Bull at the Gate - Tricia Jones

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Title - Bull at the Gate
Author - Tricia Jones
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Date published -  October 13th 2011
Publisher -  The Wild Rose Press
Format - Paperback
Pages - 239
Author's website - http://www.tricia-jones.com/
Rating - 4 out of 5

Bull at the Gate is a warm contemporary read full of romance, passion and magic!
Alexander "Bull" McKinley is a corporate shark and ruthless when it comes to business. However, this young and attractive capitalist will have a hard time persuading the villagers of Bower Magna to give up their inheritance, The Fairy Gate. The Fairy Gate is the oldest part of the village and it's very significant for the locals. There is an interesting story behind it, according to which the Gate was built by Fairies and if destroyed, bad luck will befall the village and all its inhabitants. A myth? Superstition? Whatever it is, the locals are not giving up on it, and strongly protest the idea of destroying the Gate for the purpose of building some modern apartments.
Dee Ashman, a local girl is the toughest of them all. To her and her grandmother the Gate is a symbol, their identity and Dee is determined to stop Alex in his intentions.
And everything would be fine if she didn't start falling for this "calculating, ruthless, intolerant, judgmental" businessman. You know that Paula Abdul's song, "Opposites Attract"? Yes, the song is old but Paula couldn't be more right about this, at least when it comes to Dee and Alex. Will Dee and Alex change the history of the village or create their own history?

I really enjoyed this book! It's one of those books that will warm your heart and make you believe in magic! Dee and Alex are both strong, tough characters and it was such a fun reading their dialogues, and I really enjoyed all the passion (and tension) between them. Mrs Jones managed to create equally strong hero and heroine, something I rarely see in books. Despite the fact that at times Alex seemed ruthless, I really liked him. I especially loved the relationship between him and Charlotte, his 7 year old daughter. I also loved the story about the Gate and it's mysterious powers. Overall, I definitely recommend this book to all romance lovers, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Mrs Jones. 

My rating


  1. Linn B Halton said...:

    Great review, great book - and who doesn't want to start 2012 with a romance with strong characters! Love the review Ananda, thanks.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    What a brilliant review. I love all Tricia's books and this is one of her best.

  1. Chris Longmuir said...:

    Great review, you're enthusiasm for it shines through.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thanks for sharing the review with us Ananda - I have this on my Kindle to read - this I'll move it nearer the top.

  1. Tricia Jones said...:

    Thanks so much for such a lovely review, Ananda. What a lovely start to the week! Really pleased to know you enjoyed the story and the characters.
    Tricia x

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