Name: Ju Ephraime Title: One Hell Of A Ride Genre: Western Historical Romance Word Count: 65K Publisher: ENVISION Business & Computer School Publishing
Release Date: 7/31/17
Here's the blurb:
When Joe Cariello sees the young lad, Cas, standing in the doorway of his
old friend's ranch, he has no idea his friend has just been murdered and that
he'll be viewed as the most likely suspect. He's a drifter, not a killer. Now
he's determined to find out what happened to his old friend, and if it means
working alongside Cas, he has no problem doing so. That is, until he delves
deeper and realizes, everything is not as it seems.
At first, Cassie Sorrento is suspicious of the drifter, but something about
him convinces her to accept the help he offers in solving her grandpa's death.
She’s so impressed with his, take charge attitude, she hires him. But she soon
realizes she’s in uncharted waters with Joe, and if she's not careful, her
carefully guarded secret might be revealed.
Now Cas must decide, should she reveal her secret to Joe and take her
chances or should she continue her charade and let him drift on out of her
life, when the job was done? This presented a challenge to Cassie, and having
never been one to back down from a challenge, she does not intend to now;
although she's well aware that in this instance, she might bite off more than
she can chew. But Cassie realizes she’d give up everything if it means having
Joe in her life, permanently. She wants to go riding with him, all things
considered, riding with Joe will be, one hell of a ride!
Here's a 5* review from Readers' Favorite:
"One Hell Of A Ride by Ju Ephraime is a western historical romance novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy western romance and who do not mind explicit language and sexual situations. Cassie Sorrento’s life is turned upside down by a ruggedly handsome drifter by the name of Joe Cariello, who claims that he used to know her grandfather. Cassie Sorrento is skeptical of the drifter’s claim because of the age difference between her grandfather and Joe. When Joe Cariello saw Cassie standing at his old friend’s house and introduced himself, he had no idea that he would become the most likely suspect for a murder, nor that he would meet the one person who just might be able to cause him to put down roots.
One Hell Of A Ride by Ju Ephraime has a beautifully shadowed cover that hinted at a western mystery with some hot romance mixed in. I loved the realistic feel of the western setting in this book and Ju Ephraime clearly put a lot of effort into giving it an authentic western feel. The characters were all well developed with their own personalities, wants, and dislikes that made them feel like real people that could almost walk off the pages of the book. Joe Cariello became my favorite character because of how much he came to care for Cassie; I loved the way he wanted to work with Cassie to find out the truth. The interaction between the two of them clearly showed the building attraction and the hope Joe began to have of staying with Cassie. I have to say that I would love to see more of Joe and Cassie in the future!"