Title: Call Me (Barnes #1)
Genre: Romance & Fiction
Published: June 1st 1996
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)
"It's up to you."
How could a four-word sexy invitation scribbled on a business card drive a normally sensible woman to be so... impulsive?
It wasn't Harley Golden's style to call a perfect stranger. But here she was, after the briefest of conversations on a flight home from a business trip, having phone sex with the man who'd handed her his card: the unforgettable and mysterious Gardner Barnes.
But the late night conversations aren't enough for long, so what next? Fly across Texas in his plane? Talk face-to-face? Fall head over heels for a man who is already married to his ranch? A man who has lust down to an art but doesn't believe in love?
Randomly found this freebie while looking for a good romance. And I was in the mood for a Western, so why not?
Now, this one follows Harley and Gardner. Harley love antiques and her business surrounds this. I love antiques and I envy her job! However, her life is boring. SO boring. She randomly meets Gardner who is also a businessman but in cattle (of some sort – not 100% sure it was boring though). His life is equally a snooze-fest. He leaves her a note with his number for her call him sometime. They live on opposite sides of Texas, so meeting up for dates is kinda out of the question. They get to know each other on their late night calls.
Soooo the idea is interesting, but the execution left me falling asleep. Both characters are so boring. The phone calls were not bad, but I lost interest. So slow. It dragged along and I felt like the story really wasn’t going anywhere. I did keep on with the story, but I did a lot of skimming. I was waiting for the day they would meet and maybe it would be interesting again. But nope.
The ending was just there. When I shut off my Kindle after finishing this…I felt tired. I wanted this to be good because it sounded good, but alas…I was bored with the characters and story. They were not BAD characters. I actually liked Harley, but she needed a more exciting life. Gardner was meh. He annoyed me. He said he didn’t believe in love, but he wanted a woman to marry and have kids so he can have an heir. Eerrrrr….this is modern times (*cough* 90s *cough*) and love is kinda important to the majority of society at this point. So yes, I was turned off by him after that convo. He pretty much just wanted a hot wife to give him kids. SMH.
Overall, this wasn’t really for me. Super slow and I did a lot of skimming there. Harley was okay…I liked her even though her life made me feel bad for how boring of existence she has. Garnder was meh. I’ll stamp this with 2 stars. Not a bad story or bad characters…just slow and boring…so not for me.