to eek some out by giving her a friend contantly described as pudgy and having Turquoise bring back gifts from town for the some poor kids who lived on her ranch. The only part of the novel that evoked any empathy for her was her momentary humiliation at a ball, due to her half Mexican heritage/prejudice. However, her own self-loathing and disparaging of her Mexican lineage made even THAT fade into the background. And then she starts insulting Rio, the hero, by spouting insults about HIS Mexican heritage! Wow!
At least we know that Turquoise is shallow and a social climber, setting her sights on a white husband to make her legit in Texas society. Rio...we basically don't know a thing about him. The beginning of the novel, when his Irish father is hanged in front of his Mexican mother was a more interesting story line, and one that would've better supported a full-length novel. Rio just sees the heroine, has a couple of pithy exchanges with her, and is smitten with her beauty, which makes up for her attitude, I suppose.
I wish I could say that the love scenes were worth the cost of the book, but they weren't! There was no love, just humping on the ground outside a couple of times. Seriously, it's even described as humping! Not romantic at all. Sorry. In fact, after reading my own review, I just changed my initial rating from a "2" star to a "1" star. If you're looking for sexy Western Historicals, try Sarah McCarty's "Promises" series, or Jodi Thomas, or even Catherine Anderson's earlier stuff.