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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman

Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman
The Heart of San Francisco Series: Book One
Revell / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:

He's looking to take care of his family. She's looking to take care of her heart.
Trouble is . . . love's looking to take care of them both.

Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Jilted by a fortune hunter, Cassidy travels west hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. Can love prevail when Jamie discovers that Cassidy is poorer than he is? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

Bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the delectable Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Join your favorite romantic storyteller as she moves to the hills of San Francisco for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations.

Book Trailer:

My rating:
Did Not Finish
(Read to page 145)

My thoughts:

After reading Julie Lessman's Daughters of Boston series (loved them!), A Love Surrendered, and A Light in the Window, I was looking forward to reading Love At Any Cost. I feel horrible, but I just couldn't connect to this book and found myself not wanting to continue reading at all. I finally gave up after 145 pages.

The main reason for my not finishing Love At Any Cost was the passion. I just got really annoyed with how the characters kept thinking how good looking someone was and with all the other passionate things. I'm fine with some passion, but it almost seemed to border on lust (at least to me). Here's an example of what I mean:

"His gaze traced from the curve of her neck to the hollow of her throat, and his breathing thickened at the thought of his lips doing the same." - Page 144

I also found myself not caring about the characters (in fact, Cassidy kind of annoyed me) or what was going to happen with them.

I've read other bloggers' reviews and it seems like a lot of people LOVED this book, so please don't go by just my opinion.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

“Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


  1. oh wow.. yeah tooo much passion is right!! thanks for the heads up.. I was thinking of reading this but now I am not going to even try

  2. I agree, Melanie,on the passion. It seems that Julie Lessman's books have quite a bit - especially for Christian fiction. My closing review paragraph....

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed traipsing along San Francisco and environs. I would prefer a bit less in the passion department. For Christian fiction, I think we can have characters who don't grope, snuggle, or kiss each other so passionately. The story was very good. I'd love to read more in "The Heart of San Francisco" series, but I would encourage Julie Lessman to tone down the passion a bit.

    Perhaps some of my enjoyment was because I've been to San Francisco several times and seen many of the landmarks mentioned.


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