There is an underlying thread about a fictional or is he?? Not everyone is what they appear to be that includes Kellen , and it's up to our pair to put the pieces together and catch the baddies, plus taking time to fall in love this is a romance novel after all. The other villains were almost a surprise, I wasn't sure if it was all of them or not, so that was good too. The circumstance of the man's death and curiosity in his part lent Kellen to do the stranger's bidding by stepping of the train at a small town named Bitter Springs to pass along the dead man's message to his employer, Penny Royal Hotel and Saloon's proprietress, the Widow Berry. They are one unforgettable passionate pair. Hence, I think the author has a subtle hand at writing those scenes because they have such an intimate feel to it.
Over all, I think that this was a wonderful western romance based in the 19th century Wyoming. The whole town of Bitter Springs is in the grasp of evil the 4 men of the Burdick family. Not only because of her hair, but because she could have people quivering in their boots if she gave them a look; because she wasn't cruel or mean-spirited; she was intelligent and she knew when to hold her tongue; she could and often did admit when she was wrong; and she was just plain mature. It's no excuse, but it just didn't keep my interest enough to be a page turner or I was put off by the subject of people dying left and right and what happened to Raine's sister. Via a chance encounter with Kellen Coltrane, Nat gasps words about Bitter Springs and Pennyroyal.
Going from that to the tying up of loose ends what happened in Bitter Springs after the big scene and a romantic epilogue that answered a few more questions was difficult, and so I didn't feel that the reading experience at the end of the book was as completely enjoyable and engrossing as the journey had been up to that point. This story was slower than I expected it to be, but the whole thing was so clever that I was dying by the end trying to figure out what was going to happen. I gave part of this score to the pair of characters readers will meet fairly quickly; their interaction and humor add so much to this story. I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars, so for wishy-washy people, I really think they should allow half stars ; This is an excellent book. I really like the way Goodman uses dialogue and characters to move the story along, instead of long-winded, lengthy paragraphs of oh-so-tedious inner analyzing. This was a solid four-star read for me, but I'm tacking on an extra half star for the awesome finish as well as the big reveal on Kellen's secret past.
There are some small surprises along the way, in the story. Kellen kept his promise and came to Bitter Springs to find Mrs. It's true, the pen is mightier than the sword. I gave that one 5 stars. Goodman is one of very few who is able to get the American West and the cowboy down on the page so accurately and who involves you in the characters and storyline so completely. The details were laid out so well that all the character interactions and situations felt organic and natural.
Can't wait for the next in the series, True to the Law. Goodman: Your books always present a challenge for me to review because oftentimes the plot is a mystery and thus delving into the story can ruin the surprise for many readers. Kellen took residence in Raine's hotel and decided to help Raine with the murders. The thing I enjoyed most is the feeling of the period I got. Raine was a fantstic heroine: strong, determined, intelligent. Ah, the joys of being retired and getting to read as long as I can keep my eyes open. There was some humor as well in the story that made me laugh out loud.
This book could have been a hundred pages less. Readers will have to wait until the very end to have their suspicions about the hero confirmed. I haven't the patience to wade through to the good parts. The dialogues between Raine and Kellen were one of the best I've read! There was almost too much kept hidden from the reader well, for this reader , and then I had to stop reading and think for a few minutes to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Minor characters die in some fairly gruesome ways, but readers only see the aftermath, not the murders themselves.
The Last Renegade is everything I want in a romance novel; intelligent, seductive, funny, witty, dramatic and more. Not that that is necessarily all bad as long as it's interesting reading and forwards the story. I told you where the key is. Set in Wyoming Territory, 1888, Lorraine Berry answered a newspaper ad to bring a gunman to Bitter Springs because all the good men of the town are being murdered by the rancher who owns the town. And as he learns more about Raine's own tragedy, Coltrane can't deny his growing desire for the courageous widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near. As for the romance aspect, I don't know, it seemed almost a little rushed to me.
Yes, I figured out a few of the minor mysteries but right up to the end Goodman keeps you guessing all while you are enjoying a wonderful romance. Some readers may not care for that. Очень незначительные повреждения обложки, в том числе потертости, но без проколов или надрывов. Widow hires gunslinger to avenge her family from the dominating, 4. When a man named Nat Church gets murdered on the train, Kellen Coltrane is there.
I've put off reading more Jo Goodman for awhile, not being in the mood for a historical. I kept getting distracted by other things and couldn't keep my eyes open at night to read it! His family runs the small town with bloodshed and fear, and the Widder wants to put an end to all the bloodshed. Adam Berry, had hired the guy to find out why people were dropping dead in this town. Rabbit and Finn; just perfect! The story has a bit of an edge. Although the Western isn't a genre I tend to follow, I've found that it can be a lot of fun.