Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman

Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco, #1)


 Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in "Love at Any Cost."

My Opinion: 

I was a little hesitant to start this series because I didn't think that it could stand up to my expectations from Julie's past series that I loved so much. Their was so much depth in the characters, especially after reading book after book about the same people. It got to where I felt connected to them, like I actually KNEW them. That's what Julie is great at-- developing characters until they actually feel like your family. 

Cassie and Jamie were such interesting characters to read about, and Julie threw in so many spins and turns that I had no idea what was going to happen in the end, and BOY was a surprised! She is so good at infuriating me over the decisions her characters make, but some how she sneaks her way back in as one of my favorite authors by the end. I never find a flaw in her writing, no matter how tangled up things end up being. And yes, Their is a lot of heartbreak, to the point where sometimes I thought I couldn't finish, but trust me, it's worth it in the end!

I love how she writes passionate books, but still has plenty soul searching for me and the characters. I learn so much, about how to: forgive, forget, repent, cherish... so on and so forth. Best of all, I love how her books focus on God and the family at the top of her important list. That's where they SHOULD be!

On top of this, I unexpectedly found Dare to Love Again, the second book, in my mail today!!! I found out that the second book is about the same family, so there will be more character development! Cassie and Jamie are not gone from my heart, they are here to stay!

Rating: 5 Stars


  1. Oh, Salyna, you have NO IDEA how thrilled I am that you enjoyed LAAC!! I really worried my favorite reader friends wouldn't be as excited about the McClares as they were the O'Connors, but I tried to make the McClares quirky and fun and still close like a family, which as you implied SO beautifully in your review -- family is KEY!!

    Dare to Love Again is a lot lighter and funnier, so I hope you will enjoy it too. I will warn you that because these books are 100 pages shorter each than the O'Connor saga, I was not able to include a subplot for Jamie & Cassie even though I wanted to. But you'll see them enough throughout family gatherings that I hope it will suffice. Rest assured that there IS a continuing subplot for Cait and Logan, which spans all three books.

    I would LOVE to see you post this review on Amazon, and if you do, let me know, and I will give you points in my contest, okay? Right now, you have 1 pt. for posting the review on your blog, okay?


    1. That's okay if they don't have a subplot. I just love how you always keep the family connected in the story so we never lose the past characters. I always know they are still close by.

      I will put this review on amazon! Thanks for entering me into the contest:)

  2. I can't wait to read these books! They look so good! Great review :)

    1. Thanks Shannah! The first one was really good! Covers can go along way into making a book look interesting, and these covers are beautiful!

  3. Yay Salyna! I love it when other bloggers enjoy a book just as much as I did! You have to read Dare to Love Again soon because I'm telling you it was GREAT!! And wow! I so agree with you about Julie being able to infuriate me with the decisions her characters make, but then in the end wind up loving those same characters. Great review!

    Julie @ My Favorite Pastime

    1. Thanks Julie! I can't wait to start reading Dare to Love Again! It will be one of upcoming reads. Yes, Julie is fantastic at twisting everything as much as possible, but the beautifully unraveling the problems in the end. Thanks for the support!!!