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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for 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!