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She needed to risk the truth to get a second chance...Poppy Ericksen had spent the year wondering how all their lives might have been different after hearing the deathbed confession of her childhood friend. She'd left South Dakota years ago because she couldn't bear to watch the man she loved loving another woman. But now she knows the truth. She'll keep the promise she maShe needed to risk the truth to get a second chance...Poppy Ericksen had spent the year wondering how all their lives might have been different after hearing the deathbed confession of her childhood friend. She'd left South Dakota years ago because she couldn't bear to watch the man she loved loving another woman. But now she knows the truth. She'll keep the promise she made to a friend, but will Logan understand when he learns the truth? More important, can they again recapture the passion that had been between them all those years ago?He needed to face the past to get the love of a woman he thought he'd lost...Everyone knows that the Dakotas didn't get the name Badlands for nothing. Harsh weather and rough living are a way of life. But single dad, Logan McKinnon, had seen more than his share of bad times after the death of his wife a year ago. The last thing he needs is Poppy Ericksen, an old flame and his late wife's best friend, showing up unannounced to help after devastating floods nearly washed away their hometown. With no place to stay in town, he has no choice but to offer her a bed at his house. But can he live under the same roof with a woman he'd once loved passionately without feeling he's betraying his late wife?...

Title : Her Dakota Man
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ISBN : 18915033
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Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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Her Dakota Man Reviews

  • Melody Cox
    2019-04-27 03:24

    ******My Rant May Contain Spoilers******Oh my, I don't find pleasure in leaving a bad review but in this case I had no other choice. I found this book to be a very poor read and I really wish I had not read it at all. I don't like the dissatisfied, disgruntled feelings it left in my gut.Logan...could he have been any more of an ignorant fool? Why would he take a woman's word as the gospel truth when he had no relationship with her but friendship and no proof of anything she was telling him? Why would he take her word that the only woman he loved was in love with someone else without ever contacting her, Poppy, to see if it was true. He was a bit sickening with all of the crazy mistakes and lies he took to be the gospel truth. Can we say gullible??I absolutely despised Kelly, Logan's lying conniving dead wife. She was pure evil!! End of story! She ruined Logan's life and that of her best friend, Poppy. Poppy and Logan had been in love forever and Kelly was on a course to ruin everything and they both let her. BLAH!!!! After Logan finds out about the lies, deceit, trickery, and manipulations that his dead wife was responsible for he wants to make sure Poppy knows he still loves his dead wife (over and over and sickeningly over again) and always will because she gave him a son after she lied that she was pregnant to get him to marry her without any confirmation whatsoever! During the telling of this story it was plain and clear that Logan was unhappy in his marriage and was not in love with his wife. It was stated more than once that he had died inside long before she passed away. His life was zip without Poppy. But...don't forget he will love his dead wife forever because without her he would not have a son. So, let me see if I understand this mess. He has no regret that he missed the last ten years of his life with Poppy after they were both deceived? He was glad he married a witch with a B. Please!I think this is one of my biggest reading disappointments. It was so extremely frustrating to read. I need to quit because I am getting revved up again with disgust at the stupidity of the H/h.

  • Shari Kay
    2019-05-06 22:03

    Can't stand stupid wasting of time

  • Joan
    2019-05-14 01:26

    A rather sweet story, but there were several paces where I had to pause and re-read. (view spoiler)[Page 5: Keith smiled with sudden recognition. 'Auntie Poppy,' he said sweetly. Page 24: Keith ran up to Logan as Poppy approached.'This is your ..... Auntie Poppy. you remember talking on the phone with her when you're at Grandma's?'So, Poppy gets introduced to the boy, Keith, hangs around the house chatting to Keith's father (Logan) and then later comes out only to be introduced AGAIN as if she has only just appeared? Another ???? moment comes later when Poppy tells Logan not to bother giving Keith a bath as the boy is 'Out like a light.' - the implication being that he is too tired to wake up just for that. 'Keith woke up long enough to wrap his arms around Logan as he carried him up the stairs to his bedroom.'However, fifteen minutes later, Keith and Logan are chatting in the bedroom about video games. It simply didn't read 'true' as if the writer had not proof-read. The final ??? moment for me and I will happily (and gratefully!) edit this review if I am wrong, is that Kelly, Poppy's friend, has kept all the letters SHE sent Poppy?? All nicely wrapped in a ribbon. errr. How? Poppy only saw her once in the hospital and the husband had no idea about the letters, so how DID Kelly get them back?(hide spoiler)]It made no sense to me and it's the tiny details that I find important. (Yes. I admit that I am anal.) I found myself pulled out of the story several times because of conflicting events, and I wasted a lot of time re-reading and checking.A good editor should surely have noticed these points?

  • Ena
    2019-04-20 23:20

    ENA'S INITIAL THOUGHTSAs I have previously read a book by Lisa Mondello I was looking forward to slipping into this book. I felt quite confident that I would enjoy the book.ENA'S REVIEWMy daughter received this e-arc from the authors publicist free in exchange for my reading, reviewing and putting my Guest Review on my daughters blog today.So the cover is showing the rather fit looking torso of a man, whom I would say is probably Logan Kelly. So would I pick the book up in a store? Yes but to be totally honest it would be the authors name that would attract me to the book.So now to the review without giving away the plot! This book is a romance story, it has a fairly steady pace that is fast enough to keep me interested right to the last page. The main characters are Poppy Erickson and Logan McKinnon. Logan is a single dad to his son Keith. His wife died and things have been on a downward turn for him ever since. Logan has had a previous relationship with Poppy many moons ago and really doesn't want to jump into another relationship with her. Poppy learnt something important from a dying friend about Logan. Poppy also promised this same dying friend that she would revisit Dakota and see Logan again. Poppy ends up staying at Logan's house and their love re-ignites though Logan is at times filled with the guilt, of feeling he is betraying his late wife by offering Poppy a place to stay whilst she is in the area.So Poppy and Logan re-kindle a relationship but it's not as straight forward there are plenty of ups and downs. At times there seems to be more downs and negatives to their possible relationship than there are positives.I've been asked to not give away anything more than is said in the blurb and I feel I have said enough.I really loved the ending of the book.So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I really did enjoy the book. It lived up to my expectations well. Would I recommend the book? Yes to those who like a good romance story. Would I want to read more in this series? Yes I would like to very much. Would I read other books by this author? Yes, I enjoy Lisa Mondello's writing/story telling style.

  • Linda Sims
    2019-04-26 23:22

    I was expecting a bit more romance from this story, instead it's a bit depressing and quite honestly I wasn't invested in the two main characters. Poppy returns to her home town after 10 years, Logan who had been her heart but had married another woman after Poppy had left town. Logan's wife is now dead. As the story unfolds all the secrets of what happened 10 years previously are revealed, lies and betrayal were at the root cause of Poppy and Logan's separation. It's well written it's just not my cup of tea.

  • FicCentral
    2019-05-08 03:28

    Poppy, Kelly, and Logan had once been inseparable, but that was a lifetime ago. Poppy made a life for herself in New York, and Kelly and Logan made a life for themselves together, contrary to everything Poppy and Logan had planned when they were young and in love. A year has passed since Kelly died, and Poppy's returned to South Dakota, to the home Logan once shared with Kelly, to make things right again. But Logan doesn't know what Poppy knows about his marriage, and he wants nothing more than for Poppy to leave, just like she did before, and never look back.The Verdict: Ugh. I had such high hopes for this one, but it just didn't pan out for me. But I think that's more a reflection of me than it is of the writing. The chemistry between Poppy and Logan was great, and I was even okay with all that anger he harbored over her leaving so many years ago — or rather over her staying gone. But as their past was revealed and the truth came out about his marriage to Kelly, I just began to lose interest.Poppy and Logan had been in love, determined to make a go of it even after her parents moved her to New York, and Kelly — the quiet, sweet best friend — turned out to be a scheming, manipulative liar. I get that teenage girls who think they're in love can do and say some pretty awful things, but to pull what she did? Unforgivable. It made the story something I just didn't want to read about, which sucks, since the writing was pretty great.Anyhow, I'm guessing most people who love romance novels will also love this one. I guess maybe I was just looking for and expecting something different, and the back-story put a different shine on things than what I normally enjoy. I think I might keep on with the series, though. Like I said, the writing was good, so here's hoping that the next books are more my cup of tea.

  • Julie
    2019-05-19 03:18

    Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello is a 2013 pubication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.When Poppy's best friend Kelly makes a startling death bed confession, it takes Poppy a year to bring herself to fulfill Kelly's dying wish. But, she knows it has to be done, so she leaves New York City and heads home to South Dakota. She has no idea how Kelly's husband, Logan will react to her just showing up unannounced. Logan has his hands full as it is with a young son and trying to repair major flood damage. Having the girl who was once his best friend and the girl he loved deeply suddenly pop back into his life sets his teeth on edge. He is mad at Poppy for so many things. Leaving and never coming back for one, not being around when Kelly was sick for another and now here she is making him remember their teenage years and for making him see how much he still wants her. Well, my goodness! What a story. I read a great many novels so I seldom have a VERY strong emotional response to a story. This story had me choked up. It is a really difficult situation. Poppy and Kelly were best friends. Poppy and Logan had been in love, but Logan married Kelly. I can't tell you too much more than that, except that of course Poppy fulfills Kelly's dying wish by coming home to South Dakota and trying to explain to Logan why she left home and never came back until now. I CAN tell you that you should read this story! This is a novella with just about 115 pages so it won't take you long to finish it. While technically this book could be placed in the Western Contemporary genre, it will appeal to all contemporary romance lovers. I am now out to find more books by this author. A+

  • Kendra /Books Complete Me
    2019-05-03 02:58

    I think I am being generous with giving this book two stars. I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis was what pulled me in. And Lisa Mondello could have done so much with a storyline like that. And I did want to like the characters. I think in someone else's hands, I would have. I feel bad for them because they just didn't get the chance to really let people see who they were. They were flat two dimensional caricatures of what they could have been. There was no depth, no feeling. I didn't believe, nor feel, anything they were going through or how they were feeling. And everything was so repetitive. I don't know how many times I read about one thing or another. This book could have done with some serious editing, IMO. I don't even want to know about the supporting characters in the books to follow, although they seem like they would have good stories to tell.I could go on, but I am not going to. Doesn't seem to be a reason to. I am not usually so harsh in a review... but I just so much wanted to like this book, that I just feel so disappointed.

  • Cheesecake
    2019-05-09 04:24

    What makes me read these books? I keep hoping for that perfect balance of guy done girl wrong and grovels just right. Call me weird I guess. But you won't find that here. (view spoiler)[ For one, 10 years is just too long to make up for, imho. For two, he's an idiot to have not talked to her first or gotten some other opinion, maybe even the bum on the corner or whoever???For three... well do I need another reason why the hero is so disappointing?Could he ever make up for it? Not when he goes on about how much he will love Kelly anyways because she's his baby mama. Seriously, what crap. Since when does having a baby absolve you of all your wrongs??? Lie to the boy but not to yourself...(hide spoiler)] Even an epilogue would've helped!I read this one on 'skim' mode. It was just that irritating. I really need to avoid these premises in future... seriously! what with all the little errors in timeline I wonder if the author couldn't have rethought other things as well.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-05 22:59

    The story was okay, but it was a little flat. Also, there were terrible jumps in the story that made no sense. For instance, in one scene the main character is in bed and gets up, puts her robe on, and walks to the closet. Then in the next paragraph, she's suddenly back in bed and wraps the blanket around herself to rush to the closet. Apparently the writer forgot she had already gotten the character out of bed and to the closet. That's one of many such errors.

  • Sue
    2019-05-20 00:22

    A distraction, but I found the premise to be annoying in what separated this couple to begin with. But, that wasn't half as annoyed as I was when I heard the parsimonious stance Logan was taking on why he felt he couldn't offer Poppy everything. Thank god that passed.Honestly you aren't supposed to despise the dead, but I can't understand any of the majors forgiving her. You reap what you sow.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-05 02:23

    Even with lying OW dead from cancer could not redeem her or the weak H in this one IMHO.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-02 00:20

    There's so much potential to the story and it pains me that it's not explored. I didn't really feel the connection between Poppy and Logan who supposedly loved each other for ages, and I did feel the pacing is kinda off? The book is a bit on the short side so it feels like the relationship development is too fast. Also I'm not really big on the whole lying thing.

  • Marie
    2019-05-21 02:07

    Whew! That was way more angsty than I was prepared for!! Currently free on Amazon but still a pretty good read. If you're looking for a nice second chance romance with a melancholy undertone this book is for you. It's pretty short so you won't be completely devastated once you've finished plus there are more brothers to read about!!

  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    2019-05-09 04:10

    AMAZON FREEBIE 8/12/17

  • Kaycee ❤️
    2019-05-07 06:06

    Her Dakota Man is the first book in the series Dakota Hearts and my first read by the author. Poppy, Kelly and Logan have been friends since childhood. It was known to everyone that Poppy and Logan were meant for each other. But for incomprehensible reason it was Kelly who ended up married to Logan as Poppy leaves town. When Kelly died, Poppy returned to South Dakota, to confront the past and make things right again. But Logan doesn't know the truth about his marriage and he wants nothing to do with Poppy and wants her to leave town and never come back.I only gave this book three stars because of Poppy and Keith. I adored their relationship. I liked the immediate connection she had with Keith and her unselfishness and willingness to show love and forgiveness despite being dealt a hand of betrayal by the one person she should have been able to trust the most.“No. I was angry. Crazy angry, in fact. But I never hated her. Especially after she told me why she did it. Kelly was and will always be my best friend. What she did was wrong. But I forgave her. And I’ll always love her.” I don't what I would do if I were in her position, but I'm pretty sure that I won't be forgiving as she was. As for Logan, well, I don't know. He was definitely stubborn and I’d like to have thrown some sense into him. Honestly I was beginning to like him as the story progressed but the way he kept throwing to Poppy about his love to his dead wife even after knowing the truth. Argh! It's a big no-no for me! I don't know, I mean it was crystal clear how unhappy he was in his marriage and that he was not in love with his wife. But he always made sure Poppy knows he still loves his dead wife over and over and that he always will because she gave him a son. How sick is that?! If I were Poppy I would leave him in a heart beat and never come back. Let him mourn his dead wife.And speaking of his dead wife, Kelly. I absolutely despised her. To the point that I want to bring her to life so I could kill her personally. She was so unbelievably selfish who ruined two lives. For me it was unforgivable.But don't get me wrong, I actually liked it and the writing was pretty great maybe I'm just looking for something different when I decided to read this one. And since I already started with the series, I might read the other books too. And I was hoping that it will be better since the writing was pretty good.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-23 02:00

    Passionate and Adventurous meets Don't Rock the Boat! Loved this story of high school friends (who wanted more) meeting again. Plus our hero, Logan, has lots of brothers ... I foresee many more books in the future! The setting is Rudolph, South Dakota - in a small town where everyone knows your name. The way the story is told, you feel as though you are there and it is happening to you - I think I felt the mud fly up and hit me when Poppy was racing across the pasture on Logan's ATV. And now a bit about the story...Poppy has been struggling over a year to fulfill her best friends dying wish. A horrendous storm and flood wiping out part of her hometown gave her a purpose to return. And the courage to face Logan. Both the physical changes to her hometown and the emotional changes to Logan are drastic. He used to live life to the fullest, now he can't even take a break to play pirate with Keith, his 4 year old son. Poppy is a force to be reckoned with though, she may not be as tough as mother nature, but she is close. Watch her try her best to find the teenage Logan she left behind - the loving, fun, happy Logan she has been in love with her whole life.Favorite passages: - Hearing Poppy's musical laugh as she drove through the fields, spitting up mud all around them, it was hard to feel anything but happiness. - With each step she took upstairs, her feet dragging behind letting the happiness she's felt all day slip away. And her world had shattered all over again. - She turned and walked out of the barn. Rounding the corner, she placed a hand on the barn door and listened, waiting. She drew in a slow breath of cold March air. Nothing. Logan hadn't said another word. And he didn't come after her. Again. - "I want to live every day as if it was the last day, ... you never know when that last day will come."

  • Nora Black
    2019-04-30 04:28

    Charming! Without doubt this story is the epitome of the word. Dissect the life of a man who has tried with everything in him to love a woman he is honor bound to love, but does not, and you are certainly going to come up with an emotionally evocative tale that will pull at the heart strings and jerk more than a single tear to roll unchecked down the cheek. Logan Is all earthy goodness, he is your typical robust farm boy, but with a heart of gold. Poppy, is the maligned love of Logan's life, but their unity has been divided by a woman they were both friends with, who has sadly passed from the world leaving only secrets, betrayal and a tiny innocent boy in her wake. Kelly, Logan's dead wife, and Poppy's ex-bestfriend, had a dying wish--she begged Poppy to go back to her home town from her fast paced New York lifestyle to face the only man she has ever loved, but Kelly harbored a dark secret. The suspense built around this hidden knowledge is brilliantly handled by the author. The book insists on being devoured for this reason alone, nevertheless, it is by far and away not the only thing that makes this read a thrilling page turner. No! The relationships between the main protagonists and the sub-characters are well developed and realistic enough to pull the reader in unbidden. This is a slow burn romance with all the good bits a tale of its genre should have with a whole spade more. A very enjoyable old fashioned romance with loads of modern infused into the fabric of the work to render it an entirely current, un-put-downable book.

  • Heather
    2019-05-01 23:10

    This was a nice emotional romance that makes you think of what could have beens, lost dreams, and lies that tear it apart.Poppy, Logan, and Kelly were inseperable as kids and teens the best of friends always togehter. Poppy loved Logan, Kelly loved Logan, Logan loved Poppy. However Poppy ended up in New York and Kelly and Logan wound up married and have a son named Keith.How did all that happen? Lies of course by the one person the both loved and didn't espect to betray that trust.Ten years later Poppy is back, Kelly died and Logan still harbors guilt over loving Kelly while never letting go of his love for Poppy.Now a romance that never happen is stuggling under all the lies that kept them apart and all the drama, feelings, emotions and everything that goes with it.It was a nice read. I enjoyed it to a point but I kept wanting to smack both Poppy and Logan upside the head and say, "get over it you love each other. .move on." but then again that would have been too quick of a story and they wouldn't have gotten to where the are now. Anyway that is why I read books and don't write them.I got this ebook from Amazon most likely as a freebie or during free ebook day. Honestly I have forgotten, and if you'd see the amount waiting to be read you'd understand.

  • Christine Kochanowski
    2019-04-24 04:22

    This was well written with only a few editing errors. I felt a connection with the characters and will be looking for all of the brothers stories.***Spoilers***I loved the story and growth in the characters. Now having said that, I feel like this was not a keeper for me because of Kelly. I know there are people in this world who are selfish and nauseating in just how awful they are, but I don't want to read about them. Poppy and Logan seemed like intelligent well rounded people, yet even as kids they didn't even get a hint of the kind of person Kelly was? And how could they both forgive her so easily, I understand looking on the bright side and moving on, even telling good memories to Keith but to completely forgive like Poppy did was off putting for me. Personally I hope there is a heaven and hell for book characters and that Kelly will burn for a long time. So in the end I loved the book and the characters but the only feeling I'm left with as a write this is what a despicable person Kelly was.

  • The BookWhisperer
    2019-05-03 00:28

    I was really captured by this story and I didn’t quite expect to be. Poppy comes home to help out her old town, after a horrible flood reeked havoc on it. More specifically, she comes home to help Logan, her old friend and teenage crush. The first meeting started a little rocky and continues to be rocky until all the truth (and there is a lot of truth) and passion explodes from these two characters.The other secondary characters were pretty great. Keith (more on him later), and all of Logan’s brothers (who I really hope make more appearances in the rest of the series) kept the tension light and fun. Keith, Logan’s son, was insanely adorable. I could see a four year old acting just the way that Mondello wrote his character. Plus, Keith put this cuter edge onto the story with his adorableness. It was nice that Poppy had already won over Keith through the weekly phone calls so it was quite easy for them to click into a sweet role together. However, watching her work at winning over Logan is a whole other story. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~

  • Caro
    2019-05-15 02:16

    This was another really good freebie I've had waiting. I laughed, smiled, was angry and frustrated, teared maybe a little, and was pleased with the ending. This definitely kept me interested and has me wanting to read more in the series. Great writing and characters, their personalities were spot on too. A good surprise and pretty much good for an anytime read. Enjoy!

  • Carole Palmer
    2019-05-15 02:59

    Surprisingly enjoyableI'm glad this was a shorter story, the author has a way of creating truly great characters, too much longer and it would have become boring. Probably not going to continue with the series, but that's just a personal genre choice and not an opinion on the author or her talent to create characters or story.

  • Susani
    2019-04-26 23:02

  • Shannon
    2019-05-21 03:11

    Friends to lovers that lead them through a lifetime of miscommunication and lies. Sweet story, small amount of angst, but the ending was to abrupt for me. Nice, light read.

  • Alison
    2019-05-15 03:20

    I really like felt this story, it was heart breaking but also two soul mates coming back together again.

  • Holly Senecal
    2019-05-16 03:03

    Her Dakota ManLisa Mondello is a fairly new to me author and this book was a perfect introduction to more of her stories. It is also the first in her series about the McKinnon family and will leave you wanting the next book immediately! Romance, a small town girl returned home, in short a well written story with characters and settings that form in your mind and draw you right in. I give it 4.5 stars. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is that I wish Logan had read all the darn letters! Thank you Lisa Mondello, I now cannot wait to dive into the next book.

  • Barbi
    2019-04-26 04:20

    This was a quick but interesting read.Poppy is a woman who returns to the town that she grew up in and the man that she has loved for years. The town of Rudolph, South Dakota is trying to clean up after a devastating flood. Logan is there with his son, Keith. He is struggling with the loss of his wife, Kelly, Poppy's best friend. There is a secret that hangs over both of them and when it comes out, how will they deal with it?

  • Timeforme
    2019-05-18 02:01

    A very enjoyable quick read with good strong main characters. I'm not sure how Poppy was able to forgive Kelly for her duplicity but I think that act of kindness really demonstrated the character and depth of affection that she had. Logan was so immersed in taking care of his son and feeling guilty (unnecessarily) about his marriage with Kelly that coming to grips with all the wrongs that Kelly had done to Poppy and him must have been a huge step.A very well told story.

  • Tracy Sylvester
    2019-05-05 05:17

    Poppy and Logan were childhood sweethearts. They had a close friend named Kelly who was also in love with Logan. When Poppy's family moves away to New York both Logan and Poppy are brokenhearted. They promise to come back to one another until Kelly gets in the middle. This novel will give you some heartbreak, deceit, true love, inspiration and hope. Makes you really believe that true love never really does die. Poppy and Logan's story will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.