Book review: Come Sundown

You know what makes a winter night cozier? Hot chocolate? Yeah, that too but more so a romance. It has been years since I read a Nora Robert but I remember seeing Come Sundown on the Amazon top seller list I decided to give it a go.

I have read Nora’s books earlier and I knew what I was in for with Come Sundown. I knew I was going to have a solid plot, well-drawn characters, and that happy ending. Did she give me what expected? You will have to read the review to know more.

Book Name: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Fiction – Romance thriller
Characters: Bodine, Rory and Chase Longbow, Callen Skinner, Alice Bodine
Setting: Montana, The USA

The story begins with Alice Bodine’s abduction in 1991 and moves ahead to introducing us to the present day Bodine resort run by Bodine Longbow. The upscale Bodine resort along with the Bodine ranch, run by her brothers Chase and Rory, offers the ranch experience to its guests.

Bodine has no time to think about her love life and her whole life revolves around her family and running her resort. All that changes when Callen Skinner, her childhood crush, and her brother’s best friend comes back to the town and starts working at the ranch. The couple has always liked each other, but they decide they want to keep it casual. How far would they go before they realize they are destined for each other?

What could have been just a mere romance (gasp, did I say mere?), turns into a thriller when bodies of two women associated with the Bodine family turn up. As if that was not enough to rise a havoc, Aunt Alice returns to her family but severely abused and traumatized. Is there any connection between the murders and Alice’s return? Or is it Cal’s return that we have to worry about? You will have to read Come Sundown to know more.

Heavily marketed as a romantic suspense, Come Sundown could have easily been a thriller. The romance part didn’t work well for me (more on that later) but the mystery and thriller part held the book tight. It might come as no surprise that thriller is not a new genre for Nora, as she has been writing thriller under her alter ego J.D. Robb for a long while now.
Come Sundown
Nora’s books have always had a great emphasis on the familial bonding and subplots make them worthwhile. Come Sundown is no different. Rory and Chase’s romantic lives play a great distraction from the leads’ story. Which brings me on to Bo – Cal love which was tepid at the best. Apart from the physical attraction they have been harboring since their teenagers, I never found anything clicking between them. No passionate love that is usually promised by the genre. It is supposed to be a romance, dammit.

The most interesting character in the book was Alice Bodine. Hers was the only one that had a development. I have always loved reading about psychos; and social outcasts. Well, her suffering through rape and physical abuse caught me right into the story.

Nora’s writing is exceptionally good and I have come to expect nothing less from her. All you Nora Roberts’ fan you will love Come Sundown. If you are new to Nora’s writing, it will take a bit of your time to get into the setting and just sit through the introduction to every character in the story. If you can get through it, you will not regret this 400+ page romantic suspense, or as I call it a thriller.;


  1. Dawson

    Great review. It inspires me a lot. Hope to read soon.

  2. Marjie Mare

    OMG, you always find the best reads.

  3. Savannah

    Excellent review! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Stacey

    Read this book last year. It really is a great book. Great review

  5. Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    What about hot chocolate while READING the romance?! Great review, as always!

    • Gayathri

      YES to hot chocolate with romance.

  6. Megan @ Ginger Mom

    Nora Roberts is one of my absolute favorite authors! I love the Cordina series 🙂 This one sounds intriguing.

    • Gayathri

      I should get back to reading romances this year I guess. I have been reading too many horrors to be good for me 😛

  7. Shelby

    I LOVE Nora Roberts! Such an amazing author!

  8. DJ Sakata

    I know I should have by now, but I don’t think I’ve ever read Nora Roberts…

  9. Olivia-Savannah

    I have heard that Nora Roberts is a brilliant thriller writer, so I am kind of not surprised that the romance side of things aren’t really that amazing. I’m glad you liked the other side of the plot more though.

    • Gayathri

      She writes thriller under her pseudonym. I am sure she writes them well 🙂

  10. Vivien Ayinotu

    Sounds like a good read. I will have a go at it.


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Gayathri has been reviewing books since 2010. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she works as a writer and a digital marketer. Head over to meet me!